13 March 2004

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  • News sales switch to grocery

    17 Mar 2004

    The CTN sector is contracting as more supermarkets and c-stores start selling news, a new report reveals. A net 477 newsagents closed over the 12 months to September 2003, according to the latest data from the Association of Newspaper and...

  • New MD for Schwan’s UK arm

    13 Mar 2004

    Schwan’s Consumer Brands UK has promoted Chuck Weum, vice president of customer strategy at its North American offices in Minneapolis, to MD of its UK division. The maker of Chicago Townand Freschetta frozen pizza said Weum has relocated to...

  • New look for Surf

    15 Mar 2004

    Lever Fabergé is to invest £12m over the next year which will sess a new look for its Surf laundry brand by the end of March. The three new biological fragrance variants include: Surf Sunshine, Surf Breeze and Surf Spring. All three products...

  • Named: the first five Safeways to switch

    13 Mar 2004

    Morrisons has revealed the five Safeway stores which will initially be integrated into its estate at the start of a £1.5bn conversion programme. After taking control of Safeway on Monday, Morrisons said medium-sized stores would be rebadged as...

  • Morrisons ready for further growth

    18 Mar 2004

    Morrisons has posted a 9.3% rise in annual like-for-like sales including petrol, through a “solid team performance” amidst the distraction of its £3bn takeover of Safeway.For the year to February 1, pre-tax profit rose 13.2% to £319.9m from...

  • Minimum wage increases

    16 Mar 2004

    Young workers will qualify for a new minimum wage of £3 an hour from next October and will include an above-inflation increase for low-paid employees.Ministers announced that the minimum wage for 18 to 21 year-olds would rise from £3.80 to...

  • Milk fixtures get churning

    13 Mar 2004

    The quest for added value is adding some cool to the milk shelf. Ed Bedington reportsOnce upon a time, there was a pint of milk or a four-pint flagon – and that, to be frank was as exciting as it got. The last biggest innovation in...

  • Mchealthy

    13 Mar 2004

    Fast food giant McDonald’s is investing £75m in a bid to freshen up its image. The chain wants to drive sales of healthy options like salads across Europe. A new menu of products called Salad Plus, a range trialled in Australia, is expected to roll...

  • Metz builds for revival

    13 Mar 2004

    Matthew Clark has pledged to revive the fortunes of Metz after taking on the rights to the RTD brand from Bacardi-Martini. Launched in 1996 with an extensive support package, Metz has lost momentum – and listings – in recent years, which has...

  • Matalan’s Andy Clarke hired to take the reins at Iceland

    13 Mar 2004

    The Big Food Group has recruited Andy Clarke, group retail director of Matalan, as managing director of Iceland. Clarke’s appointment means current MD Mike Coupe will leave the company earlier than previously announced. In its third quarter...

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