Ammirati Puris Lintas has pulled out of the pitch for the 2m Le Crunch apples business run by Sopexa UK, the marketing body for French food and wine. D’Arcy Masius Benton & Bowles, the incumbent K Advertising and Young & Rubicam pitched yesterday (Tuesday).

The Network, Universal-McCann and John Ayling & Associates are expecting a result on the Kimberly-Clark media centralisation next week…

…while New PHD, Zenith Media, TMD Carat and YMG Carat are waiting for a result on the 12m Granada centralised media buying. It is also due next week.

Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines is seeing pitches this week. Team Saatchi, Davies Little Cowley, Mitchell Patterson Aldred Mitchell, and two other agencies will bid for the business.

Ivan Massow Associates launches a controversial flyposting campaign for independent financial advisers today (Wednesday), attacking other insurance companies for their alleged anti-gay prejudice.

Timms Creative Agency of Bath is launching a campaign for Manns Original Brown Ale using cartoon hero Andy Capp.

McCann-Erickson will launch a new line of Thomas Wall’s Famous Pork Sausage premium brand. Its 2m Kerry Foods press campaign breaks this week.

Leagas Shafron Davis and Arc Advertising are understood to have been asked to repitch for the estimated 15m advertising account for Royal Sun Alliance (formed from the merged Sun Alliance and Royal Insurance). Sources say the company is prepared to look outside its agency roster. Peter Jackson, Royal Sun Alliance’s group marketing communications manager, denies there is a pitch.

The Economist’s autumn cam-paign (right) through Abbott Mead Vickers. BBDO breaks next week. There are eight exec-utions in the long-running campaign.

Anglian Windows is opening to bids for its account this week. The three agencies pitching are believed to be M&C Saatchi, TBWA and Bates Dorland.

BMP DDB’s campaign for the London-based Ministry of Sound night club, which includes a lucrative record label, will be launched today (Wednesday).

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