17 January 2009

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  • A run on hot cross buns

    17 Jan 2009

    Just three weeks on from Christmas, supermarkets are already reporting a run on hot cross buns.Current sales were almost double those last year, said Morrisons, while Tesco said sales were up 17.6% year-on-year. “Shoppers are indulging...

  • Acid Test: Wrigley's Extra Ice Mints

    17 Jan 2009

    The panel gets its laughing gear round Wrigley's latest effort to freshen the nation's breath

  • Ad of the Week: Andrex fakery is hardly a shock to the cistern

    17 Jan 2009

    The Andrex puppy is unquestionably among the elite of animal advertising – alongside the PG Tips chimps, the Milka cow (did we ever find out why it was lilac?) and the sadly extinct Hofmeister bear, whose hatted head may now hang above the desk of...

  • Advertising: Supermarkets splash out on Christmas ads Subscription

    17 Jan 2009

    Supermarket advertising was one of the few sectors to grow in 2008. The trend continued in the lead-up to Christmas, finds Richard Hemming

  • Andy Bond answers your questions

    23 Jan 2009

    Next week Asda chief exectuve Andy Bond will become The Grocer's latest guest editor and will be answering your questions in a web event on thegrocer.co.uk

  • Arla in bid to boost autumn milk supply

    17 Jan 2009

    Arla will run a scheme to encourage farmers to produce more milk during the autumn production trough.The processor, which trialled the scheme last year, is offering a 5ppl bonus for farmers producing extra milk in September, October and...

  • Around the Papers 19/1/09

    19 Jan 2009

    Sainsbury's banishes battery eggs; British pork is from Poland; M&S axes China boss

  • Around the Papers 20/1/09

    20 Jan 2009

    Diageo thinks twice about new brewery; the kebab king dies at 87; and wine 'causes lycanthropy'

  • Around the Papers 21/1/09

    21 Jan 2009

    Meat giant sacks 800; pub chain cancels dividend; and family gets free gecko from Tesco

  • Around the Papers 22/1/09

    22 Jan 2009

    Court hears of peanut vengeance; row over US tax on Roquefort; delicious, delicious frogs on edge of oblivion

  • Around the Papers 23/1/09

    23 Jan 2009

    More Morrisons high-fiving; Threshers faces store closures; Unilever feels the pinch

  • Asda beefs up cattle age to 36 months

    17 Jan 2009

    Asda has increased the maximum age of cattle used to produce its beef to 36 months from the 30-month standard limit. The switch would give farmers a better return on their investment, more time to grow cattle to the perfect grade, and would...

  • Asda goes to ASA to question validity of Tesco's new adverts

    17 Jan 2009

    Asda has lodged a complaint with the Advertising Standards Authority about new Tesco adverts that claim its groceries are cheaper.

  • Asda 'overtaken by Primark' as top budget clothing retailer

    21 Jan 2009

    Asda has lost its crown as the UK's leading retailer of low-cost clothing, according to new data, with Primark boosting its market share over the past year to take top spot.

  • BA move into delivered lifts sales by 10%

    17 Jan 2009

    Welsh wholesaler BA Cash & Carry has boosted its sales 10% by moving into delivered wholesale.So far the wholesaler has recruited 300 regular customers to its BA Direct Wholesale service, which was launched last March with four trucks...

  • Banana firm protests its innocence

    17 Jan 2009

    Banana importer Inter Weichert has appealed against a multimillion-euro EC fine for rigging banana prices in 2000-2002. The company, which has lodged the appeal with the European Court of First Instance, claimed the Commission’s decision was...

  • Bananas rise 11% in price in one week

    17 Jan 2009

    The wholesale price of bananas has risen almost 11% over the past week, increasing the likelihood of a retail increase.A tonne of bananas has shot up 10.9% to £815, according to Mintec, as a result of the weak pound and higher production...

  • Beckham brand is hit by Findus supply woe

    17 Jan 2009

    David Beckham’s first foray into food has hit the rocks after the company responsible for producing his frozen food range went into administration.The GO3 range of healthy frozen meals and fish fingers is fronted by Beckham, who also owns a...

  • Birds Eye ready meal launch targets dieters

    17 Jan 2009

    Birds Eye is ditching its Eat Positive brand of health-focused frozen ready meals less than a year after launch and replacing it with Healthy Options, a new range that targets dieters.In a move that could signal a wider renaissance of diet...

  • Blow to UK distributor as Tiger Beer passes to S&N

    17 Jan 2009

    Scottish & Newcastle has plugged the gap in its portfolio left by the departure of San Miguel to Carlsberg UK last October with an exclusive UK deal for the import, marketing and distribution of Singapore-brewed Tiger beer.The deal with...

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