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Fans stockpile Irn-Bru before recipe change

It is often called Scotland’s favourite beverage, with a distinctive caramel colour and heady taste derived from a 106-year-old recipe. So it comes as no surprise that attempts to meddle with the ingredients of Irn-Bru have prompted outrage. More than 9,000 people have signed a “Hands off our Irn-Bru” …

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Waitrose bans sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to under-16s

Waitrose is to ban the sale of high-caffeine energy drinks to children aged under 16.The supermarket said customers buying drinks containing more than 150mg of caffeine per litre would be asked to prove their age from 5 March.It follows concerns over the impact of sugar and caffeine on children.The …

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Debenhams shares dive after weak Christmas trade

Department store chain Debenhams’ shares have sunk 15% after it warned that annual profits would be lower than expected because of disappointing trading over the key Christmas period. The retailer said underlying pre-tax profits were now likely to be between £55m and £65m this year. Analysts had been expecting …

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Canadian cannabis grower Aurora heads to Europe

A Canadian marijuana maker is set to sell cannabis in several European countries after striking a deal with Denmark’s biggest tomato producer.Aurora Cannabis is partnering with Alfred Pedersen & Son to produce cannabis for medical use in Europe.The greenhouses used for tomatoes can be converted to grow the drug …

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Post-Brexit farming funding set out by Michael Gove

Plans for the way farming subsidies will be dealt with after Brexit have been set out by Michael Gove.Farmers will receive payments for “public goods”, such as access to the countryside and planting meadows.The environment secretary told farmers the government would guarantee subsidies at the current EU level until …

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Meltdown and Spectre: How chip hacks work

Media playback is unsupported on your device As technology companies race to fix two major vulnerabilities found in computer chips, the ways in which those chips could theoretically be targeted by hackers are becoming clear. Collectively, Meltdown and Spectre affect billions of systems around the world – from desktop …

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