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  • Tesco removes Bertolli in suspected price row Subscription

    02 Oct 2010

    Tesco has delisted all of Bertolli's olive oil spreads amid industry speculation that Unilever and Tesco are once again at loggerheads over price. The three Bertolli spread packs that Tesco used to stock 500g and 1kg packs of the...

  • Winter range by Yorkshire Provender Subscription

    02 Oct 2010

    Yorkshire Provender claims its new winter soups range is its biggest seasonal line-up yet. The eight-strong winter soup range replaces the summer line-up this week, although the pea & spinach variant will remain. The winter menu...

  • A Majestic spud begins purple reign Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Sainsbury's is claiming a first for supermarket spuds with a new purple potato. Purple Majesty contains anthocyanins, a type of flavanoid also found in blueberries. The variety, from supplier Albert Bartlett, can be cooked just like any...

  • Ardo signs growers ditched by Birds Eye Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Pea growers who had their contracts with Birds Eye pulled earlier this year have struck a new £3m supply deal with Ardo UK. The Anglian Pea Growers co-operative will supply 14,800 tonnes of peas to the Belgian-owned frozen food supplier...

  • Call for duck eggs to get Lion-style mark Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    The UK's largest producer of duck eggs, Watercress Lane, believes a British Lion-style mark would restore consumer confidence in duck eggs after the recent salmonella outbreak. Although the Food Standards Agency sets out general handling...

  • Campaign Trail: Bill Oddie talks up Frusli Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Jordans Cereals has turned the spotlight on its Frusli brand in a new TV campaign starring Bill Oddie. The 10-second commercials feature animated fruit and a voiceover from the Springwatch presenter, who becomes tongue-tied while listing the...

  • Clarence Court plans ‘foodie’ shift for eggs Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Clarence Court, supplier of rare-breed eggs to the multiples, is embarking on a revamp in a bid to reinvent itself as a 'foodie brand'. The company, which supplies hen, goose, duck and pheasant eggs to the multiples, has teamed up with...

  • Finsbury Food looks to spread free-from appeal with Genius Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Finsbury Food is hoping to broaden the appeal of its Genius gluten-free bread beyond coeliac sufferers and ramp up its category share through a £3m ­marketing campaign. The multimedia push will run later this year in a bid to increase...

  • Foreign competition set to increase for UK tomato growers Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    British tomatoes will face more competition from abroad over the next five years as new market entrants ramp up exports into the UK. The UK is primarily an import market for tomatoes already, with most of the fruit sold here coming from...

  • Hallowe’en home baking for Dr Oetker Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Dr Oetker is responding to the growing home-baking trend with Hallowe'en-themed treat-making kits. The new range, available now, comprises a Bat Cookie Mix, a Cupcake Mix and an Apple Decorating kit, all of which contain the key...

  • High Street Dreams sauce listed by Asda Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Mr Singh's the chilli sauce of BBC1 High Street Dreams fame is now rolling out to Asda stores nationwide just five months after the show aired. The launch marks the 25-year-old brand's first listing with one of the big four and comes...

  • Hot Topic: Will salt and vinegar batter go sour for Bernard Matthews? Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    The British turkey industry has a well-documented dilemma: it's wildly successful once a year but doesn't have too much to shout about the rest of the time, when it struggles to convince shoppers that turkey is for life, not just for Christmas.

  • Nocton herd application will proceed Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Nocton Dairies' application to establish a mega dairy herd in Lincolnshire will go ahead despite the withdrawal of support from a neighbouring farm. Nocton had planned to spread digestate fertiliser on 2,000 acres of farmland owned by...

  • Public invited to do it like Dolmio puppets and star in new ads Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Can’t act? Don’t worry. Wooden acting skills could be a distinct advantage in a new campaign being launched next weekend to engage consumers with the Dolmio pasta sauce brand. Mars is inviting members of the public to Do It Like Dolmio by…

  • Rana hires Tim Lovejoy for new ad Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    Former Soccer AM host Tim Lovejoy has been named as a new brand ambassador for Giovanni Rana pasta as part of a £2.5m television advertising campaign. The four-week campaign hit screens on Monday and portrays Lovejoy panicking over the...

  • Tales of Titania: Fungus, veggies and jumbo sausages Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    You will have seen our hugely successful campaign for vinegar salt, a product that came about entirely by accident (Sarson's vs Saxa lorry crash, M6 closed for five hours). And without a market until we invented a major consumer issue out of soggy...

  • Two servings for The Sauce Kitchen range Subscription

    09 Oct 2010

    The Sauce Kitchen is introducing a larger two-serve pack to its posh cooking sauces portfolio. The new format, which contains two 100g servings, is rolling into Sainsbury's exclusively, followed by a national rollout early next year (rsp:...

  • Aunt Bessie’s debuts gravy granules and stuffing mixes Subscription

    16 Oct 2010

    Aunt Bessie's has teamed up with Nation's Noodle maker Symington's for its debut in gravy and stuffing. The four-strong range of Aunt Bessie's granulated gravies (rsp: 95p) and three stuffing mixes launch later this month and are expected...

  • Critical Eye... on posh pals and Marmite gravy Subscription

    16 Oct 2010

    These are dark, dark days my friends. I resigned myself some time ago to the fact I am now middle-aged despite my best efforts to remain down with the kids (even the outdated slang gives it away, for God's sake).

  • Biodegradable cling film first from Baco Subscription

    16 Oct 2010

    Baco has claimed a UK first with the launch of a biodegradable cling film. BioWrap 100% (rsp: £1.59) contains an additive that helps the film degrade with exposure to heat, light and oxygen. It will degrade completely in around two years ...



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