11 October 2007

Carlsberg and Heineken announce interest in S&N

Carlsberg and Heineken have announced that they have joined forces to make a multi-billion pound offer for UK brewer Scottish & Newcastle, which owns brands including, Newcastle Brown Ale and Kronenbourg. In a statement to the London Stock Exchange, Carlsberg said: “Carlsberg and Heineken confirm that they are in discussions regarding the formation of a […]

W&K Amsterdam’s O’Kennedy exits agency

Wieden & Kennedy Amsterdam managing director Tim O’Kennedy is leaving without another job to go to after two years in the role. O’Kennedy is leaving for “personal reasons” and his departure date has yet to be announced.

Yahoo! profits dip despite revenue hike

Yahoo! has reported a slight fall in third-quarter profits despite a 12% rise in revenues to $1.8bn (£886m) from $1.6bn for the same period last year and the “100-day” reorganisation instigated by chief executive Jerry Yang on his return to the online company earlier this year. Yahoo!’s net income for the quarter was $151m (£74m) […]

Honda crunches the gears

Honda is at a crossroads, having lost its UK general manager of cars Ewan Ramsay after less than two years in the role (MW last week). His departure is the latest in a series of high-profile senior management changes at the Japanese car marque, which until recently was seen as the standout client advertiser in […]

A charter for copycats?

A controversial ruling by the appeal court over the design of rival Procter & Gamble (P&G) and Reckitt Benckiser (RB) air fresheners has been labelled a charter for copycats and could lead to a raft of imitation designs and products.

Ruth Mortimer: Dont be taken in by business gurus

It is a truth universally acknowledged that good girls love bad boys. But dodgy relationships aren’t confined to your teenage years. Even in later life we sometimes fall for the smooth talk and forget to engage our bullshit detector. And not only in our personal lives: it also happens in our business dealings too. Perhaps […]

Barnardos Heroin Baby ads chief to stand down

Barnardos high-profile marketing and communications director Andrew Nebel is stepping down after more than a decade at the childrens charity. Nebel, responsible for some of the most memorable ads for the organisation, including the Heroin Baby campaign in 2002, will leave in spring 2009.

Red Bull faces challenger in Carlsbergs Battery Energy

Carlsberg is plotting a major UK launch of its Battery Energy Drink with the intention of taking advantage of the fast-growing energy drinks sector and wresting market share from Red Bull. The brewer is speaking to leading supermarkets across the UK about getting the drink on supermarket shelves early next year. Battery is a caffeine-powered, […]

Government seeks agency list for anti-obesity drive

The Government is seeking agencies to pitch for its estimated 7m anti-obesity campaign. It will be the latest stage of an initiative steered by health secretary Alan Johnson which will push the obesity issue to the top of the national health agenda.

VCCP set to win 10m binge brief

The Home Office is poised to appoint Vallance Carruthers Coleman Priest (VCCP) to its £10m binge drinking brief.  The agency is thought to have won in a pitch against one other undisclosed agency from an original shortlist of Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO and DDB London. A formal decision is expected to be […]

BA promotes its City credentials

British Airways (BA) is launching an ad campaign to promote its services from London City airport and remind flyers it operates from there as well as major hub Heathrow. The marketing push, created by BJL, will target business travellers, and cover press and outdoor. It will use the strapline: “Fly direct from London City” and […]

Tiger Woods in Gatorade brand tie-up

US soft drinks giant PepsiCo is launching a new variant of its sports performance drink Gatorade in a tie-up with golf champion Tiger Woods, that will see the launch of Gatorade Tiger. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed but it is believed Woods has signed a five-year deal worth up to $100m (£50m). […]

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