28 November 2009

The Grocer

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  • Grocer 33: Waitrose in Newcastle impresses Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    The battle for the top store award intensified this week. Three retailers had strong availability, but Waitrose in Eldon Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, was the only retailer to entirely satisfy our shopper.

  • Haldanes, Asco & Alworths: counting on counter-intuition Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    With three new chains - two supermarkets and a variety store - opening this month, what makes the owners think they'll work? Rachel Barnes reports

  • Heineken UK opens green power plant Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    Heineken UK has officially opened its new biomass plant at its Royal Brewery in Manchester. The brewer, which has invested £35m in this and a second plant in Tadcaster, claimed the spend represented the UK's single-largest investment in...

  • Harry Tuffins eyes £60m sales as it acquires two stores from The Co-op Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    Harry Tuffins has snapped up two Somerfield stores in Gloucestershire from The Co-operative Group. The shops, in Coleford and Lydney, takes the retailer's estate to nine and are its first stores in the county.

  • Harris and Sapin link to grow 50cl wines Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    Two wine suppliers have teamed up in a joint venture to add more upmarket variants to the burgeoning 50cl wine market.Distributor Roger Harris Wines and French-based supplier and bottler Paul Sapin SA are in talks with the multiples to...

  • Harper wins Grassroutes Challenge Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    Students from Harper Adams University College have won the 2009 Smith & Williamson Grassroutes Business Challenge.Harper saw off competition from seven other training institutions in a Dragons' Den-style competition this week. They...

  • Hot Topic: Vicious price war has pushed promotions to unprecedented levels Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    The idea of supermarkets complaining about price promotions killing margins would be rather like Simon Cowell moaning that the charts are filled with manufactured pop acts. Neither could expect a chorus of sympathetic voices.

  • Irish launch promo as potato sales fall Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    A retail campaign has been launched to persuade the Irish to fall in love with potatoes all over again.The Bord Bia campaign kicked off last week with 400 promotional kits sent to key retailers including Spar, Londis, SuperValu,...

  • Imports force UK growers to ditch chrysanthemums Subscription

    28 Nov 2009

    The days of British chrysanthemums in supermarket bouquets could be numbered following a sharp fall in domestic production.British production is in long-term decline and has fallen 40% in the past year alone as poor returns and cheap...

  • Hershey lines up funding for imminent Cadbury bid Subscription

    30 Nov 2009

    The prospects of a bid for Cadbury by US confectioner Hershey grew over the weekend, with US lenders JP Morgan and Bank of America reportedly willing to provide $7bn (£4bn) in funding for an approach.