14 May 2011

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  • Red Tractor driven towards youngsters Subscription

    14 May 2011

    Assured Food Standards has launched a campaign to educate consumers about the values behind the Red Tractor and encourage them to buy more Tractor-labelled produce. The Red Tractor 4 Wheels Manifesto campaign was unveiled on Monday when...

  • Record profits for Cranswick as Couch handed COO role Subscription

    17 May 2011

    Pork supplier Cranswick has hailed a “very positive year” after unveiling record earnings for the previous 12 months. Pre-tax profits for the year to 31 March were up 8% to a new high of £47.1m.

  • Rain in Spain falls and UK tomato prices soar Subscription

    14 May 2011

    British fruit and veg growers may be having a hard time dealing with the recent unusually warm and dry weather, but it's the ­opposite problem for growers in Spain, where unseasonably heavy rainfalls are threatening this year's ­tomato crop.

  • Property and wage hikes hit Clearys Subscription

    16 May 2011

    Manchester-based Spar retailer Clearys has blamed spiralling property and wage costs for falling into the red. Accounts filed at Companies House this week revealed a pre-tax loss of £41,502 for the year ending 30 June 2010 compared with...

  • Profits up 25% but Booker stays cautious Subscription

    19 May 2011

    Profits at Booker rose by a quarter in the past year but the wholesaler warned the economy would remain “difficult” in the year ahead.

  • Profits crash at Robert Wiseman Subscription

    17 May 2011

    Profits at Robert Wiseman Dairies tumbled by almost a third in the past year. The dairy giant said operating profits slumped by 29.7% for the year to 2 April to £35.3m – down from £50.3m for the previous term.

  • Princes lifts ethical cred with pole-and-line tuna Subscription

    14 May 2011

    It came bottom in Greenpeace's 2011 tuna league table, but now Princes is looking to improve its sustainability credentials by becoming the first major brand to offer a 100% pole-and-line-caught range of tinned tuna.The six-strong range...

  • Price hikes for spreads buoy Dairy Crest performance Subscription

    19 May 2011

    Higher prices for spreads including Clover and Country Life helped Dairy Crest to a 5% rise in profits for the past year.

  • Peroni ‘discipline’ key to Miller Brands volume growth Subscription

    19 May 2011

    Miller Brands, the UK operation of SAB Miller, said lager volumes grew by almost a quarter in the year to 31 March. Lager volumes were up 23%, the company said, with Pilsner Urquell growing by 26% and Peroni Nastro Azzurro by 21%.

  • PayPoint takes Western Union transactions Subscription

    14 May 2011

    PayPoint is now accepting Western Union payments from retailers through its terminals. Retailers previously required a PC, printer and broadband to offer the service. PayPoint described the response from retailers to its initial...

  • Own-label sales up 14% for Landmark Subscription

    14 May 2011

    Landmark Wholesale's own-label sales rose 14% in the year to April faster than its branded lines. Sales were boosted by a strong April, during which sales rose 31% year-on-year. The fastest-growing lines were No3 tobacco products and...

  • Number of complaints is soaring, reports ASA Subscription

    14 May 2011

    Tit-for-tat in-fighting among retailers, and increasingly militant consumers, sent complaints about retail ads to the Advertising Standards Authority soaring last year.The watchdog's annual report showed that complaints against retail...

  • Nighttime deliveries ‘should be legacy of Olympics logistics’ Subscription

    14 May 2011

    The London 2012 Olympics could leave a lasting legacy of nighttime deliveries if retailers win a battle to lift curfews during the Games.Freight vehicles will be banned from stopping on key roads and restricted from making certain turns...

  • No smooth outcome as Stella 4% sales fall Subscription

    16 May 2011

    Sales of Stella 4% - hailed as the most successful alcohol launch of the past 10 years - have crashed by more than 30% over the past 12 months. The beer, which was developed for the UK market and debuted in August 2008, was called the...

  • Oat So Simple gets two new ranges as Paw Ridge is axed Subscription

    14 May 2011

    PepsiCo is rolling out two new ranges under its Oat So Simple brand one of which will replace failed children’s range Paw Ridge.The company is axing the kids range after less than two years and introducing a range of four new kids’…

  • OrchardWorld profit boosted by efficiencies Subscription

    14 May 2011

    Tighter supply and cost efficiencies at OrchardWorld have led to more than a fourfold increase in profits. Pre-tax profits at the top-fruit supplier increased 329.5% to £743,000 in the year to 31 December 2010, while sales were up 8.9% to...

  • Own-Label Awards 2011: The Oscars of own-label Subscription

    14 May 2011

    At a glittering and sellout ceremony, this year’s Own-Label Food & Drink Awards were the biggest and most fiercely fought ever. Rob Brown reports

  • Online crime: meet your new worst enemy Subscription

    14 May 2011

    Don’t be fooled by appearances. Today, hackers like him pose perhaps the greatest threat to business, stealing customer data on behalf of their highly organised criminal paymasters. So what can businesses do to protect themselves? Rob Brown reports

  • NFU adviser shuffle sees Watson move to poultry chief role Subscription

    14 May 2011

    The NFU has made its latest appointment in a major reshuffle of its chief advisers, with Kelly Watson taking over from Robert Newbery as chief poultry adviser. Watson has worked as NFU poultry adviser for the past two years. Having grown...

  • Natural beauty first for Holland & Barrett Subscription

    16 May 2011

    Health food retailer Holland & Barrett will this week unveil the first of its 600 stores to feature a floor dedicated to natural beauty products.

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