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Burton's single-serve biscuit packs target busy snackers Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Burton’s Biscuit Company is looking to boost biscuits’ role in the on-the-go market with the launch of a range of single-s…

Ipro Sport

Central England Co-op listing for iPro stevia sports drinks

20 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Isotonic sports drink iPro Sport has secured its first mainstream retail listing…


Food prices fall for the first time in a decade Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The Office for National Statistics recorded the first fall in food prices in a decade in August…

Amy's kitchen

Amy's Kitchen gluten-free breakfast sandwich hits Tesco Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Free-from brand Amy’s Kitchen has rolled out two new frozen products – including a breakfast sandwich…

Simon Hannah

'Growing interest' for Filshill's Craft Beer Clan

20 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

JW Filshill has reported early success for its newly launched export division, The Craft Beer Clan of Scotland…

Snack Ham Company

The Snack Ham Company brings ambient tapas to the UK

20 Sep 2014 | By Lisa Riley

Ambient tapas snacks are to be launched nationwide by The Snack Ham Company…

Co-op instore

The Co-op Group to enlist community engagement 'pioneers'

20 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group is introducing a ‘community pioneer’ in each of its stores…

Alex Salmon with whisky

UK exports fall as foreign markets snub Scotch

20 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

A slump in whisky sales has been blamed for a decline in the overall value of UK food and drink exports…

Tesco boss Dave Lewis

Tesco's Lewis tells managers 'put more staff on shop floor'

20 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Tesco’s new CEO Dave Lewis has given the green light for store managers to put more staff hours on the shop floor…

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Homepride to get TV push as Premier looks beyond power brands Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Premier Foods is putting Homepride back on TV screens for the first time in 10 years…

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HKS Retail opens first Spar fascia store in Blakemore venture Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Top 50 indie HKS Retail has launched its first store under the Spar fascia, in Ibstock, Leicestershire…


Cook launches click & collect service

19 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Frozen ready meals retailer Cook has launched a new click & collect service…

Volvic ad

Volvic's new ad features 'unstoppable' armies and dinosaurs

19 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Pterosaurs, armies and exploding volcanoes feature in Volvic’s epic new ad…

Milk Powder

Algerian demand for milk powder behind UK dairy export boost Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

UK dairy suppliers made export gains in the first half of this year…

Vodka vs Whisky

Vodka set to overtake whisky as 'number one spirit of choice' Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Vodka has been tipped to steal whisky’s crown as the UK’s bestselling spirit in the off-trade in the next two years…


Finlay Beverages still in the red but upbeat about 2014 progress Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Finlay Beverages remained in the red last year as it continued to recover from a key contract loss three years ago…

Fox's biscuit taster advert

Fox's to appoint 'chief biscuit taster'

19 Sep 2014 | By Daniel Woolfson

Hundreds of salivating biscuit enthusiasts have applied to be “new chief biscuit tester” at Fox’s Biscuits after an ad for the position appeared on the Gumtree website two weeks ago.


Karro predicts profit this year after £10m earnings improvement

19 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Pork giant Karro Food Group is predicting it will achieve profitability this year…

Sainsbury's east village

Ellie Simmonds helps Sainsbury's open Olympic Park Local store

19 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

Paralympic Games sponsor Sainsbury’s has opened a new convenience store close to the Olympic Park in London…

Bump Mark

Bump Mark food freshness label designer picks up Dyson Award

19 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Stone

A young designer who invented an innovative food freshness warning label has won a prestigious James Dyson Award…


Gavin Darby hails departing Premier Foods director Ian Deste Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby has paid tribute to commercial director Ian Deste ahead of his exit from the bus…

Tuna Fishing

Sustainable Seafood Coalition unveils new codes

19 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Members of the Sustain­able Seafood Coalition have agreed and published codes regarding responsible sourcing of fish…

GF Cornflakes

Cereal Partners plans more gluten-free lines Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Cereal Partners is exploring options for extending its gluten-free offer…

Lisa & Steve

Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose TV show set for Channel 4 return

19 Sep 2014 | By Andrew Stone

Channel 4 has re-commissioned its Weekend Kitchen with Waitrose show, hosted by presenters Lisa Snowdon…

Penny Mordaunt

Penny Mordaunt calls for 'fundamental' business rates reform

19 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

The government’s new high streets minister has acknowledged there has to be “fundamental reform of business rates”…


Tesco health 'hackathon' won by app that beats pester power Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

An app that flips pester power on its head and encourages children to demand healthier food has won a Tesco competition…

SAB Miller beer brand Peroni

Heineken rebuff of SAB Miller advance boosts shares Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

The market was intoxicated by the heady prospect of a global brewing mega-deal this week…


Tesco backs Responsibility Deal's 2017 salt reduction pledges

19 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

All of the major supermarkets are now backing latest measures on salt after Tesco signed up to the 2017 salt reduction targets under the Responsibility Deal.

Yak Skewers

The Co-op Group set to add 200 more Loved By Us lines to range Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

The Co-operative Group’s overhaul of its own-label Loved By Us range is continuing apace…


Birmingham to diversify retail offer with city centre overhaul

19 Sep 2014 | By Ian Quinn

Birmingham has launched radical plans to reshape its city centre…

MSC logo

MSC-certified seafood continues to increase but growth rate slows Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

The number of UK seafood products achieving Marine Stewardship Council accreditation continues to grow…

Scotland no party

Scotland votes No: Industry reaction

19 Sep 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

As the dust settles on the Scottish Independence Referendum result in which the no campaign won with 55% to 45%, industry bodies and suppliers give their reaction as well as looking forward to what happens next.

Selfridges chocolate skull

Selfridges stocks up on creepy chocolate craniums

19 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Make no bones about it – this Selfridges Halloween product is going to get noticed…

Gu crediton

Gü moves into dairy drinks in licensing first Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Dessert brand Gü is being extended into the chilled dairy drinks category…

King Oscar

John West and King Oscar to link again following TUF deal

19 Sep 2014 | By Kevin White

Norwegian seafood brand King Oscar has been acquired by John West owner Thai Union Frozen Products…


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AOTW Ryvita

Ryvita takes hands-on approach to new serving suggestions

20 Sep 2014 | By Mark Dishman

Much like M&S’s current promo (see last week’s AOTW), Ryvita’s new ad focuses on the food, with nary a human face to be se…

David Cameron

What about the oldies?

20 Sep 2014

While I appreciate the focus on “young people,” there’s also a significant group in mid and late-career who need to work…


Marshmallow man Dan Bannino's sticky film tributes

20 Sep 2014

“Film and TV series are consumed at the same rate that children consume popcorn and candy at the cinema”…

sainsbury's delivery

Octopus loaf substitute is totally nuts

20 Sep 2014

Ever been frustrated when an online order fails to deliver an essential item?…

Jonathan Newman

Jonathan Newman, Chi Coconut Drinks, on films & walkie talkies Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Beth Brooks

My first job was doing magic at children’s parties, aged 12…

Waitrose free coffee

Seen it all before...

20 Sep 2014

Having read your 6 September issue only several hours ago I am subsequently reading this week’s…

Black Burger

Burger King's black beauty: a fast food to make goths happy

20 Sep 2014

Goths rejoice! Or, you know, whatever it is you do instead of rejoicing…

Grazing cows

Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership implications Subscription

20 Sep 2014 | By Joanna Blythman

Over the past two years I have been investigating processed food for my forthcoming book…

Horticulture grower on arable farm

Institute of Horticulture gains Royal Charter

20 Sep 2014

Sainsbury’s supply base is celebrating that the Queen has granted a Royal Charter to the Institute of Horticulture…


Cash talks louder than strong words in Chiquita fight Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Alec Mattinson

Without a new bid from Cutrale-Safra the Fyffes merger still looks favourite at this stage

Morrisons M Local

Morrisons participation in deals ‘too high at over 40%’ Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Ronan Hegarty

Last week Morrisons made a lot of noise about its strategy to scale back its promotional participation.

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Will Premier Foods restructure boost its share price? Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Adam Leyland, Alec Mattinson

An early refinance, better customer relations and a cat-man approach is just the start, insists CEO Gavin Darby

Commodity prices

North American demand pushes up Sri Lankan tea prices Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Simon Gwynn

Tea prices in Sri Lanka continue to rise month on month as a result of high demand from North America…

Tuna fish

Tuna prices start to rise again following aggregation ban Subscription

19 Sep 2014 | By Vince Bamford

Tuna prices have fallen sharply year on year thanks to good fishing and high stock levels…

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