Japanese consumer products giant Kao Corporation has been tipped by analysts as a possible buyer for Unilever brands including Mentadent, Pepsodent and Close-Up toothpastes that Unilever is looking to divest as part of its Path to Growth strategy. Unilever declined to comment.

CPFR wins top prize
The Co-operative Group has scooped the top prize at the Global Retail Technology Awards for Best in International Distribution for its work with JDA Software on CPFR.

loyalty expansion
The Sports Loyalty Card programme has signed up a third merchant to enable 80% of high street retailers to accept the card by the start of the next football season.

VAT CHANGES
Retailers and mobile phone network operators were still waiting for clarification from the Treasury over changes to the way VAT is applied to phone cards/e-top up payments following the Budget as The Grocer went to press.

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