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Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy

20 March 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

17 March 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

CZECH: Ahold to buy Spar's Czech stores

11 March 2014

Ahold today (11 March) announced a deal to buy Spar International's business in the Czech Republic.

What the analysts say - Ahold faces challenges

28 February 2014

Ahold's shares rose yesterday after the retail giant's fourth-quarter margins beat market forecasts. However, some analysts believe the Dutch grocer faces challenges at home and in its biggest overseas market, the US.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold Q4 results cheer market

27 February 2014

Shares in Ahold climbed today (27 February) despite a drop in fourth-quarter net income after the Dutch retail giant's operating profit and margins came in above analyst forecasts.

just-food's 2014 outlook: International retailers continue to bring focus home

30 January 2014

The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

20 January 2014

US group Hain Celestial swooped again in the UK last week, snapping up UK rice business Tilda. Meanwhile, obesity grabbed UK headlines with warnings forecasts for the condition could have under-estimated the problem. Fonterra issued another product recall, Saputo received a boost in its bid to buy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, while our first just-food interview of 2014 saw us meet Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan.

NETHERLANDS: US hits Ahold sales, shares fall

16 January 2014

A fall in fourth-quarter sales in the US hit shares in Giant Food and Stop & Shop owner Ahold in early trade today (16 January).

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 January 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

18 November 2013

All three bidders for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory tabled revised offers this week - with the takeover target still backing Canada's Saputo. Meanwhile, Mexican food group Sigma has made a move for Spanish meats firm Campofrio. And our latest just-food interview saw Orkla CEO Age Korsvold talk about the Nordic group's plans for FMCG.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

18 November 2013

This week saw a continued focus on M&A, as further evidence of the global trend towards consoidation in the sector emerged. The battle for Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory rumbled on and Mexico's Sigma launched a takeover bid for Spain's Campofrio.

What the analysts say - Ahold Q3 and Slovakia exit

14 November 2013

Ahold shares dropped today (14 Novermber) after the Netherlands-based retailer warned its domestic market share is coming under pressure. However, a number of positives also came out of the financial update, including the announcement of a EUR1bn payout to shareholders and news that the group will exit Slovakia. Here is what the markets had to say about Ahold's mixed third-quarter news.

SLOVAKIA: Ahold offloads loss-making Slovakian business

14 November 2013

Ahold has reached a deal to sell its Slovakian operations to local retailer Condorum for an undisclosed sum.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold shares dip on domestic market share woes

14 November 2013

Shares in Ahold fell more than 5% in morning trade today (14 November) as the firm's third-quarter results raised concerns over the Dutch retailer's domestic market share.

US: Ahold adds to Peapod network

11 November 2013

Ahold has expanded its online business in the US with the opening of a new fulfillment centre in Pennsylvania.

US: Ahold expanding Peapod online businesses

20 September 2013

Netherlands-based retailer Ahold has confirmed plans to expand Peapod, its online business in the US.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold looks to improve Albert Heijn price positioning

10 September 2013

Dutch retailer Ahold is looking to improve its price positioning by slashing prices on branded goods and expanding its budget line of own-label products.

SLOVAKIA: Ahold silent on sale report

3 September 2013

Dutch retail giant Ahold has remained silent on claims it is preparing to sell its Slovakian operations.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

27 August 2013

After Lindt & Sprungli reported higher solid first-half results last week, just-food interviewed the Swiss chocolate group's CEO Ernst Tanner to discuss its growth in mature markets and its patient strategy in developing economies. New Zealand's dairy sector continued to be in the spotlight after another recall of ingredients headed in China. Elsewhere, Heinz's new owners continued their plans to streamline its business, US food firm JM Smucker made a notable move in gluten free with the acquisition of Enray and we spoke to the creator of Powerful Yogurt, a product initially devised for men in the US and now looking at broadening its consumer base and expanding overseas.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

27 August 2013

The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.

SWEDEN: Profits up, sales down at retailer ICA

23 August 2013

ICA Gruppen, the Sweden-based retailer, has reported higher profits but lower sales for the first full quarter since coming under new ownership.

On the money: Ahold to monitor pricing in "volume pressured" US

22 August 2013

Dutch retailer Ahold has said it will continue to evaluate its price positioning in the US as retailers in the country face pressure on sales volumes.

NETHERLANDS: Disposal boosts Ahold H1 earnings

22 August 2013

Ahold saw its earnings soar in the first half of the year as the Dutch retailer benefited from the disposal of its stake in ICA earlier this year.

UK/AUS: Meat firm Hilton, retail giant Woolworths expand JV

20 August 2013

The Australian venture between listed UK meat supplier Hilton Food Group and Woolworths, the country's largest retailer, is to expand, with the construction of a new plant.

US: Ahold's Stop & Shop to exit New Hampshire

7 August 2013

Ahold is to close all of its Stop & Shop stores in New Hampshire after they failed to meet the retailer's expectations.

US: A&P hires Credit Suisse to seek funding

30 July 2013

US retailer The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., which emerged from bankruptcy last year, has hired Credit Suisse to assist the company in finding additional funding.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold launches Albert Heijn airport pick up

16 July 2013

Netherlands-based retailer Ahold has revealed plans to open an Albert Heijn pick up point at the Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam.

In the spotlight: Kroger to benefit from surprise Harris Teeter deal

12 July 2013

US retail giant Kroger this week struck a deal to buy regional supermarket chain Harris Teeter in a deal worth US$2.44bn. Analysts believe the deal makes perfect sense, offering synergies and opportunities for Kroger to strengthen its position in the US retail scene. One analyst, however, believes Kroger may face competing bids before a deal is secured. Michelle Russell takes a look.

US: Kroger strikes deal to acquire Harris Teeter

9 July 2013

US retail giant Kroger has struck a deal to buy regional supermarket chain Harris Teeter in a for US$2.44bn.

US: Fitch cool on potential of US online grocery

3 July 2013

Heavy up-front investment and consumer resistance to delivery fees are likely to constrain US online grocery growth in the coming years, according to global agency Fitch Ratings.

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