6 December 2008

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  • £50 vintage for revellers

    06 Dec 2008

    Charles Heidsieck is hoping to entice Christmas revellers with its new Vintage 2000 Champagne. At £50, it sits between the £47 Rose Brut Vintage and the £93 Blanc Des Millénaires 1995.Janette Peat, brand manager of distributor Maxxium UK,...

  • 2 Sisters faces strike threat in new year

    06 Dec 2008

    Poultry supplier 2 Sisters could be hit by strikes at the busiest time of year after workers rejected pay proposals.Unite, which represents about 1,200 workers across three of the company's West Midlands plants, claimed that 2 Sisters' pay...

  • A new Tesco? Let's take the day off!

    06 Dec 2008

    The opening of a new supermarket is usually not a major cultural event.Unless you live in Hollington, near Hastings, where the ribbon-cutting of a new-and-improved Tesco this week reportedly attracted most of the local population, much like...

  • Abel & Cole bullish as growth slows down

    06 Dec 2008

    Organic box provider Abel & Cole has insisted it is well placed to weather the recession despite admitting its sales growth has slowed from 40% two years ago to single-figure increases today.The company's sales shot up from £19.8m in the...

  • Acid Test: Triibe Lactose-free Celtic liqueur

    06 Dec 2008

    It's like Baileys for vegans - but will anyone else go for the lactose-free liquer?

  • ACS: harder line needed to tackle repeat offenders

    06 Dec 2008

    The Association of Convenience Stores is demanding the Government gets tougher on sentencing of shoplifters.It is urging ministers to review sanctions for shop theft after latest Ministry of Justice figures revealed that a staggering 60% of...

  • Ad of the Week: Tilda rolls back the years

    06 Dec 2008

    Rice sells itself, right? After all, around a third of the world's population eats the stuff every day. But perhaps that's what makes it tough to grab people's attention. Which is presumably why Tilda has pulled out all the stops on the new...

  • Bestway deals aim to boost festive sales

    06 Dec 2008

    Bestway has launched a range of Christmas promotions including offers on wines and spirits, bread sauce and turkey stuffing."We know how tough it is for our customers and their customers and hope that by providing the very best promotional...

  • Clear off or we'll set the Schubert on you

    06 Dec 2008

    Inventor Howard Stapleton, MD of Compound Security Systems, has launched the Music Mosquito Mood Calming System, a new gadget that aims to disperse groups of youths hanging around shops by playing classical music. Unlike his previous...

  • Brands neglect opportunities to make the most of c-stores

    06 Dec 2008

    Big branded suppliers are neglecting the convenience channel in their drive to sell to the big four, according to a new report.A survey of 150 convenience store and symbol group managers found three in four thought brand owners didn't...

  • Advertising: Gordon's gin gets into festive spirit Subscription

    06 Dec 2008

    With the festive season upon us, consumers are thinking about stocking up the liquor cabinet. Traditionally it's a time for spirits manufacturers to increase advertising spend and push their brands as Christmas tipples. Last year, the market spent...

  • Critical Eye: Mitterrand's prostate and the French malaise

    06 Dec 2008

    François Mitterrand's prostate. Not the most obvious place to start for a mainstream food show but the entry point nonetheless for France On A Plate (BBC4, Monday), a greatest-hits collection of stereotypes about the French eating anything with a...

  • Caravan gives gold award to eight winners

    06 Dec 2008

    Coca-Cola Enterprises, Mars UK and Procter & Gamble were among the big winners at the Caravan Achievement Awards. They were among eight companies that picked up Gold awards at the ceremony, which provides public recognition to businesses...

  • Business thinking prevails

    06 Dec 2008

    Government departments have been at loggerheads over the issue of a display ban on tobacco products ahead of this week's Queen Speech, The Grocer has learnt. Health minister Alan Johnson is understood to have wanted to stick to his guns over...

  • Can you unlock the cash? Subscription

    06 Dec 2008

    'Tis the season to think about money. Specifically, how to get hold of it when the banks are less than brimming - and how to keep hold of it. Love of money may be the root of all evil. But as everyone struggling to keep their heads above water at the moment knows only too well, hatred of lending it is not the route to salvation

  • Anglia claims worst times have passed

    06 Dec 2008

    Anglia Co-operative made a pre-tax loss of £1.5m in the year to 6 September, accounts filed at Companies House have revealed.CEO John Chillcott blamed the loss on "fundamental restructuring costs" including its property being devalued by...

  • Careers File: Don't be wary of asking for help - the recipient is even more wary of saying 'no' Subscription

    06 Dec 2008

    One interesting part of working with psychology students at Newcastle University is helping them overcome their fear of asking for help. As infants, the word 'no' is one of the first we learn to speak. Yet as we get older, it becomes...

  • Co-op gets power from town's own mini hydro plant

    06 Dec 2008

    A Co-op has become the first store in the UK to run directly on hydro power. The 7,340 sq ft food shop in New Mills, Derbyshire, uses electricity generated by the River Goyt. Over the next year a community-owned micro-hydro...

  • Anheuser-InBev axes 1,400 jobs as merger fall-out begins

    09 Dec 2008

    The fall-out from the merger of brewing giants Anheuser-Busch and InBev has begun, with the combined company to axe more than a thousand jobs in the US in a bid to cut costs.

  • Cobra mulls business split

    11 Dec 2008

    Cobra Beer, which was put up for sale last month with a price tag of £200m, is mulling splitting its UK and Indian businesses to force a sale.

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