14 March 2009

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  • Acid Test: Branston Mayo with a Twist

    14 Mar 2009

    Is the new mayo with a twist anything to shout about?

  • Ad of the Week: Oops. Walkers does it again

    14 Mar 2009

    A few weeks ago this column noted Walkers' use of men dressed as chillis to promote its Do Us A Flavour campaign - and the crisp king is at it again in the ad for its revamped Sensations Thai Sweet Chilli crisps. Nothing screams premium as...

  • Advertising: PG Tips puts £1.6m into pyramid ad Subscription

    14 Mar 2009

    The tea and coffee category has been a hotbed of activity since the start of the year, with big spenders Kenco and PG Tips investing more than a million pounds each in an attempt to exploit the cold weather and the staying-in trend

  • After Berio, RH Amar gets rights to Bertolli

    14 Mar 2009

    Fine food specialist RH Amar has won the import and distribution rights for Bertolli - just seven months after it parted company with rival olive oil brand Filippo Berio.The deal was cemented between RH Amar and the world's largest...

  • Aldi flowers wilt in Which? poll but M&S blooms

    18 Mar 2009

    Flowers sold by discounter Aldi have been criticised in a report by consumer body Which? that claims delivered flowers often bear little resemblance to their online advertisements.

  • Around the Papers 16/3/09

    16 Mar 2009

    Sainsbury's convenience queen; Unilever UK kingpin; Kim Jong-Il can get takeaway pizza

  • Asda set for overhaul of own label

    14 Mar 2009

    Asda is to overhaul its own label ranges after bringing in the marketing director of McCain, Simon Eyles, to oversee development. "We want to develop own label in a way that it is chosen for product benefit rather than just price," said...

  • Bakkavör chiefs face loans probe

    14 Mar 2009

    Ágúst and Lýdur Gudmundsson, CEO and chair of ready-meals giant Bakkavör, are facing investigation into loans they received from failed Icelandic bank Kaupthing.This week it emerged Kaupthing had lent hundreds of millions of pounds to its...

  • Axe falls on 150 jobs at Tesco headquarters

    14 Mar 2009

    Tesco is making around 150 staff redundant at its offices in Cheshunt and Welwyn Garden City in a move that has seen every department scrutinised and one scrapped. An employee told The Grocer staff had been informed Tesco was "not meeting...

  • Bottled Coke creates twice CO2 of canned

    14 Mar 2009

    Bottled Coca-Cola has more than twice the carbon footprint of the canned drink, according to figures released by the company this week.Coca-Cola worked with the Carbon Trust to calculate that a 330ml glass bottle of Coca-Cola had a carbon...

  • Branston aims to get women trying pickle

    14 Mar 2009

    Branston is extending its pickles menu with a spring variant in the hope of replicating the success of its red onion & cranberry winter limited edition.The red pepper & tomato pickle is hitting shelves at the end of this month, priced £1.35...

  • Berberana Dragon adds white to range

    14 Mar 2009

    United Wineries is modernising its Berberana Dragon Spanish wine brand, with updated packaging, screw caps and the portfolio's first white variant.The new white wine, Viura Sauvignon Blanc, is a blend of international and indigenous...

  • Asia-Pacific demand drives up beef prices

    14 Mar 2009

    Consumers will be eating more beef in future - but tightening supplies will lead to higher retail prices, a new report has warned.The Eblex report claims UK beef production will decline in the next three years. From 1990 to 2007, steer...

  • Asda bolsters marketing team with new recruits

    14 Mar 2009

    Asda has shaken up its marketing department with the appointment of several new figures, including the man behind the advertising campaigns for Cadbury's drum-playing gorilla and the Skoda cake.Mark Sinnock has been poached from Asda's...

  • Around the Papers 17/3/09

    17 Mar 2009

    Wal-Mart own-label revamp; veggies don’t get cancer; bubbly sales stay buoyant

  • Around the Papers 18/3/09

    18 Mar 2009

    Lindt in US hassle; Waitrose risks brand; Obama to meet Jamie Oliver (maybe)

  • Authorities put kybosh on Coke’s China juice deal

    19 Mar 2009

    Chinese competition authorities have blocked Coca-Cola’s proposed $2.4bn takeover of the country’s leading juice company.

  • Around the Papers 19/3/09

    19 Mar 2009

    Coke sparks China competition fears; 'poor people suffer more' shock; meat makes you go blind

  • Britain's 100 Biggest Brands 2009

    14 Mar 2009

    These are challenging times for brands - even for Britain’s 100 Biggest Brands. Will recession stale the infinite variety of innovation among the brands celebrated in this special supplement?

  • Britain's top brands defy crunch to leave own-label lagging

    14 Mar 2009

    Own-label lines may be flying off the shelves as cash-strapped consumers trade down to value. But Britain's 100 Biggest Grocery Brands are flying even faster, a new report published by The Grocer reveals. The ranking, published in...

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