Greencore has announced a 0.4% increase in operating profit, to 46.4m, for its Convenience Foods division for the 52 weeks ending 25 September 2009. The division includes its food-to-go, cakes and desserts, and foodservice desserts businesses. The firm said that while consumers are still willing to spend in indulgent categories, within cakes and desserts they are doing so with less frequency than before.
Costa advert strife
Costa Coffee could be in trouble over its advertising campaign which stated that "7 out of 10 coffee lovers prefer Costa", after Starbucks complained. A spokesperson from the Advertising Standards Authority confirmed that "we are investigating the complaint", but said she could not give any further details until the investigation concluded.
Gluten-, wheat- and dairy-free artisan bakery Droppa & Droppa Specialist Foods has launched its website www.droppaanddroppa.com which is designed to be more interactive as well as easy to navigate.
Shell stocks Waitrose
Waitrose products are currently being trialled at three Shell service stations in the Birmingham area as the retailer bids to grow in the food-to-go and convenience sectors. The range includes sandwiches, wraps and snacks, as well as grocery items such as bread.
Green moves delayed
More than one in five small firms (22%) are delaying embracing environmentally friendly measures because of the recession, according to a survey carried out by the Forum of Private Business. But 17% said they were more likely to introduce measures.