If public confidence needs restoring following its recent ‘faulty packaging’ product recall then, Unilever, please forget ‘miners’ and ‘the horn’ and simply let people know it’s a quickly prepared, tasty, healthy, good value pot snack. Your pot snack ‘Partners for Growth’ advice is, by the way, first class, although I fear you haven’t left much room for Heinz new Big Eat pot snack meals!

The conference programme for Drinksummit 2007 at the Oxford Belfry on Tuesday 5th June looks very interesting and our drinks team is pleased the issue of duty fraud is a leading topic. Yes, booze sales are down and multiple and specialist discounting has hit us hard but it is the availability of cheap beer and wine from dubious wholesale sources that is really doing the damage. We need more debate on this wretched subject.

Good for shareholders – bad for wholesalers! Whatever benefits of scale deliver, the downside of the proposed takeover deal between Carlsberg and S N, if it follows the way of previous mega mergers, is a reduction in advertising and promotional investment through our channel. We have walked this way before.

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