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Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the pas...

How global retailers target emerging markets

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these cou...

Briefing: Poland's online grocery promise

Dean Best | 30 Jan 2015

Western Europe has been at the forefront of the development of online food retailing but the channel has taken root further east – notably in Poland, with the country seen as having the most advanced grocery e-commerce sector in central and eastern Europe. Dean Best analyses the market.

Shopper trends: Finding a path to growth in 2015

Anne Lefranc, IRI European marketing director | 2 Jan 2015

In such a price-focused environment, manufacturers will need to find innovative ways to grow in 2015. Data, IRI's Anne Lefranc argues, will be central to these strategies.

Focus: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers

Dean Best | 15 Oct 2014

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to team up on purchasing. And the country's food manufacturers are not happy.

Retailers look to China for growth opportunities

Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 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.

Latest Interviews

Focus: Russian retailer Dixy's prudent expansion

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 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.

The just-food interview - the WWF and palm oil

Dean Best | 29 Oct 2009

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 grocers to test rival nutrition labels

Stuart Todd | 30 Oct 2015

French retail body, the La Fédération des Entreprises du Commerce et de la Distribution, has unveiled its own voluntary labelling scheme, which it is planning to test by the end of the year before a full roll-out in 2016.

French retailers sign up to supplier charter

Peter Crosskey | 11 Nov 2014

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

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

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

Peter Crosskey | 6 Nov 2014

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

Katy Askew | 24 Oct 2014

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

Dean Best | 21 Oct 2014

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.

E Europe, Asia offset home challenge for Auchan

Dean Best | 10 Mar 2014

Auchan, the French retail giant, has reported higher annual sales and earnings for 2013 but saw domestic sales fall.

Profits jump at China's Sun Art Retail

Dean Best | 3 Mar 2014

Sun Art Retail Group, the Chinese retailer, saw its profits climb more than 15% in 2013 as new stores boosted sales and the company's buying negotiations helped margins.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Feb 2014

Sales growth at Hain Celestial fell slightly short of expectations, prompting the question of whether the natural and organic group is trying to run before it can walk. Elsewhere analysts picked up on Wal-Mart's failure to impress with its quarterly figures. Kellogg results also fell short and CEO John Bryant insisted the initial start-up costs of Project K will pay off in the long term.

French retailer Auchan to shed 300 jobs

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Feb 2014

Auchan has confirmed it will cut 300 jobs at its hypermarkets in France by 2017 as part of moves to shake up the way it staffs its stores.

Auchan set for eight-store opening on Reunion Isl.

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jan 2014

Auchan has signed an agreement with two local businesses to open eight stores on Reunion Island off east Africa.

Auchan plays down Belarus entry talk

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jan 2014

French retailer Auchan has sought to play down speculation it is to open its first hypermarket in Belarus in 2015.

Auchan ordered to sell batch of Polish real stores

Dean Best | 22 Jan 2014

Poland's competition watchdog has ordered Auchan to sell a clutch of Real hypermarkets in the country as part of its approval for the French retail giant's acquisition of the business from Metro Group.

Auchan outlines Russia expansion plans for 2014

Dean Best | 19 Nov 2013

Auchan has outlined plans to open ten to 14 stores in Russia in 2014 across its three different formats.

Auchan looks to "double" Romania sales

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 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.

Metro silent over "Turkey Real sale talks"

Michelle Russell | 2 Sep 2013

Metro Group has remained tight-lipped over reports it has held discussions to sell its Real operations in Turkey to local retailer Begendik.

One-off gains boost Auchan H1

Michelle Russell | 30 Aug 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.

H1 earnings climb at Chinese retailer Sun Art

Michelle Russell | 16 Aug 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.

Sun Art Retail Q1 profit up

Michelle Russell | 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.

Lindt launches chocolate fondue in France

Dean Best | 23 Apr 2013

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli has launched a fondue product in France.

Auchan profit slides, warns of "tough" year ahead

Michelle Russell | 19 Mar 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.

Sun Art Retail profits grow in 2012

Michelle Russell | 18 Mar 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.

Latest blogs

Auchan strikes another purchasing deal with retail rival

Dean Best | 24 Oct 2014

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

Dean Best | 15 Sep 2014

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.

Company research

Auchan Polska Sp zoo in Retailing (Poland)

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Auchan Polska Sp zoo wishes to focus its operational strategy on offering the lowest possible prices, providing customers with broad product assortment and the highest quality customer service. With r...

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Auchan Magyarorszag KFT in Retailing (Hungary)

Auchan Magyarorszag KFT in Retailing (Hungary)

After the successful integration of numerous hypermarkets formerly operated under the Cora banner during 2013, Auchan has been able to strengthen its position through entering into partnerships with l...

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Agricultural Products in Hungary

Agricultural Products in Hungary

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