5 December 2009

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  • ‘Replenishing’ Daioni given pack revamp

    05 Dec 2009

    Welsh organic flavoured milk brand Daioni has been given a makeover to emphasise its naturalness and re-energising qualities.

  • Acid Test: Prosecco Spumante Bianco

    05 Dec 2009

    I found it very pleasant to drink. It was very light, dry and aromatic with a scent of apples and pears. The dryness perfectly complemented the garlicky antipasti that I ate with it. It would also...

  • ACS: spend more to tackle tobacco crime

    05 Dec 2009

    The Association of Convenience Stores is calling on the government to divert more money to tackle illicit tobacco in next week's Pre-Budget Report."We need a proper budget to tackle the illegal market," ACS public affairs director Shane...

  • Ad of the Week: Pied piper of Hammond quests for festive freshness

    05 Dec 2009

    It's that time of the year when the tinsel goes up, kids press noses reddened by Bostik abuse against pound-shop windows and tramps freeze in the street like lapsed fairies that fell from their trees.

  • Aim targeting more Iceland sites in Dublin

    05 Dec 2009

    Independent cash & carry Aim has opened a second Iceland franchise store in the Republic of Ireland.Aim opened its first store in Ballyfermot, Dublin, in January and has now added a second in the Finglas area of the city.

  • Asda comes in cheapest for Christmas in G33

    11 Dec 2009

    Asda has reclaimed its crown as the retailer offering the cheapest trolley of festive goods this year, according to The Grocer 33 Christmas survey.

  • Asda makes Red Tractor logo bigger

    05 Dec 2009

    Asda is increasing the size of the Red Tractor logo on all its British meat to demonstrate its support for domestic sourcing.New packs, which will be launched soon, will feature a 50%-larger logo on the front of packs, while packaging to...

  • Barratt to bring out Lovely alternative to Cadbury Mini Eggs

    05 Dec 2009

    Cadbury Mini Eggs face new competition in the sugar-coated chocolate egg category in the form of Lovely Mini Eggs by Sherbet Fountain maker Barratt.The eggs, which like Cadbury Mini Eggs are made from solid milk chocolate with a crisp...

  • Beef and lamb set tough carbon reduction targets

    05 Dec 2009

    The British red meat industry is hoping to ward off criticism of its environmental footprint by setting itself challenging carbon reduction targets.Levy companies Eblex and Bpex both staged events this week outlining how farmers would...

  • Big events brewing in Somerset Subscription

    05 Dec 2009

    The cider boom has been music to the ears of Gaymer Cider Co managing director Peter Spencer. But will its new owner, C&C Group, keep the party going? Anna-Marie Julyan reports

  • Bird bows out from Musgrave to pursue non-grocery career

    05 Dec 2009

    Jemima Bird, marketing director at Musgrave Retail Partners GB, is leaving the business, The Grocer can reveal.Bird, who has been at Musgrave GB since January 2007, is leaving on 31 January for a role outside the grocery sector.

  • Blakemore’s profits slump 10% to £9.1m

    05 Dec 2009

    AF Blakemore & Son has blamed a 10% fall in full-year pre-tax profits on its decision to maintain low prices and increase investment in expansion.Sales rose 10% to £778m in the year ending 30 April, but pre-tax profits shrunk to...

  • BRC reports strong start to Christmas trading

    08 Dec 2009

    High street sales grew strongly in November, according to the latest figures from the British Retail Consortium.

  • Brussels names new farm commissioner

    05 Dec 2009

    Dacian Ciolos has been announced as the new EU agricultural commissioner, replacing Mariann Fischer Boel, who is retiring.The 40-year-old Romanian was in the line-up of commissioners unveiled by EC president José Manuel Barroso last...

  • Budgens refreshes its own-label spirits

    05 Dec 2009

    Budgens is revamping its own-label spirits range to give it a more stylish and consistent shelf presence.The relaunch, in two phases, consists of new artistically illustrated label designs with a more consistent look. The new identity is...

  • Bulletin: Mandelson backs up Cadbury… fair play to Kit Kat… Tyler plots Sainsbury’s growth

    07 Dec 2009

    Business secretary warns Kraft over bid; Nestlé in ethical switch; JS chair eyes expansion

  • Butter prices may go up by a third, say analysts

    05 Dec 2009

    The retail price of butter could soar by up to a third over the next few months, analysts have warned. The wholesale butter price has leapt from £2,000/tonne in August to almost £3,500 [PTF] twice what it was a year ago as a result of...

  • Cadbury to defend Kraft bid on back of restructuring success

    07 Dec 2009

    Cadbury will issue its formal defence against the hostile bid from Kraft Foods next Monday (14 December).

  • Campaign Trail: Believing in... Thorntons

    05 Dec 2009

    Thorntons returned to the small screen this week for the first time in three years with a new ad that celebrates the magic of Christmas.

  • Cadbury workers look to warn off Kraft

    11 Dec 2009

    Cadbury workers are launching a campaign to fend off Kraft’s hostile £9.9bn bid.

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