28 March 2009

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  • 99p Stores heads for 100 outlets this year

    28 Mar 2009

    Discount retailer 99p Stores is planning to open its 80th store next month.The retailer currently has 73 stores and will open three this week in Witham, Essex, Doncaster and Great Yarmouth. A further four stores will open in April.It...

  • Absolut boss Eriksen to step down

    02 Apr 2009

    Absolut boss Ketil Eriksen is to step down just a year after the takeover of parent company Vin & Spirit.

  • Absolut cashes in on G20 controversy with new ad campaign

    31 Mar 2009

    A mass pillow fight between political protestors and the police features in the first UK advertising for Absolut vodka since it was bought by Pernod Ricard last year.

  • Acid Test: Codorníu Reina M. Cristina Reserva vintage 2006

    28 Mar 2009

    The panel try out a sparkling wine that's easier to drink than it is to pronounce

  • ACS: One Stop move is stealthy Tesco plan

    28 Mar 2009

    The ACS has claimed Tesco is entering high streets “by stealth”, following news the supermarket giant is planning a massive expansion of its One Stop c-store chain over the next three years.

  • Ad of the Week: Mattessons' meaty innuendo finds virtue in vice

    28 Mar 2009

    This column was not the first to note the frequent and often wildly inappropriate use of sexual imagery to sell products ranging from confectionery (Magnum, Flake and now Cadbury's Caramel) to chemical weapons (Lynx deodorant). Perhaps the...

  • Advertising: Walkers sets tone with big ad spend cut Subscription

    28 Mar 2009

    The only crunch in the crisps category last month was the sound of budgets being squashed. PepsiCo scaled back its Walkers Crisps ad spend despite launching new super-premium brand Red Sky, spending just £2,842 on press ads for the brand’s...

  • AG Barr energised by Irn-Bru but water sales dry up

    30 Mar 2009

    Fizzy drinks fuelled solid growth in profits for soft drinks group AG Barr, despite a flat performance by waters, juices and smoothies.

  • Aldi trials beef brisket dishes in two stores

    28 Mar 2009

    Aldi is trialling a new range of pre-cooked meat dishes using beef brisket .The Cook It Taste It Love It range, made by Welsh manufacturer Roberts of Port Dinorwic, comes with three sauce options - onion gravy, cracked black pepper and Diane...

  • Amigos lager gunning for Desperados

    28 Mar 2009

    Global Brands is taking on Heineken’s Desperados brand with the launch of a tequila-flavoured bottled beer.Amigos, which will be rolled out next month, is a 6% abv lager with a note of South American limes. It was being positioned as a drink...

  • Around the Papers 1/4/09

    01 Apr 2009

    M&S reaction; Asda gains traction; Tesco fuel dissatisfaction

  • Around the Papers 2/4/09

    02 Apr 2009

    Waitrose motorway deal; veggie anorexia threat; white wine stains teeth too

  • Around the Papers 3/4/09

    03 Apr 2009

    Coca Cola teeth fiasco; Co-op banking arm makes hay; grapefruit are deadly

  • Around the Papers 30/3/09

    30 Mar 2009

    Thorny dilemma for Rose; UK crazy for extreme beers; St Albans hot cross bun fiasco

  • Around the Papers 31/3/09

    31 Mar 2009

    Cost of tea to soar; P&G has a plan to save brands; Cadbury share price slips

  • Asda and Morrisons trump Tesco to boost market share

    01 Apr 2009

    Asda and Morrisons have gained further ground on Tesco in the past three months according to the latest figures from Nielsen.

  • Average family has £13 less a week, says Asda

    30 Mar 2009

    A typical UK family is £13 per week worse off this year than last, according to the latest figures from the Asda Income Tracker.

  • Barlett set to expand its branded business

    28 Mar 2009

    Vegetable grower and packer Albert Bartlett has unveiled plans to expand its branded business on the back of improved profits and turnover. The company reported turnover up 14% to £165m for the 12 months to 31 May 2008, in the wake of the...

  • Bel UK advert 'enters a world of dairyness'

    28 Mar 2009

    Bel UK’s Giggles brand is to make its first TV appearance of the year as part of the company’s ongoing £2.5m advertising push for The Laughing Cow. The ad will run for four weeks from 1 April. It would help attract more shoppers to the...

  • Beard new top man at Whyte & Mackay

    28 Mar 2009

    John Beard has been appointed chief executive officer of Whyte & Mackay and has already set out his stall to build the international presence of the whisky producer.Beard, who replaces Ashwin Malik, joined the company on Monday after...

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