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International Distillers & Vintners European managing director Jean d’Amercourt, will replace Robert Lowes as chief executive of Grand Metropolitan Foods Europe.

International Distillers & Vintners European managing director Jean d’Amercourt, will replace Robert Lowes as chief executive of Grand Metropolitan Foods Europe. Lowes recently left to become chief executive of Burger King, the group’s fast-food arm.

Microsoft will launch its Win95 software through 18 of its national resellers in the UK this month, jointly paying for advertising and marketing. Win95’s August 24 launch will be the biggest in computer industry history.

Cussons, maker of Imperial Leather soap, has promoted marketing director Gavin Walker to business development director for Cussons International. Ian Crichton succeeds him.

The Hoover free flights case goes to trial after Hoover unsuccessfully applied to strike out the plaintiffs’ compensation claims.

The High Court has upheld an earlier decision to outlaw cigarette importer Tobacco Direct, leading to the mothballing of the company, which markets Death cigarettes (MW last week).

National Coupons, a 32-page paid-for coupon magazine, is being launched by new publisher Mantup Publishing. The title goes on newsstands next month priced 1, backed by a national radio campaign through O&M Direct. The first issue will carry coupons from British Home Stores, Homebase, National Express, Dixons and Safeway.

Sony starts its press ad campaign for the Sony Playstation this week. The games machine is expected to go on sale next month.

The Guardian is to launch an A5 version of its Saturday listing supplement, The Guide, in Manchester this autumn. It will be the first A5 format to run outside London.

Kraft Jacobs Suchard is believed to be test-marketing a chocolate bar called Terry’s Siesta.

Skandia Life Group is sponsoring Cowes Week, the south coast’s sailing festival, which commences this week.

Granada Hospitality is launching Beat the Gladiators, a 1m TV, press and promotional campaign offering instant scratchcards available in 54 Granada and Pavilion motorway and trunk road Service areas.

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