DIGESTS

The Portman Group has told Whitbread to rename its Lemon Jag and Vanilla Heist alcopops, ordered Bass to remove the cartoon character from Hooper’s Hooch packaging and told Spilt Drinks to axe the cartoon from its Jammin’ drink after numerous complaints.

Eurotunnel, the Channel Tunnel operator, and its banks have agreed a debt restructuring deal according to French media reports. Details will be announced in Paris commercial court soon.

Liverpool Victoria Friendly Society, the UK’s largest Friendly Society, has appointed David Conway as its group marketing director.

BT and Sky TV have struck a deal to offer discounts to members of the phone company’s Friends and Family service. The move comes days after BT and Sky’s major shareholder, News International, signed a deal to run consumer Internet services (see story, page 12).

The Daily and Sunday Express will redesign their mastheads for the second time this year when they relaunch with new magazines, new sports coverage and increased pagination this weekend.

Unilever’s medical company, Unipath, will launch a contraceptive device called Persona (right). The product works by measuring female hormone levels and uses the rhythm method.

Rainforest Café, one of the US’s fastest growing themed restaurant chains, is planning to open a branch in London next year. The restaurants have a jungle theme with real plants and live birds and fish, and aim to offer an educational and entertaining rainforest theme.

Cinven, a leading venture capital company, has appointed Kevin Wheeler as its first marketing director. Wheeler was formerly director of marketing at law firm Nabarro Nathanson.

Porsche will advertise its first new car in 18 years, the Boxster, by giving away 1 million screensavers showing the vehicle in action in a six-minute sequence. The screensavers have been produced by multimedia company Global Beach.

Campbell Soup Company’s grocery division is axing almost a third of its Homepride cooking sauces as part of a 9m relaunch to simplify its presence in a crowded food category.

Yahoo!, the global Internet site listing company, has launched a UK version of its service, and is considering launching versions solely relevant to cities such as London and Paris early next year.

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