With the salmonella incident still in people's minds you'd have thought Cadbury Schweppes would have wanted to keep a low profile. But instead it faces fresh problems, this time in the US, after a treasure hunt-style promotion for Dr Pepper backfired. The company had hidden coins buried in 23 US cities for consumers to find, but it took a morbid twist when scores of treasure hunters armed with shovels descended on a cemetery on Boston, where one coin had been hidden. Sounds like the execs should borrow their equipment to dig themselves out of this hole.
Last week it emerged that the Harvester restaurant in Sir Terry Leahy's home town of Cuffley, Hertfordshire, is being knocked down to make way for a Tesco Express. Much to the chagrin of the locals because it threatens two bakers, a grocers and a newsagents. But at least it shows that Sir Terry is happy to live in his own Tesco town. At the same time Sir Terry has submitted plans to extend his house, which already boasts a gym and outdoor swimming pool. Pressure from his parish council has meant that he has had to compromise his plans, according to the Evening Standard, which reports that he has dropped the proposed increase in floor space from 126% to 89% to appease the council.
Airline catering supplier Gate Gourmet has fired a man for stealing three measly biscuits from its factory in Heathrow. I wonder what he would have got for eating a whole in-flight meal? Apart from indigestion?
People may be left wondering how houmous was contaminated at Marks & Spencer, but the bigger conundrum is surely how you spell the chickpea-based delicacy. It was written three different ways in the papers last week - hummus, in The Guardian; hoummos in The Times; while the Daily Mail decided to spell it houmous.