16 April 2011

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  • CJ Lang completes Landsburgh grab

    21 Apr 2011

    CJ Lang has completed its acquisition of Spar retailer AM Landsburgh. The wholesaler will take on 10 Spar stores in Dundee and Fife, upping its company-owned estate to 105 stores.

  • Spuds not celebs to star in Jersey Royals TV debut

    21 Apr 2011

    The Jersey Royal Co will next week make its debut on national television, in a campaign notably free of “Hollywood starlets”. The potato supplier will launch its push during Coronation Street on 25 April, marking a rare TV foray for the ultra-versatile vegetable.

  • Tesco local drive breaks billion-pound barrier

    21 Apr 2011

    Tesco has broken the £1bn barrier for sales of locally sourced products. The milestone means the UK’s largest supermarket has now hit a target set in 2006, when it first set up regional buying offices.

  • Ann Summers ‘squeal deal’ gets M&S hot under the collar

    21 Apr 2011

    Ann Summers has pulled a campaign poking fun at Marks & Spencer after the high street giant threatened legal action. The retailer had debuted a tongue-in-cheek promotion offering an ‘S&M Squeal Deal’ – comprising lingerie, a sex toy and lubricant – in a reference to the Dine In meal deal at M&S.

  • NPD fuels sales boost to settle Reckitt wobbles

    21 Apr 2011

    Reckitt Benckiser has credited new products including Dettol No Touch soap and the wasabi-infused Strepsils Warm for robust sales growth in the past three months.

  • Laughing stockings Subscription

    21 Apr 2011

    It must be the warm weather getting everyone so hot under the collar. In the papers it’s as if the silly season has started a couple of months early, with a bunch of dozy stories surfacing in the past few days that you’d normally expect to see only in high summer.

  • London dark store marks next phrase of Waitrose online push

    20 Apr 2011

    Waitrose has unveiled the next phase of its online assault in the capital, with plans for a 100,000 sq ft dark store in Acton. The new site is more than a third larger than the chain’s biggest physical store, which covers just 70,000 sq ft.

  • Haldanes snaps up Midlands bakery Woodhead

    20 Apr 2011

    Haldanes has swooped to buy Scarborough-based Woodhead Bakery in a move that will bring production of its freshly baked items in-house. The retail chain also adds 11 stores to its footprint after taking over Woodhead, a family-run business that had slipped into administration.

  • Emerging markets prop up SAB Miller

    20 Apr 2011

    European lager volumes fell by 3% last year at SAB Miller, the brewer said in its latest trading update. Despite that decline and a continuing slump in the US, the Miller and Peroni brewer said global lager volumes were up 2% in the 12 months to 31 March, driven by growth in Africa and Asia.

  • Morrisons and Waitrose join heavyweight campaign to beat fish discards

    20 Apr 2011

    A heavyweight coalition comprising some of the UK's biggest retailers and seafood suppliers has come together to push for a more sustainable seafood supply chain. Retailer members of the Sustainable Seafood Coalition include Morrisons, The Co-operative Group, Waitrose and Marks & Spencer.

  • Tesco tunes in to on-demand movies with Blinkbox buy

    20 Apr 2011

    Tesco has snapped up online movie provider Blinkbox  – the day after Philip Clarke vowed to bring innovation back to the supermarket’s UK business. Blinkbox operates a library of 9,000 movies that users can stream online to watch on home computers, games consoles and internet-enabled TVs.

  • Tesco's local motion Subscription

    20 Apr 2011

    While analysts were slating Tesco yesterday for living down to their gloomy expectations, the supermarket can at least celebrate fulfilling a more satisfying promise.

  • Nestlé steps up China ambitions with Yinlu buy

    19 Apr 2011

    Nestlé has extended its reach in China after snapping up a 60% stake in Yinlu Foods Group. Yinlu makes ready-to-drink peanut milk and canned rice porridge. The company already produces ready-to-drink Nescafé in China for the Swiss giant.

  • Heir to Ferrero empire killed in cycling accident

    19 Apr 2011

    The chief executive of chocolate maker Ferrero has died after a cycling accident in South Africa.

  • Morrisons offers patriotic petrol with ‘Fuel Britannia’ stunt

    19 Apr 2011

    Morrisons has knocked 6p off a litre of petrol or diesel for customers spending £40 or more at stores from this week until May 8. The Fuel Britannia deal would beat recent offers introduced by Sainsbury’s and The Co-operative Group, the retailer claimed.

  • Scotmid downbeat about year ahead despite Botterills injection

    19 Apr 2011

    Scotmid Co-operative Society has posted a £24m increase in full-year sales to £378m following its acquisition of Botterills Convenience Stores. Although the society’s food convenience retail division delivered “solid profit growth”, overall operating profits fell 11% to £9.1m during the year due to the economic downturn and severe weather conditions.

  • Candid Clarke, Mk II Subscription

    19 Apr 2011

    In recent weeks Tesco has been playing copycat with Asda over the latter’s price guarantee, with what you might politely call ‘mixed’ results. As well as being an avoidable PR own goal, Double the Difference also exposed Tesco to criticism that it has become uncharacteristically reactive of late.

  • Clarke concedes ‘We must do better’ as Tesco falters in fourth quarter

    19 Apr 2011

    Tesco has admitted it must do better in its home market after UK sales fell in the final three months of the year. Profits at the retail giant rose by more than 12% to a record £3.8bn in the year to 26 February. But Tesco again relied on its overseas business to drive much of the growth, with profits at its Asian business up 17%.

  • Jim Beam claims flavoured bourbon first with Red Stag

    19 Apr 2011

    Maxxium UK has launched what it claims is the first ever flavoured bourbon in the UK market as it looks to redefine the ageing category. Red Stag By Jim Beam is made with four year-old Jim Bean bourbon whiskey, infused with natural black cherry flavours.

  • Family fortunes dip again in March

    19 Apr 2011

    Family spending power continued to decline last month, according to the Asda Income Tracker. The average family had discretionary income of £172 a week in March – down 5.6% on March 2010, or around £10 a week.

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