4 August 2007

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  • 1% starch threshold proposals blasted

    06 Aug 2007

    Trading Standards officers have criticised an FSA proposal to set a 1% threshold below which meat processors wouldn't have to tell consumers about starch and protein added to a product. They are concerned consumers will be misled if the information...

  • 3663 agrees deal to supply Pizza Express

    06 Aug 2007

    Foodservice giant 3663 First For Foodservice has won a multi-million pound contract to supply Pizza Express restaurants from struggling wholesaler Woodward Foodservice. The contract to supply the chain's 334 restaurants with frozen and ambient...

  • A helping hand - or a hindrance?

    06 Aug 2007

    The most significant change in retail planning guidance for more than a decade is about to take place. In less than eight weeks the government will unveil details of its draft revision of 2005's Planning Policy Statement 6 (PPS6). A key plank of the...

  • acid test - Fruitasia and Little Stars

    06 Aug 2007

    Expert's verdict: 6/10 ?The only thing that lets this down is the packaging, which looks second-rate and is unlikely to have much appeal for women. There are too many colours going on and the name makes it sound Oriental. The taste, however, is...

  • Artisan suppliers hit by flood losses

    06 Aug 2007

    Many small organic and artisan suppliers have been devastated by last week's floods in the south of England with a likely impact on quality, price and quantity for months and years to come. Tamara Schipu, who represents regional suppliers...

  • Best candidates 'put off by private equity'

    06 Aug 2007

    Private equity-backed fmcg companies are struggling to attract and retain good quality people because of fears for long-term development prospects and job security, says a leading recruitment consultancy. Filling job vacancies within the £40k to...

  • Better ranging 'would boost sales to £10bn'

    06 Aug 2007

    Consumer spending on dairy could rise £2.4bn to £10bn per year by 2012 if the industry focused more on what shoppers really wanted, according to new research from Dairy Crest. Its report, Dairy for Life, seen exclusively by The Grocer, says...

  • Birds Eye will pay your bills

    06 Aug 2007

    Birds Eye is offering consumers the chance to have their mortgage paid in an on-pack promotion next month. The promotion will appear on Birds Eye's most popular products from September through to November. Participants can also enter a daily draw to...

  • Brands feel threatened by own label

    06 Aug 2007

    UK brand owners feel increasingly threatened by supermarkets' own label products, according to Saatchi & Saatchi X research. Half of the UK brand suppliers quizzed said own label products had become "much more" threatening to their business. The...

  • British asparagus sales soar by 19%

    06 Aug 2007

    British asparagus growers have overcome difficult weather to post a 24% increase in volume sales. The Asparagus Growers Association praised the multiples for their support during the short April to May growing season. Speaking at the AGA's annual...

  • Bulgarian import set for UK arrival

    06 Aug 2007

    Zagorka, Bulgaria's biggest-selling beer, is the latest premium Eastern European import to hit UK shelves. The beer, which hits shelves next week, has more than 30% of the Bulgarian market and is a multiple Gold Monde Selection winner. It will join...

  • Bulldog's natural way of grooming

    06 Aug 2007

    Toiletries supplier Bulldog has launched a male grooming range in a bid to challenge what it calls the "chemical conventions" of the growing sector. It has replaced all artificial colours, synthetic fragrances and other chemicals with essential oils...

  • Buyer Survey

    06 Aug 2007

    Rising interest rates and escalating commodity prices are expected to prompt major changes in supermarket ranges, according to grocery buyers, but in most cases, not just yet. This summer's deluge, which has devastated pea, broccoli, cabbage and...

  • Buyer survey - commodity prices

    04 Aug 2007

    Rising interest rates and escalating commodity prices are expected to prompt major changes in supermarket ranges, according to grocery buyers, but in most cases, not just yet.This summer's deluge, which has devastated pea, broccoli, cabbage...

  • Call for set price to protect tea farmers

    06 Aug 2007

    Cafédirect has urged the Fairtrade Foundation to introduce a minimum payment scheme for tea farmers to protect them from "damaging low market prices". Fairtrade tea growers should get the same treatment as their coffee-growing counterparts who...

  • campaign trail - Uncle Ben's boil in the bag rice

    06 Aug 2007

    Redundant colanders are the focus of a light-hearted London-based print advertising campaign for Uncle Ben's boil in the bag rice. Running until the end of this month, the executions are aimed at persuading the capital's consumers to switch from...

  • campaign trail - Bavaria

    06 Aug 2007

    Metrosexuals are out and butch men are back in, according to a new TV campaign from Dutch beer Bavaria. The adverts show men demonstrating strength and perseverance as they battle it out to reach a glass of Bavaria beer. As part of the campaign the...

  • Buying practices must be rethought

    06 Aug 2007

    Buying practices must be rethought Claire Melamed Head of trade and corporates, Action Aid UK Sir; In criticising groups such as ­Action Aid for not disclosing the names of factories where we have uncovered poor working conditions,...

  • Camelot wins UK lottery licence

    07 Aug 2007

    Camelot has won the licence to operate the National Lottery from 2009 to 2019.The company, which has run the lottery since it was launched in 1994, fought off competition from Indian lottery operator Sugal & Damani.“Following a...

  • Camelot wins lottery licence

    08 Aug 2007

    Camelot has won the licence to operate the National Lottery from 2009 to 2019.The company, which has run the lottery since it was launched in 1994, fought off competition from Indian lottery operator Sugal & Damani.It has already...

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