19 December 2009

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  • Unilever ponders billion-pound ad spend shake-up

    22 Dec 2009

    Unilever is reviewing its media and advertising spending and could take a £281m marketing contract away from advertising giant WPP, according to the Daily Mail.

  • 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.

  • NI indies face ATM blow after rash of raids

    22 Dec 2009

    Banks are to reduce the amount of cash in ATMs in Northern Ireland as a result of a spate of 19 smash and grab raids on the machines in the past nine months.

  • Michels ‘out of running for M&S chairman role’

    22 Dec 2009

    Sir David Michels, the deputy chairman of Marks & Spencer, is believed to have shelved his ambitions to become chairman of the company when Sir Stuart Rose retires next year.

  • Hovis crowned in The Grocer’s Top Products 2009

    21 Dec 2009

    Hovis stormed into pole position in The Grocer’s 2009 Top Products Survey chart, with the biggest growth in value of all the products across 76 key categories.

  • Waitrose wine boss heads for Direct Wines

    21 Dec 2009

    Direct Wines has completed a swoop for Waitrose wine chief Justin Howard-Sneyd.

  • Mugabe henchmen storm Nestlé HQ

    21 Dec 2009

    The Zimabawean office of Nestlé has been blockaded after the Swiss manufacturer stopped buying milk from a farm owned by President Robert Mugabe’s wife, Grace.

  • Kraft hands non-exec role to Heineken boss van Boxmeer

    21 Dec 2009

    Kraft Foods has appointed Heineken boss Jean-François van Boxmeer as a non-executive director, as the US food giant steps up its efforts to gain control of Cadbury.

  • Yorkshire Tesco plan sent to court

    21 Dec 2009

    Plans for a new Tesco in the Yorkshire town of Driffield have been delayed after a judicial review into planning consent was called.

  • ... 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 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.

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