3 October 2009

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  • Acid Test: Rustlers Hot Subs

    03 Oct 2009

    Can this quick-heat meaty snack provide an alternative to the usual packaged sarnies for the UK's hungry office workers?

  • Activia’s single pots target the under 45s

    03 Oct 2009

    Danone has added a single pot variant to its Activia portfolio to appeal to younger sufferers of digestive discomfort. The yoghurts come in strawberry, cherry, raspberry and peach and are in-store from this month, rsp 69p each or four...

  • Aldi’s sales confirm ‘end of age of rapid discounter growth’

    03 Oct 2009

    Aldi has experienced phenomenal growth in the recession, but exclusive Nielsen figures reveal its growth has slowed to as little as 3.3%.Year-on-year the numbers still look good with sales growing at 35% in the 12 months to 5 September....

  • Amoy stirs up sauces with a new 95p price

    03 Oct 2009

    Amoy is shrinking the packs of its stir fry sauces to bring the price under £1.The new packs are down from 150g to 120g, serving two people rather than three. The price has been cut from £1.19 to 95p."Research shows the 95p...

  • Angus is angered by pesticide use claims

    03 Oct 2009

    Angus Soft Fruits has hit back at claims its 'pesticide-free' Good Natured soft fruit and salads were grown using the chemicals.Last week, The Ecologist accused the company of ­allowing its suppliers to use pesticides and permitting...

  • Ad of the Week: Rocky horror show elbows its way in

    03 Oct 2009

    Perhaps some day we'll identify the exact moment irony died when popular culture became so inane, our politics so bankrupt, that satire ceased to be possible for lack of a credible target.

  • Asda goes for a purple revamp in bid for Extra Special impact

    03 Oct 2009

    Asda has transformed its Extra Special packaging with a look that closely resembles Sainsbury's Taste the Difference range, The Grocer has learnt.The retailer decided to revamp the premium range after customers claimed its ivory colour...

  • As Nature Intended fails in Manchester

    03 Oct 2009

    As Nature Intended, the organic supermarket chain founded by Iceland boss Malcolm Walker's daughter, has closed its store in Hale near Manchester due to lack of demand from northern customers. "It wasn't successful and it wasn't worth us...

  • Asahi in spin at Tongue N’ Cheek party

    03 Oct 2009

    Asahi Beer and its robotic barman clearly a relative of the original Smash droids were on hand to serve drinks at the launch of UK hip-hop star Dizzee Rascal's new album, aptly named Tongue N' Cheek.The classier-than-thou Japanese beer...

  • Around the Papers 5/10/09

    05 Oct 2009

    Tesco figures tomorrow; own-label less salty; National Trust food launch

  • Around the Papers 6/10/09

    06 Oct 2009

    No Cadbury bidding war; pizza and pasta thwart depression; bacon butty is UK's best

  • Around the Papers 7/10/09

    07 Oct 2009

    Killer chicken bug; Tesco cashes in; Coke water ad slapdown

  • Around the Papers 8/10/09

    08 Oct 2009

    Tesco versus JS; life sweet for Thorntons; Tories' new booze tax

  • Asda is UK’s biggest clothing retailer

    09 Oct 2009

    Asda has hit its target of becoming Britain’s biggest clothing retailer 18 months early, with George achieving market share of 10.1% by volume, according to TNS data.

  • Asda’s banana war costs rivals millions

    03 Oct 2009

    Asda is facing the wrath of of rivals and suppliers alike after slashing the price of bananas to their lowest point for 14 years and sparking a "pointless" price war.

  • Booker’s passage to India ‘could pave way for 20 depots’

    03 Oct 2009

    Booker has set out its store to open up to 20 cash & caries in India.At the opening of its first depot in the country, in Mumbai, Dr Rajat Baisya, chief adviser to Booker India, said the potential for the wholesaler in India was…

  • Campaign Trail: Mars eaters do it in the dark

    03 Oct 2009

    Mars is kicking off a £1m campaign for a limited-edition relaunch of Mars Dark. The 'Do it in the dark' print and online ads begin this month and build up to 26 October, when the nation supposedly experiences a collective energy slump. Mars Dark...

  • Campaign Trail: Ice cream hot enough to melt

    03 Oct 2009

    Häagen-Dazs returns to the small screen this month with a saucy TV campaign urging consumers to 'melt together'. The five-week push, part of a £3.2m marketing spend, begins with 'Ballet', when a couple get frisky while enjoying a tub of Häagen-Dazs...

  • Call for EC action over soaring UK butter cost

    03 Oct 2009

    Soaring UK butter prices have sparked calls for the European Commission to release the massive butter reserves it has built up through intervention buying.UK wholesale butter prices rocketed 30% or £610 a tonne between August and...

  • Broccoli falls from favour as crunch hits veg spend

    03 Oct 2009

    Sales of fresh broccoli are falling sharply as shoppers switch to frozen broccoli or other vegetables they find cheaper, tastier or more convenient.Total volume sales of broccoli have fallen by 5.7% year-on-year to 89 million kgs [TNS...

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