14 November 2009

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  • ‘Healthy’ lunchbox favourites loaded with salt and sugar

    16 Nov 2009

    Robinsons, Kellogg’s and Dairylea have been slammed for loading kids' lunchbox snacks with high levels of sugar and salt, in a new Which? report.

  • 2012: will the eggs be ready? Subscription

    14 Nov 2009

    The British eat their way through 11 billion eggs a year but now UK producers have just over two years to scrap battery farms. Are farmers and manufacturers ready for tighter rules, higher prices and fundamental changes to the UK egg industry? Michael Barker reports

  • AB InBev’s MacFarlane joins The Grocer

    16 Nov 2009

    AB InBev UK boss Stuart MacFarlane is joining The Grocer as guest editor for a day, following in the illustrious footsteps of Steven Esom and Andy Bond.

  • Acid Test: Young's Micro Fish Fingers

    14 Nov 2009

    Not 'micro' as in 'extra small' - it's the fish fingers that go in the microwave. Students rejoice!

  • Ad of the Week: Big Bang breathes life back into all-black legend

    14 Nov 2009

    Ah, Guinness: semi-drinkable embodiment of city-wide punch-ups, Yanks pretending to be Irish and idiotic jester hats bobbing towards Twickenham

  • AG Barr to close site with loss of 98 jobs

    14 Nov 2009

    Irn-Bru manufacturer AG Barr has this week announced restructuring plans that will lead to at least 98 job losses in its Mansfield warehouse. The move is a result of the integration of the Rubicon business in 2008. Under the proposals,...

  • Asda supports south east Big Drink Debate

    14 Nov 2009

    Asda has welcomed a government project to tackle excessive drinking in the South East.The Big Drink Debate, which is organised by The Public Health Group South East, will see a panel of representatives from the alcohol industry, NHS and...

  • Booths: volumes hit by shopper paranoia

    14 Nov 2009

    "Customer paranoia" has been blamed for a drop in sales volumes at upmarket retailer Booths.The company's value sales grew 4% to £254m and pre-tax profits were up 9% to £7.5m in the year ending April 2009. However, like-for-like sales...

  • Bestway puts £6m into Coventry hub

    14 Nov 2009

    Bestway has spent £6m redeveloping its main distribution hub in Coventry.The C&C giant has enlarged the site from 140,000 sq ft to 250,000 sq ft, giving its 52 Bestway and Batleys depots better availability. "To be...

  • Campaign Trail: The McCain fun factory

    14 Nov 2009

    A Willy Wonka-style potato factory of zany contraptions stars in McCain's new £7m TV ad for its relaunched prepared potato range.

  • Ben & Jerry’s goes nuts for new flavour

    14 Nov 2009

    The winner of Do The World A Flavour, Ben & Jerry's search for a new ice cream, will go on sale next March. Created by American Toni Gunnison, competition winner Fairly Nuts is a caramel ice cream with a caramel swirl and praline...

  • Aston Manor in lead with own-label cider after buying its rival

    14 Nov 2009

    Aston Manor Brewery has become the UK's biggest supplier of own-label cider following its acquisition of rival Devon Cider Company and has set out its stall to double total sales to £100m by 2012.

  • Campaign Trail: San Miguel takes it slow

    14 Nov 2009

    Carlsberg UK is bringing back its San Miguel Not A Quick Beer campaign for a £2m festive push. The TV ads, which start this weekend, show a man strolling through a speeded up world and finish with him drinking a glass of the beer.

  • British meat builds its presence abroad

    14 Nov 2009

    Major new international developments are boosting the growing popularity of British meat abroad.A deal, celebrated with a special event in Italy last week, has been reached to supply beef to luxury restaurants in Milan.

  • Booker Direct’s MD appointed to board

    14 Nov 2009

    Mark Aylwin, MD of Booker Direct, has been appointed as an executive member of the Booker board.Under Aylwin's leadership, Booker Direct, which delivers direct to Booker's larger customers from three distribution centres in Hatfield,...

  • Calorie count guide wrong for 18 years

    14 Nov 2009

    The calorie counts used as the basis of dietary advice and food labelling for the past 18 years are too low, The Grocer can reveal.

  • Cadbury’s Carr continues war of words with Kraft

    16 Nov 2009

    Cadbury chairman Roger Carr has underlined his determination to resist a takeover by US suitor Kraft, calling last week’s £9.8bn hostile bid an “even more unacceptable price from the same unappealing source”.

  • Buffett adds to holdings in Nestlé and Wal-Mart

    17 Nov 2009

    US investment legend Warren Buffett has increased his stakes in Nestlé and Wal-Mart.

  • Cadbury shares get boost from rival bid talk

    19 Nov 2009

    News that Hershey and Ferrero could be preparing a joint bid for Cadbury helped buoy shares in the UK confectioner yesterday.

  • Bulletin: Bolland succession puzzle... Peroni buoys SAB... Tesco telecoms push

    20 Nov 2009

    Morrisons ponders next chef exec; sales surge for upmarket lager; supermarket launches new broadband service

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