2 October 2004

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  • ‘Reasonable’ access for disabled causes confusion

    02 Oct 2004

    Retailers not catering for disabled customers now face prosecution under the Disability Discrimination Act. The Act, which came into force on Friday, October 1, requires businesses to make reasonable adjustments to their premises, service...

  • n maid is to go Irish co-op Dairygold is set to axe the controversial Somerset Maid character from its Horlicks Farms Cheddar packs.

    02 Oct 2004

    The move will be welcomed by some in the industry who think the character indicates that the cheese is made in Somerset. It is in fact Irish Cheddar packed in Wales. It was produced in Ilminster in Somerset until 2001. Commercial director David...

  • A bit weighed down?

    02 Oct 2004

    They’ve made huge strides but can the co-operative societies continue to flourish? Elaine Watson and Rod Addy reportModernise or die was the stark message of the Co-operative Commission report into the co-op movement in 2001. Three...

  • Administrators hope to keep Frank Rowe going

    02 Oct 2004

    Flower and plant supplier Frank Rowe has been forced into administration and made 17 of its 47 staff redundant, but administrators plan to sell the business as a going concern. Since 1999, the Somerset-based family-run company faced sales to its...

  • Ahold sells Spanish arm to Permira

    04 Oct 2004

    Ahold, the Dutch supermarket group, is selling its Spanish retail assets to private equity firm Permira for E685m (£470m).Ahold has approximately 600 outlets on the Spainish mainland and the Canary Islands, which include the HiperSol and...

  • Bread gets all shook up over The King

    02 Oct 2004

    Allied Bakeries has ditched Kingsmill brand ambassadors Mel and Sue – and replaced them with The King. The baker is aiming to rock its competitors with a new £7m campaign featuring a new TV ad starring a young Elvis lookalike. Hitting...

  • Brewers vie for prized Tesco listing

    02 Oct 2004

    A national listing with the country’s biggest supermarket was the prize on offer as hundreds of small brewers waited to hear the results of the inaugural Tesco Brewing Awards. The competition incorporated the Tesco Beer Challenge and for the...

  • Budweiser’s TV travels

    02 Oct 2004

    Budweiser is kicking off a marketing campaign aimed at highlighting the freshness of the beer with new television advertising. The campaign, called True Refreshment, runs during October across terrestrial, satellite and cable TV stations. It...

  • Amarula’s challenge

    02 Oct 2004

    Cream liqueur brand Amarula is hoping to steal share from market leader Baileys with a £500,000 advertising campaign in the run-up to Christmas. Distributor First Drinks Brands is launching a press campaign, featuring an image of an escalator...

  • Asda’s Hopson helps tackle the gender pay gulf

    02 Oct 2004

    Asda’s Sally Hopson has been given a place on the newly created Women and Work Commission, set up by the government to review the pay gap between the sexes. Hopson was recently appointed Asda’s first female regional managing director when she...

  • Aldi searching for Irish sites in expansion plan

    02 Oct 2004

    Discount chain Aldi has embarked on a major expansion drive in the Irish Republic, taking out advertisements in the Irish national press seeking sites in 80 different locations. The company has 14 stores, and has paid E25m in recent weeks for...

  • Budget burning

    02 Oct 2004

    Greek manufacturer Karelia is adding two budget cigarette brands to its portfolio – Karelia Blue and White.Karelia, which has a presence in the UK Slims market, will be taking on the likes of Imperial Tobacco’s Lambert & Butler and...

  • Campaign trail

    02 Oct 2004

    Sharwood’s bundhManufacturer: Sharwood’sBrand: Sharwood’s BundhBudget: undisclosedNew TV advertising for Sharwood’s Bundh is a reworking of last year’s ‘Taste Loud’ ad campaign and supports the recent £9m relaunch of the...

  • Asda’s non-food Living format debuts

    08 Oct 2004

    Asda has launched its first store under the Asda Living general merchandise format today, at Crown Wharf Retail Park in Walsall town centre in the west Midlands.Two further trial stores are under development. The second, measuring 30,000 sq...

  • Birds Eye plant axed

    08 Oct 2004

    The closure of Unilever’s Birds Eye factory in Grimsby should not be seen as evidence that frozen food is in terminal decline, the British Frozen Food Federation has insisted.Speaking after Unilever announced plans to close its Grimsby...

  • Creative thinking inside the box

    02 Oct 2004

    The luxury end of the boxed chocolate market is doing well while twist-wrap variants continue to prove popular says Jackie DavidThe urging by government and health professions that we should eat less sweet stuff isn’t the most helpful...

  • Czech beer’s UK launch

    02 Oct 2004

    A newly formed company is hoping to cash in on healthy demand for imported beers with the launch of a Czech lager in the UK.Grayrose Trading is to import and distribute Hedge, a pils which is already sold in the Czech Republic and Germany with…

  • clipper honour

    02 Oct 2004

    Clipper Teas and its design agency Williams Murray Hamm took the top honour at the DBA Design Effectiveness Awards for its dramatic commercial achievement through design. Design was instrumental in Clipper increasing export markets from one to 23...

  • Christmas beer ‘disaster’

    02 Oct 2004

    Most wholesalers suffered as a consequence of the supermarkets’ price war on beer last Christmas and fear it will be at least as bad again this year. At least one major player is also threatening to delist two leading brands as a...

  • China goals

    02 Oct 2004

    SABMiller, the world’s second largest brewer, has said it is looking for more acquisitions in China, where beer sales continue to rise above expectations. SABMiller also said volumes in its Asian and African businesses rose 9% in the five months to...

  • Deli sale

    02 Oct 2004

    Ahold is to sell its Benelux foodservice unit Deli XL as part of an ongoing strategic review of its operations. Deli XL is market leader in the Netherlands and Belgium with consolidated net sales of E837m for 2003. It also provides 60,000 products...

  • Davidson hails strong performance of Arla brands

    02 Oct 2004

    Arla Foods UK has announced the planned closure of plants at Ruislip and Newcastle-upon-Tyne, which is the final stage of its restructuring following its merger with Express Dairies. Subject to consultation with staff, the sites will close in...

  • Confection perfection

    02 Oct 2004

    It’s all change for our gallery of the six best confectionery buyers. None of the group voted for by suppliers in June 2003 made it into this year’s high flyers. That said, Tesco, Asda and Waitrose all made it through again. Tesco’s Sharon...

  • Canned tuna prices set to be pushed up as fish escape purse seiner nets

    02 Oct 2004

    John West has warned that skipjack tuna prices to retailers have risen by 15% and will remain high for the next 12 months. The company said poor catches had been caused by warm surface temperatures in the Indian Ocean and Western Pacific causing...

  • Consumer Insight: apples

    02 Oct 2004

    When apples are consumedIn the last year there were 2.9 billion individual apple meal occasions, accounting for 30% of all fruit consumption occasions Consumption of apples has decreased by 1.5 % versus last...

  • Del Monte mulls over its limited editions for winter

    02 Oct 2004

    Del Monte Beverages is aiming to heat up the soft drinks category with its first special edition juice blend. Winter Warmer is a blend of apple, plum, lemon and cinnamon, which can be gently heated to create a mulled wine-style drink. On...

  • Coolers from The Big J

    02 Oct 2004

    Fruit smoothies specialist The Big J is extending its repertoire with a new range of juice and water drinks. The new brand, called Coolers, will go into Sainsbury this month and the company claimed it would answer the growing consumer demand for...

  • Confectionery sales soar as NPD tempts Brits

    02 Oct 2004

    Consumers are spending more on confectionery – despite the raging health debate. Take-home sales of confectionery were up 10% on last year to £2.09bn, according to the latest figures from TNS Superpanel. In fact, the average British household...

  • Coughlan succeeds Walsh at ministry

    02 Oct 2004

    Mary Coughlan, formerly the Republic of Ireland’s minister of social and family affairs, has become the country’s minister of agriculture and food. She replaces Joe Walsh, who has retired. Walsh held the post for 10 years. Under his...

  • Coors and Molson merger moves one step closer

    07 Oct 2004

    Coors has been given the go-ahead to merge its business with Molson, creating the fifth largest beer company in the world.The Federal Trade Commission recently gave clearance to the proposal but the Canadian Competition Bureau has yet to...

  • Costco records successful year

    08 Oct 2004

    Costco Wholesale Operations, the US warehouse operator, reported higher fourth quarter profit due to strong sales of health and beauty products as well as food and hardware. Net profit for the fourth quarter ended August 29, grew to $296.8m...

  • Cooltrader acquires Poundfreeze

    08 Oct 2004

    Cooltrader, the freezer chain set up by former Iceland boss Malcolm Walker, has almost doubled its store base with the acquisition of West Midlands chain Poundfreeze.The eight-store deal boosts Cooltrader’s estate to 20 stores, said buying...

  • Compass revamps its depot

    08 Oct 2004

    Nisa Today’s group member, Compass Cash and Carry, celebrated its 25th anniversary this week with the official opening of its fully revamped depot.The Glasgow-based licensed and impulse specialist has invested £100,000 to modernise the interior...

  • Compass revamps its depot

    08 Oct 2004

    Nisa Today’s group member, Compass Cash and Carry, celebrated its 25th anniversary this week with the official opening of its fully revamped depot.The Glasgow-based licensed and impulse specialist has invested £100,000 to modernise the interior...

  • Cooltrader acquires Poundfreeze

    08 Oct 2004

    Cooltrader, the freezer chain set up by former Iceland boss Malcolm Walker, has almost doubled its store base with the acquisition of West Midlands chain Poundfreeze.The eight-store deal boosts Cooltrader’s estate to 20 stores, said buying...

  • Focus On Confectionery

    02 Oct 2004

    Confectionery brands made for our grandparents have stayed relevant to today’s generations. Sean McAllister finds out how they’re doing it

  • festive biscuits

    02 Oct 2004

    Jacobs is launching a new Temptations biscuits assortment to attract sweet-toothed Christmas revellers. The selection of thick chocolate-coated biscuits will go on sale in the run-up to Christmas and will be positioned as a gift solution and for...

  • Fight this definition – Simons

    02 Oct 2004

    Convenience retailers have been told they must put more pressure on the Competition Commission to scrap its two-market definition to stop the major supermarket chains forcing smaller operators out of business. Addressing a group of leading...

  • Finsbury trims festive lines

    02 Oct 2004

    Finsbury Food Group, which owns Memory Lane Cakes, has slashed its Christmas product lines in half in a dramatic exercise to boost efficiency. The supplier said it wanted to cut costs and maximise sales of core-selling Christmas products,...

  • Ethical chain set to expand

    02 Oct 2004

    Ethical food retailer Out of this World is gearing up for a relaunch as it approaches its 10th birthday. Its flagship store in Newcastle has been given a refit and a new slogan – ‘quality foods, ethically traded’ – has been introduced. A...

  • Doorstep hike

    02 Oct 2004

    Dairy Crest this week put up its doorstep milk prices by 1p per pint. The company claimed the move was due to “increased costs of production and distribution”.Analysts said it might be intended to offset at least some of the damage caused by...

  • Fish feeds plea to SMPs

    02 Oct 2004

    Three major environmental bodies have called on the Scottish Executive to take action to ensure the sustainability of fish feeds used in salmon farms. WWF Scotland, the Scottish Wildlife Trust and RSPB Scotland want an end to the use of...

  • Fat labels ‘mislead’

    02 Oct 2004

    The Food Standards Agency is to develop guidelines for the terms that are used to describe the fat content of minced meat. The announcement came after the agency claimed consumers were being misled by minced meat labels. In a survey of 561...

  • Fresh tactics

    02 Oct 2004

    Unilever is throwing its SteamFresh range into two new areas by adding fish dishes and ready meals to the range, which had previously focused on easy-cook vegetables.Rolling out to supermarkets this month, the newcomers are set to be backed...

  • Firework fun

    02 Oct 2004

    Britvic is launching a £2.5m Autumn Fun campaign to create a bang behind its Robinsons squash brand.TV ads, a national door-drop campaign and instore and online activity will drive the push, culminating in Robinsons’ sponsorship of two...

  • Eureka

    02 Oct 2004

    >>who’s at the cutting edge of NPD?Product: XcarbCompany: XcarbLaunch date: July 2004Entrepreneurial newcomer Xcarb’s range of low-carb foods is aimed at the reportedly three million people in the UK who...

  • Fresh Del Monte drops 2004 forecast

    04 Oct 2004

    Fresh Del Monte has issued a profits warning for 2004, dropping its estimates from the range of $2.55 to $2.65 a share down to $2.05 to $2.15 per share.The drop in estimates has been attributed to weak banana pricing, lower melon...

  • Diageo poised to sell General Mills shares

    05 Oct 2004

    Diageo is ready to sell the majority of its $3.5bn (£2bn) shareholding in General Mills, to maintain its focus on its drinks businesses.The manufacturer of Smirnoff vodka and Guinness acquired a 21% stake in General mills in 2001 after it...

  • Frosties slogan banned by ASA

    06 Oct 2004

    The Advertising Standards Authority has banned the Kellogg’s Frosties brand from using the slogan “train hard, eat right and earn your stripes” due to its high sugar content.The agency considered that the slogan, used in a commercial,...

  • EBLEX appoints new ceo

    07 Oct 2004

    The director of food policy at the British Retail Consortium, Richard Ali, has been appointed chief executive of the English Beef and Lamb Executive.He will take up his new post in January and will succeed David Croston, who retires in...

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