Issue 48  

TOP STORY & ANALYSIS
Supermarkets' PR-driven food price wars
Lucozade Sport powers Britain to victory in the Rolex Commodores Cup

FMCG News Update
Marks & Spencer revisited
Iceland wants some stores if Co-op buys Somerfield
Sauce pellets help convenience sector to grow
Supermarket giant will stock North-grown oil
Unilever and Waitrose defend their stance on Zimbabwe
Cacao boost health of Chocolate market

RETAIL
Down The Aisle... Dairy UK focus on sustainable food production
Out To Launch... Flavoured vodkas from Smirnoff
Supermarket News... What a clever idea Spar
Beverage Bulletin... InBev plans to oust Anheuser-Busch's board
Green Room... UK supermarkets – For Plan A, every little helps
Up The High Street... Well done HMV-profits soar
Movers & Groovers... Coty has new marketing director

MARKETING
Sales & Marketing... Coty Introduces New Faces of Rimmel London
Things you should know about the lives of the Adult British public

TRENDS
Ikea Tests Text Message Coupons
Trends for less is best

TEA BREAK

The athletic event of the year...wife carrying contest.  And anything for a bite

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Can Coke's new CEO put fizz back in beverage giant?
In a surprise move at the time, Neville Isdell (right) announced last December he would step down as CEO of Atlanta-nased Coca Cola after a four-year run and be succeded by Muhtar Kent (left).

Coca-Cola Co.’s former president and chief operating officer, Muhtar Kent, took the reins as chief executive officer last week just as the beverage market is losing some of its fizz.


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Issue 48   14 July, 2008

Supermarkets' PR-driven food price wars
Hype or reality?

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We are on the verge "an all-out supermarket price war": the credit crunch having "triggered a radical change in the way that middle England shops for food" so the PR  people say. Is it more hype than reality?

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Lucozade Sport powers Britain to victory in the Rolex Commodores Cup
Chris Sinclair Joint MD of Oxford Research Agency said " The whole crew recognised the contribution to our success that Lucozade Sport gave the team."

QUOKKA 7, Team: GBR Red

Fifteen teams competed at Cowes from 29th June to 6th July for the biannual Rolex Commodores Cup, one of the most prestigious amateur yachting events in the world.

 

Great Britain’s Red team, consisting of Fair Do’s!, Erivale and Quokka 7 brought home the trophy for the host nation.


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FMCG News Update
Marks & Spencer revisited
M&S unveils brand strategy

There is a move on brand statergy from the troubled Marks & Spencers.
 

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Iceland wants some stores if Co-op buys Somerfield
Iceland keen to open more stores this year

Retailer Iceland has confirmed it wants to acquire as many as 30 Somerfield stores left over following the expected acquisition by the Co-operative Group.

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Sauce pellets help convenience sector to grow
There is virtually no sauce that you cannot freeze in a pellet

Quick frozen pellets

Frozen sauce pellets are feeding a demand for convenience foods that consumers can just throw into a frying pan from the freezer, according to Kevin Delahunt of Sargento Foods Inc.

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Supermarket giant will stock North-grown oil
200% growth in business in the past three years.

Jill McGregor from Border Fileds and  Richard Palmer chief executives

Rapeseed oil produced in the North is set to become a ‘must-have’ culinary ingredient after finding its way on to the shelves of the nations biggest supermarket chain.

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Unilever and Waitrose defend their stance on Zimbabwe
Ordinary people will suffer

Companies that continue to do business with Zimbabwe have defended their stance this week, saying – just as Tesco originally did – that withdrawal would harm the people who depend on them for their livelihoods and products.

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Cacao boost health of Chocolate market
Super food for the population

Raw cacao nuts. The health and wellness trend is having an impact on the UK chocolate market, with sales of dark chocolate almost doubling between 2005 and 2007.

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RETAIL
Down The Aisle... Dairy UK focus on sustainable food production
Dairy UK, The Food Standard Agency's, Proctor & Gamble, Glanbia, Food policy Food From Britain, Food prices Robert Wiseman Dairies', Oscar Mayer, Brakes

Dairy UK, the trade organisation that represents the interests of dairy farmers, producer co-ops, milk processors and doorstep delivery firms, has welcomed the British government's new focus on sustainable food production.

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Out To Launch... Flavoured vodkas from Smirnoff
Diageo, Pomegreat, Thatchers Cider, Enco Products, Kavli, Schwartz, Burn Stewart, Fairhills, Unilever’s Knorr Stock Cubes

Diageo is extending Smirnoff into flavoured vodkas for the first time with the launch of two variants.

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Supermarket News... What a clever idea Spar
Spar, Waitrose to open C stores next year, Booker, Morrisons, Sainsbury's, The Booths chain, Sainsbury's, Booths

A Spar store in Belfast city centre has teamed up with local business niftynosh.com to launch an online ordering system for its takeaway food. bleu

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Beverage Bulletin... InBev plans to oust Anheuser-Busch's board
InBev, Kestrel Super, Whyte & Mackay, The Glenglassaugh Distillery Company

InBev set in motion its plan to oust the board of reluctant bid target Anheuser-Busch.

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Green Room... UK supermarkets – For Plan A, every little helps
Supermarkets environmental goals, Biofuels, Marks & Spencer (M&S), Sainsbury's and Tesco, Whole Foods

Marks & Spencer is on track to meet the ambitious environmental goals of Plan A, but Tesco could prove the greater force for sustainability in the years to come.

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Up The High Street... Well done HMV-profits soar
HMV Group, Marks & Spencer shareholders revolt, M&S, UK consumer spending

HMV Group has revealed profits, before tax and exceptional items, have climbed 25.2%, up from £45.2m to £56.6m for the year to April 26.


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Movers & Groovers... Coty has new marketing director
Coty Prestige, Pernod Ricard, Pepsi-Cola North America's, Brown-Forman, Safeway, General Mills

Coty Prestige has promoted Faye Langworthy to the new position of marketing director.

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MARKETING
Sales & Marketing... Coty Introduces New Faces of Rimmel London
Rubicon, Pepsi, InBev, Rimmel London, Wells & Young's, Nestlé, Food advertising on TVMajestic Wine Warehouses, Kellogg, United Biscuits, Diageo

Sophie Ellis-Bextor Following its confirmation of Kate Moss as the face and spokesperson of Rimmel London, Coty Inc.has announced the signing of Sophie Ellis-Bextor and Lily Cole to appear alongside Kate Moss as faces of Rimmel.
 

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Things you should know about the lives of the Adult British public
Touchpoints surveys

A second Touchpoint survey has been released by The Institute of Practitioners in Advertising (the UK body representing advertising, media, marketing communications and digital agencies.

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TRENDS
Ikea Tests Text Message Coupons
bCode's can be scanned on to bCode machines, triggering a variety of functions including offer redemption

At Ikea's Seattle location, consumers will not only find low cost Swedish furniture, they will also find a text message redeeming coupon machine into its store.

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Trends for less is best
Retailers are driving packaging trends

Small Packs and minimal packaging are key global trends, here are the views and insights of top managers about current and emerging trends in the beverage-packaging market.

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