Aldi thinks local

Aldi's first prime location store, in Manchester's Arndale Centre, will feature lunch products designed to cater for local tastes. The products will be bought by regional buyers and will include Lancashire favourites such as oven bottom muffins.

Celebrity play

Iceland is to sponsor the sixth series of ITV1's I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out Of Here! Kerry Katona, who won the third series of the show and is the face of Iceland, will be fronting the campaign.

Smile joins ACS

Smile Stores, no 16 in The Grocer's Top 50 Independents, has joined the Association of Convenience Stores. The company is based in Yeovil, Somerset, and has 95 stores.