14 February 2009

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  • Tesco deflates helium crisis

    20 Feb 2009

    Another blow struck for/against common sense today with the news that Tesco barred a nine-year-old girl with learning difficulties from entering a store because she was holding a balloon.

  • Around the Papers 20/2/09

    20 Feb 2009

    Nestlé boost; Iceland auction looms; cure for nut allergy nears

  • Top chefs line up for Morrisons’ charity recipe book

    20 Feb 2009

    Morrisons is selling a fundraising recipe book with contributions from a host of top chefs. Nineteen celebrity chefs, including Raymond Blanc and Rick Stein, have taken part in the project.

  • German export body CMA unconstitutional, find judges

    20 Feb 2009

    The future of Germany’s main food export body, the Central Marketing Organisation of German Agricultural Industries (CMA), has been thrown into doubt after German farmers won a legal battle over the compulsory levies imposed to fund the body.

  • Olive oil sector gains from stay-home diners

    20 Feb 2009

    The rising number of shoppers switching from restaurants to entertaining at home has helped the olive oil sector shine through the recession.

  • Magners maker C&C forced to axe 120 jobs

    20 Feb 2009

    C&C Group, the Irish cider maker behind Magners, has announced that more than 100 jobs will be axed in a bid to cut costs.

  • Waitrose to blog on NPD

    19 Feb 2009

    Waitrose has joined the digital revolution with an online tasting panel and foodie blog.

  • Sainsbury’s next on Woolies Easter egg carve-up

    19 Feb 2009

    Sainsbury’s has followed Tesco’s lead and snapped up a clutch of Easter eggs previously destined for shelves at Woolworths.

  • Defra task force to help UK pig farmers

    19 Feb 2009

    The Government has announced plans for a new task force to address problems facing pig farmers in the UK and improve co-operation between the sector and Whitehall.

  • Heineken, Carlsberg to cut costs amid ‘perfect storm’ in beer market

    19 Feb 2009

    Heineken and Carlsberg have signalled plans to cut costs after Heineken boss Jean-François van Boxmeer warned of a “perfect storm” in the UK beer market.

  • Around the Papers 19/2/09

    19 Feb 2009

    Brewers to cut costs; Fairtrade holds up despite downturn; obesity education plan falls flat

  • Kit-Kat revamp gives Nestlé a break from downturn

    19 Feb 2009

    The revamp of Kit-Kat and launch of the Kit-Kat Senses diffusion range were major factors in “a strong performance” for Nestlé’s UK business, the manufacturing giant said today.

  • Tesco snaps up Somerfield six

    20 Feb 2009

    Tesco has secured a deal to take over six stores from Somerfield.

  • Asda not filled by the fat of the land

    19 Feb 2009

    They say you can take a horse to water but you can’t make it drink. Now local authorities are finding that you can’t even get fat people to Asda if it involves learning something.

  • Starbucks unveils budget instant coffee

    18 Feb 2009

    Starbucks is hoping to woo back cash-strapped consumers after entering the instant coffee market with the launch of a new coffee averaging around 70p a cup.

  • M&S to debut 75p jam sandwich

    18 Feb 2009

    Marks & Spencer is hoping to cash in on the popularity of retro products as well as consumers' appetite for low-price comfort food with the launch of a jam sandwich.

  • Easter eggs go eco-friendly as Nestlé slashes packaging

    18 Feb 2009

    Nestlé has removed plastic packaging from 20 million of its products in the run-up to Easter in a major move by the Swiss food giant moves to reduce its environmental impact.

  • Own-store decline hits Thorntons profits

    18 Feb 2009

    Thorntons has cited "rapid market decline" for a fall in first-half profits, as the chocolate specialist announced a cut in the dividend it will pay shareholders.

  • Asda hails 'vintage year' after 7% sales hike

    18 Feb 2009

    Asda chief executive Andy Bond called 2008 "another vintage year" for the group after announcing like-for-like sales growth of more than 7% for the past quarter and 6.5% for the previous 12 months.

  • Around the Papers 18/2/09

    18 Feb 2009

    'Vintage' year for Asda; Cadbury to cut farting cows; Price backs UK farmers

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