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Focus: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to te...

Retailers look to China for growth opportunities

China's grocery market has been growing at a rapid pace for several years. Representing one fifth of the world's population, this emerging m...

Comment: French grocers in convenience battle

The French food retail sector is notoriously competitive and hard to operate in. As the country's retail giants slug it out for a higher sha...

Analysis: Carrefour ups heat with price cuts

Competition in the French retail scene could be about to heat up, with market leader Carrefour reporting an improvement in its domestic oper...

Latest Interviews

Focus: Russian retailer Dixy's prudent expansion 18 Mar 2013

Katy Askew

Dixy significantly beefed up its presence in Russia's food retail sector when it acquired local peer Victoria Group two years ago. While the company still has its foot on the throttle, with some ambitious plans to expand over the next three years, Dixy's attention has now turned to a lower-capital intensive organic growth phase. Katy Askew spoke to Dixy's head of investor relations Natalya Belyavskaya to find out more.


The just-food interview - the WWF and palm oil 29 Oct 2009

Dean Best

How to source palm oil is vexing the minds of many in the food industry. Growing consumer awareness of the links between palm oil, deforestation, the threat to wildlife and products on supermarket shelves is encouraging manufacturers and retailers to look for sustainable sources. However, only a few have grasped the nettle and, as Adam Harrison, senior food and agriculture officer for the WWF tells Dean Best, the industry needs to do much, much more - and quickly.

Latest News

French retailers sign up to supplier charter 11 Nov 2014

Peter Crosskey

French retailers are lining up to show their support for the introduction of a national charter for responsible supplier relations.


Food industry news of week: Yildiz, Dairy Crest 7 Nov 2014

Dean Best

United Biscuits is set for a new owner - Turkey's Yildiz Holding. The UK-based snacks maker announced this week brands including McVitie's and BN would join Godiva chocolate in the Yildiz portfolio. The M&A spotlight was firmly on the UK last week, with German giant Müller striking a deal to buy Dairy Crest's liquid milk assets - competition approval pending.


French watchdog to probe retail buying pacts 6 Nov 2014

Peter Crosskey

The French competition authorities today (6 November) announced two distinct lines of inquiry into the planned purchasing partnerships between Casino and Intermarche and between Auchan and Systeme U.


Food industry quotes of the week: Chiquita, SIAL 24 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

A busy week in the food industry calendar, with the SIAL exhibition in Paris, ended with a shock announcement: Chiquita Brands International's shareholders rejected the company's plan to merge with Ireland's Fyffes. Elsewhere, we heard third-quarter updates from Unilever, Premier Foods and Mead Johnson.


Bongrain hits out at French grocers' buying JVs 21 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Major suppliers operating in France will lose money from the two buying partnership deals announced by four of the country's largest grocers, a senior executive at dairy group Bongrain has said.

Latest blogs

Auchan strikes another purchasing deal with retail rival 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Just weeks after announcing a purchasing tie-up in France with local rival Systeme U, Auchan has outlined an international agreement with Germany's Metro Group.


International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal 15 Sep 2014

Dean Best

France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands.

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