21 August 2004

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  • £1.5m fruit depot opens

    21 Aug 2004

    A major fruit distribution centre has opened at Yaxley, near Peterborough. The Frupac site is run by Produce World, whose potato businesses supplies Waitrose. Frupac’s first tenants are packer British and Brazilian, which is supplying...

  • £2.5m cash for Ashbury

    21 Aug 2004

    Ashbury Confectionery has secured £2.5m to spend on new product development and equipment. The funding, which has come from a mezzanine finance facility arranged by Investec Private Finance, will be spent on exploring opportunities in the...

  • A long flight for The Grouse

    21 Aug 2004

    The Famous Grouse is being revamped in a bid to give the brand a more modern image, with an advertising campaign aimed at younger customers also being explored as part of the relaunch. The facelift, which owner Maxxium UK describes as the most...

  • A Moon is rising

    21 Aug 2004

    In the second of our On the Up series, Elaine Watson finds out how Stephen Moon had a hit on his hands with AltúIn a climate where the nation’s expanding waistline is hitting the headlines on a daily basis, selling products that taste...

  • Archer joins crime fight

    21 Aug 2004

    The Mills Group, which owns 85 convenience stores around the country, has appointed a security ‘heavyweight’ to crack down on instore crime. Gary Archer will be responsible for cutting losses, which amount to tens of thousands of pounds each...

  • Asda flexes its media muscle

    21 Aug 2004

    Asda is to offer co-branded radio advertising opportunities to its suppliers from next month. The UK’s number two grocery retailer is to use its media buying scale to gain preferential rates for smaller suppliers that otherwise would not be...

  • Asda overtakes M&S in UK clothing

    23 Aug 2004

    Asda has overtaken Marks & Spencer as the country’s biggest clothing retailer, it emerged yesterday.Industry figures indicate that Asda has taken the lead with 9.4% of the UK clothing market compared with 9.1% for Marks & Spencer. Tesco is...

  • Auntie takes 5

    21 Aug 2004

    BBC television is to carry advertisements that promote the government’s 5-a-day message about fruit and veg consumption. The channel has donated airtime between programmes for the ads, known in the industry as ‘fillers’, from this month and for...

  • Below par

    21 Aug 2004

    Nestlé’s net profit for its first-half came in below expectations, rising 2.1% to CHF2,838m (£1,249m), hindered by higher raw material prices and poor weather conditions.Organic growth for the company was also below expectations with an...

  • Beware licence pitfall

    21 Aug 2004

    The Association of Convenience Stores has issued a warning to members, as new licensing policies come into force. Local authorities have begun the process of implementing the new licensing legislation. However, a spokesman for the ACS said...

  • Big beer day

    21 Aug 2004

    Coors Brewers has launched a new beer education programme for employees and retailers to improve the category’s image. All 300 sales and marketing staff are being put through the Big Beer Day with the aim of helping them talk confidently about...

  • Bill for safer drinking fuels debate in Scotland

    21 Aug 2004

    Representatives of Scottish convenience stores are at odds over the interpretation of forthcoming legislation to encourage safer drinking. The Association of Convenience Stores and the Scottish Grocers’ Federation have differing opinions on the...

  • Blockbuster deal for Key

    21 Aug 2004

    Key Lekkerland has won the contract to supply Blockbuster entertainment stores with a range of impulse lines. The company beat opposition, including Palmer & Harvey McLane, to service Blockbuster’s 720 UK stores from September 6. The...

  • Blueberries could reduce cholesterol

    24 Aug 2004

    Eating blueberries could cut bad cholesterol and prevent clogged arteries, according to American research.The fruit contains a chemical, pterostilbene, which works in a similar way to drugs used to reduce harmful levels of cholesterol and...

  • brazilian beef health fears unfounded

    21 Aug 2004

    from Luiz Antônio Fachini Gomes, Embassy of Brazil, LondonSir; The article Brazilian meat angers Welsh (August 7, p11) was brought to the attention of this embassy. I would like to make known to the public, and especially to the...

  • Boost for US fresh exports

    21 Aug 2004

    UK supermarkets will be heartened to learn that the US department of agriculture has budgeted more than $161m under the Market Access Programme to continue to boost overseas trade. While the cash must not support prices, it can be used for...

  • Bombay gin’s edgy image

    21 Aug 2004

    Bombay Sapphire gin is this month launching a global campaign using images created by international designers to showcase the brand. The press campaign is being run on a ‘Bombay Sapphire Inspired’ strapline and kicks off in the UK where the ad...

  • Bottle Green uncorks budget for sales

    21 Aug 2004

    Bottle Green, one of the UK’s leading wine importers and distributors, has expanded its sales team with the appointment of Michelle King as national account manager. She will help drive sales of the company’s drinks portfolio, including the...

  • Britvic float brought forward

    23 Aug 2004

    Britvic, the soft drinks group that produces Tango and Robinsons is preparing for a £700m floatation later this year.The process is being led by the biggest shareholder, InterContinental Hotels Group with 47.5%. The floatation plans,...

  • Britain opts for crisps and beer

    25 Aug 2004

    British consumers favour beer, wine, crisps and chocolate, according to the 2004 biggest brands survey by TNS.The research, based on sales from leading supermarkets in the 12 months to June 2004, shows that supermarket shoppers in Britain...

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