13 March 2004

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  • Waitrose lifted by good stocks

    13 Mar 2004

    Record on-shelf availability added a percentage point to like-for-like sales at Waitrose in 2003, claimed managing director Steven Esom. Posting a 12% jump in overall sales and a 5% rise in like-for-like sales in the year to January 31, Esom...

  • Voice of the paperless

    13 Mar 2004

    Scottish Spar wholesaler CJ Lang has deployed a voice-activated paperless picking system in all areas of its warehouse depots following a six-month development and pilot phase. The Talkman system from software firm Voiteq enables warehouse...

  • Vine fruit static

    13 Mar 2004

    Vine fruit prices remain static, with the market looking ahead to Easter. The weak US dollar continues to make Californian raisins and Turkish sultanas very competitive.The trade is now hoping the harvests in Australia and South Africa will...

  • Value for money wins over price

    13 Mar 2004

    While it is still much too early to assess how the new Morrisons group will perform, the fact that more than a third of all shoppers now visit one or other of the fascias demonstrates that there is a big opportunity to develop the range further...

  • US beef set to fall

    13 Mar 2004

    US beef production is being tipped to fall by the latest forecasting. According to the latest USDA data, production will fall 3% this year to 11.5 million tonnes, while slaughterings will drop by 6%, reports the Irish Food Board, Bord Bia’s...

  • TV debut for the gecko

    13 Mar 2004

    South African wine Kumala is launching its first TV ad campaign next week. Brand owner Western Wines is pumping £700,000 into a 20-second commercial for its flagship brand. The ad will appear in the Midlands and Central TV regions and features...

  • TV doc turns in a new performance

    13 Mar 2004

    ITV’s Celebrity Fit Club doctor, Adam Carey, is targeting a new audience – with his own range of hunger-suppressing “performance” snack bars. The TV physician has joined forces with Fred Wadsworth, a nutritional advisor to “several Premier...

  • Total approach to public feedback

    13 Mar 2004

    Petrol and forecourt retailer Total is piloting a new system to collate customer feedback. The Customer Feedback System (CFS) units are located by point-of-sale terminals and ask customers to answer five questions regarding their shopping...

  • Today’s goes for the beautiful life with Nield link

    13 Mar 2004

    The Today’s Group has partnered wholesale specialist Nield Distribution to offer its members a wider range of health and beauty products. The new service will provide Today’s wholesalers a supply chain to over 100 suppliers, delivered through...

  • US strike blow

    13 Mar 2004

    US grocers have been hit hard by the five-month strike by staff in California.Kroger has recorded a 60% fall in annual pre-tax profit. For the year to January 31, pre-tax profit fell from $1.9bn to $769.8m. Sales rose 4% to $53.8bn. Kroger...

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