16 May 2009

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  • 3663 backtracks over future of Barking depot

    16 May 2009

    Foodservice giant 3663 is considering closing its London depot - just two months after CEO Fred Barnes denied rumours of a possible closure.An internal memo seen by the Grocer revealed the depot's future was being reviewed following a "...

  • Acid Test: Whiskas Oh So... Fishy Ocean Range

    16 May 2009

    Will these new pouches for pussycats have our panel purring?

  • Ad of the Week: Triple jilted for confusing outcomes

    16 May 2009

    How apt that the latest ad for a brand with an identity crisis features characters swapping seats at random after a series of mysterious blackouts. The new Stella 4 spot stars a surly-looking truck driver (is there any other kind?), his crate of...

  • 'Affordable' Coffee Nation sales up 17%

    16 May 2009

    Coffee Nation, which operates self-service coffee machines in c-stores and forecourts, has shrugged off the recession by reporting a 17% increase in full-year sales to £21.5m. The company sold 12.6 million cups of coffee in the year to 31...

  • Around the Papers 18/5/09

    18 May 2009

    More M&S turmoil; Tesco fruit-picking controversy; bees are back in black

  • Around the Papers 19/5/09

    19 May 2009

    M&S wilts; salt row brews; brew to cost more

  • Around the Papers 20/5/09

    20 May 2009

    Rose uncertainty grows; sugar boss goes; cola causes paralysis

  • Around the Papers 21/5/09

    21 May 2009

    Pringles are crisps; penny chaos at M&S; butter war breaks out

  • Around the Papers 22/5/09

    22 May 2009

    Bottled water is poison; US gets strict on food labels; bee rustling on the up

  • Asda chief Bond attacks ‘Big Mother’ culture

    18 May 2009

    Asda chief executive Andy Bond will this week attack efforts to restrict the consumption of alcohol and unhealthy foods as well as the use of carrier bags in a speech to the British Retail Consortium.

  • Asda plans to feed the family for £4

    16 May 2009

    Asda is taking on Sainsbury's by offering to feed the family for £4, undercutting Sainsbury's deal by £1. From later this month, Asda will introduce 20 recipe cards in its stores.

  • Asda to offer online to nearly 100% of UK

    16 May 2009

    Asda plans to make online shopping available to nearly every UK address by the end of the year.From this week, shoppers in four parts of the country - south Wales, the south coast, the M4 corridor and Scotland - will be able to order their...

  • Awards successes for Salar and Macsween

    16 May 2009

    Smoked salmon producer Salar Smokehouse and haggis maker Macsween of Edinburgh each picked up two awards at the 2009 Scotland Food and Drink Excellence Awards sponsored by The Grocer.Salar took home the Fish & Seafood retail category award...

  • Big Brother man unveils new cereal

    16 May 2009

    A former Big Brother producer is offering his answer to economic gloom with the launch of Credit Crunch breakfast cereal.

  • Bolland wages war on food waste levels

    16 May 2009

    Marc Bolland has claimed Morrisons is more environmentally friendly than other chains as the retailer launched a campaign to reduce the amount of food thrown out by consumers. The chief executive said Morrisons' carbon footprint had reduced...

  • Booker adds chilled lines to Euro Shopper

    16 May 2009

    Booker has launched its first Euro Shopper chilled range - five products all price marked at £1.The range, which includes two cheeses, bacon, honey roast ham and turkey, would offer retailers 30% profit on return, said director of retail...

  • Brits among the most brand loyal in Europe

    16 May 2009

    UK shoppers are among the most brand-loyal in Europe - but are more likely to buy branded food for their pets than themselves, an exclusive European-wide survey has revealed.Some 56% of UK shoppers bought branded food for their pets, more...

  • Campaign boosts sales of SA plums

    16 May 2009

    Sales of plums have soared this year on the back of an extensive campaign by South African producers.Value sales in January to March rose 10.3% on the same period last year to £26m [TNS 12w/e 22 March], with plums growing faster than all...

  • Campaign Trail: Filippo Facebook Berio

    16 May 2009

    Traditional olive oil brand Filippo Berio is hitting Facebook and Twitter to appeal to a younger audience. The brand's presence highlights competitions and promotions, and enables consumers to find recipes and share tips on using olive oil. Filippo...

  • Campaign Trail: Another brick in the wall

    16 May 2009

    Müllerlight hits back against faddish dieting guides in its latest TV ad. The latest instalment of its Eat Happily Ever After campaign, Brick, will run for eight weeks from this month as part of the fat-free yoghurt brand's £7.5m push for 2009. It...

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