Lansdown is dropped from gum account

Food Brokers is looking for a new agency for Haitai chewing gum only four months after appointing Lansdown Conquest. It is understood Haitai, the South Korean chewing gum, has already drawn up a shortlist for the 2m pan-European account. Lansdown won the business in February after a last-minute pitch against Grey London and Integrator. Haitai […]

Settlement offer over Aerobathon

Van den Bergh Foods has offered to waive its claim to 310,000, which was lost when a charity event it sponsored collapsed with debts of 1.4m. But it will do this only if other creditors, who held the company partly responsible for the collapse of the Flora Aerobathon, agree not to pursue the food giant […]

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Grobbelaar signs up for Sainsbury’s attack

Sainsbury’s is to run a high-risk TV advertising campaign featuring footballer Bruce Grobbelaar, who was arrested for match-fixing earlier this year, to front its new advertisements. Grobbelaar was arrested along with John Fashanu and Hans Segers after allegations, first aired in The Sun newspaper, that he had taken more than 40,000 from a Far Eastern […]

Advertising in a world of change

Keeping pace with global developments involves more than addressing short-term, specific needs. John Shannon finds that advertisers must strive for a broader understanding

Tussauds finds new chief as rival firm lures Varney

Tussauds Group head of corporate marketing Nick Varney has resigned to become managing director of leisure company competitor Vardon Attractions. Varney will be replaced by Jill Britton, divisional director of marketing at Tussaud’s-owned Alton Towers. Britton will remain in her role at the theme park until next January to see through the first stages of […]

PPHN starts afresh with Touch brand

After a year of constant staff upheavals, direct marketing agency PPHN is relaunching in July as Touch. Only one of the original founders of PPHN, creative partner Ian Haworth, is still at the agency. Stewart Pearson, who co-founded the agency in 1989, was forced out in August last year and last month PPHN managing director […]

Ad agencies baulk as IPC hikes rates

IPC Weeklies Group has increased the ratecard on four of its mass-market magazines because of improved circulations, but has met agency opposition. The ratecards for Woman and Woman’s Own have been hiked by seven per cent each, rising to 19,050 and 23,650, respectively, for a standard page. Chat and What’s On TV’s rates have risen […]

Cellnet rethinks brand strategy

Cellular operator Cellnet has axed John Cleese and Ronnie Corbett from its ad campaign and sent its agency back to the drawing board in a branding and marketing strategy rethink. Abbott Mead Vickers.BBDO had already completed new work for the mobile phone service but this has been dropped. Cellnet now wants to create a stronger […]

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