The company sells products such as organic biscuits and Christmas puddings, organic bacon and sausages, plus a range of clothes made from natural wool, which are in the main produced at the Prince’s Highgrove estate.
Company chairman, Guy McCracken, told The Scotsman that Duchy Originals’ objective was to be the UK’s leading premium organic food brand. "Sales have increased by approximately 50% due to the continued development of distribution and successful new product launches, including a Duchy Original Christmas range,” he added.
National Lottery operator Camelot has signed up with counterparts in France and Spain to run a “Euro-millions” lottery, according to The Independent.
The aim is to launch the combined lottery in the first quarter of 2004. The expected jackpot would be in the region of 15m euros for each draw.
Durham County Council is to ask local consumers to take part in a trial to pay tax on plastic carrier bags, the Times reports.
Last month the council introduced congestion charging which it says has reduced traffic by 80% in the town centre.
The European Parliament has condemned the British government for traumatising farmers, damaging health, wrecking the environment and breaching animal welfares rules during its handling of last years foot and mouth epidemic.
The Daily Telegraph said that MEP’s had voted to adopt the only independent report into the crisis which found that a contiguous cull policy rather than vaccination to protect meat exports, resulted in greater loss to affected communities through the collapse of tourism and other industries.
Labour agriculture spokesman, Gordon Adam, told the paper that the report contained “unsubstantiated” opinions.