24 January 2009

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  • A pie maker with royal appeal Subscription

    24 Jan 2009

    Premium pie supplier Toppings is a small family-run pie company that's made it into the supermarkets and is now targeting the export market. Nick Hughes reports

  • Acid Test: Chairman's Reserve

    24 Jan 2009

    The gang sit back and swig from Chairman's special favourite rum

  • Ad of the Week: Three trees, two dead birds and one confusing commercial

    24 Jan 2009

    Toilet roll is surely one of the more ironclad categories in a resilient sector - barring some dramatic change of shoppers' bathroom habits or an unlikely evolutionary leap altering our anatomy. Which is lucky for SCA, whose latest Triple...

  • Advertising: Baileys is the Christmas big spender Subscription

    24 Jan 2009

    Despite Diageo’s efforts to extend Baileys’ appeal beyond a Christmas treat, the festive period remains a crucial time for sales

  • Around the Papers 26/1/09

    26 Jan 2009

    Cocoa crisis; Tesco's secret poultry talks; alcohol improves bedroom performance, claim Aussies

  • Asda to create 7,000 jobs

    28 Jan 2009

    Asda has become the latest retailer to pledge to create thousands more jobs this year.

  • Asda's Bond warns of tough times for shoppers

    26 Jan 2009

    The average family has £4 a week less discretionary income than this time last year, a drop of 2.9%, according to a new study for Asda.

  • BA teaches how to sell value ranges

    24 Jan 2009

    BA Cash & Carry is setting up tutorials in its depots to help its retail customers to choose the right products during the recession.Its customers are being offered free lessons on which ranges are selling well, how to lay out their stores...

  • Banana price wars warning

    27 Jan 2009

    The latest wave of price cuts on bananas will have a devastating impact on plantation workers in developing countries, charities have warned. Asda and Morrisons slashed their banana prices last week and other retailers were likely to follow suit, they said...

  • Bargain Booze proud to open its 50th store

    24 Jan 2009

    Off-licence chain Bargain Booze has opened its 50th convenience store in 18 months, despite controversy over the format's launch.Joint MD Matthew Hughes claimed Bargain Booze Select Convenience had "proved to be a success story in a...

  • Bestway claims it is the fastest-growing fascia in symbol arena

    24 Jan 2009

    Bestway has recorded a 17% increase in pre-tax profits to £36.8m, helped by the strong growth in sales at its symbol group Best-one and its Best-in own-label range. Figures released for the wholesale grocery division for the year ending June...

  • Bolland says availability is key to success

    24 Jan 2009

    Morrisons chief executive Marc Bolland this week credited its festive success to "industry-leading" availability - availability that was boosted, The Grocer can reveal, by new systems introduced late last year. The One Case Ordering system...

  • Bond in the hot seat

    30 Jan 2009

    This week The Grocer welcomed Asda chief executive Andy Bond as guest editor. While he was here, Chloe Smith took the chance to pin him down and put your questions to one of the most influential men in the industry

  • Bond to take the hot seat at The Grocer

    24 Jan 2009

    Asda chief executive Andy Bond will edit next Saturday's issue of The Grocer. Bond will become our second guest editor following ex-Waitrose and Marks & Spencer executive Steven Esom, who edited an issue of The Grocer in September....

  • Bottlegreen offers more pressé for the same price

    24 Jan 2009

    Adult soft drinks specialist Bottlegreen is attempting to boost its appeal with cash-strapped shoppers by increasing bottle sizes - but not prices.The brand's single-serve, Sparkling Pressé range was previously sold in 250ml bottles but will...

  • Brewer in doghouse over Speedball beer

    24 Jan 2009

    An ale that takes its name from drugs slang for a cocktail of heroin and crack has effectively been banned by the Portman Group.The watchdog has advised retailers not to stock Speedball strong ale produced by Scottish brewer Brewdog. If...

  • Britain to be hit worst by recession

    29 Jan 2009

    Britain will be hit harder than any other advanced nation in the recession, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has said.

  • Can own label make its mark?

    24 Jan 2009

    C-stores have woken up and smelled the own-label coffee and are now making shelf space alongside the brands, reports Beth Phillips

  • Carling aims to woo women by flagging up its calorie count

    24 Jan 2009

    Coors Brewers will be highlighting the calorie count of its Carling 30cl bottles when it relaunches them this summer.The company hopes the packaging – which will state the beer’s 99-calorie count – will tempt more women into supermarket beer...

  • Careers File: Do branded and own-label sectors really require different abilities? Subscription

    24 Jan 2009

    Guy Moreton says the downturn will boost sales for value lines at all retailers

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