4 April 2009

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  • Acid Test: Rustlers Bacon Roll

    04 Apr 2009

    There's nothing like the smell of a processed bacon roll fresh out of the microwave...

  • Ad of the Week: WKD shows it has a sensible side

    04 Apr 2009

    Remember the 1990s? Lad-mags wallpapered our newsagents with socially acceptable porn; reality TV had not yet ruined every last aspect of popular culture; and the streets were sluiced with vomit perfumed by a thousand spilt alcopops. We've...

  • Aldi swaps non-food for ambient in Special Buys

    04 Apr 2009

    Aldi has ditched some of its higher-ticket non-food promotions for ambient grocery in a bid to reverse sliding non-food sales.Aldi's growth has been one of the success stories of the downturn but sales of the discounter's 'when it's gone,...

  • Around the Papers 6/4/09

    06 Apr 2009

    Pollack becomes colin; landlords cut costs; new Blackthorn angers yokels

  • Asda asks employees to help it save £60m

    04 Apr 2009

    Asda is asking its 165,000 staff to each try and cut costs by £1 every day to reduce its overheads. Shopfloor workers have been advised to cut waste by turning fridge lights off and closing freezer doors. Office workers have stopped printing...

  • Asda brings back online auctions to decide prices

    04 Apr 2009

    Asda has provoked anger by reviving blind online auctions with its own-label suppliers. Under the controversial system, suppliers are required to submit their lowest price via a website for products they either already supply or want to...

  • Bakkavör promises better times ahead

    04 Apr 2009

    Embattled ready-meals giant Bakkavör lost £154m in 2008, but has pledged to return to profit in 2009 - and insisted it will not sell off any part of its business. The company had £177m of one-off charges, including restructuring costs and the...

  • Bio-Synergy claims new Skinny Cola can burn fat

    04 Apr 2009

    Sports nutrition manufacturer Bio-Synergy is branching out into cola with a drink it claims has fat-burning properties.Skinny Cola, which hits shelves this month under the brand’s ‘health rather than diet’ strapline, is being positioned as a…

  • Booker enters India with Mumbai depot

    04 Apr 2009

    Booker Wholesale is venturing overseas with plans to open a cash & carry in Mumbai in the summer.The depot would serve stores, food stalls and the restaurant trade in India, with an emphasis on fresh foods, pulses and staples, said CEO...

  • Branded foods are now “a luxury” for consumers

    08 Apr 2009

    The majority of consumers now see branded food and drink products as luxuries, according to new research.

  • British fruit and veg harvest contributes to fall in food prices

    04 Apr 2009

    British fruit and veg has helped drive the first substantial fall in food prices in 12 months.Latest figures from The Grocer Price Index show prices at the big four supermarkets fell 0.4 percentage points in March, although they remain 18.2%...

  • Britvic says thanks for Tango survival

    04 Apr 2009

    Britvic is showing consumers its gratitude for "saving Tango" with the launch of a limited-edition can.The new packaging features the word 'Thanks' in place of 'Tango' and will be rolled out nationally this week on more than two and half...

  • Cadbury chews over bid for Chewits owner Leaf

    06 Apr 2009

    Confectionery giant Cadbury has made a bid for Leaf International, the owner of Chewits sweets, according to press reports.

  • Campaign Trail: Oreo's movie magic for mums

    04 Apr 2009

    Kraft hits the silver screen this month with a £4.3m cinema campaign. The six-month long activity will include in-foyer sampling and marketing material in Vue cinemas. Oreo's Boy and Dog ad will also appear before family blockbusters including...

  • Careers File: All bosses are difficult - gender makes no odds Subscription

    04 Apr 2009

    I've just started a new job with a female boss. It's the first time I've worked for a woman and I'm not sure what to...

  • Cheese brands push up their ad spends

    04 Apr 2009

    Cheese manufacturers are defying the recession and increasing their ad spend.Total category spend on TV and press campaigns jumped 20% year-on-year to £3.2m in the four weeks ending 15 March according to Billetts. The uplift was driven by...

  • Coca-Cola boss looks ahead to bigger picture

    04 Apr 2009

    Companies need to focus on investing for economic recovery as well as surviving the downturn, according to Coca-Cola GB president Sanjay Guha.Although Coca-Cola would not be unaffected by the recession, there were no plans to cut back...

  • Coca-Cola takes £30m stake in Innocent

    06 Apr 2009

    Coca-Cola has taken a minority stakeholding in Innocent Drinks, the smoothie and veg pots brand, for £30m, The Grocer can reveal.

  • Co-op wields new buying clout with meal deals and £1 offers

    04 Apr 2009

    The first signs of The Co-operative Group's increased buying power following its acquisition of Somerfield are starting to filter through, with the society launching a raft of deep promotions.Following in the footsteps of the big four, the...

  • Consumers asked to 'be seasonable'

    04 Apr 2009

    Defra and a coalition of food industry bodies have launched a campaign to encourage seasonal eating and home growing. Grow Your Own encourages consumers to eat more seasonal fruit and veg to help reduce their carbon footprints. The campaign is being...

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