19 February 2005

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  • a vine romance

    19 Feb 2005

    Brits will be spending more on wine than the French within four years, according to a report commissioned by international wine exhibition organiser Vinexpo.The study forecasts that the retail value of wine drunk in the UK will grow by...

  • Aero serves balls for an ace

    19 Feb 2005

    Sean McAllister Nestlé Rowntree is breathing new life into Aero, its bubbly chocolate brand, with bitesized new product development, revamped packaging, an updated recipe and a £6m marketing programme. The Aero makeover is expected to add...

  • All in One defies the two

    19 Feb 2005

    Warburtons has stoked up the bread market by claiming its new combination white and brown loaf, All in One, improves on current competitor offerings Hovis Best of Both and Kingsmill Wholemeal & White. The new white loaf has the fibre and...

  • Asda draws its battle lines for Tesco tussle

    19 Feb 2005

    Asda is to open 15 new stores and extend 20 existing sites this year, in a continued effort to close the gap on market leader Tesco. The £600m expansion plan will include stores of all sizes in the UK and create 6,000 jobs. Work began this week...

  • Availability took a festive tumble

    19 Feb 2005

    Seasonal pressures knocked a whopping 10% off availability at the leading supermarkets in the run up to Christmas, according to the first ECR UK/IGD festive availability survey. The survey, which monitored out of stocks on 45 seasonal lines at...

  • Back to its basics

    19 Feb 2005

    Sara Lee, the US consumer goods company, plans to dispose of many of its clothing brands, including Playtex, Wonderbra and Hanes underwear, in order to refocus on its food businesses.It will concentrate on the meat and bakery goods...

  • Benylin coughs up for a sachet

    19 Feb 2005

    Cough medicines have caught the convenience bug with the launch of Benylin in sachet format. Consumers can now take Benylin Chesty Coughs on the run, using single-dose 5ml sachets, which are boxed in packs of 10. Both Chesty Coughs...

  • Bid to develop NI superstore spurs speculation over Asda

    19 Feb 2005

    Speculation that Asda is planning a move across the Irish Sea is mounting following reports that a UK food retailer has lodged an application to build a superstore in Craigavon and may take over the anchor tenancy at a new shopping centre in...

  • Bitesized makeover

    19 Feb 2005

    Masterfoods has swapped its standard large bags for pouches and reckons the new bagged confectionery packaging could prompt a big increase in sales. Sharing packs in the bitesize category for Maltesers, Minstrels, Revels and M&M’s are now...

  • Booker blasted again for its stock failure on deals

    19 Feb 2005

    Booker has been hauled up by advertising watchdogs for the second time in a year for distributing leaflets plugging deals on products that it does not have in stock. Although Booker had indicated that all offers on a leaflet sent out last autumn...

  • Branding is the great persuader

    19 Feb 2005

    Branding rather than taste appears to more heavily influence consumers when it comes to choosing drinks products, exclusive research for The Grocer reveals. A survey carried out by Brewing Research International (BRI) as part of a wider study...

  • Buckfast takes on MSP

    19 Feb 2005

    Tonic wine maker Buckfast has swiftly defended its reputation and markets after a Member of the Scottish Parliament asked shops in her constituency to stop selling the product. Cathy Jamieson MSP made the request after a community organisation...

  • California son

    19 Feb 2005

    Chilled Californian juice POM Wonderful hopes to repeat the success it has had in the US with its UK offerings of 100% pomegranate, pomegranate with cherry and pomegranate with blueberry.UK distributor Retail Brands has won a listing in...

  • Campaign trail

    19 Feb 2005

    Essentialsmanufacturer: Jacob’sbrand: Jacob’s Crackersbudget: part of a £3m spendJacob’s has turned the spotlight on newcomer Essentials in a new TV ad. The execution features a woman...

  • Chile grape crop up 15%

    19 Feb 2005

    Chilean grape growers are on course for a bumper crop, far exceeding the 91 million cartons available last year. Packers predict that the final harvest could be 15% higher than last year when the season ends in May. Thompson continues to be...

  • Cold Comfort

    19 Feb 2005

    Chilled food specialist Uniq has warned that a poor performance in the UK would hit group profits in 2005/6. It added that takeover discussions were now progressing with only one party because other bidders were put off by the company’s...

  • coming competition for UK pigmeat from Richard Longthorp, pig farmer, Howden, East Yorkshire

    19 Feb 2005

    Sir; MLC marketing director Richard Lowe in his Saturday Essay of January 22 (p34) points out that pig-producing organisations abroad have been critical of the latest initiative by BPEX to once again promote the higher welfare standards of British...

  • Commodities update: tuna, tomatoes, beef, dried fruit

    19 Feb 2005

    Tuna prices increase Tuna prices are rising after poor catches and concern that shortages are becoming the norm. Conservationists cite over-fishing as a reason, but weather seems more likely. There are many reports of recorded changes in sea...

  • Focus On Better For You Snacks & Drinks

    19 Feb 2005

    Better-for-you suppliers are rolling out new food and drink ranges as nutrition concerns secure the sector a healthy future. Ailsa Colquhoun reports

  • In profile: Athif Sarwar, managing director of United Wholesale (Scotland)

    19 Feb 2005

    The benefits of a united front Athif Sarwar learned the wholesale business at his father’s knee. But now that his father, Mohammad Sarwar, is a Labour MP busy walking Westminster’s corridors...

  • Couple bid farewell to a life in retirement

    19 Feb 2005

    Retirement is proving to be a hectic time of life for Alec Gardner and his wife, Lyn. Not only have they set up shop again, but the couple have just picked up Budgens Shop of the Year award. After 35 years of running CTN stores in London’s East...

  • GDAs preferable to nutrition profilinG

    19 Feb 2005

    from Steve Chandler, director-general, SNACMASir; With reference to your recent article ‘Mission Impossible’ (The Grocer February 12 p11), I would like to clarify SNACMA’s position on the issue of nutrient profiling. The Snack,...

  • Even more Sensations

    19 Feb 2005

    Walkers is introducing a limited edition Roasted Onion & Balsamic Vinegar flavour and two new Sensations Selections multipacks to its premium lines. The two multipacks include Eastern Selection – containing packs of Tandoori Masala...

  • Dolmio does it for busy cooks

    19 Feb 2005

    Helen Gregory Masterfoods has followed the example set by home cooks and added vegetables to a new Dolmio sauce range. Research has revealed that consumers add vegetables to 40% of all Bolognese meals cooked at home (TNS Family Food Panel). ...

  • M&S loyalty stamp

    19 Feb 2005

    Marks and Spencer is running a trial of a new loyalty scheme specifically for its Food to Go range of products in six of its London stores. Shoppers are invited to collect a stamp every time they spend more than £3 on Food to Go labelled items....

  • Hotdogs must declare MRM content

    19 Feb 2005

    Hotdog suppliers must revise their labelling if they want to continue using the American term for their sausages. According to guidance notes due to be released by LACORS, the government organisation that assists local authorities in the UK to...

  • Independents could be forced to jettison staff

    19 Feb 2005

    Eight out of 10 independent retailers say they will have to ditch staff if there is a rise in the national minimum wage rates, according to The Grocer’s latest reader panel survey. The finding comes just days before the Low Pay Commission is due...

  • Co-op trials a unifying brand

    19 Feb 2005

    The Co-operative Group is to conduct low-level trials of a new co-op brand in late summer in a bid to create a more consistent identity across the co-op movement. Details are being kept under wraps, but a spokesman said: “This is bigger than...

  • Costcutter denies any barrier to joint venture

    19 Feb 2005

    Yorkshire-based symbol group Costcutter has stalled on ambitious plans to roll out jointly branded stores with pharmacy operator Numark. The group said last year that it hoped to have at least 20 stores up and running within a short space of...

  • FSA keeps food industry guessing over profiling

    19 Feb 2005

    The Food Standards Agency has dismissed speculation that it has already decided to exempt meat and dairy products from the controversial nutrient profiling model that will underpin the classification of foods into healthy and unhealthy. Industry...

  • Food Brokers’ execs step into breach

    19 Feb 2005

    Former employees of Food Brokers set up a break-away company this week to pick up business from suppliers and retailers now the firm has officially stopped trading. The company, called 852 Solutions, comprises Andrew Baldwin and Jim Hutton,...

  • Industry fury at ‘useless’ tag

    19 Feb 2005

    UK food and drink industry bodies have hit out at claims that they are “useless” made in a new report. The Milk Development Council, the British Potato Council and the Wine Standards Board were all described in the report on the UK’s 529 quangos...

  • Judge seeks sales ruling

    19 Feb 2005

    Does the use of children by health boards to catch out retailers who sell cigarettes to under-age customers amount to entrapment? That’s the question the Irish High Court has been asked to decide after a series of prosecutions arising from test...

  • Frozen takes a leap

    19 Feb 2005

    Frozen is the predominant theme in-store this week, moving up from fifth place in the brand category chart to take the top spot. The success of the category is shown by the appearance of Aunt Bessie’s in the top 10 brands and by frozen’s top...

  • Even after Saudi Arabia, the UK’s a tough posting

    19 Feb 2005

    He has a stable of well-loved brands but the market has never been more challenging. Kevin Havelock talks to Julian HuntWorking for a massive, western fmcg company in Saudi Arabia in the wake of 9/11 would not have been everybody’s...

  • Edden’s paradise is full of promise

    19 Feb 2005

    The user-friendliness of Vitality’s automated warehouse system sets it apart from other cash and carry groups. Rod Addy reportsNicky Edden, joint MD of Tottenham-based Vitality Group cash and carry, is focused on making life as easy...

  • Consumer feedback

    19 Feb 2005

    >>recently launched better-for-you brands testedBetter-for-you took a more practical note during the last 12 months, with a number of new products introduced that offered consumers easy to understand benefits. In an environment...

  • Dangers of the organics quest

    19 Feb 2005

    Consumption of fruit and vegetables could be hit by a “double whammy” if the drive towards organic systems continues, a scientist at the University of Edinburgh has warned. Organic produce is more expensive and it carries a higher risk from the...

  • Growers hit by cold snap

    19 Feb 2005

    Spanish tomato growers around the Nijar area in Almeria have appealed to the Spanish government for compensation for substantial losses caused by unexpected cold weather. Frost has destroyed plants and polyhouses have collapsed under the weight...

  • Freeze damages soft fruit

    19 Feb 2005

    Spain’s raspberries and strawberries have been hit by bad weather. Frozen roots are expected to damage the raspberry crop badly. Bill Ashby, of exporter Alconera, said that even if temperatures recovered he did not expect there to be much...

  • Consumer Insight

    19 Feb 2005

    Who eats melon?* In the last year melons were eaten on 251 million occasions, 93.5% of which were in the home. Consumption fell by 0.3%* Most melon is consumed at the evening meal and is 133% more likely to feature at...

  • Dairy scoops £900,000 higher education contract in Scotland

    19 Feb 2005

    Milk processor Graham’s Dairies has secured a contract worth almost £1m with the Scottish Universities and Colleges Catering Purchasing Group. The Scottish company has also opened a new 20,000 sq ft depot in Brechin, which it said would...

  • Kingsmill bakes some premium bagels

    19 Feb 2005

    Kingsmill has started baking bagels to cash in on a growing demand for premium bakery snacks. Beautiful Bagels are plain bagels that will be available in the major multiples and convenience sector, while a Cinnamon & Raisin variant will be...

  • Four-packs for Grolsch icon

    19 Feb 2005

    Coors is making its iconic Grolsch bottle available in a four-pack for the first time. The pack carries 450ml swingtop bottles and is designed to be put straight on the shelf, with an easy-carry handle for customers. Brand director Andy Cray...

  • diageo’s new tipple

    19 Feb 2005

    Diageo is launching a new whisky brand at the end of March which will target 25 to 35-year-olds. The brand, called -6, will initially be tested in bars and then rolled out to the off-trade. In March, the company is also launching a new bourbon...

  • fresh approach

    19 Feb 2005

    Nestlé is moving in on Wrigley territory with the launch of two new breath-freshening products – Polo Liquid Orbs and Polo + VivazolThe latter is a blend of plant extracts in the standard Polo tube format with an rsp of 36p. Polo Liquid...

  • Grampian makes chicken easy

    19 Feb 2005

    Somerfield has launched a new ‘Primary Plus’ fresh chicken range into its stores under the Grampian brand. The products, which went on sale on Wednesday, are designed to be easy to cook and offer short cooking times. They are selling alongside...

  • Fish still on the menu

    19 Feb 2005

    The Sea Fish Industry Authority claims consumers can eat fish such as cod and haddock without endangering natural populations. Seafish spoke out after the Marine Conservation Society published its Fish to Avoid and Fish to Eat Today list,...

  • Danish Crown restructure

    19 Feb 2005

    Danish Crown is to restructure its pork and bacon activities in the UK. A new company, Danish Crown UK, will be established at the current premises of DBI in Manchester on May 1. Danish Crown UK will incorporate the sales of fresh pork currently...

  • FarmFed secures more JS business

    19 Feb 2005

    Northern Ireland’s FarmFed Chickens, which last week lost its GB fresh chicken supply contract with Sainsbury, said it had managed to mitigate job losses at its Coleraine factory by winning extra business with the retailer. MD Garth Henry said...

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