Opinion on Consumer Packaged Goods in United Kingdom

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WSA: the friendlier face of alcohol regulation

In response to a government interim report on alcohol harm reduction, the WSA has released its own recommendations. Unsurprisingly, it argues against the more drastic actions the government proposes. However, the WSA's less costly suggestions are nothing new. They require little effort on the part of the industry and it is likely that they will also have little effect.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Dec 2003
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Wrigley: the innovation game

Wrigley's new oral health gum offering shows it understands well the need to stay at the cutting edge of product innovation. With a consumer base hungry for these products, Wrigley must use its brand strength to fight off competitors that are keen for a share of this lucrative market.<BR />

Published By Datamonitor
08 Aug 2003
CommentWire
CommentWire

Wrigley: has the bubble burst?

US chewing gum giant Wm Wrigley has accused Cadbury Schweppes of breaching UK competition laws in the launch of its Trident gum, and is considering legal action, according to The Sunday Telegraph. Furthermore, Wrigley's UK market share has fallen since the launch of Trident, and if the company fails to address other underlying reasons for its diminishing share, this is likely to drop further.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Mar 2007
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Wrigley: acquisition by Mars could threaten Cadbury

Mars and Berkshire Hathaway are set to take over chewing gum manufacturer Wm Wrigley Jr Company. The deal, said to be worth $23 billion, would see the brand acquire extra funding to boost its presence outside of the US. The takeover will help Wrigley to consolidate its position in the UK chewing gum market, and is likely to have negative implications for rival Cadbury Schweppes.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2008
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CommentWire

Wrigley: a sticky situation

UK authorities spend at least GBP150 million a year on cleaning up discarded chewing gum. In response, Liverpool city council has recently voted for a tax on gum to help cover some of these costs. Gum manufacturers, led by market leader Wrigley [WWY], may rightly feel somewhat hard done by: a tax on their product would do little to educate consumers on disposing of litter carefully.

Published By Datamonitor
28 Apr 2005
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Works with Water: targeting appearance conscious consumers

Nutraceuticals company Works with Water has launched a spring water containing an ingredient that is clinically proven to help reduce bacteria. The drink, called Beauty, is designed to help prevent acne and is reflective of the growing trend in the functional drink market of associating inner health and outer beauty. However, the firm needs to be cautious of deteriorating levels of consumer trust.

Published By Datamonitor
15 Apr 2008
Expert View
Expert View

Woolworths faces fundamental challenges despite return to profit

After disastrous results a year ago, it was imperative that Woolworths returned its core retail business to profit. However, while Woolworths met this target; it did so by the narrowest of margins. Looking ahead, there is considerable scope for Woolworths to improve margins further, although turnover is set to shrink as the retailer downsizes and relocates stores.

Published By Datamonitor
02 Apr 2008
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Wolverhampton & Dudley: vultures circle over Wolves

Published By Datamonitor
26 Jun 2001
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Wolverhampton & Dudley: rejecting a hostile takeover

Published By Datamonitor
04 Jun 2001
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CommentWire

WM Morrison: time to shop around

WM Morrison's takeover of the Safeway chain in 2004 has proved more problematic than initially expected, raising concerns over the group's ability to integrate such a large acquisition. Finance director Martin Ackroyd is the victim of a boardroom shakeup that should see the supermarket group's management thrust into line with accepted corporate governance standards.

Published By Datamonitor
24 Mar 2005

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