Food & drink industry

Mars pulls M&M’s slot-machine game after MPs’ concerns | Society – Business Article

The confectionery giant Mars has bowed to pressure to remove a product that dispenses M&M’s in the style of a slot-machine game, after MPs and an academic said it risked normalising gambling for children. The product, on display in the M&M’s World store in London’s Leicester Square, works like a one-armed bandit gambling machine, where users pull on a lever to make three reels spin. If the pictures on the reels match one another the machine, on sale for £33,…

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Off-licence chain Oddbins calls in administrators | Business – Business Article

The owner of Oddbins has appointed administrators to its retail businesses, putting about 550 jobs at risk. European Food Brokers has appointed Duff & Phelps as administrator to its retail operation, made up of 45 Oddbins stores, 56 Wine Cellar Trading and Whittalls Wine Merchants and two convenience stores. The parent group and its drinks distribution business has not entered administration and will continue to trade. Oddbins was founded in 1963 by the entrepreneur Ahmed Pochee, who began by delivering…

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Ocado’s secret talks with M&S could spell the end for Waitrose tie-up | Business – Business Article

Ocado has held secret talks with Marks & Spencer over the launch of a food delivery service that could signal the end of its long running tie-up with Waitrose. The Ocado name has been intertwined with Waitrose for the past 20 years but the current supply deal between the companies ends in September 2020. City analysts expect the businesses, which have always had a stormy relationship, to part ways. John Lewis Partnership, which controls Waitrose, no longer has any ownership…

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Thousands of Tesco jobs at risk as bosses look to axe fresh food counters | Business – Business Article

Tesco is embarking on a fresh round of aggressive cost-cutting in its UK supermarket business that could eliminate thousands of jobs and its in-store deli counters. The latest plan reportedly involves the closure of meat, fish and delicatessen counters as well as downgrading in-store bakeries. Staff canteens are also to be replaced with vending machines, according to the Mail on Sunday, with suggestions of up to 15,000 jobs at risk. The cuts are part of a plan to slash £1.5bn…

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