5 February 2011

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  • Makro celebrates 40 years with Gold Card

    05 Feb 2011

    Makro Cash & Carry is gearing up to relaunch its Gold Card scheme this year to coincide with its 40th ­anniversary. The wholesaler is trialling new elements to the scheme, which rewards its biggest-spending customers, at a handful of...

  • Mars is Just Playing in new football tie-up

    09 Feb 2011

    Mars has again teamed up with the Football Association in a bid to get 150,000 adults playing football for the first time. The new initiative – dubbed Just Play – consists of sponsored events and training sessions on football pitches across England.

  • Morrisons no threat to us, claims Ocado

    05 Feb 2011

    Ocado has claimed that Morrisons' move online does not present a significant threat to its revenues. Speaking to The Grocer, as Ocado announced sales up 29% to £551.1m for the year to 28 November, CFO Andrew Bracey said: "We already...

  • McBride blames materials costs for slump in profits

    08 Feb 2011

    McBride has blamed rising raw material costs and weak retail markets on a 24% fall in first-half profits. Total revenues in the six months to the end of December grew by 2% to £407.9m.

  • Morrisons to take on 6,000 new apprentices this year

    10 Feb 2011

    Skills minister John Hayes today called upon grocery retailers to follow Morrisons’ lead and help boost the level of apprenticeships across the UK to a record high.

  • Milk dispensers may see bottles binned for good

    11 Feb 2011

    The plastic milk bottle could soon be consigned to the bin as the UK looks set to enter a refill revolution. The Grocer has learnt that Eziserv, the company that supplied refill technology to Asda for a recent Wrap-funded dispensing trial...

  • New design and fresher scent for Surf

    05 Feb 2011

    Unilever has introduced new fragrances and packaging to its Surf range as part of a revamp backed by a £7m campaign. The brand's Tropical Oasis of Ylang Ylang & Lily, Mediterranean Orchard of Lemons & Mandarin Flower and Secret...

  • Nestlé UK promotes McKenzie to group sales director role

    05 Feb 2011

    Nestlé has promoted Mark McKenzie to the role of group sales director for its UK and Ireland business. McKenzie moves across from channel category sales development director for the company's confectionery business. He joined...

  • My Alternative CV: Lisa Gawthorne, international marketing manager, Panda Licorice

    05 Feb 2011

    Lisa Gawthorne, international marketing manager, Panda Licorice, on Michael Jackson, meat paste and running

  • Mrs Crimble's goes worldwide with free-from export deals

    10 Feb 2011

    Mrs Crimble’s is taking its free-from treats worldwide after sealing a series of new export deals. The Hampshire bakery this week announced its first major orders from Australia following a distribution deal with Trialia Foods. The company is also set to enter Denmark.

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