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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Focus On Home Baking

    04 Aug 2007

    Sales growth has been static, but home baking is slowly gaining a new legion of followers – with a little encouragement from celebrity chefs. Helen Gregory reports

  • Companies must curb ads to kids online or risk regulation

    06 Aug 2007

    Food and drink companies that target children through advertising on the internet have been warned that they must self-regulate their marketing practices, or risk having regulation imposed on them. Since Ofcom's restrictions on advertising foods...

  • Food miles at the top of shopping lists

    06 Aug 2007

    British shoppers are beginning to steer clear of produce with high food miles, according to research from Mintel. One in five now check the source of a product before buying it. And 41% said suppliers and supermarkets did not provide enough...

  • Co-op emergency plan defies disruption caused by flooding

    06 Aug 2007

    Midcounties Co-operative Society is back in full operation following last week's devastating floods, thanks to some help from the Co-operative Group. The society was forced to close its chilled distribution centre in Osney Mead, Oxford, for eight...

  • FSA highlights confusion over 1% milk

    06 Aug 2007

    EU regulations introduced nearly 10 years ago about the use of 1% milk is still causing confusion, according to the Food Standards Agency. The Drinking Milk Regulations (1998) state that milk must fall within fat-content bands for whole (above 2%),...

  • Independents get clearer risk advice

    06 Aug 2007

    New health and safety guidance for c-stores and newsagents will make it easier for independent retailers to check they are operating within the law, according to the British Retail Consortium. The guidance, unveiled by the government last week, is...

  • Export excellence under the spotlight

    06 Aug 2007

    Stars of food and drink export are once again being given the chance to shine in the Food from Britain Export Awards 2007, in association with The Grocer. Suppliers from across the UK are invited to enter the awards, which celebrate companies that...

  • Caravan sets up Kwik Save hardship fund

    06 Aug 2007

    Grocery industry charity Caravan has set up an emergency hardship fund for the hundreds of former Kwik Save staff who lost their jobs when the chain went into administration on 6 July. Although some stores and staff were transferred to the new...

  • In Brief: Healthy snack move; Trussler for Sabato; Coca-Cola signing; Irish PepsiCo chief; Cadbury non-exec; Levy board shadows

    06 Aug 2007

    Healthy snack move  Sean Summers has become marketing director at Walkers Snacks, a new position created to develop a healthier snacking portfolio. Summer previously worked for PepsiCo in Argentina and Mexico.  Trussler for Sabato  Richard Trussler,...

  • Flooding will not hit ice cream supplies

    06 Aug 2007

    Anuj Lal Business director Ice cream, Unilever UK Sir; Flooding to the Gloucester area has indeed forced Unilever to temporarily suspend production at our factory, but it has not caused any serious supply shortages, and is not forecast to ('Flooding...

  • In Brief: Young's acquisition; New Glen's debut; Cranswick boost

    06 Aug 2007

    Young's acquisition  Young's has increased its shellfish capacity by acquiring The Seafood Company from Fishery Products International. The £70m turnover business comprises Anchor Seafood and The Cromer Crab Company.  New Glen's debut

  • In Brief: Organic Freedom; NBA hits out again; Guilty plea

    06 Aug 2007

    Organic Freedom  Morrisons claims it is the first UK retailer to launch organic farmed salmon certified to the RSPCA's welfare-friendly Freedom Food standard. It is available at 164 stores.  NBA hits out again  For the second week in a row, the...

  • In Brief: New Brazilian apple; Prepared arm sold; British Tenderstem

    06 Aug 2007

    New Brazilian apple  Capespan has started supplying a new Fuji-Gala cross to UK retailers and processors called the Snow Apple. The highly coloured fruit is grown for export at high altitude in Brazil by Agrícola Fraiburgo.  Prepared arm sold

  • First Milk is forced to ration supplies

    06 Aug 2007

    First Milk has become the first major milk supplier to break a contract because of the growing milk shortage. The Paisley-based co-op announced it would not be able to supply all its customers with every litre of milk they wanted, and invoked the...

  • In Brief: Easy access to dairy; Milk moustache duo; Asda cheese hike

    06 Aug 2007

    Easy access to dairy  The Dairy Council has relaunched its www.milk.co.uk website with a new look so consumers, health professionals and the media have better access to nutrition and health information.  Milk moustache duo  Boxer Amir Khan and model...

  • 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...

  • Elves to the fore as Cadbury ranges get set for Christmas

    06 Aug 2007

    Cadbury Trebor Bassett is adopting elves as its theme for Christmas this year, and is also introducing additional seasonal NPD. Cadbury Magical Elves comprise eight characters made of milk chocolate and popping candy, priced at 20p each. Already...

  • Curry Cuisine puts spice into the mix

    06 Aug 2007

    A teacher of authentic Indian cookery has launched a spice mix range aimed at the retail and delicatessen markets. West Yorkshire-based Prett Tejura created her Curry Cuisine company less than a year ago. She organises cookery courses, tasting...

  • Goodfella's takes on chilled with Signatore

    06 Aug 2007

    Northern Foods is transferring its expertise in frozen pizza to the chiller with the launch of a premium range under the Goodfella's brand. Goodfella's Signatore, the brand's first foray into the chilled cabinet, will fill "a gap in the market for...

  • Galaxy grows as Mars targets dark chocolate

    06 Aug 2007

    Galaxy is going dark as brand owner Mars uses its signature milk chocolate brand to grab a share of the booming dark chocolate market. The new arrival, called Galaxy Smooth Dark, is part of a range relaunch, which also includes a modified shape,...

  • Heinz gets into chilled with new soup ranges

    06 Aug 2007

    Heinz is about to stir up the soup category by introducing three new ranges, one of which will mark the brand's first major push into the chilled soup arena. Twenty seven new soups arrive in stores this month under the Farmers' Market, Taste of Home...

  • campaign trail - Wyke Farms

    06 Aug 2007

    Wyke Farms is bringing its brand to the small screen to tell the story of its 100-year-old family farming heritage. Running for a week in October, the advert tells the tale of Ivy Clothier, the founder of the company, who developed the company's...

  • 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...

  • In Brief: Vodka makes waves; Chilean reserve; New wine range; Southern sounds

    06 Aug 2007

    Vodka makes waves  Diageo has launched a £5m campaign for Smirnoff. The campaign, called Sea, aims to increase awareness of the vodka's quality and purity.  Chilean reserve  Wine importer Vinoceros has added a reserve tier to its Chilean Poco Mas...

  • Harvey-Miller taps wine growth areas

    06 Aug 2007

    Wines from Chile, Spain, New Zealand and Argentina have been chosen for Harvey-Miller Wine & Spirit Agencies' continued expansion into wine. The company wanted to increase its offer from growing wine markets with its latest batch of releases,...

  • In Brief: Leblon image shift; Foster's beachside; Belle-Epoque here

    06 Aug 2007

    Leblon image shift  Leblon is looking to shake off the low-cost reputation of cachaça by launching a super-premium version of the spirit.  Foster's beachside  Foster's will be hosting beach barbecues as part of its sponsorship of surfing competition,...

  • Cyders fit for festival-goers

    06 Aug 2007

    Aspall is targeting new customers at a clutch of music festivals and events this summer. It will be showcasing its Draught Suffolk Cyder in keg format, and Perronelle's Blush, a pink cider made with blackcurrant liqueur, at Reading's Glade Festival,...

  • Ehrmanns unveils Fairtrade Malbecs

    06 Aug 2007

    Ehrmanns plans to bring Fairtrade wines to more discerning drinkers with the launch of two premium wines from Argentina in September. The Soluna range will consist of a 2005 Malbec, rsp £8.99, and a 2005 organic Malbec, rsp £9.99. The brand will be...

  • Foot and mouth confirmed in Surrey

    06 Aug 2007

    The grocery industry was holding its breath following last week's outbreak of foot and mouth disease at a farm in Surrey, which could cost up to £180m in lost exports.The outbreak, in Pirbright near Guildford, brought with it the spectre of...

  • 'Human movement' link to foot and mouth

    08 Aug 2007

    The foot and mouth disease outbreak in Surrey could have been caused by 'human movement', and sabotage can not be ruled out, a government report has found.As a second case of the disease was yesterday confirmed within the 3km protection zone...

  • Foot and mouth movement restrictions relaxed

    09 Aug 2007

    The government has relaxed restrictions on moving animals to slaughter as a third possible case of foot and mouth disease is investigated.Defra eased restrictions on moving animals to slaughter outside the protection and surveillance zone...

  • Dobbies backs Tesco bid

    10 Aug 2007

    Dobbies Garden Centre has urged shareholders to back Tesco's 1,500p a share offer for the garden centre chain after Sir Tom Hunter, the owner of Wyevale Garden Centres, said he would not be making a counter bid.The chain has sent out a...

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