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Mackie’s sales top £12m on growing chocolate demand

Winning a clutch of major supermarket contracts for its chocolate helped turnover at food group Mackie’s of Scotland top £12 million last year.

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Primark's owner said profit margins will take a hit from the strength of the dollar. Picture: John Devlin

Primark owner cautions over margins amid weak pound

Associated British Foods (ABF) is pencilling in a robust rise in half-year profits, but warned margins at its Primark retail chain would take a knock from the weak pound.

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Co-operative Energy is to pay out compensation to customers after a string of failings in its billing and complaints resolution processes.

Consumers switching of energy suppliers reaches six year high

Switching of energy suppliers has surged to a six-year high as householders increasingly shop around for better deals on gas and electricity.

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Aldi is moving into the former BHS store at Edinburgh's Cameron Toll shopping centre. Picture: Julie Bull

Aldi to set up shop in former BHS store in Edinburgh

The former BHS department store in Edinburgh’s Cameron Toll Shopping Centre is to become home to a supermarket, it was announced today.

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The Lidl distribution centre could help the grocer create up to 360 jobs. Picture: Contributed

Lidl jobs boost in store as Eurocentral hub approved

Supermarket chain Lidl has been given the green light to develop its new regional distribution centre (RDC) at Eurocentral off the M8.

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Unilever admitted it needs to 'capture more quickly' the value in the consumer goods giant. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Unilever to focus on investor value after Kraft move

Unilever, the Anglo-Dutch firm behind brands including Marmite and PG Tips, is launching a major review of its business in a bid to deliver more value to shareholders after Kraft Heinz’s failed takeover attempt.

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Edinburgh-based Bellfield is eyeing a move into cans as it develops new beer ranges. Picture: Contributed

Gluten-free brewer eyes £500,000 to fund expansion

Bellfield Brewery, the Edinburgh-based maker of gluten-free beer, has kicked off a £500,000 funding drive to boost its expansion plans.

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Asda saw its fourth-quarter sales fall by 2.9%. Picture: Barry Batchelor/PA

Asda boss ‘encouraged’ despite fresh slump in sales

Asda has posted another slump in quarterly sales, but the supermarket is showing signs that turnaround efforts under chief executive Sean Clarke are beginning to bear fruit.

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Innis & Gunn, founded by Dougal Sharp, is heading to the world's biggest beer market. Picture: John Need

Innis & Gunn looks east with latest distribution deal

Craft brewer Innis & Gunn has signed a deal to distribute its beer to bars and retailers across mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau and Taiwan.

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Kraft Heinz and Unilever have hundreds of household brands around the world. Picture: AP

Unilever looks inward again after Kraft diversion

The British food giant is likely to accelerate its own streamlining plan after rejecting an audacious takeover approach from its US rival, writes Martin Flanagan.

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A retired trawler from the Cod Wars has staked a claim to having one of the most beautiful British locations on Airbnb. Picture: DeadlineNews.

Retired Cod Wars trawler converted into Ben Nevis BnB

A retired trawler from the Cod Wars has staked a claim to having one of the most beautiful British locations on Airbnb.

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Morrisons store. Picture: Chris Radburn/PA Wire

Supermarket recalls beef product over listeria fears

Supermarket Morrisons has recalled one of its meat-based products over concerns it may cause flu-like symptoms among vulnerable people.

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Morrisons is the biggest customer for the UK farming industry. Picture: Contributed

Morrisons aims to give British suppliers a boost

Supermarket Morrisons said today that it is looking to take on more than 200 new suppliers within a year on the back of increasing consumer demand for locally sourced products.

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Heineken agreed a deal to buy Punch Taverns in December. Picture: Ian Georgeson

Watchdog to cast eye over Heineken’s swoop on Punch

Heineken’s planned takeover of pubs business Punch Taverns is to be scrutinised by Britain’s competition watchdog amid concerns over the bumper deal.

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Microsoft's Surface products will be more expensive due to the weak pound. Picture: Contributed

Microsoft hikes prices by up to 15% after Brexit vote

Microsoft has raised prices on a raft of products including laptops and tablets by as much as 15 per cent in direct response to the collapse in the pound following the Brexit vote.

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Laura Ashley revealed a 29% plunge in first-half profits. Picture: Steve Parsons/PA Wire

Laura Ashley out of fashion with slide in profits

Fashion and homewares retailer Laura Ashley has warned over full-year profits after being hit by falling sales and surging costs.

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Wesfarmers snapped up the Homebase DIY chain last year. Picture: David Jones/PA

Homebase’s new owner reveals £28m loss for UK arm

The new Australian owner of DIY chain Homebase has revealed a £28 million loss in the UK amid a rebrand and moves to slash prices.

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Glassware designer Lydia Macdonald hand-etches one of NB Gin's bottles. Picture: Contributed

North Berwick gin makes it a treble at Brit Awards

East Lothian spirits firm NB Gin is preparing for a return appearance at the Brit Awards with special limited edition bottles.

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A Waitrose spokeswoman said it was pleased that the hard work done by store staff was recognised. Picture: Contributed

Waitrose rated Britain’s top supermarket for third year

High-end retailer Waitrose has been rated Britain’s best supermarket for the third year in a row – however, budget brands Aldi and Lidl were close behind.

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Whisky exports to Japan are hitting record levels. Picture: John Devlin

Whisky helps exports to Japan hit record £100m mark

Scottish food and drink exports to Japan have hit record levels, with the thirst for whisky helping the value reach almost £100 million.

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