Companies who want to enter the fourth True Taste Wales Food and Drink Awards, managed by the Welsh Development Agency, must get entries in by June 17.
Arwyn Davies, the WDA’s agri-food director, said: “Being a winner brings recognition from peers, vital brand recognition and priceless publicity.”
Seven categories include two new areas recognising farming partnerships and private/public sector initiatives. ITV Wales, The Grocer, NFU Cymru, the Farmers’ Union of Wales and Spar are sponsoring the awards - which will be presented at in Cardiff on November 24.
For entry forms, e-mail or call 0800 0853663.
Belgian retailer Delhaize Group gained antitrust approval for its purchase of Belgian supermarket chain Cash Fresh. Delhaize paid €169.6m (£113m) for Cash Fresh, which has 43 supermarket chains and posted sales of €209m in 2004. Cash Fresh will go under the Delhaize banner.

Wal-Mart and Carrefour are set to sell medicines in their Chinese stores. Although the retailers have not applied for licences, Wal-Mart has been in close contact with China’s Ministry of Commerce. Carrefour is discussing similar plans.

Australian retail chain Woolworths is eyeing New Zealand general merchandise retailer The Warehouse, just days after acquiring the New Zealand retail arm of Foodland Associated. Woolworths chief Roger Corbett said that The Warehouse would allow it to enter general merchandise retailing.

The state of California can proceed with its antitrust lawsuit against US grocery chains Albertson’s, Kroger and Safeway, a judge ruled.
The lawsuit relates to a revenue-sharing deal, agreed by the three companies after a workers’ strike, which said that if any of the stores raised their market share above pre-strike levels, they had to share resulting profits with the other companies.

Ikari, the Japanese Worcestershire sauce maker, may be bought by rival Bull-Dog. Ikari went bankrupt with debts of £25m after executives were arrested for their alleged role in a £4m fraud.
The soft drinks industry is expected to contest Connecticut’s decision to ban the sale of fizzy drinks and snacks in schools in a bid to combat obesity. Schools will not be allowed to sell drinks and snacks deemed unhealthy by the Education Department. However, chips, burgers and pizza will still be served in canteens. A further 17 states are expected to pass similar legislation.
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