The Federation of Wholesale Distributors is on standby for make or break talks with the Treasury this week on cigarette pack marking. It could be summoned at any moment to meet financial secretary Stephen Timms MP, and special advisers to the Chancellor, Gordon Brown. The Grocer has learnt from tobacco manufacturer sources that negotiations were at a critical stage. "It's now or never," said one. Booker, Parfett's, Bestway, and Palmer & Harvey McLane have already held debates with Customs & Excise officials as part of a lengthy consultation process. FWD director general Alan Toft said: "This issue is the most potentially damaging to independent retailers since the arrival of Wal-Mart." {{NEWS }}