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Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel re...

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?

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

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, where the majority of revenue is generated. Announcing the deal, the companies said EUR500m (US$560m) in annual synergies are on the table. But these, as and of themselves, will do little to raise the combined group's lacklustre US growth trajectory. Katy Askew looks at the impact the merger will have in the US – and whether Ahold Delhaize will deliver on their promise to drive consumer-led innovation.

Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

Dean Best | 17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Analysis: Australia closer to protecting suppliers

Ben Cooper | 11 Mar 2015

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place for manufacturers to do business? Ben Cooper reports.

Premier Foods CEO expects UK supermarket rebound

Katy Askew | 23 Jan 2015

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has predicted the UK food group's brands will be the co-beneficiaries of a rebound at the country's largest supermarkets.

Latest Interviews

Ballymaguire Foods outlines UK ready meal ambition

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2015

Irish private-label ready-meals maker Ballymaguire Foods has opened a new domestic plant it hopes will help expand its presence in the UK. The company says demand for ready meals continues to rise in Ireland and the UK and managing director Ed Spelman talks to Hannah Abdulla about the group's plans to tap into that growth.

Interview: Bell hits out at German cartel ruling

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2014

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.

Latest News

Aldi reformulates US private-label lines

Richard Siddle | 5 Oct 2015

Aldi has announced a series of changes to the core ingredients in its own-label products on sale in its US stores.

German watchdog issues fines in grocery probe

Dean Best | 18 Jun 2015

German retailers Aldi, Edeka and Rewe - plus confectioners Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG and Haribo - are among the grocers and manufacturers to be hit with fines after a probe into allegations of price fixing.

Cereal faces fresh UK criticism over sugar content

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2015

Manufacturers and retailers in the UK - including Kellogg, Sainsbury's and Aldi - have again come under fire over the high sugar content of some breakfast cereals, prompting calls for the Government-backed Responsibility Deal to be scrapped.

Food industry news of week: Marfrig, Cadbury

Dean Best | 16 Jan 2015

Brazil-based food giant Marfrig announced the surprise resignation of CEO Sergio Rial this week after just a year in the position. Another chief executive is to go at UK retailer Morrisons, with its board believing its best chance to return to growth is without Dalton Philips.

Aldi launches "affordable" UK organic veg range

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Oct 2014

German supermarket Aldi is launching a range of organic produce in its UK stores.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Oct 2014

This week, Emmi flogged its Italian Trentilatte yoghurt business, while Kellogg sold the Loma Linda brand to Atlantic Natural Foods. Elsewhere, UK baker Finsbury Food Group moved to buy local peer Fletchers Group, while US private-equity firm BBX Capital made its second confectionery acquisition in a week. At the annual IGD Convention in London, UK retail veteran Andrew Higginson caused a stir by hitting out at the country's grocers.

UK suppliers, grocers "must reset relationship"

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

Andrew Higginson, the deputy chairman of Morrisons and former Tesco finance director, has said branded suppliers and supermarkets must "reset" their relationship in a bid to revive a stagnant sector.

Discounter growth "helps Premier's smaller brands"

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

The growth of the discount and convenience channels in the UK has led to a "renaissance" for some of Premier Foods' smaller brands, Gavin Darby, the company's chief executive, said today (7 October).

Discounters' UK share to "almost double by 2019"

Dean Best | 1 Jul 2014

Discount retailers' share of the UK grocery market will almost double by 2019, according to forecasts from industry analysts IGD.

just-food's research round-up: Brazil, PepsiCo

just-food Research Team | 3 Jun 2014

PepsiCo's global growth strategy in packaged foods and whether the deterioration of economic conditions in the market will hit prospects for the food sector are included in this week's round-up of essential research from the just-food research store.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 6 May 2014

This week, trademark battles hit the headlines, with Icelandic Seachill securing an injunction against Aldi and Hershey winning a tussle over its Ice Breakers brand with Russia's United Confectioners. Elsewhere, we looked at gluten-free and its growth prospects in the Middle East and analysed the Indonesian dairy sector. Here is the week in quotes

Aldi, Icelandic Seachill in 'copycat' product war

Hannah Abdulla | 2 May 2014

Fish supplier Icelandic Seachill has won an interim court injunction in the UK against discounter Aldi over what it alleges is a "copycat" version of its The Saucy Fish Co. product.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2014

This week Cerebos Greggs announced the closure of its East Tamaki plant putting 125 jobs at risk. Job cuts were announced at Asda too as the company plans a restructure to cut costs. Ads and marketing campaigns were the centre of attention this week with Aldi getting its wrists slapped over the Swap and Save campaign and Sainsbury winning an appeal for a judicial review of Tesco's price promise. Here is the week in quotes

UPDATE: Aldi "disappointed" at ASA ad ruling

Dean Best | 26 Mar 2014

Aldi has expressed disappointment at the UK ad watchdog's decision to order the discounter to pull a TV spot comparing prices with rivals - and said complaints from rivals were "unsurprising".

UK watchdog rebukes Aldi after Asda complaint

Dean Best | 26 Mar 2014

Aldi has been ordered to pull a TV ad in the UK after rival Asda argued the spot misled consumers.

CAGE 2014: Kerry eyes growth through snacking

Dean Best | 20 Mar 2014

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy has indicated the Ireland-based food group believes increasing demand for snacking presents an opportunity to grow the company's consumer foods business.

Aldi rolls out traceable tuna in Australia

Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2014

Aldi has implemented tracking across its range of canned tuna in Australia, enabling consumers to trace product back to its sauce and ensuring that the tuna was caught in a sustainable way.

Sainsbury's posts Q4 LFL sales drop

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Sainsbury's booked its first drop in like-for-like sales in nine years this morning (18 March), when the UK retailer revealed fourth-quarter comparable revenues fell 3.8%.

Aldi, Lidl "forge ahead" in Ireland - Kantar

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are continuing their march in the Irish grocery sector, delivering double-digit growth in a declining market.

Morrisons ups price spending to fight discounters

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

UK grocer Morrisons plans to increase its investment in pricing in order to "strengthen" its competitive proposition.

Morrisons books GBP176m annual loss

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2014

Morrisons this morning (13 March) reported an annual loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m), rounding off a challenging year for the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

UPDATE: Tesco plans GBP200m investment in price

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2014

Tesco is launching an incremental investment of GBP200m (US$333.9m) to drive prices down on "essential" items as the UK's largest retailer tries improve its performance in its domestic market.

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

What retailers comply with the UK grocery code?

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

The UK's Grocery Code Adjudicator insisted it is "making a difference" and improving the relationship between retailers and suppliers at its annual conference this week.

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