23 May 2009

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  • Acid Test: Monster Rocks

    23 May 2009

    Will Honey Monster's new offering convince mums and their little monsters?

  • Ad of the Week: Duck and cover for Oasis' monster mash-up

    23 May 2009

    Given that aquaphobia is often confused with hydrophobia - a symptom of latter-stage rabies - it's strangely apt for Oasis to continue targeting "people who don't like water". Unleashing the monstrous RubberDuckZilla on an unsuspecting...

  • AG Barr chairman ready to hand over Irn-Bru recipe

    27 May 2009

    Robin Barr, chairman of Irn-Bru maker AG Barr, is preparing to pass on the secret recipe of Scotland's favourite soft drink as he stands down after 31 years at the helm.

  • Asda shakes up online ops with halfway house depot

    23 May 2009

    Asda is changing the way it picks online grocery orders as it ramps up efforts to take a larger slice of the online market. The retailer is constructing a warehouse in Leeds that will act as a "virtual store" for its online shopping order...

  • Atkins launches first 'carb-friendly' range

    23 May 2009

    Low-carb diet brand Atkins is venturing out of snack bars with what it describes as its first range of "carb-friendly" products.The new products, which are being rolled into Tesco and Boots now, include cereal, wholegrain bread mix, wheat...

  • Baby leaf brassicas grown for stir fries

    23 May 2009

    Tozer Seeds is developing baby leaf brassicas in a bid to create a market in the stir-fry category.The company is currently growing black cabbage, kale, mustards, coloured chards and savoy spinach and plans to target the stir-fry...

  • Around the Papers 26/5/09

    26 May 2009

    Danone cash-call; camera plan to annoy fishermen; more Rose uncertainty

  • Around the Papers 27/5/09

    27 May 2009

    Sugar up; Danone down; Tesco Tel strapped for cash (relatively)

  • Around the Papers 29/5/09

    29 May 2009

    Tate & Lyle US downsizes; Heineken's Globe domination; Booker in the black

  • Bond hails new era of fun with hair dye

    23 May 2009

    Andy Bond this week attributed soaring sales of hair dye and board games at Asda to "a new form of capitalism" and shoppers "redefining the essence of what they need and want"."We are starting to see the birth of consumer power," the Asda...

  • Bestway and Spar win wine accolades

    23 May 2009

    Bestway and Spar were toasting the success of their wine ranges this week after walking away with a haul of awards at the International Wine Challenge, run by William Reed Business Media, owner of The Grocer.As many as 18 wines from...

  • Birds Eye puts sizzle into midweek meals with new Chargrills

    23 May 2009

    A Tex-Mex-inspired relaunch of Birds Eye's Chicken Chargrills range, including a collaboration with Dragons' Den star Levi Roots, aims to spice up midweek family meals.The five-strong range, which hits shelves next week, includes two new...

  • Blackthorn revamp doubles Tesco sales

    23 May 2009

    Gaymer Cider Company is reaping the rewards of Blackthorn's overhaul with storming off-trade sales growth since the makeover.Since the brand's re-launch in March, its sales volumes have increased by 110% in Tesco, 99% in Morrisons and 66% in...

  • Call to market cuts instead of mincing

    23 May 2009

    Meat processors must do more to identify new ways of marketing cuts that traditionally go into the mincer, the National Beef Association has urged. If less traditionally used cuts were marketed as high-value products, a greater proportion of...

  • Bel UK gets in summer spirit with new pack

    23 May 2009

    Bel UK is celebrating summer with amusement park-themed limited-edition packs of The Laughing Cow Cheez Dippers.The packs, which feature a Cheez Dippers character riding a rollercoaster and a game on the back of packs, are launched in stores...

  • Caan backs start-up headhunting agency

    23 May 2009

    Dragons' Den star James Caan has helped to fund a new headhunting agency that specialises in the retail and fast-moving consumer goods industries.Caan's private equity business Hamilton Bradshaw has put in an undisclosed amount of money to...

  • Balti beats the blues (with help of booze)

    23 May 2009

    Earlier this month a new 'study' revealed that eating curry reduces stress, due to the abundance of ingredients that cause the body to release serotonin, the so-called 'happy hormone'.The poll, coincidentally arranged by a website that sells...

  • Booker confirms move to main market

    28 May 2009

    Booker has announced plans to move to the main market in July after reporting a 30% leap in full-year pre-tax profits.

  • Beer volumes fall at Young's

    28 May 2009

    Brewer and pub operator Young and Co's Brewery has reported a 3.8% slip in full-year own-brewed beer volumes.

  • Beleaguered Dawson 'may turn back on news distribution'

    29 May 2009

    Dawson may quit its core business of news distribution after being squeezed to breaking point in a round of contract losses to larger rivals, according to press reports.

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