3 June 2006

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  • Cognac set to appeal to a new generation of lovers Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    A Cognac that has been designed to offer an alternative to the category's traditional image has been launched into the UK off-trade.  ABK6 Cognac is the brainchild of producer Francis Abécassis Vineyards, and was created to...

  • Creamy duo join Sidekick Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    Halewood International has added two creamy variants to its Sidekick range.  Cookies & Cream and ­Toffee Caramel will join Choc Mint - which was launched last year - in the 35cl sharing format from this month. The producer...

  • Custard joins sponge in tin Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    Sponge and custard fans can get their dessert fix together in a tin for the first time, according to pudding manufacturer Simpsons.  The company has come up with what it claims is the sector's first combined tinned pudding,...

  • Dawson Holdings down 17.4% Subscription

    06 Jun 2006

    Newspaper and magazine distributor Dawson Holdings' half-year pre-tax profit to 1 April fell 17.4% to £7.6m on sales down 4% at £344.5m.Peter Harris, chief executive of Dawson Holdings, said that the company was continuing to evaluate...

  • Do the Continental FFB urges suppliers Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    Food from Britain has urged British suppliers to exploit growing opportunities in international own label. At the PLMA&'s World of Private Label in Amsterdam, Sandra Sullivan, head of exhibitions and events at FFB, said UK...

  • Eating quality key to lamb's future Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    The eating quality of lamb will become a key issue for the UK market, according to livestock scientists, who say this crucial message must be sent back along the ­production line to primary producers.  "Markets rarely reward...

  • Editors comment: Banking on Tesco to make its latest Big Idea work Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    With the Competition Commission unable to conclude its inquiry into the grocery supermarket industry, we’ve been kept waiting for Tesco’s next ‘Big Idea’, the masterstroke we’ve all come to expect that will see Tesco disappear away from the...

  • Editor's Comment: 'London 2012 can boost British food' Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    What an inspiration the Olympics have been, providing a welcome if temporary lift to our spirits from the lousy weather and the even lousier economy. Actually, I sense the Games will lift the spirits far longer than the recession we now appear to...

  • Editor's comment: What would Walker do with Woolworths? Subscription

    03 Jun 2006

    The man who “masterminded” the sale of Focus DIY to Cerberus for £1. On paper, it hardly looks like an achievement – until you realise Steve Johnson sold with it £174m of debt while negotiating a £40m payment to bondholders. It’s a little bit like...

  • Ensure the balance of power lies on your side of the table Subscription

    09 Jun 2006

    Effective negotiation requires thorough homework beforehand so you can put yourself in the most powerful position possibleNegotiation is 90% preparation. Preparation gives you greater power through knowledge and confidence. A clear...