Our confectionery buyer continues to put on weight. His office is always full of samples and if we are nice to him he sometimes shares them out. He’s already polished off his Christmas programme (and most of his samples) and says he’s well on his way to finalising Easter 2008. Is there any other category that requires so much forward planning? We are still waiting for most of the drinks companies to put initial Christmas proposals on the table.

So this has been the wettest summer since records were started. It doesn’t appear to have affected our spring water sales – the price of which should have fallen given the increased availability of the stuff. Best buy? Naturis spring water was on offer at my local Lidl’s last week, priced just 9p for a 500ml bottle.

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