22 August 2009

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  • ‘Undervalued’ Thorntons is on course for recovery, say analysts

    22 Aug 2009

    Thorntons' recovery strategy appears to be on track with analysts predicting it will hit the top end of its profits forecast when it reports its full-year results next month.

  • £1m up for grabs from Weetabix

    22 Aug 2009

    Weetabix is running a £1m cash prize giveaway across its key brands.Consumers must enter a unique code found on the inside of cereal boxes onto a website to be in with a chance of winning prizes, which range from £10 to £100,000. The...

  • £300k refit at David Sands flagship store

    22 Aug 2009

    Independent retailer David Sands is aiming to create the best convenienve store in Scotland when it spends £300,000 renovating its flagship Kinross outlet.The company plans a major overhaul of the store, including tearing down an...

  • 3663 bid for ‘perfect supply chain’ goes on with £18m depot

    22 Aug 2009

    3663 First For Foodservice will open an £18m multi-temperature depot this week and add two similar sites in a bid to create the perfect supply chain.The foodservice giant will debut its 120,000 sq ft Paddock Wood depot on Tuesday and...

  • A marriage of convenience store for $1

    22 Aug 2009

    As supermarkets broaden their reach to everything from car insurance to space travel, US chain 99c Only Stores is offering cash-strapped lovers the chance to get married in-store for less than a dollar. Classy.

  • Aberdeen Angus is star of TV taste test

    22 Aug 2009

    Aberdeen Angus provides the tastiest steak according to Irish TV at least.When five Irish food lovers including TV chef Richard Corrigan couldn't agree on which breed of cattle made the tastiest steak they set up an experiment to find...

  • Acid Test: Ibiza Ice Sunset

    22 Aug 2009

    Light summer drink reminiscent of clubby nights in the sun, or a sickly-sweet Breezer rip-off with no chance of a listing? It's both, according to our panel

  • Ad of the Week: One in the gut from the faultless Yakultists

    22 Aug 2009

    'Is your gut trying to tell you something?' Drink less, probably. Don't wear that fuchsia tank top. Oh, and buy Yakult although with Arthur Smith's aural-methadone voiceover, it sounds more like they're flogging tapeworms, the red-hot...

  • Alpen’s Alpine look gets a makeover to boost shelf standout

    22 Aug 2009

    Weetabix is overhauling the Alpine imagery on its Alpen range and launching the brand's first TV advertising campaign for five years. In a bid to improve shelf standout, it is replacing the mountain silhouette on the Swiss-style muesli...

  • Around the Papers 24/8/09

    24 Aug 2009

    Cereal health claims; rotting plums; fewer bees

  • Around the Papers 25/8/09

    25 Aug 2009

    Atkins is bad for you; life gets worse for battery hens; bag-maker struggles

  • Around the Papers 26/8/09

    26 Aug 2009

    Waitrose dairy patriotism; Punch tackles debt; Foster's wine woe

  • Baxter’s first brand relaunch in 80 years brings chunky soups

    22 Aug 2009

    Baxters is introducing chunky soups in its first brand relaunch in 80 years. It is adding five chunky variants to its line-up: chicken & veg casserole; country vegetable; smoked bacon & three bean; and lamb casserole (rsp:...

  • Bellevue celebrates 40th year Subscription

    22 Aug 2009

    Birthdays are about receiving presents, right? Not at Bellvue. Instead, the wholesaler is treating customers to a year of promotional offers. Nick Hughes reports

  • Benecol charges ahead with 23% sales growth

    22 Aug 2009

    Strong sales of Benecol have helped the cholesterol-lowering dairy category return to growth, allaying fears purchases would nosedive in the recession.New figures show value sales for the category rose 6.8% to £128.4m in the four weeks...

  • Bibby launches second bid for Nisa

    28 Aug 2009

    Bibby Line Group has made a second bid to buy Nisa-Today’s, which was being discussed by the buying group’s board yesterday.

  • Birds Eye puts the freeze on takeaway food

    28 Aug 2009

    Kentucky Fried Chicken and Burger King are the inspiration behind a new range of takeaway-style frozen food from Birds Eye.

  • Brand owners back Diageo in Pimm’s copycat court case

    22 Aug 2009

    Food and drink brand owners are hoping Diageo's decision to sue Sainsbury's for copyright infringement will open the floodgates for further lawsuits and stop supermarkets' "increasingly audacious" infringements in their tracks.

  • British deals threaten to kill off booze cruise

    22 Aug 2009

    The traditional British booze cruise has been all but sunk by cut-price supermarket drink deals and the pound's weakness against the euro, The Grocer can reveal.

  • Burrows to be BAT chairman

    22 Aug 2009

    Richard Burrows, former governor of the Bank of Ireland and a former director general of Pernod Ricard, was confirmed this week as the new chairman of British American Tobacco. Burrows will become a non-executive director on 1 September...

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