Bestway is launching a range of fresh butchery products next month aimed exclusively at independent convenience retailers as the wholesaler extends its Best-in own label range into meat and poultry for the very first time.

Philip Morris International (PMI) is to completely revamp Marlboro, the world's best-selling cigarette, starting next week (February 2).

The Government is to fast-track legislation on plain packaging for cigarettes before the General Election, it emerged last night (January 21). The announcement comes after years of uncertainty, delay and conflicting claims about the success of an Australian scheme.

While the move has been welcomed by doctors and health campaigners, tobacco manufacturers and other interested parties appear to have been united in their condemnation of last night’s announcement that the Government will be pushing through a vote on plain packaging of tobacco products before May’s General Election – meaning that plain packs could be on shelves as soon as 2016.

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