13 June 2009

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  • ‘Solid’ first quarter for Tesco but growth trails rivals

    16 Jun 2009

    Tesco has made what it called a “solid start” to the year after reporting a 4.3% UK like-for-like sales increase excluding petrol for the 13 weeks to 30 May.

  • 7Up cooks up summer hols promo

    13 Jun 2009

    Britvic has teamed up with travel firm Thomas Cook for a new 7Up on-pack promotion.The Natural Wonders of the World campaign gives consumers a chance to win money-off vouchers for holidays to places such as the Great Barrier Reef and the...

  • ACS demands free vote on display ban

    13 Jun 2009

    The Association of Convenience Stores is calling on the government to allow its MPs a free vote on the tobacco display ban.Conservative shadow health secretary Andrew Lansley announced in a debate on the Health Bill in the House of Commons...

  • Added-value packs help Nisa-Today's boost fruit and veg

    13 Jun 2009

    An initiative by Nisa-Today's to promote fresh produce has increased sales by 25% over the past year, the company claims.Since it was launched in May 2008, the Fresh For Less everyday low pricing initiative and added-value packs had boosted...

  • Acid Test: Twisted Tea

    13 Jun 2009

    Should Lipton be looking over its shoulder?

  • Ad of the Week: Nowt creepier than Hovis's stale sepia

    13 Jun 2009

    You'd think new Hovis adverts came round as often as Halley's Comet - and had more impact - given the media whirlwind they whip up. Premier Foods' self-fulfilling PR machine whirs into gear once again this week, rising grimly...

  • Around the Papers 15/6/09

    15 Jun 2009

    Supermarket rivals duke it out; Iceland propers; pasties on way up

  • Amar shrinks bottles to grow brand sales

    13 Jun 2009

    Credit-crunched shoppers are increasingly treating themselves to smaller-sized versions of fine foods, according to RH Amar.In the past month the fine food specialist has reduced the size of several of its bestselling SKUs to give shoppers a...

  • All M&S's milk sold in UK recycled plastic

    13 Jun 2009

    M&S is to become the first retailer to sell its entire range of milk in bottles made from UK-sourced recycled plastic.The new bottles contain 10%-recycled High Density Polyethelyne (HDPE) plastic material, manufactured from old UK milk...

  • Around the Papers 16/6/09

    16 Jun 2009

    Tesco reflection; bananas banned; Red Bull addiction fear

  • Around the Paper 17/6/09

    17 Jun 2009

    Tesco v Sainsbury's; carrots best whole; booze hits in six minutes

  • Aldi scoops top gong at Gold Awards 2009

    18 Jun 2009

    Aldi was crowned Grocer of the Year 2009 at The Grocer Gold Awards last night.

  • Around the Papers 18/6/09

    18 Jun 2009

    Sainsbury's on growth trail; Tesco shares malarkey; GM by the back door

  • Around the Papers 19/6/09

    19 Jun 2009

    Life is sweet for Cadbury; Marston's to grow; strawberry sausages

  • Brand loyalty hurt by frenzy of promotions

    13 Jun 2009

    The recent glut of price promotions has seriously damaged the value of fmcg brands, a new report compiled using Tesco Clubcard data has revealed. The number of in-store promotions at Tesco increased dramatically in the year between the...

  • C4 advertising slots linked to scorchers

    13 Jun 2009

    Channel 4 is looking to sign-up food and drink brands for a new advertising initiative that will air their adverts only when the weather is good.The company is looking for five brands to take up its Sun Seeker package, which allows brands to...

  • Brakes sales grow - and so does debt

    13 Jun 2009

    Foodservice giant Brakes claims its business will benefit from lower interest rates on its £1.5bn debt in the year ahead.The debt had grown from £1.3bn to £1.5bn because much of it was borrowed in euros and had been hit by the weak pound....

  • Cadbury develops world's first 'bean to bar' operation Subscription

    13 Jun 2009

    Cadbury is planting millions of cocoa trees in India to see off the threat of dwindling world supplies and soaring prices. James Ball reports

  • BAT eyes Indonesia breakthrough with Bentoel deal

    17 Jun 2009

    British American Tobacco has acquired an 85% stake in Bentoel, Indonesia’s fourth-largest cigarette maker, for $494m.

  • Belgian bogof ban a nonsense

    13 Jun 2009

    Sir, Thank goodness for the common sense of the European Court of Justice. I didn’t think I would ever say these words, but overruling the Belgian ban on offering a free product when another is purchased is at least very sensible...

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