Pitch update

Waitrose has left every agency without a retail account wondering just how to break on to its pitchlist.

Lucky ones so far are understood to include: CHI & Partners, Bartle Bogle Hegarty, Kitcatt Nohr Alexander Shaw and the incumbent, Miles Calcraft Briginshaw Duffy. CHI's current relationship with Ocado, the Waitrose delivery service, certainly shouldn't do its cause any harm.

Also on the food front, the US doughnut manufacturer Krispy Kreme has been in talks with UK agencies from its Surrey office. However, the company denies it's a full-scale agency search just yet.

Royal Caribbean Cruises has begun its hunt for a global agency. With the winter nights drawing in, many will want a shy at this. Shortlisters include DraftFCB, JWT, TBWA and Saatchi & Saatchi.

So following the mystery of the £17 million UK financial services brief kicking around at Creative Brief, we can now reveal that it is Axa which is hunting for an advertising agency to promote the UK brand following a media review earlier this year.

Walker Media has pulled out of the BT media pitch. The agency's decision leaves Mediaedge:cia, Starcom and Vizeum to contest the business.

Finally, the Dubai-based property company Emaar is in the first stage of chemistry meetings, while the Turkish bank Finansbank is in talks with UK digital agencies.

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