19 September 2009

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  • Focus On Canned Goods

    25 Sep 2009

    Consumers voted the tin can the greatest kitchen invention of all time in a TNS poll this summer – ironically just as the canned food market started showing signs of metal fatigue. It seems people are not prepared to pay more than they used to for canned goods and a cost-driven 11.7% hike in the value of the canned goods category over the past year has prompted a worrying 4.3% fall in volume sales [TNS 52w/e 12 July 2009].Cost hikes and currency fluctuation have hit the ...

  • Sainsbury's pits its own-label against big brands

    25 Sep 2009

    Sainsbury’s is opening a new front in the own label versus brand war with the launch of a major in-store sampling spree as part of its Switch and Save campaign. 

  • Unilever snaps up Sara Lee personal care

    25 Sep 2009

    Unilever is set to buy Sara Lee’s personal care business for €1.275bn. The purchase - which is subject to regulatory approval and consultation with European employee works councils - would see brands such as Sanex, Radox and Duschdas added to Unilever’s extensive portfolio of products. 

  • Waitrose to open 300 convenience stores

    25 Sep 2009

    Waitrose will find it tougher than it thinks to meet its target of opening 300 c-stores within the next 10 years, experts have warned. This week, the retailer unveiled aggressive expansion plans to open the c-stores as well as nine new franchise stores in Welcome Break service stations. It also revealed plans to trial the sale of its products in Boots stores. 

  • Takeover panel to investigate Stitzer comments

    25 Sep 2009

    The UK’s Takeover Panel is examining comments made by Cadbury’s chief executive that are alleged to have broken a code of conduct for company’s subject to buy-out offers. 

  • Tate & Lyle exceeds expectations

    25 Sep 2009

    Sugar manufacturer Tate & Lyle claimed performance in the last six months had exceeded expectations, in a trading statement released today. However, its performance was worse than the same period the previous year when it benefited from a spike in commodity prices. 

  • Around the Papers 23/9/09

    23 Sep 2009

    Cadbury drama continues; Suntory swallows Schweppes; Brits grow melons

  • Every sausage counts for Daniels and Debbie

    24 Sep 2009

    Veteran magician Paul Daniels and sidekick Debbie McGee will front British Sausage Week 2009.

  • Scots retailers affirm local loyalties

    24 Sep 2009

    Scottish retailers have vowed to up their support for the country’s food and drink industry, with the promise of thousands of new jobs and extra investment in local produce.

  • Organic food fraudster jailed

    24 Sep 2009

    The director of a British food supplier that falsely described its products as organic has been jailed for more than two years.

  • 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.

  • October date for Euro milk crisis talks

    24 Sep 2009

    Europe’s agriculture ministers will hold an emergency meeting in Brussels on 5 October over the collapse in the price of milk.

  • OFT rules out newstrade competition probe

    24 Sep 2009

    The Office of Fair Trading will not refer the newspaper and magazine distribution sector to the Competition Commission, in a move that will cause dismay among newsagents.

  • Around the Papers 24/9/09

    24 Sep 2009

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

  • Food inflation at three-year low, finds Asda

    23 Sep 2009

    Food inflation has hit a three-year low, according to research for supermarket Asda.

  • 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.

  • Tesco in row over squeezed muffin

    23 Sep 2009

    Tesco is facing a PR disaster amid reports it threatened two students with legal action after they were caught on CCTV squeezing a muffin.

  • Stitzer says Cadbury-Kraft tie-up makes ‘strategic sense’

    23 Sep 2009

    Cadbury chief executive Todd Stitzer has dropped his strongest hint yet that a deal between the iconic UK confectioner and suitor Kraft could go ahead.

  • Suntory seals Orangina buy-out

    23 Sep 2009

    Japanese drinks group Suntory has confirmed the acquisition of Orangina Schweppes for €2.6bn.

  • Rosenfeld tries to sweet talk Cadbury

    23 Sep 2009

    Over a groaning, but untouched breakfast table at the offices of an adviser, Irene Rosenfeld seeks to pass off her visit to London as nothing out of the ordinary, writes the Daily Mail.

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