Nestl eacute;, Heinz and Carlsberg must believe there is a strong viable market for Polish goods given their intentions but with more than 345,000 immigrants from all over eastern Europe registering to work in the UK since May 2004, we need to take a balanced view and proceed with caution.

Considered improper in some circles, the dunking of biscuits just happens to be one of my favourite pastimes. Bahlsen’s Dip-It brand goes a long way towards bringing respectability to the art of dunking but why has it taken a German company to promote this very English practise?

This time last year we were reflecting on the importance of fresh, chilled and frozen foods in our catering proposition, and that product quality must be placed on an equal footing with price to attract new business. Our efforts are beginning to produce results. Many customers are very brand specific in their call for chilled goods and that has meant increasing our range to accommodate their requirements, resulting in much duplication. Good stock control and merchandising management are vital in this category, which is complicated enough by the short life of the products.

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