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Spar support pack

Spar has launched a support pack for members to further highlight the need for diligence for store owners and colleagues in the sale of age restricted products.

The “To Sell or Not to Sell” pack recognises the difference in regulations between England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and contains detailed explanations with a comprehensive package of support material.

More Rewards

Six more brands have been added to the Foodservice Rewards loyalty programme for the foodservice industry. Aero Hot Chocolate, Nestl eacute; Rowntree, Coffee Mate, Young’s, King Frost and KK Fine Foods have joined Nescaf eacute;, Chef and Maggi as participating brands whose products display the yellow Foodservice Rewards label.

By collecting the labels from products in these brands, caterers can earn points that they can redeem for products, experiences and entertainment, to reward their business’s customers, employees or themselves.

Rewards points will shortly be available on brands owned by the scheme’e latest sponsors, Farm Frites and Prep Foodservice Solutions.

Gum sales increase

Sales of chewing gum totalled pound;317m last year, an increase of 28% on 2001 figures, according to the market research company Mintel.

It reports that sugar-free is the fastest growing sector making up 76% of the sector, having grown by 38% since 2001.

Boost for Pernod

Pernod Ricard’s first-half sales rose 66.7% to E3.268bn, largely due to its takeover of Allied Domecq last year.

The group added that it expected Allied Domecq to be fully integrated within the group by the end of next month.

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