31 January 2009

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  • ITV's own-goal is worth a mint to sweet brand

    06 Feb 2009

    There was some surprise bonus publicity for a certain confectionery brand this week when ITV accidentally switched to adverts from the closing few minutes of extra time in the Everton-Liverpool FA Cup encounter.

  • Around the Papers 6/2/09

    06 Feb 2009

    Unilever scraps targets; GSK to cut jobs; more Baugur fall-out

  • FSA relaxed over NI dioxin milk alert

    06 Feb 2009

    Milk from two diary farms in Northern Ireland has been stopped from entering the market after test results showed the produce contained levels of dioxins above legal limits.

  • Tesco takes on M&S with £9 meal deal

    06 Feb 2009

    Tesco is going head-to-head with Marks & Spencer with the launch of a £9 meal deal designed to woo stay-at-home Valentine’s Day diners.

  • P&G set to renew focus on consumer business

    06 Feb 2009

    Proctor & Gamble is set to focus on its consumer products business as the US giant eyes the sale of its pharmaceuticals arm.

  • Health secretary calls for snack sizes in shops

    06 Feb 2009

    The health secretary, Alan Johnson, yesterday called for manufacturers and retailers to produce and stock smaller, snack-sized portions in a bid to combat obesity.

  • Around the Papers 4/2/09

    04 Feb 2009

    Snow and Tesco; Rotten luck for Dairy Crest; and Amazon won't sell groceries - yet

  • Asda ‘dragons’ to set up den at IFE 09

    04 Feb 2009

    Buyers from Asda will preside over a Dragons’ Den-style contest at the upcoming IFE 09 in a bid to identify the most UK’s most innovative suppliers.

  • Kraft in Q4 profits slump

    05 Feb 2009

    Kraft Foods yesterday announced a dramatic fall in fourth-quarter profits. Earnings dropped by 68.5% for the past three months to $302m despite a spate of cost-cutting by the US-owned group.

  • Creditors battle over Iceland parent Baugur

    05 Feb 2009

    Baugur, the conglomerate that owns Iceland and DBC Foodservice, as well as UK retail giants Debenhams, House of Fraser and Hamleys, was yesterday on the brink of administration as creditors moved to call in their debts.

  • PayPoint announces c-store parcel joint venture

    05 Feb 2009

    PayPoint has announced a new joint venture with the Home Delivery Network to offer a parcel collection service at convenience stores under the terminal provider’s banner.

  • McBride profits slide again

    05 Feb 2009

    Household goods manufacturer McBride announced a 4% rise in like-for-like sales for the six months to 31 December, but ongoing raw material inflation again hit profits.

  • Unilever unveils bumper profits boost

    05 Feb 2009

    Unilever has announced a bumper rise in yearly profits of more than a third, despite rising commodity costs and a slight dip in sales volumes.

  • Around the Papers 5/2/09

    05 Feb 2009

    M&S wins teacake tax battle; Baugur set for carve-up; surprise for Mars in cocoa delivery

  • FSA unveils first participants in voluntary additive ban

    03 Feb 2009

    Heinz, McDonalds and Tesco are among the first food and drink companies to sign up to a voluntary ban on six food colours associated with hyperactivity in young children, according to a new list published today by the Food Standards Agency.

  • Wincanton cuts costs but boasts of contract coup

    04 Feb 2009

    Distribution group Wincanton has announced a major cost-cutting programme in the UK and across Europe as the company responds to the deepening recession.

  • 'Resilient' Imperial determined to ride out slump

    04 Feb 2009

    Sales of value brand JPS helped Imperial Tobacco post another first-quarter performance in line with group expectations.

  • Cobra boosts sale prospects with stellar six months

    04 Feb 2009

    Cobra Beer, the Indian-themed lager that was last year put up for sale, has boosted its chances of striking a deal after sales grew by more than 20% over the past six months.

  • Lords to look at use of nanotechnology in food trade

    04 Feb 2009

    The use of nanotechnology in the food sector is to come under the microscope after the House of Lords appointed a working group to investigate the embryonic technology.

  • M&S bounces back with surprise January surge

    04 Feb 2009

    Marks & Spencer racked up a surprise 6% increase in food sales in the past month, according to Nielsen data.

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