19 March 2011

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  • Focus On Juices & Smoothies

    19 Mar 2011

    The juices and smoothies market looks poised for recovery, but some sectors are struggling, and the spectre of commodity prices continues to haunt everyone. Elinor Zuke reports

  • Focus On Juices & Smoothies: A big year for smoothies on TV Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    In terms of spend, the past year has been a big one for juices and smoothies, with the top 10 brands spending 71% more on advertising than last year. TV spend alone was up 86.9%.

  • Focus On Juices & Smoothies: Keeping the juices flowing Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    The juices and smoothies market looks poised for recovery, but some sectors are struggling, and the spectre of commodity prices continues to haunt everyone. Elinor Zuke reports

  • Focus On Juices & Smoothies: Market revives in hot weather Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    The hot summer has helped the market pick up. Good value sales were due largely to price rises, although a fall in the number of shoppers and a drop in frequency of purchase affected volume sales.

  • Focus On Juices & Smoothies: Innovations Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    Fructose intolerant Mark Walker spotted a gap in the market for a range of chilled pure vegetable juices and, having adapted traditional olive oil-making methods to create a process for extracting juice from beetroot, spinach, celery and carrot, he came up with WB&CO.

  • Food sales suffer as high street takes a battering

    25 Mar 2011

    Food volumes were down 2.2% in February compared to the equivalent month in 2010, figures from the Office for National Statistics show.

  • Japan quake causes storm in commodities

    19 Mar 2011

    The prices of oil and other key food commodities were increasingly volatile this week in the wake of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that hit Japan last Friday. After many months of rising prices, maize, wheat and soya plummeted...

  • Greencore ‘must act fast or it will become a target’

    21 Mar 2011

    Greencore will need to strike a deal swiftly after failing to secure Northern Foods or risk becoming a takeover target itself, City experts have warned. M&A experts have cited Bakkavör and Uniq as potential targets. "Greencore...

  • Insurance scheme covers bad weather

    19 Mar 2011

    Former BBC weatherman John Kettley is fronting a new insurance scheme offering companies protection against the wrong kind of weather. The scheme is being launched by insurance agent WeatherBrokers.com, which said it got the idea after...

  • Haldanes’ discount venture doubles up

    19 Mar 2011

    Haldanes opens its second Ugo discount supermarket next week. The Haldanes store in Broxburn, Edinburgh, will reopen as Ugo on Monday after an appearance from 80s strongman Geoff Capes, the fascia's face.

  • Heinz adds two chilli variants to ketchup

    19 Mar 2011

    Heinz is adding a touch of spice to its ketchup portfolio in the shape of two ­chilli-based variants. The sauces, rolling out now in a top-down format, come in two variants Heinz Tomato Ketchup with Chilli and a hotter Fiery Chilli...

  • Gressingham gets help to break duck

    19 Mar 2011

    Poultry producer Gressingham Foods has teamed up with a Michelin-starred-chef to encourage consumers to try cooking duck, and improve sales. The company is working with Galton Blackiston on a campaign that will include on-pack promotions,...

  • Home Farm drinking yoghurts revamped

    19 Mar 2011

    Bio Green is relaunching Home Farm Originals drinking yoghurts as Good Heavens! in a bid to position it as a more premium offer. The company - which currently supplies 200 Tesco Express stores with drinking yoghurt - is reformulating...

  • Hovis rolls out Union Jack loaf packaging

    25 Mar 2011

    Hovis is to roll out a Union Jack pack design to highlight its use of flour milled from British wheat. From the end of March, the brand's Soft White range will carry bold Union Jack packaging and the tagline '100% British Wheat'. The new...

  • Local shop is ‘an oasis of sanity’ - MP

    19 Mar 2011

    A Nisa Local store in Worcestershire has received the first My Shop Is Your Shop Gold Award for Community Retailing from the FWD. Local MP Peter Luff, who presented the award to staff at the Broadway store, called Rav Garcha's shop "an...

  • Letter of the week: Double standards in pork retailing

    19 Mar 2011

    Sir, In his letter (The Grocer, 5 March), Andrew Opie, BRC director of food, implies that supermarkets have no influence over prices paid to pig farmers: a statement that's surely somewhere between disingenuous and rubbish.

  • Loser? Organic food is thriving...

    19 Mar 2011

    Sir, I write in response to the article 'Local is the new Organic' (The Grocer, 5 March). Organic is not the big loser to local. Market figures show that organic beef sales were up 15% year-on-year to the end of 2010. Milk and yoghurts continue...

  • Lake District Cheese gets new formats

    19 Mar 2011

    First Milk is extending The Lake District Cheese Co brand of Cheddar into convenience formats with the launch of grated cheese and portion-size packs. Lake District Grated (£1.99 for a 200g pack) and Lake District Bites (£1.49 for six 20g...

  • Kishor Patel's Expert Advice: To go or not to go, that is the question Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    By not attending conferences and shows, you close the door to some useful experiences, says Kishor Patel

  • JJ Food Service hires new manager for BWS development Subscription

    19 Mar 2011

    JJ Food Service has appointed Mark Hopkins to develop its fledgling BWS category. Hopkins, who starts on Monday as sector development manager, previously held senior management roles in sales, marketing and operations at Turkish drinks...

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