28 September 2002

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  • Saucy – but at what price?

    04 Oct 2002

    Diversity is fuelling growth in the buoyant sauces and condiments market but there are fears that quality could suffer at the cheaper end due to price competition.Sauces and condiments add more than just a touch of flavour to retailers’...

  • Scrase joins The Greenery

    28 Sep 2002

    Safeway commercial director Nick Scrase has left the multiple to join Dutch grower-owner produce group The Greenery. Scrase has been appointed managing director of its UK operations, based in Thrapston, Northamptonshire. He has been a...

  • Simply Food eyes NI

    28 Sep 2002

    Marks and Spencer is working to a target of rolling out 150 more Simply Food c-stores by 2005, and is looking for sites in Northern Ireland. It wants to find up to 10 sites across the province, three in Greater Belfast, and the others in larger...

  • Six weeks of Ice Age

    28 Sep 2002

    Jacob's aims to capitalise on the video and DVD release of children's box office hit film Ice Age for its first Iced and Choc Gems promotion in five years. The six-week, on-pack offer, which runs in multiples from mid October, aims to establish...

  • Sinclair warning over supply chain initiatives

    01 Oct 2002

    Safeway’s marketing and trading director Jack Sinclair has warned that innovation may be stifled by supply chain initiatives such as factory gate pricing.In an exclusive interview with The Grocer, Sinclair said he understood the...

  • Smile gets bigger

    01 Oct 2002

    West country c-store chain Smile Newshops has boosted its presence in the Bath and Bristol area by acquiring 15 stores from the JCR News group.JCR owners Mark Callaway and John Newman will join Smile as commercial director and non executive...

  • Smoothies in the groove

    28 Sep 2002

    Thejuicecompany is aiming to make a splash in both the mixer and the adult still soft drinks markets with the launch of two flavours of Groover Smoothies. Available in Cranberry & Orange and Pineapple & Coconut flavours, the new drinks contain...

  • Spotlight on freezer lines

    28 Sep 2002

    Our shoppers returned to the freezer cabinets for this week's specials. Only one full basket came back compared to the tow achieved on our last visit to the chiller in June.The Co-op didn't stock Hagen-Dazs, while Morrisons had the best deal on...

  • Somerfield goes electric

    28 Sep 2002

    Anne Bruce Somerfield is putting a complete non-food range into its stores as part of a new Somerfield at Home offer. Seventy stores will be upgraded to feature the new budget range this month, and another 25 store enhancements will take...

  • Spotlight on freezer lines

    28 Sep 2002

    Midlands NE NW SW East Anglia SE Wales Safeway Morrisons Tesco Sainsbury Somerfield Co-op Morrisons Safeway Gamston Killingworth Whaley Bridge Plymouth Earlham Guildford ...

  • Still rushing around like idiots

    28 Sep 2002

    Mike and Jane Clarke recently returned from the only holiday they've had so far this year - three days in Torquay. But Mike says the break did them good and made a change from "rushing around like idiots". But it was back to the treadmill on thier...

  • Spitfire lifts Shepherd Neame’s sales

    02 Oct 2002

    Regional brewer Shepherd Neame posted a 10.5% jump in annual turnover boosted by strong sales of Spitfire ale to the multiples.The Kent-based brewer and pub operator said for the year to June 29 turnover rose to £78.8m from £71.3m last year...

  • SRC calls for new Office for Trading Standards

    03 Oct 2002

    The Scottish Retail Consortium has called on the Scottish Executive to create a new Office for Trading Standards for Scotland.The plea followed the publication today of a new report by the Accounts Commission on the performance of Scotland’s...

  • Steve Parfett

    04 Oct 2002

    Steve Parfett is not one to follow the herd. While everyone else is going down the delivered wholesale route, the AG Parfett MD is staying put. “We run big cash and carries. It takes all our effort to do that,” reasons the man whose reputation...

  • Support in carriage fight

    28 Sep 2002

    The National Federation of Retail Newsagents claims it is winning support from Europe for its campaign against the carriage charge system operated by UK wholesalers. A delegation from the NFRN's Parliamentary Committee met industry bodies and a...

  • T&S stores down three

    28 Sep 2002

    Despite pledges to buy 100 c-stores over the next three years, T&S Stores is still shedding more stores than it is buying. In March chairman Kevin Threlfall said the group would acquire 100 new stores, with 20 added this year, and 40 in the two...

  • The Acid Test

    28 Sep 2002

    >>consumers and buyers give their views on the latest launchesDe-tox From: Firefly Tonics De-tox, the new herbal drink from Firefly Tonics, has a refreshing mix of lemon and lime with ginger and other herbs to...

  • The Acid Test

    28 Sep 2002

    >>consumers and buyers give their views on the latest launchesHavana Club’s Añejo especial From: Pernod Ricard Havana Club’s Añejo Especial premium golden rum is aged in white oak barrels for up to five years. It...

  • The Acid Test

    28 Sep 2002

    >>consumers and buyers give their views on the latest launchesMayver’s Australian Peanut butter From: Ancient Distributors Mayver’s Australian Peanut Butter is an Omega-3 enriched product which contains small amounts...

  • Tesco and Sainsbury squaring up?

    03 Oct 2002

    Tesco and Sainsbury are reported to be at loggerheads following accusations of customer poaching.According to this morning’s press Tesco has accused Sainsbury of sending vouchers to households in key areas where competition is...

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