The disruptive impact of the discount retailers has dominated global retail headlines during June, as our take of this month's key developme...
The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the...
| 2 Jan 2015
The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the way food makers do business. With multichannel playing to consumer demand for convenience, this trend seems set to accelerate in 2015. The food industry could have a challenging year ahead as it struggles to keep pace with the rate of change. Hannah Abdulla explores.
| 12 Nov 2014
It hardly even seems to count as news: the German discounters continue to make strides in the UK. The trend has been in evidence for years now, as a tight focus on price and improved ranging enable Aldi and Lidl to continue to win shoppers in their droves. This week's announcement that Aldi plans to invest heavily in the market should be viewed as a signal of intent. The Germans are coming - and their advance is likely to put even more pressure on pricing for food makers. Katy Askew reports.
| 24 Jun 2014
In a surprise move, Sainsbury's has reacted to the continued growth of discount retailers in the UK with a venture to bring the Netto banner back to the country. Sainsbury's and Netto owner Dansk Supermarked will launch a clutch of stores on a trial basis but Netto, which struggled on its previous visit to the UK, faces even stronger competitors now. Dean Best reports.
| 5 Jun 2014
Chilled ready meals is big business in the UK and it's a business still in growth. But only just about. Last year's horsemeat contamination scandal hit sales of chilled ready meals in the UK and the industry is looking at how to reignite the category. Innovation in packaging and emphasising provenance are being held up as ways to re-boot the sector. Dean Best reports.
| 28 Nov 2014
UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.
| 22 Nov 2013
Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.
| 18 Jun 2015
The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.
| 29 May 2015
The UK Food Standards Agency has issued its latest findings in the campylobacter study, revealing 73% of fresh shop-bought chickens tested positive for the bug.
| 21 May 2015
Asda is introducing a steam process, SonoSteam, to some of its chicken production in a move the retailer claims can reduce campylobacter contamination in fresh products by as much as 80%.
| 21 Apr 2015
UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.
| 23 Feb 2015
Bakkavor has announced plans to close a fresh fruit site in the UK after it lost a contract to supply a "major customer".
| 9 Dec 2014
The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.
| 1 Dec 2014
The much-awaited campylobacter tests on supermarket chicken in the UK were published this week. On the mergers and acquisitions side, Abraaj raised its bid yet again for Bisco Misr. Conversely, Danone was reported to be mulling a sale of its shares in the Yakult business and Kerry Group was reportedly looking to offload its frozen ready-meals arm in the UK. Meanwhile, Ireland's Greencore published some strong annual results. Here is the week in quotes.
| 27 Nov 2014
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.
| 7 Oct 2014
Good morning from a busy - and an ever-busier - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, just across the Thames from Parliament, where this year's IGD Convention is taking place. just-food will post live updates here throughout the day, with the latest news and views from the event.
| 15 Sep 2014
UK sausage maker Heck Foods wants to become the leading producer of upmarket bangers in the country, the private-equity firm that has become a minority investor in the company has said.
| 1 Sep 2014
Iglo Group is launching a new line of Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetable, pasta and rice products throughout the UK in a bid to capitalise on what it describes as the "current trend" for steam cooking.
| 8 Aug 2014
Snack brand Fruitypot, a subsidiary of Caterer's Choice, has announced the launch of the Vimto Jelly Pouch in the UK.
| 1 Jul 2014
Discount retailers' share of the UK grocery market will almost double by 2019, according to forecasts from industry analysts IGD.
| 11 Jun 2014
MasterChef Food has announced the launch of its first cooking kits.
| 10 Jun 2014
Gluten-free and organic firm Doves Farm plans to expand its UK sales through new product development, while also eyeing expansion in key overseas markets.
| 22 May 2014
Dairy Crest, Alpro, Mizkan Group, Asda and Sainsbury's were among the manufacturers and grocers that attended a conference in London to discuss the challenge of developing a food product that sticks in the UK grocery market.
| 7 Apr 2014
Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, has said it will create 12,000 jobs in the country in the next five years.
| 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
| 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".
| 26 Mar 2014
Aldi has been ordered to pull a TV ad in the UK after rival Asda argued the spot misled consumers.
| 24 Mar 2014
Asda, the UK supermarket arm of Wal-Mart, has confirmed it will be cutting head office jobs as part of a cost-cutting drive.
| 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.
| 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.
| 16 Jan 2015
Just two weeks into 2015 and competition among UK grocers is heating up further. Will suppliers be caught in the crossfire? Corporate restructuring firm Begbies Traynor thinks so.
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