9 May 2009

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  • 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…

  • CIWF honours food companies for cracking the free-range market

    15 May 2009

    John Lewis, Booths, Fox's Biscuits and Higgidy Pies have been named among the winners of Compassion in World Farming Good Egg Awards at a ceremony in London last night. Some 34 companies, brands and organisations were presented with awards by CIWF patron Penelope Keith and London Food chair Charlotte..

  • Curry beats the recession blues, researchers claim

    15 May 2009

    Eating curry can help beat the stress of the recession thanks to the release of pleasure-inducing endorphins, new research claims. Chicken or beef madras is most likely to bring stress relief, according to the research by takeaway food website www.Just-Eat.co.uk. Vindaloo, Thai red curry, pasanda and jalfrezi were the next most effective...

  • Low fat Irish cheese brand makes UK bow

    15 May 2009

    Irish lower fat cheese brand Low Low has been launched into the UK backed by a £5m marketing campaign claiming it tastes as good as full fat cheddar. The product comes in newly designed packaging that focuses on a health message rather than diet claims. The packs feature a '100% natural' symbol and 'made with semi-skimmed milk' within the new logo...

  • The Grocer in the media - Pig and Poultry LIVE 09

    15 May 2009

    The pig and poultry industries need to improve their marketing and do more to engage the consumer, producers have claimed. The poultry industry has been abject in terms of marketing and needed a sustained effort from all sides, argued John Bowler of John Bowler Eggs, who was speaking at this month’s Pig & Poultry Live conference, organised by the Royal Agricultural Society of England...

  • 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...

  • Duchy shows its nettle with new supplier

    14 May 2009

    Duchy Originals has appointed Thorncroft Drinks to supply it with a range of sparkling soft drinks and cordials. The deal will see Thorncroft supply pink ginger, nettle and elderflower cordials in 500ml bottles. It will also supply lightly sparkling pink ginger, lemon, elderflower and nettle 'refreshers' in both 750ml and 330ml variants...

  • 'King not going anywhere' Sainsbury's informs speculators

    14 May 2009

    Sainsbury's has denied rumours that Justin King is set to leave the company and return to rival retailer, Marks & Spencer. Sainsbury's chairman Sir Philip Hampton claimed King will stay at the helm for the foreseeable future. "The board is working on the basis that Justin King will be with us for the foreseeable future and by that I mean a number of years."...

  • M&S shoppers encouraged to spend a penny in store

    14 May 2009

    Marks & Spencer is to offer shoppers two million items, priced at just 1p each, for three days starting from next Wednesday, in celebration of its 'Penny Bazaar' heritage. 300 main stores will offer 20 different product lines all priced at 1p, according to a report in The Daily Mail. Jewellery sets, beach balls, knickers, ties and socks will all feature in the sale...

  • Compass Group announces strong half year growth

    13 May 2009

    Catering giant Compass Group has announced strong growth in its half yearly results, with revenue up 24% to £6.9bn.In the six months to 13 May, its pre-tax profit increased 40.1% to £405m compared to the same period the previous year.With much of its business based overseas the group has benefited from the devaluation of sterling - its constant currency growth was just 3.6%...

  • Irish suppliers bite back against Tesco

    13 May 2009

    Irish suppliers are reportedly planning to vent their anger at Tesco's move to source more products from the UK by offering local retailers improved buying terms. The Irish Independent cited retail sources as saying that the suppliers are keen to offer Dunnes Stores and other operators ammunition to fight Tesco with lower prices...

  • Magners in the red

    13 May 2009

    An 11% decline in annual revenues saw troubled Magners owner C&C Group record a loss in its latest results. Sales fell to €514.4m in the year ended 28 February 2009, which the company blamed on a rapid deterioration in economic conditions in its core markets...

  • Retail sales rise greeted with caution

    13 May 2009

    Retail sales values rose 4.6% on a like-for-like basis and 6.3% on a total basis in April but the total spent on food rose below the level of food inflation, according to the British Retail Consortium. The BRC cautioned that comparisons were difficult because of the poor weather in April 2008, and Easter falling in March last year...

  • Sainsbury’s delivers bumper profits

    13 May 2009

    Sainsbury's has revealed annual like-for-like sales growth of 4.5%, excluding fuel and VAT, as profits jumped to over half a billion pounds in 2008/09. Celebrating its 140th anniversary, chief executive Justin King said Sainsbury's universal customer appeal combined with continued investment in price, range and quality had been fundamental to its growth...

  • Imperial Tobacco half-year sales soar 54%

    12 May 2009

    Imperial Tobacco has shrugged off concerns over a possible tobacco display ban in the UK by posting a 54% increase in half-year sales. The tobacco giant reported adjusted pre-tax profits up 47% to £1.4bn on sales up 54% to £12.42bn in the six months to 31 March. Chief executive Gareth Davis said the company had achieved further gains in a number of markets...

  • Sales up 3% at Premier

    12 May 2009

    Premier Foods increased sales by 3% for the 16 weeks to 25 April. Excluding the effect of a cancelled low-margin bulk flour contract, year-on-year sales were up 6%. Despite a slow down in volume sales, its grocery division had made good progress, said CEO Robert Schofield, mainly driven by price rises achieved last year...

  • Salmon and haggis win top Scottish Food & Drink Excellence awards

    12 May 2009

    Smoked salmon and haggis have been awarded top titles in this year's Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards, which are sponsored by The Grocer. South Uist-based Salar Smokehouse won the Product of the Year award for its flaky smoked salmon, which also scooped the Fish and Seafood category title...

  • Tesco plays down till breakdown in over 100 stores

    12 May 2009

    Tesco refused to disclose the cost of a computer glitch that caused the breakdown of tills at over 100 stores yesterday. In a press release issued yesterday afternoon, the retailer apologised to shoppers for any inconvenience, but it was doing its best to play down the incident, where 65 of its larger stores had to close nationwide...

  • "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...

  • Green shoots for Dobbies

    11 May 2009

    Dobbies, the garden centre grouped owned by Tesco, is expected to unveil strong results this week. The Scottish gardening chain is expected to unveil sales growth of 12% to £97m, The Sunday Times reports.

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