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In Canada it is perfectly legal to acquire a firearm and bullets. But Marmite and Irn-Bru are apparently a threat to the nation’s health after the Canadian food watchdog banned some of Britain’s most popular exports from supermarket shelves.

Market Report: Unilever troubles hit consumer firms

A slowdown in the once lucrative emerging markets business of Unilever dragged the rest of the consumer goods sector down with it yesterday as punters took fright.

City sends Unilever into £3bn dive on profit woes

Nearly £3 billion was wiped off the value of the Dove to Hellmann’s business Unilever today in the wake of the consumer goods giant’s shock profit warning.

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ASA gives Marmite all clear over controversial 'animal cruelty' ad

The advertising watchdog has decided not to investigate Marmite's controversial “animal cruelty” ad after receiving 504 complaints from the public.

Marmite advert sparks controversy

Unilever donates £18,000 to animal charity after row over Marmite ad

TV viewers have lodged around 400 complaints about documentary-style spoof

Marmite sparks controversy as ‘poor taste’ advert faces ban for mimicking animal cruelty documentary

The ASA says it has received 250 complaints in its first 24 hours

Unilever raises stake in Indian subsidiary

Unilever has raised its stake in Indian subsidiary Hindustan Unilever but fallen short of the 75% threshold it had originally targeted. 

Smudger Smith, the journeyman pro: Keano wasn't quite the only one to see red

In a professional career spanning almost two decades, Simon "Smudger" Smith has played for over 67 clubs and has reinvented himself time and again, from poacher to holding midfielder, centre-back to goalkeeper.

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Zippy, the yellowish-brown glove puppet who was loud and sought to be the centre of attention in Rainbow, gained a cult status that went beyond the pre-school children's programme's 25-year history.

James Knappett: 'I'll pretty much eat anything, but stinky tofu is really wrong'

My earliest food memory… Prawn cocktail. My mum would make it as a treat, and she always used to sprinkle prawn cocktail crisps on it, too – that was about as gourmet as it got [in our house].

Plea to spread kindness to our canines

Battersea Dogs & Cats Home has issued a plea for public donations – of Marmite and peanut butter.

Market report: Unilever falls out of favour for first time in 17 years

Seventeen years is rather a long time. 1995 saw the release of Braveheart, the collapse of Barings Bank and the departure of Robbie Williams from Take That. Perhaps less notably, it was also the last time Investec did not believe Unilever shares were worth snapping up – until now.

SILVESTRE DE SOUSA: The jockey’s strong Maktoum connections mean he could fill Richard Hills’ role

Hills calls time on globetrotting career

The current focus on the racecourse is rightly on the Cheltenham Festival, which starts three weeks tomorrow, and beyond that the Grand National. But between the two great jumping meetings comes the start of the domestic Flat turf season, and one familiar weighing-room name will be absent this year. Richard Hills, first jockey to Hamdan al-Maktoum, yesterday confirmed his retirement, intending to end his 33-year career after the Dubai World Cup at the end of next month.

Tom (right) and Henry are the respective owners of the Hobbs House Bakery and the Hobbs House Butchery, both in Chipping Sodbury, Gloucestershire

Russell Norman: 'I find something really therapeutic about making risotto'

My earliest food memory...Marmite sandwiches on sliced white bread. I used to press the bread down to the thickness of a coin, and I remember that really lovely transformation of texture from fluffy white bread to something quite dense and getting that little salty hit in the middle.

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