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Morrisons gives out cash to tempt online customers

Morrisons is trying to turnaround poor sales and boost its slow-starting online business by giving cash to customers in conjunction with third-party rewards platform Quidco.

Morrisons will give cash rewards to new customers

It’s yo, ho, No for banned Captain Morgan advert

A social media advert linking the drinking of Diageo’s Captain Morgan rum to the ending of boredom has been banned by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Tesco boss finds party’s over after quitting top job

A party for Tesco boss Philip Clarke, scheduled for last night (July 22), to celebrate his 40 years with the retailer, was cancelled on Monday, after he revealed his intention to quit his chief executive role in October.

Delice de France hones in on deskilled kitchens

Bakery giant Delice de France has restructured its bakery manufacturing operation in response to the drain of skills in some hotels and restaurants.

Indian ready meals firm S&A Foods axes 55 jobs

Indian ready meals manufacturer S&A Foods is to axe 55 jobs in a restructure of its chilled meals business, while searching for investment partners.

Premier Foods’s sales fall in ‘challenging market’

Premier Foods has reported sales down by 6.1% due to “challenging market conditions” in half-year results to June 30.

New £400M opportunity for British producers

British food and drink manufacturers would be up to £400M better off, after the government renewed its pledges to buy more home produced products.

Surge in Scottish brands linked to referendum vote

The Edinburgh government has claimed responsibility for a £513M surge in sales of Scottish food and drink, which it says underpins confidence in Scottish brands ahead of a yes vote in the nation’s independence referendum on September 18.

Food manufacturing excellence awards

Seafood firms wanted for food manufacturing Oscars

Seafood manufacturing heroes are invited to apply for this year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – the Oscars of the food and drink manufacturing industry.

United Biscuits quiet on stock market float rumours

United Biscuits’ joint-owners PAI Partners and Blackstone have neither denied nor confirmed rumours they are preparing to float the biscuit heavyweight on the stock market, despite analysts welcoming the idea.

News in brief

Latest round of horsemeat tests negative – FSA

Tests for horse DNA on nearly 6,000 meat products carried out by UK local authorities were negative, according to a new report from the Food Standards Agency (FSA).

Spotlight

Tesco boss to quit, after another profit warning

Tesco boss Philip Clarke to quit after profit warning

Tesco boss Philip Clarke is to quit the embattled retailer in October, despite pledging in April to “see...

Worst grocery spend ‘ever’ over past two months

Grocery sales ‘worst ever’ in past two months

Grocery sales in May and June were the “worst ever” seen, as the market reeled in an...

Food manufacturing Oscars: your chance to create a stir

Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards – create a stir

This year’s Food Manufacturing Excellence Awards (FMEAs) – with their James Bond theme – are your opportunity...

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