Heinz has sacked Redwood Publishing as the contract publisher for its Heinz at Home magazine just one week after making the appointment. It is understood Heinz was unhappy about the news of the appointment being leaked to the press.

Grand Metropolitan is shutting its 39 Burger King restaurants in France, mainly located around Paris. The operation is losing about 5m a year.

Visa International has appointed three new senior vice-presidents to run new divisions in its International Marketing Group. Caroline McNally becomes senior vice-president brand marketing, in charge of worldwide advertising arrangements, Tom Shepard will be senior vice-president partner marketing and sponsorship management and Louise Tingstrom will be senior vice-president corporate relations.

Marks & Spencer is opening its first dedicated home furnishings store in York next week.

Kwik Save group marketing director Phil Smith will also become group trading director.

Hoverspeed Fast Ferries has appointed Paul Reed as communications manager, responsible for all advertising and marketing facilities. He will report to commercial director John Smith. Reed was previously an account director with Hoverspeed’s parent company Sea Containers.

Michael Moriarty will hold his position as deputy chairman of The Radio Authority until the year 2000 after a two-year extension of his contract, says Minister for Culture Media & Sport Chris Smith.

Novartis Nutrition is launching a new Ovaltine product called Ovaltine Power for children. The instant chocolate drink has been developed to make hot milk more palatable.

Sara Lee hosiery brand Pretty Polly is launching a range of tights for children.

Umbro, the sports brand, has launched a CD and radio cassette player in the shape of a football. The market leader in football accessories has appointed Scotland-based consumer electronics com-pany Akura to manufacture and market the products.

In an article last week we referred to a project recently launched by Glaxo Wellcome. We regret that the information supplied to us was incorrect. In particular, we wrongly stated that the company was promoting its own products directly to consumers when in fact it was a general patient education programme which did not refer to any Glaxo Wellcome product, either explicitly or implicitly. We apologise for our error.

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