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Talking shop – Disruptive discounters dominate

The disruptive impact of the discount retailers has dominated global retail headlines during June, as our take of this month's key developme...

Focus: Will synergies lift Ahold Delhaize in US?

The merger between European retailers Ahold and Delhaize is significant because it will allow the group's to scale up in the key US market,...


Focus: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale

Dean Best | 20 Mar 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.


What the analysts say - Ahold faces challenges

Dean Best | 28 Feb 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.


2014 outlook: International retail trends

Glynn Davis | 30 Jan 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.


2013: discounters, multichannel key grocery themes

Dean Best | 6 Jan 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.

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Full steam ahead for Hakon with ICA deal

Michelle Russell | 12 Feb 2013

Sweden-based retailer ICA now has one owner after Ahold, the Dutch retail giant and its largest shareholder, sold out to venture partner Hakon Invest, the Swedish investment fund. Michelle Russell spoke with Hakon CFO Göran Blomberg about Hakon's strategy for the business and the benefits he hopes the deal will bring.


Sustainability Watch – Ahold

Ben Cooper | 28 Apr 2011

Netherlands-based food retail group Ahold has recently committed itself to a range of sustainability targets. Speaking with Ben Cooper for this month's Sustainability Watch, Ahold's executive vice president and chief corporate governance counsel, Lodewijk Hijmans van den Bergh, expands on the company's approach to sustainability and the need to balance ambition and pragmatism.

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News of the week – Ferrero & Thorntons

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

This week has been bumper for food sector M&A. Ferrero announced that it is gobbling up UK chocolate maker Thorntons. JBS is taking control of Moy Park from heavily indebted Brazilian meat group Marfrig. Grupo Bimbo also announced it has purchased parts of Spanish baker Panrico. Meanwhile, in the world of retail, Delhaize and Ahold revealed plans to combine. Here is just-food's top news and insight coverage from this week.


Czech organic food firm Spojené Farmy set for sale

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

Spojené Farmy, a Czech supplier of organic food, is set to be sold to CPI Property Group, a local real estate company.


Divine Chocolate wins US major retailer listings

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 2014

Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced listings at a number of US mainstream retailers.


Hilton shares slide on meat firm's outlook

Dean Best | 9 Sep 2014

Shares in Hilton Food Group dropped today (9 September) after the UK meat supplier's guidance for the rest of 2014 prompted analysts to downgrade their forecasts.


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

Dean Best | 17 Mar 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.


Ahold to buy Spar's Czech stores

Dean Best | 11 Mar 2014

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


Ahold Q4 results cheer market

Dean Best | 27 Feb 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.


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Dean Best | 20 Jan 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.


US hits Ahold sales, shares fall

Dean Best | 16 Jan 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).


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Dean Best | 18 Nov 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

Katy Askew | 18 Nov 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.


Ahold offloads loss-making Slovakian business

Katy Askew | 14 Nov 2013

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


Ahold shares dip on domestic market share woes

Katy Askew | 14 Nov 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.


Ahold adds to Peapod network

Dean Best | 11 Nov 2013

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


Ahold expanding Peapod online businesses

Katy Askew | 20 Sep 2013

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


Ahold looks to improve Albert Heijn price position

Katy Askew | 10 Sep 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.


Ahold silent on Slovakian sale report

Katy Askew | 3 Sep 2013

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


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

Dean Best | 27 Aug 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

Michelle Russell | 27 Aug 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.


Profits up, sales down at retailer ICA

Harjit Abbi | 23 Aug 2013

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


Disposal boosts Ahold H1 earnings

Michelle Russell | 22 Aug 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.


Meat firm Hilton, Oz retailer Woolworths expand JV

Dean Best | 20 Aug 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.

Latest blogs

Ahold, Delhaize tie-up creates competitive US giant

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2015

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond


Talk of merger between Ahold and Delhaize returns

Dean Best | 11 May 2015

Over the weekend, there were fresh claims Europe-based food retailers Ahold and Delhaize are in discussions to join forces.

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