7 March 2009

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  • ...but pennies pull in the punters

    07 Mar 2009

    Many of Asda's Rollbacks may just be for a penny, but its strategy certainly appears to be working as the latest data from Nielsen showed it had attracted 400,000 more shoppers in the past 12 weeks compared with the same period last year. Sales grew...

  • ABF takes on Lane to build the merged Jordans and Ryvita

    07 Mar 2009

    Associated British Foods has named Richard Lane as its new business unit controller for its Jordans Ryvita business.Lane is to help oversee the integration of the Jordans and Ryvita operations, merged last June to give ABF a stronger...

  • Acid Test: Crabbie's Alcoholic Ginger Beer

    07 Mar 2009

    Our panel go retro as the familiar taste of ginger beer gets a boozey twist

  • Ad of the Week: Welcome to the house of funky mums

    07 Mar 2009

    When Carl Jung was penning his seminal opus on psychological archetypes, it's unlikely he was thinking of the 'funky mum' or 'surly teenager' upon which 95% of food and drink advertising is based - or the 'useless husband' and 'roller-skating,...

  • Advertising: Frozen looks to healthier opportunities Subscription

    07 Mar 2009

    The mood in frozen food has been anything but icy recently as big spenders such as McCain significantly upped their spend and several quiet frozen brands joined the fray again. McCain spent 24% more in the four weeks to 8 February than in the...

  • Animal health moves up the UK's agenda

    07 Mar 2009

    Consumer interest in animal health and welfare has shot up more than 50% over the past two years, new research has revealed.A survey of more than 1,000 consumers by IGD for the National Office of Animal Health found the number concerned…

  • Apples feel the crunch as price war escalates

    07 Mar 2009

    The big four have driven down apple prices by more than a fifth over the past year as they pursue their relentless price war.A kilo of the cheapest available apples in the big four cost 73p on average in February - 22% less than last year,...

  • Arla profits fall £42m below expectations

    07 Mar 2009

    Arla Foods has blamed unfavourable exchange rates and attempts to maintain the milk price paid to farmers for below-expectation full-year profits.The Danish dairy giant reported a £66m profit for 2008, £42m less than forecast, and a 4%...

  • Around the Papers 10/3/09

    10 Mar 2009

    Food lightens retail gloom; Coca Cola next on Chavez warpath; babies learn to like beer in the womb

  • Around the Papers 11/3/09

    11 Mar 2009

    Teashop owner trumps German giant; ‘Dodgy Originals’; large eggs are more painful to lay

  • Around the Papers 12/3/09

    12 Mar 2009

    Salt is good; fat is good; no, actually fat is bad

  • Around the Papers 13/3/09

    13 Mar 2009

    More on Morrisons; taxing questions on chocolate; Fat Duck bounces back

  • Around the Papers 9/3/09

    09 Mar 2009

    Waitrose essentials; FT goes analysis-crazy; Coca Cola carbon footprint

  • Asda makes its debut on YouTube

    07 Mar 2009

    Last week Blogof brought you news of a unique opportunity (it says here) for punters to get clips of themselves mopping posted on the Vileda website, starting them on the road to Hollywood glory .Now Asda is hopping on the whole 'internet'...

  • Bakkavör complains of supplier reaction

    07 Mar 2009

    Bakkavör has accused some of its suppliers of "opportunism" for seeking to improve their trading terms in the wake of trade credit insurance downgrades.Some suppliers to Bakkavör, the country's second-biggest ready meals manufacturer, have...

  • Bargain Booze profits from growth of mults

    07 Mar 2009

    Bargain Booze claims the growth of Tesco Express has helped it to expand its own stores as independent retailers seek a value symbol group that competes on price.  The company has opened 60 stores in the past year, many of which it said had...

  • Bag drive by Booths cuts usage in half

    07 Mar 2009

    Booths has almost halved the number of plastic carrier bags used by its shoppers since 2006. The northern supermarket chain said it had cut usage by 48.5% in the past three years and was on target to hit 50% by May this year. It gave out 15...

  • Avian flu confirmed as H6N1 strain

    07 Mar 2009

    The avian flu virus detected last week on two Bernard Matthews sites has been confirmed as the H6N1 strain.The virus was found during veterinary tests carried out at the sites following an unusual drop in egg production, the company said....

  • Asparagus to capitalise on dine-in trend

    07 Mar 2009

    This year's British Asparagus campaign will focus on showing consumers how to create 'restaurant-style food at home'. The £30,000 campaign will promote a series of recipes and wine and beer recommendations to help consumers recreate the feel...

  • Baker heads board overseeing Nectar

    07 Mar 2009

    Former Asda and Boots executive Richard Baker has been appointed chairman of the European advisory board that oversees the Nectar reward scheme. The advisory board will advise Groupe Aeroplan on how it can grow its loyalty programmes, such as...

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