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In the spotlight: UK discount retailer Poundland 5 May 2010

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For those of you who thought the discount retail bubble had burst in the UK, think again.


In the spotlight: Bond bows out as Asda boss 12 Apr 2010

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In a shock announcement today (12 March), Wal-Mart revealed that Andy Bond is stepping down as chief executive of Asda. The news has raised many an eyebrow in the world of UK retail, as it comes hot on the heels of speculation that Asda is gearing up for a major acquisition and ahead of a highly-anticipated investor meeting. Bond's departure – and the appointment of his successor – will prove telling not only for Asda but also for the landscape of the UK's retail sector, Katy Humphries suggests.


In the spotlight - Tereos goes global 1 Apr 2010

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The lure of the world's emerging markets was demonstrated again this week when one of Europe's biggest sugar producers set out its stall to become one of the planet's biggest food ingredient suppliers.


In the spotlight: Ocado's pre-IPO obstacles 26 Mar 2010

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Online grocery retailer Ocado reported a strong rise in sales this week and managed to narrow its losses. But as it contemplates a possible IPO later in the year, Ben Cooper writes, the UK firm will have to answer some tough questions about its profitability and most critically about its relationship with Waitrose.


In the spotlight: Metro's upbeat outlook 17 Mar 2010

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German retailer Metro Group today (17 March) posted declining earnings for 2009. However, the company also unveiled a major shake-up of management at its wholesale unit and insisted that cost cuts and investment in emerging markets positioned it well for future growth. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: China tries again on food safety reform 12 Mar 2010

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Food safety in China has been placed centre stage this week as the authorities in Beijing once again look to ensure the security of the country's food supply. The challenge has been highlighted by numerous safety scares and there are safety issues with Chinese produced food from farm to fork. But, in such an extensive and segmented market, can regulators hope to overhaul food production practices at every point down the supply chain? Dominique Patton reports.


In the spotlight: Casino sees home challenge 5 Mar 2010

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French retailer Casino posted a mixed set of results yesterday (4 March), with a strong performance overseas failing to offset weakness in its domestic market. While Casino is eyeing growth in Latin America and Asia to fuel its top-line, the group will nevertheless hope that some new initiatives will boost its performance at home in the year to come. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - Campbell's US soup business 26 Feb 2010

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With much of the eastern parts of the US hit by the coldest weather for years in recent weeks, soup makers would appear well-placed to prosper.


In the spotlight - what lies ahead for Premier Foods? 17 Feb 2010

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After a tumultuous few years, Premier Foods claims it is now ready to focus on organic growth. The UK food group, owner of brands like Hovis, Mr Kipling and Quorn, has drawn a line under years of restructuring and now wants to use its brands to drive sales and earnings growth. However, some industry watchers remain anxious about the future of the business. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - PepsiCo 12 Feb 2010

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PepsiCo's pronouncements on plans for a health drive comes at an opportune time, with Michelle Obama this week launching her own campaign to tackle obesity. However, Indra Nooyi's comments on the business case for the company's strategy demonstrate a long-term commitment to portfolio change - rather than a short-term fix designed to combat NGO and campaigner criticism. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight – Paul Polman's first year at Unilever 4 Feb 2010

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A year on under the leadership of Paul Polman and Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever has a lot to be happy about.


In the spotlight: Dalton Philips set for Morrisons top job 29 Jan 2010

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The surprise appointment of Loblaw COO Dalton Philips as Morrisons chief executive has prompted a measured response in the market. Impressive CV aside, Philips remains a relatively unknown quantity in UK retailing, prompting analysts and investors alike to adopt a 'wait and see' approach. Nevertheless, the question on everyone's lips is whether Philips will usher in a new strategic direction at the UK's fourth-largest supermarket group. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - E.Leclerc leads way in France 22 Jan 2010

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Carrefour and Casino may have reported some under-par domestic sales but E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, is thriving amid the downturn. 2010 is looking to be just as challenging for French retailers as 2009 but, as Dean Best reports, Leclerc is well placed to continue to see off competition from its multinational competitors.


In the spotlight: Japanese food retail 8 Jan 2010

Column: In the spotlight

For many of Japan's largest food retailers, the current fiscal year has become the stage for a tale of woe. The weakness in the Japanese economy has translated into declining consumer spending in what elsewhere in the world has proven a relatively resilient sector – food. Nevertheless, there are those who have been able to buck the trend. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - TreeHouse Foods branches out 22 Dec 2009

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TreeHouse Foods, a business not even five years old, has built a strong presence in the US private-label space. After a spate of acquisitions in 2006 and 2007, the downturn has fuelled the company's growth but, with the big brand-owners competing aggressively, TreeHouse has again reached for the chequebook. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - Kroger 11 Dec 2009

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CEOs rarely publicly admit their mistakes but, this week, David Dillion, boss of US retail giant Kroger did just that after the company slashed its profit forecast and sent its shares tumbling. However, while Wall Street may be concerned that Kroger is cutting prices and investing in margin to stay competitive, some industry watchers believe that the retailer remains on the right track. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - Delhaize eyes top-line gains 3 Dec 2009

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The launch of Delhaize's “new game plan” has been widely welcomed by the market and the Belgium-based retailer's share price has responded accordingly. The plan aims to drive sales growth by investing in pricing and expanding in new markets and low-cost formats, a strategy that is to be funded through the company's ambitious cost cutting programme. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: Tyson in buoyant mood 24 Nov 2009

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For a company that was posting spiralling losses, Tyson Foods was surprisingly upbeat during the group's conference call with analysts. With a solid performance from three of its four major business units, management had cause for optimism. The question, then, is whether Tyson can turnaround the fortunes of its troubled chicken segment. Incoming CEO Donnie Smith certainly thinks so. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight – Marc Bolland's move to M&S 18 Nov 2009

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The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - Wal-Mart 23 Oct 2009

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The size and scope of Wal-Mart means that its annual meetings with analysts take place across two days. This week, the investment community heard the latest thoughts from the world's largest retailer and what they heard, particularly with regard to the US, would not have made happy reading for Wal-Mart's rivals. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - The Co-operative Group 16 Oct 2009

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Peter Marks, the chief executive of UK retailer The Co-operative Group, had reason to smile when he addressed the country's grocery members on Tuesday (13 October).


In the spotlight - the race for Super de Boer 9 Oct 2009

Column: In the spotlight

It is a story that is changing by the day but one thing seems certain - Dutch retailer Super de Boer is set to have a new owner. After struggling for much of the 2000s, the business is ending the decade as one of the European food sector's big M&A stories of the year. And, as Dean Best reports, champagne corks are likely to be popping at its majority owner, France's Groupe Casino.


In the spotlight: Waitrose, the comeback kid 24 Sep 2009

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Upmarket retailer Waitrose has emerged from the economic downturn as - currently - the fastest-growing retailer in the UK. Katy Humphries examines the key to its success.


In the Spotlight - EU Agriculture Commissioner 15 Sep 2009

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The announcement this weekend by European Union’s Agriculture Commissioner Mariann Fischer Boel that she is standing down has sparked intense speculation on her potential replacement.


In the Spotlight - Hain Celestial 27 Aug 2009

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For a company with a significant portion of its business in organic food, it should come as little surprise that Hain Celestial, the maker of brands including Rice Dream and Linda McCartney, has fallen short of expectations over the last 12 months. The US food group insists it has the credentials to grow in the year ahead - but is its confidence justified? Dean Best reports.


In the Spotlight - Paul Foley and Aldi UK 13 Aug 2009

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Just two months ago, at a retail conference in London, Paul Foley, the then head of Aldi's operations in the UK and Ireland, was insisting the discounter's newly-won shoppers would stick around, even when the economy recovers.


In The Spotlight – Dean Foods 6 Aug 2009

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Dean Foods booked strong second-quarter earnings this week and said that it is on track to deliver cost savings of US$300m over the next three years. However, the US dairy giant's management sounded a note of caution on the likelihood of higher input costs and competitive pressures. Katy Humphries takes a look at some of the challenges that may be in store for the company.


In the Spotlight - Food on the Moon 23 Jul 2009

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With the fortieth anniversary of Apollo 11 being marked this week, the technological advances made through space exploration have been in the spotlight. As in so many fields, the NASA space programme has been a catalyst for significant strides in food technology and, Ben Cooper writes, space exploration offers the potential for further progress.


In the Spotlight – General Mills 10 Jun 2009

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Despite the current tough operating environment, General Mills is delivering strong results and, earlier this week, the US cereal maker upped its full-year earnings guidance. Katy Humphries takes a look at where management has got it right and the challenges that may lie ahead.


In The Spotlight - Findus Group 5 Jun 2009

Column: In the spotlight

UK frozen food sales have benefited from the recession, with cash-conscious consumers turning away from chilled foods to the freezer cabinet. Young's and Birds Eye have enjoyed success and now another household name - Findus - wants a slice of the action. Young's and Findus are stablemates in the newly-named Findus Group and, under a new CEO, the business is aiming high. Dean Best reports.

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