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12 December, 2008

Bottled water brand Ty Nant is giving away a pink mini-fridge with one year's supply of pink bottles in a competition to support breast cancer charity the Pink Ribbon Foundation. To enter log on to

Republic Technologies International has acquired Swedish Match UK.

The deal includes the smoking papers and filters arm of the business, the Swan brand

and the distribution

of lighters

and matches . "At this

present time we will still be known

as Swedish Match UK . We'll just have new owners and for our customers

and consumers it's very much business as usual," said managing director

John Catania.

Hancocks Cash & Carry has added four gift packs from Thorntons to its range - a 43g and 250g box of Thorntons Moments (rrp 99p and £3.99), and a 350g and 700g box of Thorntons Classic Collection

(rrp £5.99 and £11.99).

Volvic's 1L-for-10L campaign, which kicked off in March, has so far generated over 1.3 billion litres of clean water for Africa, putting it on track to reach its 6 billion -litre target over the next three years. Brand

owner Danone Waters hailed the push as "a huge success with mass consumer support".

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