6 June 2009

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  • £10m investment pot hit by fundraising problems

    06 Jun 2009

    A £10m investment fund designed to support up-and-coming fmcg businesses has been hit by delays in securing investment.The Spayne Lindsay Consumer Brand fund was launched in January with the intention of offering smaller businesses...

  • Acid Test: Fruitini Pineapple Sticks

    06 Jun 2009

    Nature's candy or unconvincing ice lolly?

  • Ad of the Week: Gnome is where the art is for drink-doctor Feel Good

    06 Jun 2009

    Considering Stephen King's villains include dogs, clowns and a haunted laundry press, it's odd he hasn't got round to garden gnomes. They should be terrifying - dead-eyed guardians of the lawn, implacably waiting with pointy hats to blind...

  • Algae shout-out trips off the tongue

    11 Jun 2009

    Eye-catching press release of the week is a missive issued by Merlin Biodevelopments, which is using cash from the Welsh Assembly for some clever environmental science type stuff.

  • Any OFT referral 'will be too late' warns Dawson

    06 Jun 2009

    Any intervention by the OFT to refer the newspaper and magazine distribution market to the Competition Commission for investigation will come too late to save Dawson News, the company has admitted.The stricken newstrade wholesaler has been...

  • Around the Papers 11/6/09

    11 Jun 2009

    P&G eyes a billion; hail the Hob-Nob; choc bunny row

  • Around the Papers 12/6/09

    12 Jun 2009

    2Entertain battle; more choc bunny war; Chavez bans Coke Zero

  • Around the Papers 8/6/09

    08 Jun 2009

    DFB demise; Wal-Mart still growing; Pret turfs out tuna

  • Around the Papers 9/6/09

    09 Jun 2009

    Label move; tea crisis; P&G new CEO

  • Asda school uniform could spark new price war

    10 Jun 2009

    Asda could be set to spark a new supermarket price war on clothing after announcing it is to sell school uniforms for just £4.75.

  • Axe falls on DFB's Bridgend dairy

    12 Jun 2009

    Dairy Farmers of Britain’s Bridgend dairy is to close with the loss of 279 jobs, it was announced today.

  • Beef industry questions Greenpeace findings

    06 Jun 2009

    The UK beef industry has hit back at Greenpeace claims that the use of beef from companies illegally deforesting the Amazon is widespread.

  • Beef 'sleepwalking' to long-term decline

    06 Jun 2009

    The English beef sector is "sleepwalking towards irretrievable decline" if long-term strategic decisions are not taken, Eblex has warned in a new report.The breeding herd had fallen 27% between 1990 and 2007 and cattle prices were now lower...

  • Blakemore MD slams 'knock-off' multiples

    06 Jun 2009

    AF Blakemore this week warned suppliers to give Spar retailers the same prices as multiples or risk supermarkets taking control of the convenience sector. In a rousing speech at the Spar Retail Show, Blakemore Distribution MD Dennis Evans...

  • Campaign Trail: Dixon's love triangle

    06 Jun 2009

    VIP tickets to Alesha Dixon's UK tour are up for grabs as part of a new on-pack campaign for Toblerone fronted by the pop star. Consumers will be in with a chance of meeting Dixon and can enter a free draw to win albums, photos and Toblerone as part...

  • Campaign Trail: Chupa Chicks hit the road

    06 Jun 2009

    Perfetti van Melle is billing its second annual Chupa Chups roadshow as another reason for holidaymakers to stay home this summer.

  • Cafédirect adds Earl Grey and Breakfast

    06 Jun 2009

    Fairtrade hot drinks specialist Cafédirect is introducing Earl Grey and English breakfast tea to its portfolio to entice more consumers to the ethical category.The launch of Cafédirect Earl Grey and English Breakfast tea (rsp: £1.99 for box...

  • Blossom Hill serves up tennis labels

    06 Jun 2009

    Diageo has incorporated tennis-themed livery to its Blossom Hill wine to celebrate its third year of sponsoring Wimbledon.A £750,000 marketing campaign, including point-of-sale material, will highlight the limited-edition design, which will...

  • Campaign Trail: Bavaria's clear message

    06 Jun 2009

    Bavaria Alcohol Free cleverly subverts the "don't drive and drive" message in its new TV ad - which features a beer bottle being used a gearstick.

  • Brazil meat giants agree to merger

    06 Jun 2009

    Brazilian food giants Sadia and Perdigão are to merge in a move that will create one of the world's largest meat producers.The newly named Brasil Foods, subject to competition approval, will export chicken, pigmeat and a range of frozen and...

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