It’s time to get entries into the Brammy Awards, which are now in their 12th year and recognise companies and individuals in the supply chain and the media that have made the most of the Bramley’s superior properties.
This year, for the first time, no prizes will be awarded without an official entry submitted by the retailer or manufacturer. To earn recognition, entrants must ensure they complete a form before the closing date of July 7, with judging on July 15. All the winners will be showcased in a special feature in The Grocer.
Entry forms can be obtained either from Lucy Lott, phone 020 7808 9851, by e-mail at, or at
A vegetarian food industry association will be set up in China this year, the China Food Culture Research Organisation said. The body will combat the use of animal material in products and push for regulation. There are currently no state or industry standards.

Droughts in areas of Australia may force grocers to pay a third more for fresh produce this season, according to the Canberra Times. Drought has led to lower supply and poor quality. Beef and lamb are in short supply in New South Wales.

Nestlé is continuing to pull out of basic commodity processing. Its Australian arm will cease manufacturing milk powder, while the powdered milk factory in the Netherlands has been sold to Jaap Vreugdenhill, an entrepeneur.

Indian prime minister Mammohan Singh may lift restrictions on direct foreign investment in the country’s retail sector following a meeting with John Menzer, president of Wal-Mart’s international division. The retailer is keen to enter the Indian market, which has sales estimated at $280bn.
US grocery chain Albertson’s reported a 1.6% first-quarter increase in like-for-like sales. Net earnings rose 93% to $107m. Total sales were up 16% to $10bn.

Nestlé’s Chinese baby milk powder brand Jin Pai Growing 3-Milk Powder has been withdrawn after it was found to exceed China’s national standard for iodine content. Approximately 13.5 tonnes was distributed in Hangzhou, Shanghai and Guangzhou.

Thirty independent retailers from France, Italy, Spain, Portugal, Poland and Slovenia are joining forces to create the Cooperative de Distribution Européenne this month with the aim of creating trade synergies in price, logistics and buying.
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