29 August 2009

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  • ‘Unreasonable’ banks are driving wine suppliers under Subscription

    29 Aug 2009

    One wine supplier after another has collapsed or been bought as the banks turn the screw - but not everyone's struggling, finds Graham Holter

  • 3663 buffs up buffet offering for Christmas

    29 Aug 2009

    There are signs the worst of the recession is over, but 3663 First For Foodservice is still expecting its customers to economise this Christmas.In anticipation that many office parties will be downgraded from sit-down meals to finger...

  • 99p Stores fans queue through night

    29 Aug 2009

    Strange tales surfaced last week from the opening of 99p Stores' 99th store, in Ashford, Kent. Blogof spies spoke to one shopper who had been waiting since midnight to secure his place as the shop's first-ever customer (for some...

  • 99p Stores to double estate to nearly 200

    29 Aug 2009

    99p Stores is aiming to double its store numbers by the end of next year.The discount retailer, which has opened 36 stores since January, set the target after opening its 100th store last week in Didcot, Oxfordshire.The...

  • A hard days' night Subscription

    29 Aug 2009

    Supermarket night staff used to work in splendid isolation - but not any longer. In recent years the big four have shaken up their night shifts in a bid to enfranchise workers and boost availability. Chloe Ryan and Joanne Grew joined night workers at Tesco and Asda to see how the changes are going down

  • Acid Test: Mattessons Fridge Raiders Mighty Bite

    29 Aug 2009

    A chicken lollipop, you say? Who wouldn't like that?

  • Ad of the Week: Typhoo’s ton-up blows too hot and cold

    29 Aug 2009

    The new Typhoo ad invites us on a leisurely meander through the brand's 100-year history via newspaper clippings, Brylcreem-soaked blokes and old commercials featuring singing donkeys that look uncannily like Rod Hull.

  • Are the days numbered for copycat own-label brands? Subscription

    29 Aug 2009

    The courts used to take a liberal approach to copyright infringement. But the recent L'Oreal case has changed all that, says Alex Beckett

  • Arla’s voyage of Discovery goes orbital

    29 Aug 2009

    Arla has carved itself an unusual niche market by going into orbit.Astronauts on board the Discovery space shuttle are being supplied with the Danish producer's milk bites during their 13-day tour to the International Space Station...

  • Around the Papers 2/9/09

    02 Sep 2009

    M&S boss; Majestic six-pack; pepper price surge

  • Around the Papers 3/9/09

    03 Sep 2009

    School dinners still rubbish; sweetners worse than sugar; Tesco hires shoplifter

  • Asda creates site for healthy eating tips

    29 Aug 2009

    Asda has launched a new website dedicated to health and ethical food issues. As well as providing information, the site will be a forum for finding out what consumers want. The health.asda.com site, branded Health Matters, went live...

  • Asda, M&S customers ‘most loyal in food trade’

    02 Sep 2009

    Marks & Spencer now has the some of the most loyal customers in the UK food business, according to data from TNS, representing a major turnaround for the high street giant from the start of the decade.

  • Bangers boom from budget to premium

    29 Aug 2009

    Consumers are buying sausages more often and in greater quantities, new data has revealed.Over the past year, shoppers bought sausages an average of 13 times, up 3.6% on a year ago [TNS 52 w/e May 2009]. Value and volume...

  • C&C Group moves beyond cider to snap up Scots lager Tennent’s

    29 Aug 2009

    C&C Group has added the Tennent's brand to its portfolio after snapping up AB InBev's Scottish and Irish businesses. The £180m purchase is a significant diversification for C&C Group, which until now has focused predominantly on...

  • Bibby ups its offer in second bid for Nisa

    29 Aug 2009

    Bibby Line Group has made a second bid to buy Nisa-Today's, which was being discussed by the buying group's board as The Grocer went to press.Bibby, which owns 51% of Nisa's biggest member Costcutter, said it was now offering £1,200 per...

  • Birds Eye copies the big takeaway chains

    29 Aug 2009

    Birds Eye is hoping to take on takeaway giants KFC and Burger King with a new range of takeaway-style frozen food.The manufacturer's frozen Takeaway range, launching next month, is based on popular lines from the fast food giants and...

  • Bree brings surprise touch of glamour to £3m Rooster TV ad

    29 Aug 2009

    Albert Bartlett has pulled off arguably the unlikeliest advertising coup of the year by signing Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross as the new face of its Rooster potato brand.Cross, who plays Bree Van De Kamp in the hit American TV...

  • Campaign Trail: Back to school with Babybel

    29 Aug 2009

    Bel UK's miniature factory workers are back in action and grappling with the world around them in a new back-to-school TV campaign for Mini Babybels. The three-week burst kicked off this week as Bel looks to highlight to mums' that Mini Babybels are...

  • Cadbury faces strike threat over pay

    03 Sep 2009

    Workers at Cadbury are threatening to strike in a row over pay.

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