ISRAEL: An Israeli supermarket chain has launched a new advertising campaign based on the assassination of a Hamas commander in Dubai.

The Mahsaney Kimat Hinam discount supermarket chain ad shows actors wearing wigs and hats and carrying tennis rackets as they make their way through store aisles, in an echo of the surveillance footage released in January following the murder in a Dubai hotel of Mahmoud Al-Mabhouh. Advertising executive Sefi Shaked said the campaign was inspired by the footage released by Dubai police.

"It's a funny take of this event," he said. "We were fascinated by the technique of using surveillance cameras instead of expensive high production commercial cameras, and the latest events in Dubai gave us a great opportunity."

SOUTH AFRICA: After more than 40 years at the helm of South African grocery retail group Pick n Pay, chairman Raymond Ackerman has left his position on his 79th birthday. He said he wanted to leave while still in good health, rather than being forced to leave later in life.

Ackerman said he was "confident about the next five years" as South Africa moved out of recession. The founder of the chain, which has over 700 stores, handed over to his son Gareth Ackerman.

US: SuperValu shares rose last week as rumours circulated that the second largest US supermarket operator could be bought out. SuperValu, which operates stores under the Albertsons and Jewel-Osco names, declined to comment on the rumours. Analysts were sceptical about the likelihood that such a deal existed.

NEW ZEALAND: The New Zealand Organic Dairy Farmers Co-operative has gone into receivership after running out of cash. The move came two weeks after chief executive Patrick Geals resigned, following weeks of dispute over how to address the co-operative's cash-flow problems. It said it had made arrangements with rival dairy companies Fonterra and Open Country Dairy to pick up its contracts with 27 milk suppliers.