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Season's Greetings from

Dec 21st 2011, 07:44


Season's Greetings from would like to wish you a relaxing end-of-year break, should you be taking leave during this time. We’re excited about what 2012 holds in the retail and the FMCG industries and look forward to bringing you the latest news and commentary.

Our range of services, including our product information catalogues and our recently launched hi-res pack shot library, aim to make managing your brands easy and convenient.

We look forward to working with you next year and being with you as your brands grow from strength to strength in 2012.

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Retailer News
Tribunal tells Massmart to tweak deals
Competition Tribunal chairman Norman Manoim sent Massmart home yesterday without approving its acquisition of Fruitspot and 16 Rhino stores, and asked the retailer and the Competition Commission to tweak conditions to the sales.
· Trolley costs continue to speed ahead
Economic News
SA shouldn't suffer a 2012 recession, says economist
Speaking during a year-end investment briefing on Friday, Saville, the chief investment officer at Cannon Asset Managers and visiting professor at Gibs, said 2012 should be a “decent year for some investments”, but if Europe went back into recession, there was a 75% chance the US would join them.
New Products
Liqui-Fruit adds some real refizzment to its 100% fruit juice blends
Liqui-Fruit, South Africa’s favourite fruit juice brand (*Sunday Times Top Brands Survey 2011) brings consumers some real refizzment to get the new year off to a refreshing and sparkling start! Introducing our newest star, Liqui-Fruit Sparkling.
Ciro launches innovative 'Five Roses' tea infusions
Ciro Beverage Solutions (Ciro) aligns itself with global leaders and local heroes to ensure that its customers always receive the finest products and latest industry innovations. Five Roses is one of Ciro's partners and has been bringing the art of blending premium quality tea to South Africans for over 100 years.
Supplier News
Mindshare prepares for battle as Unilever calls £3bn global media review
Unilever has started a global review of its estimated £3 billion media planning and buying business, currently handled by WPP's Mindshare in the UK. The review follows Unilever unveiling ambitions to double the size of its business by 2020, while reducing its environmental impact.
· Aramex Acquires Leading South African Logistics Company, Berco Express
· Transnet looks to bolster grain facility
· Maize meal lacks nutrients - NCF
· Cape fuel supply starts to dry up
· Draft policy clears way for 4G cell networks
International News
US meat and dairy supply to remain 'stable' in 2012
The outlook for the commodity protein, produce and dairy sectors will remain "stable" for 2012, market experts have predicted. A new report from Fitch Ratings expects that structural changes aimed at increasing operating efficiency and managing through cost volatility will continue.
· Chinese manufacturers scale up sustainability drives
· US: Retail Sales Climb Less Than Forecast
· UK converter supports Coldplay with promotional labels
· UK farmers call on EU to curb food supply chain 'power imbalance
· Olympus board vows to quit
Brand Activity
aQuellé Launches New Marketing Campaign
aQuellé launches their new marketing campaign 100% For People this month with an integrated approach positioning the brand as affordable natural spring water with customer interest at the heart of the business.
Stafford Bros and Draeger introduces new brand in health foods sector
Stafford Bros & Draeger has a tradition of introducing innovative and new food brands into the South African market and have recently launched Waistline, their new health food brand, kicking-off with a range of basmati rice cakes.
Featured Brands
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Alpen Food Company
The Alpen Food Company is part of Weetabix Limited, headquartered in the United Kingdom, manufacturers and distributors of well known and highly popular leading cereal brands in that country. Alpen Food Company uses identical technologies and product recipes at its production facility in Cape Town to those used at its parent Company in the UK.
Liquor News
Celebrate New Year with pink twist at J.C. Le Roux
Dance into the New Year at the House of J.C. Le Roux with an evening of bubbles, music and a spectacular seafood feast with a twist of pink. Nestled in the picturesque Devon Valley outside Stellenbosch, the cellar’s ever popular Seasons Restaurant is preparing a feast second to none.
Featured Retail Services
Pocket Media Solutions
Spotting a gap in the marketing and communications market, the Z-CARD® was developed and patented in the UK and Europe in 1992. The brand reaped immediate success as a below-the-line medium due to its compact size, perceived value, quality and high ratio of information to size.
We create advertising campaigns, create or refresh your brand identity, develop your digital strategy, implement your social media campaign, design and print your collateral, design and develop your flash sales presentation, run your search media campaigns, build your website, book your media.
Retail Services News
121 Outsource goes global
This coming year 121 Outsource will be 21 years old, one of the oldest (BPO) Call Centre Companies around in South Africa.
Morningside Shopping Centre drives feet through tenants’ doors
Morningside Shopping Centre selected PocketMedia® Solution’s credit card-sized Z-CARD® as an effective advertising tool to inform existing and potential customers about its exclusive tenant offering.
Brand Manager
The Really Great Brand Company, leaders in premium liquor brands, has an exciting opportunity for a highly motivated, dynamic and initiative driven individual within our Brand Marketing team, to work on our global premium portfolio as a Brand Manager.
Responsible Pharmacists (Needed for Kwazulu Natal, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town)
This role requires a qualified pharmacist who has an understanding of the MCC requirements for scheduled medicines (schedule 1,2 and 3). this position would possibly suit a junior pharmacist with some retail experience alternatively possibly a retired person who still wants to make a contribution
Accountant - Cash Van Operation - Gauteng
This junior level role would ideally suit a Junior Accountant with 2 years experience ideally within an operational environment. You will be required to manage and report on the financial aspects of a national van sales operation but will be based in Johannesburg.
Managing Director: Commodities
A leading FMCG manufacturer, wholesaler and distributor of dry foods in West Africa seeks to appoint a Managing Director for one of their key businesses with emphasis on gaining further market share in West Africa. As a seasoned Managing Director, familiar turnaround strategies with experience specific to the West African market, you will be required to implement an aggressive strategy to achieve these objectives.
Recruitement Services
Strategy Recruitment Marketing
Strategy Recruitment Marketing is focused on providing tailor-made, alternative recruitment solutions that are based on out-the-box strategic and creative thinking, detailed processes, and keeping abreast of the latest recruitment practices and technology through understanding each client´s critical success factors, to produce impactful results cost-effectively.
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Talented Selections
Talented Selections is committed to identifying highly talented, exceptional individuals who have built solid careers at a middle and senior management level.
Cards & Payments Solutions - even bigger and better for 2012
When: 13 Mar 2012 – 14 Mar 2012
Venue: Earls Court, South Hall, London
Retail World Africa 2012
When: 12 – 15 March 2012
Venue: Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg
Networking expo for the logistics and supply chain management industry
When: 22 Mar 2012 – 23 March 2012
Venue: Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg
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