29 March 2003

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  • £3m for friendly fish farming

    29 Mar 2003

    Kit Davies Wales has the potential to lead the world in developing a sustainable approach to the fishing industry, according to Welsh economic development minister Andrew Davies. The claim was made during the launch of AqWa ­ Aquaculture...

  • A necessary evil ­ but at what cost?

    29 Mar 2003

    When we investigated the e-auction phenomenon early last summer we found own label suppliers were outraged at what they saw as the introduction of a blunt tool which was being used to hammer down their margins. Whatever the benefits for...

  • A quarter of the major fmcg brands' websites contain no info

    29 Mar 2003

    However, on the whole, the market has begun to embrace the internet as a valuable tool for communication, with 11% more brands having a product specific web presence than last year and 7% more brands having a web presence generally. Our...

  • AD renew contract in Illinois

    01 Apr 2003

    Allied Domecq’s North American spirits and wine division has renewed a long-term contract with US wholesale wine and spirits distributor Judge & Dolph.Under the deal Judge & Dolph will exclusively distribute Allied Domecq”s portfolio of...

  • Ahold to exit Latin America

    03 Apr 2003

    Troubled global retailer Ahold is to sell its operations in four South American countries to focus on stable markets and gather funds to reduce its debt.The Dutch group has been embroiled in financial accounting scandals in the US and...

  • ACS forecourt spotlight

    04 Apr 2003

    A new forum has been set up by the Association of Convenience Stores to discuss issues relating to members involved in forecourts.The Forecourt Forum, chaired by c-store and forecourt operator Snax 24 MD Bill Ahearn, will meet three or four...

  • Asda plays at leapfrog

    29 Mar 2003

    In the retailer chart this week the top two have swapped positions, so Asda tops the chart and Morrisons is in second place. The shift continues Asda's increase in percentage points over the past couple of weeks. Positions three to six...

  • Asda sourcing looks north

    29 Mar 2003

    North-west England is the latest region to be targeted by Asda's local sourcing programme which has already seen 800 regional products introduced into its supermarkets. . Asda held a North West Foods Showcase day at the Manchester Velodrome this...

  • Beckett's brings home the bacon

    29 Mar 2003

    Independent stores are being offered the chance to compete with the multiples on pre-packed, high quality bacon. Supplier Beckett's Foods has launched a range called Just Bacon aimed at the independent and wholesale sectors. Speaking at IFE...

  • Beauty in a yogurt pot

    29 Mar 2003

    May & Raeburn has found a novel way of tapping into the demand for products flavoured with plant extract aloe vera. Thanks to a tie-up with Swiss dairy Emmi, the British broker is launching a low fat yogurt and drinking yogurt containing 10%...

  • Andrex sales go down the pan at JS

    01 Apr 2003

    Sainsbury shoppers will have to go elsewhere for Andrex rolls after Kimberly-Clark halted supplies of the top-selling toilet tissue following a wrangle with buyers over a price increase.Andrex marketing director Joe Bromilow said Sainsbury...

  • All on the web for Spar stores

    01 Apr 2003

    Spar northern guild wholesaler James Hall has introduced its Webspar intranet to 300 stores.The new-generation web-based ordering and information system, launched last June, replaces the wholesaler’s Telspar ordering system.Webspar...

  • Ahold’s Santa Isabel fails to meet deadline

    02 Apr 2003

    Chilean regulators have suspended stock trading in supermarket chain Santa Isabel owned by global retailer Ahold.Santa Isabel failed to post its 2002 earnings by Monday’s deadline the bourse said. The Dutch group is already...

  • Asda goes for cover

    03 Apr 2003

    Asda has joined forces with insurance group Norwich Union to provide a new range of general insurance products to its customers.The supermarket also confirmed it is considering a move into other financial services such as credit cards and...

  • Budgens top awards

    29 Mar 2003

    A produce supplier has been honoured for his innovation and work in championing the fresh produce sector by retailer group Budgens. Launching its first Produce Supplier of the Year awards, Budgens handed the top title to produce importer and...

  • Brewer backs beer school

    29 Mar 2003

    A new course aimed at educating buyers and retailers about beer and the brewing process has been supported by Refresh UK. The brewer, the name behind Wychwood and Brakspear, is sponsoring the Beer Academy which takes the form of six two-hour...

  • Bible of organics goes out for industry feedback

    29 Mar 2003

    Defra is to put a new "compendium" of organic standards out to consultation by mid April. It will also invite applications and nominations for appointments to the new organics advisory committee, which will be be called Advisory Committee on...

  • Business brisk as show takes new heart

    29 Mar 2003

    The Grocer News Team The International Food and Drink Exhibition has bounced back from the hit it took during the 2001 foot and mouth crisis, with organisers claiming that this year's show was a resounding success. As The Grocer went to...

  • BT answers back

    02 Apr 2003

    As Sainsbury and Tesco enter the fixed-line telecom arena BT has responded with a move to cut call costs on its household offer BT Together from June 1.BT is to scrap per-minute charging for all evening and weekend calls and make distance...

  • BT lowers cost of broadband

    03 Apr 2003

    Small businesses could reduce the cost of their broadband high speed internet connection by more than 50% from next month.BT has unveiled plans to cut the price of its main broadband service to businesses from £40 to £18 per month from May...

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