Appleby Westward is boasting what it says are record service levels to its Spar retailers and a “big jump” in year-on-year sales on the back of good summer weather.
Bestway Group (“Bestway”) has acquired the Co-op’s pharmacy business for a purchase price of £620m. The transaction is due to complete in October 2014, following final separation of the Pharmacy business from Co-op.
British American Tobacco (BAT) is next month launching two limited edition packs on its best-selling capsule cigarette range, Pall Mall No.1.
The 11th annual Startups Awards launched this week and is now open for entries, including a search for the new Independent Shop of the Year.
Have your say in the Government “plain tobacco packs” consultation
The Government today launched a six-week consultation into its proposals to introduce standardised packaging for tobacco products.
Andrew Selley takes the helm at Bidvest 3663
Bidvest 3663 has appointed Andrew Selley to the newly-created role of chief executive.
New chilled ranges from Bestway & Batleys
Bestway Batleys has added three new chilled ranges to its food and drink line-up to take advantage of the fact that chilled and fresh now accounts for two out of every three baskets through convenience stores.
New tobacco study puts EU losses to illicit trade at €11bn
One in every 10 cigarettes consumed in the European Union in 2013 were illicit, 33% of which were ‘illicit whites”, an emerging type of illegal, branded cigarettes manufactured for the sole purpose of being smuggled, according to a KPMG study just published.
Spar Scotland keeps on giving
CJ Lang & Son, owners and operators of Spar Scotland, raised more than £70,000 last year for local causes and charities.
Tetley peddles into summer with Tour de France
Tetley began its summer season of brand activity this month with sampling and promotions as the major corporate sponsorship at the Tour de France celebrations in Sheffield.
Brakes launches “greener” unbleached packaging
Brakes is changing all of its white cardboard packaging to unbleached brown packaging as part of its ongoing commitment to the environment.
Grocery sales on the up again, inflation down
The grocery market grew 2.8% in the 12 weeks to 22 June after a historic low of 1.7% last period, according to new data from researcher Kantar Worldpanel.
Bestway appoints new category manager for wines
Bestway Group is aiming to bolster its licensed category management team with the appointment of a dedicated resource for the wine category. Bill Creighton has been recruited as the Group’s first-ever category manager for wines and has already taken up his role at Bestway HQ in Park Royal, London.
World Cup boosts beer sales
England may have made an early exit from the 2014 World Cup, but, as many predicted, the first week of the tournament saw a big rise in beer and cider sales.
Sunmagic ties in with kids’ blockbuster movie
Fruit juice and smoothie brand Sunmagic, is launching a two-week radio ad campaign with Global Radio’s 95.8 Capital FM, to support its exclusive soft drinks partnership with How to Train Your Dragon 2, the family blockbuster from DreamWorks Animation which is being released in the UK & Ireland on July 13.
UB launches £4m campaign for overhaul of Go Ahead biscuit range
Following on from the relaunch of the McVitie’s and Jacob’s ranges earlier this year, United Biscuits is now launching a £4m marketing push for Go Ahead, its “healthier” biscuit brand.
SWA and SGF join-up to tackle illicit trading
Two leading trade associations have joined forces in a bid to combat the illicit alcohol trade in Scotland.
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Country Range Group goes 80s-tastic
Country Range Group showed the rest of the wholesaling industry how to party last night with an 80s-themed gala dinner and fancy dress to close its annual trade show and conference.
Barking Bestway customers get the star(bucks) treatment
Customers at Bestway’s Barking depot are benefitting from what the wholesaler calls “an enhanced shopping experience”.
Olympic effort behind “super-fruit”summer campaign
The recently re-branded Simply Great Drinks Company – formerly known as ACPT, famous for its PomeGreat brand – this week launched an ambitious marketing campaign fronted by Olympic cyclist, Victoria Pendleton and supported by media doctor, Dr Christian Jessen.
Kestrel lager back on TV after 30 years
Kestrel lager is set to make its return to TV screens across the country with a new ad campaign that celebrates the brand’s Scottish heritage.
Henderson posts record profits for 2013
Northern Irish Henderson Group saw its turnover rise to £642.8m in 2013, an increase of 3.6% on 2012.
Walkers bring a new Market Deli brand to the snacks fixture
Snack brand Walkers, part of the PepsiCo portfolio of brands, has launched a premium range of pitta, tortilla and classic crisps under a new brand - Market Deli.
3663 and Kenco team up to deliver water to coffee communities
Bidvest 3663 has pledged its support to a new Kenco campaign aiming to provide 500 million glasses of clean water to South American coffee farming communities by the end of 2014.
Diageo launches Ryder Cup premium whisky
Diageo has teamed up with legendary Ryder Cup golfer Colin Montgomerie to launch a new limited edition super-premium whisky, Johnnie Walker Blue Label Ryder Cup.
Brakes bats for Scots
Foodservice wholesaler Brakes is set to list 11 new Scottish products following an exclusive event to support Scottish suppliers and customers was held in partnership with Scotland Food & Drink.
Coke launches first new brand in UK for eight years
The Coca-Cola company has unveiled the latest addition to its portfolio - Coke Life, a lower-calorie cola sweetened with a blend of sugar and Stevia, offering a claimed third less sugar and a third fewer calories than “red” Coke, which has 139 calories per can.
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