24 January 2009

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  • Cereal brands being ditched for own label

    24 Jan 2009

    Consumers are turning away from branded breakfast cereals in favour of own label to save money. The Grocer's Focus On cereals feature also reveals shoppers are opting for bigger packs and cutting the number of cereals they buy from an average...

  • Chicken supremo Singh takes on best-performing Fishworks sites

    24 Jan 2009

    The FishWorks name will live on following the acquisition of a number of its stores by food industry entrepreneur Ranjit Singh. Singh, who owns poultry specialist 2 Sisters Food Group through Boparan Ventures, snapped up four of FishWorks' 10...

  • CK's: multiples are favoured by planners

    24 Jan 2009

    Welsh independent retailer CK's Supermarkets says planners are ignoring its planning applications while the multiples' plans are waved through.Christopher Kiley, ­managing director of CK's Supermarkets, which has 17 stores across south west...

  • Cook makes loss of £328k after building factory

    24 Jan 2009

    Upmarket frozen ready meals retailer Cook has fallen back into the red.The south east-based indie reported a pre-tax profit of £32,000 in 2007 - its first pre-tax profit in its 11-year history - but it posted a loss of £328,000 in 2008,...

  • Commodities: Take heart grocers, a weak pound is not all bad news Subscription

    24 Jan 2009

    The outlook may be mixed at best for the UK economy, but the weak pound could be very good news for food and drink, says Mintec's Andrew Larkham

  • Coming soon to a sat-nav near you: Asda logos

    24 Jan 2009

    Motorists with sat-nav systems will soon find their maps dotted with bold green logos, after Asda paid to have all its stores marked on Navteq maps. Now, instead of a generic supermarket logo, all Asda stores will be clearly labelled with...

  • Costcutter buys up seven Nearby stores

    24 Jan 2009

    Costcutter has bought seven shops from Nearby Stores, which went into administration in December. The stores, which are in the south west, will be converted to the Costcutter brand and sold to independent retailers.Costcutter is...

  • Critical Eye... on big egos and little chefs

    24 Jan 2009

    There was loads of must-see TV this week, what with Obama's inauguration speech (and, ahem, the Burnley Tottenham game). But the drama that most grabbed my attention was not the one about remaking America. It was the one about remaking Little Chef.

  • Dairy Crest cuts farmers' milk prices

    24 Jan 2009

    Dairy Crest is the latest major milk supplier to reduce the price paid to farmers.Britain's largest dairy company said it would drop standard milk prices by 1.75ppl from February, with Davidstow suppliers seeing a 1ppl decrease.The...

  • Co-ops buck trend with buoyant sales over the Christmas period

    24 Jan 2009

    Midcounties Co-operative Society and Heart of England Co-operative Society chalked up like-for-like sales growth of more than 7% over the Christmas period.Midcounties, the UK's third-largest consumer co-op, said sales rose 7.6% in the three...

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