Flybe boss Jim French, credited with turning the regional carrier into a major player in the European aviation market, is stepping down as chairman after more than 20 years with the company.

Safeway reported for `immoral' fee

THE NATIONAL Farmers' Union is reporting the Safeway supermarket chain to the Competition Commission over its plans to charge suppliers for in-store promotions.

Food & Drink: Size does matter, and big is best

The decision to buy a magnum-size bottle of champagne has more to do with taste than ostentation, says Anthony Rose

US stores target weakest UK chains

THE HIGH STREET has been a tough place to be this past week.

Outlook: New broom gives Safeway hope once more

COULD THERE be light at the end of the tunnel for Safeway after all? Admittedly, the situation continues to look dire. The shares have been heading steadily south for two years now. As number four in the market, with the Wal-Mart backed Asda and the mighty Tesco battling it out at the top for price advantage, and the threat of Internet shopping closing fast, things could hardly seem worse.


INFORMATION ON vegetable box schemes, farmers' markets, local food links and organic suppliers can be obtained from the Soil Association's directory, which costs pounds 5. Membership of the association costs pounds 18. In a special promotion for Independent readers, they will receive a free directory if they join.

Wines Of The Week


Somerfield profits warning as Kwik Save sales fall 12%

SOMERFIELD, Britain's fifth largest supermarket group, delivered further bad news to investors yesterday when it issued a profits warning due to falling sales at the Kwik Save stores it acquired last year.

Outlook: Somerfield again

OH, THE agony of it for Somerfield chief executive David Simons. A year ago when the market was starting to believe the hype about the synergy benefits to be had out of the merger with Kwik Save, Somerfield shares were soaring and the company even stood on the brink of inclusion in the FTSE 100. With millions riding on share options, Mr Simons was sporting a self-satisfied grin. It said: "I told you so."

Drink: Do you really have the time to pause, down chopsticks and meditatively sample your wine?

I CALL it the Night of the Long Chopsticks. On the Saturday evening in question, when there was no one else in the house to object or suffer, I turned the kitchen into a food-and-wine matching laboratory. First step: make loads of noodles similar to those that Terry Durack proposes. OK, they were not identical to Terry's. This was a Saturday night, after all, and professional dedication could only take me so far. But the ingredients were there, and so was the crucial aspect of noodleness: soothing, slithering slurpability. On the food front, this was an entirely successful experience.

Safeway threat to bankrupt Alnwick

THE MEDIEVAL town of Alnwick threw down the gauntlet to John Prescott yesterday, demanding he bail it out of a multi-million-pound planning fiasco. The supermarket group Safeway is demanding more than pounds 4.6m compensation from Aln-wick after the Secretary of State overturned its permission for an out-of-town store.

Safeway rebuffs approach by `desperate' Somerfield

SOMERFIELD HAS approached Safeway regarding a pounds 4bn merger as it seeks new ways to compete in Britain's increasingly cut-throat supermarket sector.

Boots is Safeway price war target

SAFEWAY has raised the pressure on Boots with a price campaign on health and beauty products. The move comes as Boots braces itself for a battle with Asda on health and beauty ranges now that Asda is owned by US giant Wal-Mart.

Focus: The phoney price war

Last week supermarkets claimed that bills were tumbling. But we are still paying too much for our food

Tesco's price strategy widens market lead over Sainsbury's

CITY ANALYSTS yesterday predicted that the market share gap between Tesco and Sainsbury's will continue to grow.

Safeway recruits former Wal-Mart chief

SAFEWAY, the struggling supermarket operator, has appointed a former Wal-Mart executive as chief operating officer in a move which could seem him groomed as Colin Smith's successor as chief executive.
Kim Jong Un gives field guidance during his inspection of the Korean People's Army (KPA) Naval Unit 167
newsSouth Korean reports suggest rumours of a coup were unfounded
Arts and Entertainment
You could be in the Glastonbury crowd next summer if you follow our tips for bagging tickets this week
Life and Style
It is believed that historically rising rates of alcohol consumption have contributed to the increase
food + drink
More than 90 years of car history are coming to an end with the abolition of the paper car-tax disc
newsThis and other facts you never knew about the paper circle - completely obsolete tomorrow
Piers Morgan tells Scots they might not have to suffer living on the same island as him if they vote ‘No’ to Scottish Independence
peopleBroadcaster has a new role bringing 'the big stories that matter' to US
Arts and Entertainment
Kylie performs during her Kiss Me Once tour
musicReview: 26 years on from her first single, the pop princess tries just a bit too hard at London's O2
Life and Style
Moves to regulate e-cigarettes and similar products as medicines come amid increasing evidence of their effectiveness
healthHuge anti-smoking campaign kicks off on Wednesday
Life and Style
fashionEveryone, apparently
The erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey has already been blamed for a rise in the number of callouts to the fire brigade for people trapped in handcuffs
voicesJustine Elyot: Since Fifty Shades there's no need to be secretive about it — everyone's at it
Career Services

Day In a Page

Independent Travel
Lake Annecy
Walking in Cyprus
Victoria Falls
Prices correct as of 26 September 2014
Isis is an hour from Baghdad, the Iraq army has little chance against it, and air strikes won't help

Isis an hour away from Baghdad -

and with no sign of Iraq army being able to make a successful counter-attack
Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

Turner Prize 2014 is frustratingly timid

The exhibition nods to rich and potentially brilliant ideas, but steps back
Last chance to see: Half the world’s animals have disappeared over the last 40 years

Last chance to see...

The Earth’s animal wildlife population has halved in 40 years
So here's why teenagers are always grumpy - and it's not what you think

Truth behind teens' grumpiness

Early school hours mess with their biological clocks
Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?

Hacked photos: the third wave

Why can no one stop hackers putting celebrities' private photos online?
Royal Ballet star dubbed 'Charlize Theron in pointe shoes' takes on Manon

Homegrown ballerina is on the rise

Royal Ballet star Melissa Hamilton is about to tackle the role of Manon
Education, eduction, education? Our growing fascination with what really goes on in school

Education, education, education

TV documentaries filmed in classrooms are now a genre in their own right
It’s reasonable to negotiate with the likes of Isis, so why don’t we do it and save lives?

It’s perfectly reasonable to negotiate with villains like Isis

So why don’t we do it and save some lives?
This man just ran a marathon in under 2 hours 3 minutes. Is a 2-hour race in sight?

Is a sub-2-hour race now within sight?

Dennis Kimetto breaks marathon record
We shall not be moved, say Stratford's single parents fighting eviction

Inside the E15 'occupation'

We shall not be moved, say Stratford single parents
Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Air strikes alone will fail to stop Isis

Talks between all touched by the crisis in Syria and Iraq can achieve as much as the Tornadoes, says Patrick Cockburn
Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

Nadhim Zahawi: From a refugee on welfare to the heart of No 10

The Tory MP speaks for the first time about the devastating effect of his father's bankruptcy
Witches: A history of misogyny

Witches: A history of misogyny

The sexist abuse that haunts modern life is nothing new: women have been 'trolled' in art for 500 years
Shona Rhimes interview: Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Meet the most powerful woman in US television

Writer and producer of shows like Grey's Anatomy, Shonda Rhimes now has her own evening of primetime TV – but she’s taking it in her stride
'Before They Pass Away': Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Endangered communities photographed 'like Kate Moss'

Jimmy Nelson travelled the world to photograph 35 threatened tribes in an unashamedly glamorous style