5 September 2009

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  • ‘Neighbourly’ S&A scales back its plans

    05 Sep 2009

    S&A Produce has massively reduced its redevelopment plans as its new owner focuses on improving community relations.The Herefordshire strawberry supplier had faced local objections to its plans for 67ha of fixed polytunnels and...

  • ‘Nightmare’ Licensing Act has cost millions say Scots c-stores

    05 Sep 2009

    Scottish retailers have claimed the Licensing Act, which came into force on Tuesday, has cost millions of pounds to comply with.The law had cost convenience stores more than £16m, the Scottish Grocers' Federation said, while Spar...

  • Acid Test: Brewdog Tokyo* Beer

    05 Sep 2009

    Does the UK's strongest bottled beer taste of anything more than the bitter tang of controvsery?

  • Ad of the Week: Fortune and glory, kid. Fortune and glory

    05 Sep 2009

    Fun ways to spend £43m: crash a solid-gold plane into a replica Mount Rushmore made of cake; sign Franck Ribery for your pub football team; steal every pound-operated shopping trolley in the UK. Twice.

  • An ortolan in the hand…

    05 Sep 2009

    While UK poultry farmers were last week clucking furious over Defra plans to limit the chickens per square metre they can squeeze into cages, there was also unrest for French harvesters of ortolan the tiny birds that are drowned in Armagnac and...

  • Arla pay plan prompts threat of strike action

    05 Sep 2009

    Staff at Arla Foods UK are considering strike action over proposals for a company-wide pay freeze.The Danish dairy giant last month proposed a pay freeze for the 3,000 unionised and non-unionised employees across its UK operation as part...

  • Around the Papers 10/9/09

    10 Sep 2009

    Diageo resists Scots plan; Gore invests in Ocado; Dixon on M&S board

  • Associated anticipates second-half profits boost

    07 Sep 2009

    Kingsmill owner Associated British Foods announced today that it expects second-half profits to increase year-on-year despite heftier interest costs.

  • Cadbury board combats £10bn Kraft approach

    07 Sep 2009

    Kraft Foods has made a £10.2bn offer for UK confectionery giant Cadbury.

  • Brands sign up to ethical cocoa scheme

    05 Sep 2009

    Chocolate manufacturers including Lindt, Ferrero and Kraft Foods have signed up to a new ethical cocoa-buying scheme that charges a premium of $30 per tonne over the market rate.Source Trust said that it would guarantee the traceability...

  • Asda to add second Direct kiosk in-store

    05 Sep 2009

    Asda will open its second Asda Direct kiosk when the retailer's new Bradford store begins trading later this month.The first kiosk, in Keighley, Yorkshire, opened in July following the launch of the Asda Direct catalogue business last...

  • Brakes bags £45m Scots frozen contract

    05 Sep 2009

    Brakes has won a contract worth £45m over the next three years to deliver frozen food to local authorities throughout Scotland.The win means the foodservice giant will be supplying education, social work and civic catering in 28 of...

  • C&C buys lager brand... to shore up ailing cider brand Subscription

    05 Sep 2009

    Shelling out £180m for Tennent's shows C&C Group means business - but not necessarily when it comes to lager. Nigel Huddleston reports.

  • Beer finalists hit the shelves at Sainsbury’s

    05 Sep 2009

    Sainsbury's is stocking 15 new speciality beers following a knockout-style contest to find the UK's best independently brewed ale.The brands, which include Wood's Shropshire Lass and Bath Ale's Golden Hare, reached the final of the...

  • Asda stocks North York Moors lamb

    05 Sep 2009

    Asda is to stock lamb sourced from sheep farmers on the North York Moors during the autumn lamb season.The lamb, raised on farms within the national park, will be supplied by Seven Hill Farmers. Some 1,200 lambs a month will be supplied...

  • Bid to boost beef exports to Europe

    05 Sep 2009

    A campaign to boost exports of Northern Irish red meat to European markets has been launched.The two-year initiative aims to raise sales of beef and lamb in France, Italy, the Netherlands, Spain and Scandinavia. Dedicated marketing...

  • Around the Papers 7/9/09

    07 Sep 2009

    Morrisons tipped for greatness; John Lewis Value range; cheap champers all round

  • Around the Papers 8/9/09

    08 Sep 2009

    Cadbury bid frenzy; Tesco stil keen on US; shop-workers feel recession's pinch

  • Around the Papers 9/9/09

    09 Sep 2009

    Kraft-Cadbury saga rolls on; docs want booze ad ban; food waste

  • Boom in new breweries shows ale is real deal

    10 Sep 2009

    A boom in real ale has been credited for more than 70 new breweries opening in the UK in the past year – despite the pub trade suffering its toughest-ever conditions.

  • Around the Papers 11/9/09

    11 Sep 2009

    Morrisons profits; Waitrose Duchy deal; Co-op banking push

  • Cocoa price rockets again

    07 Sep 2009

    Chocolate prices may be set to climb yet again as new evidence emerges of cocoa shortages this year.

  • Focus On Champagne

    05 Sep 2009

    It’s been a momentous week for the Champagne Brigade. A meeting of the growers (who own 90% of the vineyards) and the Champagne houses on Wednesday took the historic decision to pick 32% fewer grapes when harvesting begins this month. With further cuts, the number of Champagne bottles will fall by 44%.Recession has hurt sales of Champagne. But producers are hoping short-term measures, plus this week’s supply deal, will shore up sales and profits. Nicolette Allen reports.

  • Editor's Comment: New Nescafé ad shows the defiance of the leading fmcg brands

    05 Sep 2009

    Nescafé's new £43m ad campaign, Coffee at its Brightest, sounds at first like an inflation-adjusted update to the absurdist 1985 film Brewster's Millions.

  • Dairy investigation launched over new butter mountain

    05 Sep 2009

    The European Commission has launched a Europe-wide investigation into supermarket dairy pricing, after finding huge commodity price drops had led to a retail price drop of just 2%. The Grocer first highlighted disparities in retail and...

  • Champagne production to be cut by 32%

    05 Sep 2009

    Retailers have applauded a decision to cut grape output in the Champagne region by 32% this year.Governing body the Comité Interprofessionnel du Vin de Champagne said this week that grape production would reduce from last year's...

  • Curley’s staff join Belfast Sainsbury’s

    05 Sep 2009

    Sainsbury's opened its largest supermarket in Northern Ireland this week, a 69,000 sq ft store at the Kennedy Centre in west Belfast. The superstore is on the site of a former Curley's supermarket, and many of the 250 Curley's staff have...

  • Deliveries by bike for local Epicureans

    05 Sep 2009

    The Local Epicurean claims it will be the first indie to offer home delivery by bike when its Belsize Park store in London begins the service on 21 September.The service will be free of charge for customers living within a mile of the...

  • Critical Eye... on Mexican moles and Jamie on mescalin

    05 Sep 2009

    Oh Jamie, Jamie, Jamie. Despite the Village People-inspired trailers, I was really looking forward to Jamie's American Road Trip (9pm, C4, 1 September).

  • Dairy businesses still in running to buy Gü

    05 Sep 2009

    Dairy businesses are leading the charge as the sale of premium desserts company Gü enters its second round.

  • Campaign Trail: Coke zeroes in on world cup

    05 Sep 2009

    Coca-Cola is flagging up Coke Zero's sponsorship of the FIFA World Cup 2010 with an on-pack promotion offering consumers daily giveaways of tournament tickets.

  • Farmhouse aims to offer comfort food

    05 Sep 2009

    Farmhouse Fare has launched a range of traditional puddings as the recession boosts demand for comfort food.The eight-strong line-up includes Lyle's Golden Syrup pudding, Sticky Toffee pudding, Sticky Choc­olate pudding and Bakewell...

  • Celebrity chef unveils pudding mix line-up

    05 Sep 2009

    Celebrity chef James Martin is launching a range of dessert mixes designed to take the strain out of baking.The Saturday Kitchen star has created a Home Baking Dessert range comprising Sticky Toffee Pudding, Belgian Chocolate Fondant...

  • Campaign Trail: Kit Kat's king of karaoke

    05 Sep 2009

    A human karaoke machine takes centre stage in the launch campaign for Kit Kat Caramel Chunky.

  • Cracking idea for Wallace & Gromit sarnies

    05 Sep 2009

    Sandwich maker Brambles Food is raising dough for Wallace & Gromit's Children's Foundation with a new range. Brambles will donate 15p to the kids' charity for every new Wallace & Gromit-themed sandwich sold. It aims to earn...

  • Exhilarating! Clothes with a fruity twist

    05 Sep 2009

    Unilever is targeting "sensory junkies" with a fruit and flower-scented range of Comfort fabric conditioner concentrates backed by a £4m marketing spend.,...

  • Eristoff takes on Smirnoff for top spot

    05 Sep 2009

    Bacardi-Martini is launching a £1.5m campaign for its Eristoff vodka, which it believes will one day take over from Smirnoff as the UK's leading vodka.The drinks giant is pushing its two Georgian vodka variants Eristoff Original and...

  • Campaign Trail: Raising the standard

    05 Sep 2009

    Slick modern Russia meets decadent historical Russia in the latest ad for First Drinks' vodka brand, Russian Standard.

  • First Milk increases loan facility by £30m

    05 Sep 2009

    First Milk has agreed a major refinancing deal that will give it extra cash to fund growth plans.The three-year package, signed with Lloyds TSB and Barclays, takes its loan facility up to £130m, £30m more than was available through its...

  • Economy to blame for FrieslandCampina's 15% drop in sales

    05 Sep 2009

    Yazoo manufacturer FrieslandCampina has blamed a 15% fall in turnover on the economic crisis and falling demand for dairy. The Dutch co-operative giant this week reported revenue down 15% to 4.1bn for the first half, with operating...

  • Chinese vets assess UK’s pork for export

    05 Sep 2009

    British pork producers are close to gaining access to the lucrative Chinese market for the first time.Four veterinary surgeons from China's Certification and Accreditation Administration arrived on Wednesday and will be here until 11...

  • Egg imports hike sparks call to reassess sourcing

    05 Sep 2009

    Manufacturers and retailers are being urged to source more British egg products after new figures revealed a 57% rise in imports. More than 100,000 tonnes of egg products were imported last year for use in goods ranging from ready meals...

  • Cheap and cheerful: carrot sales up 14%

    05 Sep 2009

    The affordability and versatility of carrots have helped sales of the vegetable rise 14% in the past year.The market is now worth £260m [TNS 52w/e 9 August], with a 1% year-on-year increase in consumption to 3.8 million occasions [TNS,...

  • Evans steps in as Amin moves up

    05 Sep 2009

    Richard Evans has been named PepsiCo UK and Ireland president after Salman Amin was promoted to executive vice-president of sales and marketing, based in New York.Evans has been general manager of Walkers Snack Foods since 2007 and at...

  • Careers File: Business knows best how to invest in training Subscription

    05 Sep 2009

    Training is for dogs, I was once told. Sounds a bit drastic? Especially when the person that said it was someone I would have described as a trainer.

  • Call for GM animals ‘that feel no pain’

    08 Sep 2009

    The ethical implications of meat mass production could be lessened by genetically modifying animals to reduce their suffering, according to new calls from the US.

  • Doctors back blanket ban on booze advertising

    09 Sep 2009

    Drinks companies are again on the back foot after doctors yesterday called for a total ban on alcohol advertising, in the latest attack on Britain’s culture of so-called binge drinking.

  • Diageo dismisses Kilmarnock rescue plan

    10 Sep 2009

    Diageo has dismissed efforts by Scottish ministers to safeguard up to 900 jobs at the drinks giant’s Johnnie Walker production facilities north of the border.

  • First gangmaster prosecution in cockling trade

    11 Sep 2009

    The Gangmasters’ Licensing Authority has achieved its first prosecution of a gangmaster in the shellfish industry.

  • Focus On Speciality & Fine Foods

    05 Sep 2009

    Sales of fine foods have taken a knock, but as a cheap alternative to eating out, Britain’s foodies have seen to it that the finer things in life are not forgotten. Ruth Nicholas reports.

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