9 May 2009

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  • "Less toxic" tobacco trialled

    11 May 2009

    British American Tobacco is trialling a "less toxic" blend of tobacco in Germany, the Financial Times reports. The company is conducting clinical trials to see if new prototype cigarettes reduce smokers' exposure to the toxins found within cigarettes. The cost of the research is estimated at £6m...

  • 121 jobs at risk as Milk Link plans to move production from Scotland to Devon

    14 May 2009

    Milk Link has announced plans to close its Kirkcudbright facility with the potential loss of 121 jobs...

  • A Great White Hope for The Black Farmer

    09 May 2009

    The Black Farmer has returned to the poultry market with a new Freedom Food chicken. The sausage specialist has confirmed listings with Budgens and Ocado for its Great White Hope free-range chicken, supplied by Banham Poultry. Banham...

  • Academy to improve retail sector training

    09 May 2009

    An academy that offers training and business support to retailers, their employees and people looking for a career in retail has been launched with the backing of Dragons' Den entrepreneur Theo Paphitis and retail guru Mary 'Queen of Shops'...

  • Acid Test: Lambrini Rosé

    09 May 2009

    Will the panel be tickled pink by the new Lambrini Rosé

  • ACS asks retailers to name the three issues that matter most

    09 May 2009

    The Association of Convenience Stores has launched a 10-week consultation to find the three issues that most matter to independent retailers. The consultation, called Heart of the Community, is asking independent retailers to select three...

  • Ad of the Week: Strung out and mystified through Mr Strings' eyes

    09 May 2009

    An arms race of advertising zaniness has broken out of late, as brands such as Pot Noodle woo hungry hipsters drunk on their own irony. Cheestrings' new ad adopts Mr Strings' perspective as he stalks confused punters, set to a bizarre...

  • Asda first quarter sales above expectations

    15 May 2009

    Asda has credited improved quality products and its reputation as Britain’s lowest-priced supermarket for above expectation sales figures for the first quarter. Unadjusted like-for-like sales rose 6.4%, with growth up 8.4% when factoring in the timing of Easter and the impact of leap day…

  • Asda's marketing guru given international role

    09 May 2009

    Asda's chief marketing officer, Rick Bendel, has had his remit extended by ­Wal-Mart to become international chief marketing ­officer.The move will see Bendel provide strategic support for all the company's international marketing operations...

  • Asda's other Andy goes further

    09 May 2009

    Asda kingpin Andy Bond may be hogging the Pedal Power limelight with his trans-Britain 1,000-mile ride under the tutelage of Hoy-friend Sir Chris, but one of his underlings is actually going even further. Soft fruit buyer Andy Jackson is...

  • Baker profits from local touch

    09 May 2009

    A decade after MJ Baker Foodservice started trading, the wholesaler is boasting an impressive 11% pre-tax profit margin by staying true to its roots. Peter Cripps reports

  • Bond: new store will be best of Asda

    09 May 2009

    Asda is to open a store that will showcase new innovations and be the "best of Asda", according to chief executive Andy Bond. The store will open next year and will act as a model store for the rest of the business. It will be used to...

  • Brands damaged by copycats that dupe shoppers, says study

    09 May 2009

    The British Brands Group has unveiled what it claims is the first compelling evidence that copycat brands are misleading consumers and tarnishing sales of the original brands. It said the study would prove to the OFT and Trading Standards...

  • Bringing nostalgia up to date

    09 May 2009

    Sir, Nostalgia is one of the biggest trends in the food industry, with Arctic Roll, Wispa and Mellow Birds relaunching. Having relaunched confectionery brand Sherbet Fountain, I have no doubt about the importance of nostalgia in the success of many great brands, especially when it comes to confectionery...

  • Builder's Breakfast 'was very complex'

    09 May 2009

    Walkers has revealed that the winner of its Do Us a Flavour competition is one of the most complex crisp flavours it has ever made. More than a million consumers voted in the competition, but Builder's Breakfast won the 22% majority of votes...

  • Campaign Trail: A bit of spin from Mentos

    09 May 2009

    Perfetti Van Melle has taken a saucy approach to advertising Mentos in a new £3m ad push - the company's biggest spend to date. The Mentos Irresistibly Fresh ads, on TV this week, are set in a launderette and depict a man giving a woman a 'Mentos...

  • Campaign Trail: Magners give perry £8m push

    09 May 2009

    An £8m ad campaign is focusing on the '100% pear credentials' of C&C Group's Magners pear perry, which was launched in February. The two-month push kicked off this week with TV ads and will include radio, outdoor, sampling and digital. It carries...

  • Campaign Trail: Simple approach from Kettle

    09 May 2009

    The latest TV campaign for Kettle Chips shows the crisps emerging from a bag and moving around on plain white background before forming images that include a smiling face and a chilli tree. The ad, which kicks off on 11 May and will run for six...

  • Campaign Trail: Time for tai chai

    09 May 2009

    The ancient martial art of tai chi is the inspiration for the new TV campaign for General Mills' Chinese dinner kit brand Wanchai Ferry. The ad will appear on screens from 1 June, and features a group of synchronised chefs using tai chi movements to...

  • Careers File: It's the little things that keep customers coming back Subscription

    09 May 2009

    Attention to detail will separate the recession's victims from its survivors, says Philip Hesketh

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