31 January 2009

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  • 15% of fresh produce firms 'in danger'

    31 Jan 2009

    Almost 15% of the UK's leading 1,000 fresh produce companies are experiencing financial difficulty, a new report from Plimsoll has revealed.Of the 149 companies that Plimsoll rated as being in danger, 63 saw an increase in their debt levels...

  • A week to celebrate dairy foods

    31 Jan 2009

    This year's National Dairy Week will focus on the positive messages of dairy and remind consumers that dairy products are vital to a balanced diet.The inaugural event, running from 2-8 February, will include a conference, radio interviews...

  • Ailing Superquinn is losing expertise and share to discounters

    31 Jan 2009

    Superquinn, the embattled Irish chain currently shedding 400 jobs and closing one of its stores, has been hit by a triple whammy – the defection of a key staff member, slippage in market share and a corresponding sales surge at...

  • Ad of the Week: Gorilla tactics leave Cadbury's new glass half-empty

    31 Jan 2009

    Consider the law of diminishing returns in cinema, where sequels that improve on the original are famously limited to The Godfather Part II, Aliens and Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo. For Cadbury, topping the impact of its already-iconic...

  • Advertising: Hoy takes Bran Flakes up a gear Subscription

    31 Jan 2009

    After so many of our sporting stars returned from Beijing with gold, brands seeking athletic endorsements from Team GB heroes had plenty to choose from

  • Acid Test: Walkers' Do Us A Flavour

    31 Jan 2009

    The panel get their laughing gear round Walkers' six new consumer-inspired flavours

  • 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.

  • 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

  • Asda eyes MFI sites for Living expansion

    31 Jan 2009

    Asda has said it is looking at some of the former MFI sites as it expands its Asda Living chain. The company considered all sites that came on the market and would take them on “at the right price”, said CEO Andy Bond. “It is almost certain...

  • Asda claims number two place in drinks

    31 Jan 2009

    Asda sold more alcohol than Sainsbury's for the first time over the festive season.TNS figures for the 12 weeks to 28 December give Asda a market share in BWS of 15.9%, up one point year-on-year, compared with Sainsbury's 15.6%.Asda...

  • Alcoholic unit labels for individual drinks may face legal fight

    31 Jan 2009

    Attempts to introduce mandatory unit labelling on alcoholic drinks packaging could be challenged in EU courts, according to a leading expert in food law.Owen Warnock, partner in international law firm Eversheds, said it would not be easy ...

  • Asda unveils plans to add 7,000 new jobs

    31 Jan 2009

    Asda has confirmed 7,000 new jobs will be created at store level and across its online operations this year.The news comes a fortnight after The Grocer revealed the retailer’s plans to create thousands of new jobs. Some 3,700 jobs would be...

  • Around the Papers 6/2/09

    06 Feb 2009

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

  • Bond warns suppliers: focus on value not NPD

    31 Jan 2009

    Retailer insistence on new product development at the expense of value could become the "key strain" this year in the relationship between retailers and suppliers, Andy Bond told The Grocer this week. Briefing reporters at The Grocer's...

  • Blakemore develops Spar promo scheme

    31 Jan 2009

    AF Blakemore has launched a promotional scheme to help its Spar retailers compete during the recession.The company says the Pounds Down scheme aims to offer retailers a greater range, cheaper prices, more promotions, leaflets and PoS...

  • Backhauling scheme to cut 1.3 million miles

    31 Jan 2009

    Budgens and Londis owner Musgrave Retail Partners GB is planning to save millions of road miles this year by dramatically expanding its backhauling operations.Instead of returning empty to the depot after delivering products to Budgens and...

  • Betty joins Bertie in bid to end slump

    31 Jan 2009

    Cadbury is replacing Bassetts Fruit Allsorts with a red liquorice line following a 15% sales slump for the brand.Bassetts Red Liquorice, which is being rolled out now, features new character Betty on packs. The company hopes she will become...

  • Banrock relaunched with green emphasis

    31 Jan 2009

    Constellation Europe is to relaunch its Australian Banrock Station brand in an attempt to emphasise its green credentials.The pack will feature a lighter-weight bottle and a design of a tree flowering from a wine bottle with the tagline...

  • Beef biltong can be big business Subscription

    31 Jan 2009

    Emory St Marcus introduced South African dried meat snacks into the UK in the 80s. Now he is looking to the sports market for further growth. Joanne Grew reports

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