29 November 2013
China's grocery market has been growing at a rapid pace for several years. Representing one fifth of the world's population, this emerging market has become a significant opportunity for foreign investors seeking overseas growth. Michelle Russell reports.
19 November 2013
Auchan has outlined plans to open ten to 14 stores in Russia in 2014 across its three different formats.
31 October 2013
In September last year, India's government relaxed regulations allowing foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail. One year on and the reaction from international investors has been lukewarm. Michelle Russell takes a look at why international grocery retailers have not yet taken advantage of the new rules and whether this is likely to change in the foreseeable future.
17 October 2013
French retail giant Auchan is understood to be anticipating a doubling of sales in Romania between 2012 and 2015 following the opening of its first rebranded Real store.
30 September 2013
Russia has been described as one of the most dynamically developing retail markets in the world. The advent of the recession, however, resulted in a slowdown in growth that Russia has not yet fully recovered from. While it is debatable whether Russia will fully re-establish the pace of growth it enjoyed before the credit crisis, the market is seen as an attractive one for FMCG companies.
2 September 2013
Metro Group has remained tight-lipped over reports it has held discussions to sell its Real operations in Turkey to local retailer Begendik.
30 August 2013
French retail giant Auchan saw its earnings climb in the first half of the year boosted by a one-off gain and continued growth in Asia and central and eastern Europe.
16 August 2013
Chinese retailer Sun Art Retail Group has booked an increase in first-half profit and said it will continue its store expansion in the back half of the year.
29 May 2013
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 share of a relatively stagnant market, the battle is raging on all fronts. With low overall growth, retailers are zoning in on the areas of greatest potential: online and convenience.
16 May 2013
Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, the local venture of French retailer Auchan, has booked a jump in first-quarter earnings.
23 April 2013
Competition in the French retail scene could be about to heat up, with market leader Carrefour reporting an improvement in its domestic operations. Carrefour says it has been encouraged by the results of its pricing initiative and, if the world's second largest retailer really has pulled its socks up at home, life could become tougher for its competitors.
23 April 2013
Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has launched a fondue product in France.
19 March 2013
French retail giant Auchan has recorded a drop in full-year profit due to one-off items as well as unfavourable comparisons and warned 2013 will be another "difficult" year.
18 March 2013
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.
18 March 2013
Chinese hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group, the local venture of French retailer Auchan, has recorded an increase in profits for its full-year.
8 March 2013
Carrefour's 2012 results offer signs of encouragement for the world's second-largest retailer. However, some analysts insisted much more work is needed. That is true but Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat recognises the challenges that still lie ahead.
7 March 2013
French supermarket retailer Auchan has confirmed that horse DNA has been detected in its own label meatballs and hamburgers sold in Portugal by the group's local subsidiary.
5 March 2013
Online grocery retailing in China and Thailand promises great opportunities for international supermarket groups to crack these two diverse, challenging and potentially lucrative Asian markets. Andrew Don reports.
11 February 2013
Six of France's largest retail chains have pulled products from their shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.
9 January 2013
French retail giant Auchan is to launch a banner in its domestic market dedicated to the sale of fresh produce.
18 December 2012
Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.
10 December 2012
The week's two major stories broke within hours of each other on Wednesday - Tesco admitted it was "likely" to leave the US and Germany's Intersnack snapped up United Biscuits' salty snacks business. Elsewhere, ex-Tesco CEO Terry Leahy led a private-equity buy-out of UK discounter B&M Retail and Canada's Saputo agreed to buy Dean Foods' Morningstar arm. Meanwhile, Singapore agribusiness giant Olam International found its finances under scrutiny and we interviewed the head of Nestle's operations in equatorial Africa.
6 December 2012
Under-pressure German retail giant Metro Group has sold off another tranche of stores, with French peer Auchan taking on the bulk of its Real hypermarkets outside Germany. Michelle Russell looks at why Metro has offloaded the stores and why Auchan has added more hypermarkets - a format under scrutiny - to its network.
4 December 2012
Dutch supermarket operator Makro Market has acquired a stake in Turkey retailer Uyum Foods.
3 December 2012
ConAgra Foods' deal to buy US private-label group Ralcorp Holdings last week added some spice to a pedestrian year for M&A. Staying with acquisitions in the US, Hostess Brands said it had received more than 100 bids for its assets. In Europe, Dutch retailer Ahold said it would up its cost cuts, with a focus on sourcing and promos. And in the UK, leading grocers signed up to a new code of special offers.
3 December 2012
Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.
30 November 2012
German retail giant Metro Group has sold its Real grocery chain in eastern Europe to French retailer Auchan for EUR1.1bn (US$1.4bn).
29 November 2012
German retailer Metro Group has remained silent over reports it is closer to striking a deal to sell its Real grocery chain in eastern Europe to French retailer Auchan.
28 November 2012
Germany investment company Franz Haniel & Cie has said it will reduce its stake in retail giant Metro Group in a bid to reduce debt.
26 November 2012
German retail giant Metro Group has declined to comment on reports it is in talks with several potential buyers for its Real stores in eastern Europe.