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...

  • Ahold completes sale of 12 Polish stores to Carrefour

    24 Feb 2005

    Dutch supermarket retailer, Ahold, has announced it has completed the sale of 12 large Hypernova hypermarkets in Poland to Carrefour. The transaction was announced on November 15, 2004, but it was subject to various conditions, which have...

  • AIG most likely to foot UK food scare bill

    24 Feb 2005

    American International Group, the world’s largest insurer, is reported as one of the most likely companies to have to foot the bill for Britain’s Sudan 1 food scare.The company confirmed that it provides product recall insurance to Premier...

  • 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...

  • Cadbury Schweppes reports profits up

    23 Feb 2005

    The world’s biggest confectioner, Cadbury Schweppes, has reported a 1% rise in profits for 2004 and underlying pre-tax profit in line with expectations at 933m.The maker of Dairy Milk, Snapple and Dr Pepper drinks said its underlying sales...

  • California Raisins continues with fitness education

    22 Feb 2005

    California Raisins has announced it is supporting the English Schools Football Association (ESFA) in communicating the message of health and fitness in education with the launch of the California Raisin Awards Scheme. The initiative is...

  • 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...

  • 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

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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). ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Daiei continues to shed overseas business

    21 Feb 2005

    Japanese supermarket retailer Daiei, has agreed to sell its Chinese supermarkets in Tianjin to Beijing-based retailer Wumart Stores.The move gives further evidence of ailing retailer Daiei’s intention to dispose of its overseas operations...

  • Coca-Cola HBC buys Serbian water brand

    21 Feb 2005

    Coca-Cola Hellenic Bottling Company (CCHBC) has announced it plans to buy one of the lading Serbian mineral water companies in a joint acquisition with the Coca-Cola Company.The purchase includes production facilities at Surdulica in...

  • Delhaize Slovakian subsidiary sells to Rewe

    21 Feb 2005

    Belgian international grocery retailer, Delhaize Group, has announced its Slovak subsidiary, Delvita SK, is to sell 11 stores to German retailers Rewe Group for E7.7m.Delivta expanded into Slovakia in 1998 but the 11 stores provided just a...

  • Campbell soup sales remain flat for 2004

    22 Feb 2005

    The Campbell Soup Company has reported its profits have remained flat for the quarter ended 30 January.Net earnings were $235m, which is around the same figure as that of a year earlier. For the quarter sales rose to £2.22bn, compared with...

  • Co-op backs Fairtrade fortnight

    22 Feb 2005

    The Co-op is supporting the Fairtrade Fortnight at the start of March after a year of strong fairtrade developments by the retailer.During 2004, the Co-op more than doubled the size of its own-label range of Fairtrade products and it now has...

  • Carlsberg profits down for 2004

    23 Feb 2005

    Carlsberg, the Danish brewer, reported a drop in pre-tax profits of 23% to £192m for last year, which was attributed to problems at its Swedish business as well as investment into its marketing budget.Sales at Carlsberg, the world’s number...

  • Food industry slammed for cartoons on kid’s foods

    24 Feb 2005

    The food industry has been accused of using cartoon characters to promote foods high in salt, sugar and fat to children, according to a study by consumer group Which?The study found that 18 popular characters from film and television were...

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