19 December 2009

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  • ... while Asda feels flush

    19 Dec 2009

    Perhaps Tesco should step into the breach for next year's Loo of the Year awards, which are looking for a main sponsor.Not that Blogof has an infantile and faintly disturbing obsession with toilets or anything, but 2009's results were...

  • Accounts show GT News is back to black

    19 Dec 2009

    CTN retailer GT News has moved back into the black.The company made pre-tax profits of £18,271 for the year to 30 June, against a loss of £75,832 the year before, according to accounts filed at Companies House this week.Sales...

  • Ad of the Week: This is The Oxo Factor

    19 Dec 2009

    Farewell to The X Factor for another year. Our Cheryl remains the nation's best-loved convicted Geordie brawler, Simon Cowell has banked another billion and the probably-gay one beat off the possibly-gay one to seal his Faustian pact with...

  • Asda hails shoppers’ inner snob for Extra Special success

    22 Dec 2009

    Asda claims consumers are trading up for Christmas by buying more of its premium Extra Special products.

  • Asda shows it can do nice as well as cheap

    19 Dec 2009

    The UK's leading supermarkets have stepped up their game to keep shoppers spending. Queues are shorter, shelves are fuller and basket prices are cheaper, The Grocer 33 six-month review has revealed. The Grocer 33, the only independent...

  • Baker leaves Duchy but remains central to Prince’s interests

    19 Dec 2009

    Andrew Baker, the chief executive of Duchy Originals, is to leave his post after handing over nearly all functions of the job to Waitrose management.Baker has now been employed by the Prince of Wales as a consultant on a range of other...

  • Bestway: EDM claims are a ‘slur’

    19 Dec 2009

    Wholesale giant Bestway has claimed it has done nothing wrong, after an employment dispute led to an Early Day Motion being tabled in parliament this week.In the EDM, MP Gerald Kaufman slammed Bestway subsidiary Bestway Northern for...

  • Booths offers bus in wake of Penrith fire

    19 Dec 2009

    Northern supermarket chain Booths is offering a free shuttle bus from Penrith railway station to its flagship store in Keswick, 17 miles away, in an attempt to entice Morrisons shoppers affected by the recent fire at the Penrith Morrisons.

  • Campaign Trail: Mr (& Mrs) Kipling in tie-up

    19 Dec 2009

    Premier Foods is embarking on its first-ever TV sponsorship deal in a tie-up between cake brand Mr Kipling and the 2010 season of All Star Mr & Mrs.

  • Carbon Trust success for Greene King

    19 Dec 2009

    Old Speckled Hen maker Greene King has been awarded the Carbon Trust Standard the first British brewer to gain the status. The Suffolk brewer and bottling plant has implemented a number of environmental measures over the past three...

  • Careers File: To make new year’s resolutions stick, repeat for 66 days in a row Subscription

    19 Dec 2009

    It's that time of year again. We spend it eating and drinking far too much and falling down far too frequently. And then we head into the new year full of good intentions about getting fit and healthy again. Well, that's my routine any way.

  • Colourant warnings for kids treats ‘daft’

    19 Dec 2009

    A leading Irish scientist has accused the EU of passing "daft laws" in response to a perceived threat to children from food additives and artificial colourants. Professor Michael Gibney, director of the Institute of Food and Health at...

  • Critical Eye... on festive smugness and Jamie's beautiful, beautiful children

    19 Dec 2009

    I feel vaguely nauseous. And not just because I've eaten too many mince pies. No, the problem is I've been gorging on festive food TV specials and, trust me, they'd make anyone gag.

  • Defra guidance over Palestinian/Israeli labelling welcomed

    19 Dec 2009

    New Defra guidance on the labelling of products sourced from the West Bank has been hailed as a victory for consumer empowerment. "Traders and retailers may wish to indicate whether the product originated from an Israeli settlement or...

  • Eat more red meat and help save the world

    19 Dec 2009

    In a shock revelation this week, the Soil Association said consumers should eat more red meat to reduce the rate of climate change.The report will no doubt anger vegetarian green campaigners, but has also upset poultry and pork producers...

  • Food Standards Agency £270m cost-cutting claim under attack

    19 Dec 2009

    Industry sources have challenged FSA claims this week that it is saving businesses £270m a year by reducing red tape. The agency said the savings consisted of £225m of policy cost reductions and a £44m drop in the administrative burden....

  • East End Foods plans depot on Heinz site

    19 Dec 2009

    East End Foods has submitted a planning application for a major new development on the former HP sauce factory site in Birmingham.The wholesaler detailed its plans to Birmingham City Council this week. It intends to build its third...

  • Extra Light tries to avoid trouble by going Lighter

    19 Dec 2009

    Flora Extra Light has been renamed Flora Lighter Than Light in a bid to circumvent new EU food labelling rules but lawyers warn the move may not be enough to stave off litigation.From 19 January, a new annex on health claims in the...

  • First Milk on the road to recovery, says boss

    19 Dec 2009

    First Milk's chairman and interim CEO Bill Mustoe has insisted the company is "in the recovery pattern" and is well placed for a stable and successful future.In his first major interview since joining the company in October, Mustoe told...

  • Editor's Comment: Grocery not only weathered the recession, but delivered a host of surprises

    19 Dec 2009

    If some of the more memorable themes of this year's Top Products Survey seem familiar own-label losing share to brands; promotions reaching record levels; food price inflation; supplier consolidation; and the revival of several big...

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