14 December 1995

Heinz UK hunts heads for two new grocery units

Heinz UK is hunting for two new managers for its biggest division, grocery products. The executives will run the new canned goods and soups sectors as part of an ongoing restructure. The grocery products division – which accounts for about 60 per cent of Heinz UK’s 600m turnover – is to be split into three […]

DIGESTS

Sky TV has unveiled its 120m winter schedule at the same time as signing up its 5-millionth customer. The new schedule renews Sky’s commitment to UK production, including acquired series Jimmy’s and Revelations. Springhill, an original drama, goes into production in the new year… …BSkyB is planning new arts, education, games and computer channels, according […]

Is Forte planning a life of leisure?

The Diary could swear it spotted the beleaguered hotelier, Rocco Forte, last Friday – just hours before Forte Plc published a document in defence of Granada’s hostile bid for the company. That defence has already cost the organisation tens of millions of pounds. But Sir Rocco was not emerging from one of his flagship hotels, […]

…as Independent revamps promotions unit

The Independent is rationalising its promotions department and bringing in a new manager, following Amanda Platell’s promotion from marketing director to managing director in September. Phil Boden has been recruited from sponsorship consultancy Carnegie Robertson & Black as promotions manager, and will join the paper in the new year. He will report to Platell and […]

Co-op uses eco-labels to knock rival brands

The Co-op is using eco-labels, promoted by the UK Eco-labelling Board, to differentiate its own-label products from brands that are refusing to participate in the EU eco-friendly labelling scheme. The Co-op’s recycled bathroom tissue and kitchen towels will be the first to carry eco-labels in stores from next spring. The UK Eco-labelling Board is stepping […]

Express and Mail declare war…

The Daily Express is accusing the Daily Mail of “underhand tricks” in the battle for sales, after the Mail sent a knocking letter to Express readers. The Mail sent a mailshot letter from chairman of Associated Newspapers Sir David English to Ex press readers, dated December 4. The letter talks about the Express cutting editorial […]

Chrysler car hire firm moots ATM scheme

Car rental company Thrifty is considering introducing a hole-in-the-wall hire scheme which can verify driving licences and dispense keys. The company, which is owned by Chrysler, has already installed the system in the US. The six-foot high unit is designed to fit in secure areas, such as hotel receptions or international airports. It is linked […]

Euro PC giant renews UK assault by launching its own retail outlets

Europe’s largest computer manufacturer, Vobis, is launching a new year attack on UK computer retailers by opening its own chain of stores. The move, supported by television advertising next year, will mean the manufacturer and retailer will be in direct competition with Dixons – the electrical chain with which it had an exclusive sales agreement […]

DIGESTS

The European Parliament, meeting on Tuesday, delayed its vote on the Distance Selling Directive which could outlaw coldcalling. A decision is expected today (Wednesday). Following revelations by Dutch researchers that shampoos containing coal tar to combat dandruff could contain cancer-causing chemicals, the issue has been referred to Brussels. A special committee will meet next month. […]

Chrysler car hire firm moots ATM scheme

Car rental company Thrifty is considering introducing a hole-in-the-wall hire scheme which can verify driving licences and dispense keys. The company, which is owned by Chrysler, has already installed the system in the US. The six-foot high unit is designed to fit in secure areas, such as hotel receptions or international airports. It is linked […]

Bass unveils new Tennent’s ‘smooth’ lager

Bass is launching a smooth version of Tennent’s lager, called Tennent’s SD, as part of its strategy of developing premium draught brands. Tennent’s SD has an alcoholic strength of five per cent and is served ice cold. Like Guinness stout, it has to be left to settle. The brand will mirror Carling Premier, a premium […]

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