24 October 2009

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  • 2 Sisters blasts Unite for ‘bullying’ tactics

    24 Oct 2009

    Chicken giant 2 Sisters has accused Unite of "bullying" it in the ongoing worker race row. The union organised demonstrations outside M&S in Birmingham last weekend in protest at the sacking of 54 workers and five union reps who went...

  • A nice little earner: Becht rakes in £27m more than Sir Terry

    24 Oct 2009

    Reckitt Benckiser boss Bart Becht earned almost £27m more than Tesco's Sir Terry Leahy last year. Becht was the highest-paid chief executive in the FTSE 100 in the 2008/2009 financial year, earning more than £35m in salary, bonuses,...

  • ABP acquires abattoir from Chitty Group

    24 Oct 2009

    Anglo Beef Processors has bought Chitty Food Group's Guildford abattoir in a move it claims will give it an industry-leading geographical spread of sites. The acquisition of the abattoir and boning hall follows ABP's acquisition of a...

  • Academy gets more funds to train bosses

    24 Oct 2009

    Tesco is ploughing more than £3m into developing its next generation of directors. The money will be spent over the next 12 months on training managers and directors at the Tesco Academy in order to identify potential leaders.The...

  • Acid Test: Jacob's Creek Three Vines (50cl)

    24 Oct 2009

    Smaller bottle equals smaller hangover (and lower price). But is the wine any good?

  • ACS wants Whitehall crackdown on tobacco black market

    29 Oct 2009

    The Association of Convenience Stores has written to ministers calling on them to take action to close down black market operations.

  • Ad of the Week: Life's legal lexicon shows Heinz meanz business

    24 Oct 2009

    When your brand name becomes a verb, you know you've made it. The infinitive 'to Heinz' hasn't yet entered the lexicon like 'to google' and 'to hoover' no longer requiring capital letters for once-proper nouns but it's surely only a matter of...

  • Aldi chief refuses to say whether Barnes will be appointed UK MD

    24 Oct 2009

    Aldi UK caretaker boss Armin Burger has refused to verify reports that the business has appointed a new managing director. Burger, who temporarily took over the top job following the shock departure of Paul Foley in August, would not shed...

  • Amy’s Kitchen adds touch of India to soups

    24 Oct 2009

    California-based convenience brand Amy's Kitchen is adding an Indian Dal soup to its Waitrose range.Indian Dal Curried Lentil soup is made from a mixture of organic lentils and beans flavoured with a mild blend of spices and herbs (rsp:...

  • Booze ban for parents with kids blasted

    24 Oct 2009

    MPs have rounded on supermarkets for refusing to sell alcohol to parents shopping with their kids.Lib Dem MP Greg Mulholland tabled an Early Day Motion this week urging supermarkets to scrap their "flawed identity policies" in favour of...

  • Batleys buyers in consultation with Bestway

    24 Oct 2009

    Bestway is to close its Batleys buying office in a move that could see existing buyers lose their jobs.From the start of November, the buying for Batleys will be carried out from Bestway's head office in Park Royal as part of a drive to...

  • Black Farmer makes sweet Cheddar debut

    24 Oct 2009

    The Black Farmer has continued its assault on the fresh food category by launching into cheese.Sourced from Somerset farmhouse cheesemaker Alvis Bros, The Black Farmer Sweet Mature Cheddar is 'a traditionally made cheese with deep...

  • Baileys plus Dairy Crest equals cream

    24 Oct 2009

    Dairy Crest has teamed up with Diageo to launch a range of Baileys products aimed at invigorating the flavoured cream market.The Extra Thick Cream, launched this week, comes in Baileys Original Irish Cream and Baileys with a Hint of...

  • As confidence grows, bogof makes a return

    24 Oct 2009

    In the past year, supermarkets have ditched bogof and multibuy offers in favour of round pound and money-off deals.

  • BOGOF - is there a smarter way to connect with customers?

    26 Oct 2009

    The competition between retailers and FMCGs has become increasingly fierce over the last 12 months. Only this week, Heinz announced a £5 million umbrella marketing campaign to regain market share, using the strapline ‘It has to be Heinz’, which takes strength from the emotional tie people feel towards the brand...

  • Blind taste tests put frozen and fresh on a par

    24 Oct 2009

    The frozen food industry has long said that frozen products taste as good as fresh – but now it claims to have scientific proof.

  • Bernard Matthews takes step toward recovery

    29 Oct 2009

    Bernard Matthews has hailed “modest progress” in its turnaround strategy as it unveiled full year results showing a small increase in operating profits.

  • Bulletin: Fentimans booze row... no Rock bid for Tesco... fags 'worse than acid'

    29 Oct 2009

    Lemonade shocks Americans; supermarket won't buy Georgie bank; life's pleasures to be banned?

  • Bag-in-box wine to get premium boost

    24 Oct 2009

    Constellation Europe is adding a touch of class to the “embarrassing” boxed wine category with its new FreshCase packs.

  • Blossom Hill’s Zinfandel gets festive touch

    29 Oct 2009

    Blossom Hill is introducing a limited edition bottle of its White Zinfandel to target Christmas shoppers.

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