19 September 2009

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  • Acid Test: McGuigan Classic Cabernet Sauvignon

    19 Sep 2009

    A bold and blackcurranty Aussie cab sauv, or over-priced plonk lacking complexity? Our panel decide

  • Ad of the Week: Vimto's mixed message takes us all for a ride

    19 Sep 2009

    This column has previously noted (almost every week, actually) that advertisers seem to think 'zany' equals 'lucrative'. Usually the ghastly pantomime grates like children's knees on playground asphalt, but Vimto's trip to the fairground somehow pulls it off.

  • Apples fight for share as sales volumes fall

    19 Sep 2009

    Apple consumption is falling as wide-ranging promotions on other fruit tempt shoppers to switch from the traditional favourite.Sales volumes of apples fell 3.2% to 501 million kgs in the year to May, TNS figures show. The market grew by...

  • Around the Papers 21/9/09

    21 Sep 2009

    Morrisons non-food rejig; Xmas comes early; Spar sales surge

  • Around the Papers 22/9/09

    22 Sep 2009

    Tesco ad row; Stilton 'from Stilton' sensation; Jesus 'would shop at Aldi'

  • Around the Papers 23/9/09

    23 Sep 2009

    Cadbury drama continues; Suntory swallows Schweppes; Brits grow melons

  • Asda puts fridge roll-out plans on hold after shopper feedback

    19 Sep 2009

    Asda has shelved plans to roll out the chiller cabinets with doors trialled at its latest eco-store in Liverpool, after shoppers claimed they made it difficult to reach certain products.The C02-powered refrigerators were launched when...

  • Bestway aims to double symbol group sales over next two years

    19 Sep 2009

    Bestway plans to double its Best-one symbol group sales over the next two years.Best-one controller James Hall said the symbol was on track for sales to exceed £150m this year and that they had being growing at least 20% a year since it...

  • Booker's oil recycling scheme ‘used by thousands’

    19 Sep 2009

    Booker has given £100,000 back to its customers under the cooking oil recycling scheme it launched in June last year.

  • Brakes ramps up efforts to turn operation green

    19 Sep 2009

    Brakes has vowed to step up efforts to cut the thickness of packaging on own-label products, replace older refrigeration with eco-friendly systems and switch to greener transport. In 2008, it reduced the thickness of packaging on 160...

  • BritishAngus.com to grow global market

    19 Sep 2009

    A new company has been set up to grow the international market for British origin Aberdeen Angus cattle.BritishAngus.com aims to promote all products associated with the Aberdeen Angus breed to take advantage of the "huge and...

  • Boardroom larks worth a King’s ransom

    19 Sep 2009

    This week The Guardian named Reckitt Benckiser boss Bart Becht as the top-paid executive in the FTSE100 taking home £36.8m last year in salary, shares and pens craftily snaffled from the office stationery cupboard.That's almost four...

  • British melons debut at M&S

    23 Sep 2009

    An upside to global warming has emerged with the news that melons grown in Britain are hitting shelves in Marks & Spencer for the first time this week.

  • Around the Papers 24/9/09

    24 Sep 2009

    Cadbury backtracks; King surves his realm; 'pizza is bad for you' shock

  • Campaign Trail: Feel good with on-the-go pud

    19 Sep 2009

    Premier Foods this week launched a multimedia push to support two new puds under its Ambrosia brand.

  • Campaign Trail: Red Bull goes extreme

    19 Sep 2009

    Red Bull has eschewed its usual jet pilots and stunt bikers for a couple of ex-Hollyoaks actors in its latest sponsorship activity. TV show Red Bull Rivals will follow Darren Jeffries and Matt Littler (aka OB and Max) as they try out extreme sports...

  • Campaign Trail: Vodka hits the silver screen

    19 Sep 2009

    Reserve Brands Group, the luxury division of Diageo GB, is turning the spotlight on super-premium vodka brand Ketel One in a new campaign to highlight its heritage. The push kicks off next month with cinema screenings across the nation, in...

  • Careers File: Feedback is the food of champions, so tuck in Subscription

    19 Sep 2009

    My boss would like to begin 360 degree feedback, inviting not only my direct reports but also my peers across the business and get...

  • Cadbury calls on Kraft to put up or shut up

    22 Sep 2009

    Cadbury has asked the Takeover Panel to impose a ‘put up or shut up’ order on Kraft as the UK confectioner seeks to fight off last month’s takeover bid.

  • Cadbury clarifies ‘fair price’ claim

    24 Sep 2009

    Cadbury has forced Merrill Lynch to correct a note from its sales staff implying chief executive Todd Stitzer had identified a “fair price” for a takeover by Kraft.

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