21 November 2009

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  • 99p Stores leads the charge for Woolworths

    21 Nov 2009

    Discount chain 99p Stores has taken over more Woolworths stores than any other retailer, snapping up 52 sites since the chain went bust a year ago, research by The Grocer has revealed."We have opened 46 stores with the rest set to open...

  • A Christmas price war? Bah humbug

    21 Nov 2009

    Supermarket shoppers looking for the record-breaking money-off deals they've read about in the papers are set for a shock, The Grocer can reveal, as new data shows this year's deals offer a smaller saving than 2008.Of the big four...

  • AF Blakemore developments cut order time

    21 Nov 2009

    AF Blakemore has launched an online ordering and scanning system as part of its plans to become a major national delivered wholesaler.A new website will allow retailers to order 6,000 products across grocery, impulse, alcohol, tobacco,...

  • Acid Test: Koopmanskloof Sauvignon Blanc

    21 Nov 2009

    This white wine boasts a strong, distinctive flavour, with aromas of lemon and gooseberry. Best served with chicken, our panel suggests

  • Andrex rolls out seasonal toilet paper

    21 Nov 2009

    Kimberly-Clark is introducing Christmas designs on its Andrex toilet rolls for the first time.The Winter Collection, in four-roll packs (rsp: £2.20), comes in completely clear packaging another first for the brand with six different...

  • Ad of the Week: Svennis the menace kleens up his act

    21 Nov 2009

    Turned out there was less to Sven Goran Eriksson than met the eye (except for his romantic conquests). Despite resembling an extra from Mars Attacks!, the Swede seemed a sporting savant of inscrutable acumen.

  • AWG gets its fourth store

    21 Nov 2009

    Spar wholesaler Appleby Westward Group has bought a fourth store its first c-store which will trade as part of its newly formed company-owned stores division.The wholesaler, which operates in south west England, has purchased a former...

  • Arla sets out plans for mega dairy in London

    21 Nov 2009

    Arla Foods UK has unveiled ambitious plans to build the world's biggest fresh milk dairy on the outskirts of London by 2012, creating about 500 new jobs. The new facility will process up to one billion litres of milk a year double the...

  • Asda and ABP set up beef training farm

    21 Nov 2009

    Asda has teamed up with meat supplier Anglo Beef Processors to establish an education and demonstration farm in Yorkshire.The collaboration is part of Asda's BeefLink supply programme. Beef farmers who supply ABP and Asda will be able to...

  • Bananas up as Christmas approaches

    21 Nov 2009

    Supermarkets are gradually increasing the price of bananas in the run up to Christmas as the record autumn cuts come to an end. Bananas are currently selling for 77p/kg in the big four, double the 38p/kg price seen in Asda last month but...

  • Asda plans web tool to track online order

    21 Nov 2009

    Asda is planning to offer an online tool that will allow customers to track their online shopping, The Grocer has learnt.Earlier this month, the retailer launched a service ­allowing shoppers to track the vans carrying their deliveries...

  • Bargain Booze plans to double number of stores in five years

    21 Nov 2009

    Bargain Booze has laid out ambitious plans to double its store numbers over the next five years.The franchise operation, which currently has 610 stores, said it planned to sign up hundreds of retailers and that many were already showing...

  • Asda will not add VAT hike to current clothing lines

    23 Nov 2009

    Asda has vowed not to add next year’s VAT increase to the price of its existing clothing lines when the rate returns to 17.5% in January.

  • Bolland set for £5m windfall from M&S

    23 Nov 2009

    Marc Bolland could pocket up to £5m from Marks & Spencer to compensate for the loss of share options he held at Morrisons.

  • Brands boost bacon and sausages share

    21 Nov 2009

    Branded products have significantly increased their share of the own-label dominated sausage and bacon category. Sales of branded bacon have risen 33% to £291m over the past year, giving brands a 24% share of the market, while own-label...

  • Burts: It's in the bag Subscription

    21 Nov 2009

    Turnover has nearly doubled at premium crisps maker Burts this year, thanks in no small part to a thriving export market. Alex Beckett reports

  • Bulletin: Nestlé fancies Cadbury... as does Hershey... confectioner's share soar

    23 Nov 2009

    Bidding war for confectioner looms as Swiss giant ponders rival approach

  • Burger next to exit Aldi

    24 Nov 2009

    Armin Burger, the man in temporary charge of Aldi in the UK has left the company altogether, The Grocer has learned.

  • Bulletin: Cadbury hits new high... Rose slams schools... sweetest tomato ever

    24 Nov 2009

    Deal talk buoys confectioner; M&S chief laments UK education; sugardrop lands in Tesco

  • Bulletin: Tory guru declares war on Tesco… alcohol minimum pricing plan blocked… Waitrose pulls ad over troops ‘slur’

    27 Nov 2009

    Cameron adviser wants supermarket break-up; 40p a unit limit scotched; row over retailer's Xmas ad

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