n Ingredients supplier Mayfair Foods has acquired Hall Farm Merchants, a dried fruit business, with immediate effect. “We feel the acquisition of Hall Farm Merchants’ business fits the dynamics of Mayfair Foods,” said a spokesperson for the company, who added that it was looking to make further acquisitions.n The Office of National Statistics (ONS) revealed last week that the Retail Price Index, the most familiar domestic measure of inflation in the UK, has risen to 4.1%. According to ONS, the rate of inflation grew, due to pressure from petrol and food prices. The government’s target measure was 2.2% in January, up from 2.1% in December.n To celebrate Fairtrade Fortnight 2008, which runs from 25 February to 9 March, Waitrose is offering customers 20% off selected Fairtrade products. These include Balance Foods Fairtrade Rice Cakes, Doves Farm Flapjacks, Waitrose Organic Fairtrade Fruit and Nuts Chewy Bars and selected Traidcraft Cookies.n UK companies say that a more difficult economy in 2008 is having a direct impact on their efforts to save energy. An annual survey, conducted by YouGov for energy company EON, found that 71% of senior business leaders predict that the UK is either heading for, or already in, a recession and nearly half say that this will impact their ability to be ’greener’ by cutting back on the time and resources they dedicate to saving energy.