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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...

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in...


Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in 2014. But what about the opportunities in Europe? The UK, home to its own well developed gluten-free category, also attracts column inches and, despite some concerns about the maturation of the market still offers opportunities. On the continent, a clutch of western European countries are home to categories at different stages of development. In the first part of our management briefing looking at Europe's gluten-free sector, we provide a run-down of the region's major markets - and hint at the countries to watch.


Ben Cooper | 17 Jun 2015

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.


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.


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.

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John Shepherd | 5 Jul 2016

Since setting up their baby food business from their home in Northern Ireland in 2009, husband-and-wife founders of Heavenly Tasty Organics James Blair and Shauna McCarney-Blair have seen the firm go from strength to strength. Now the firm is about to launch its range of snack products in Asia. James Blair, operations director, tells John Shepherd about the firms latest expansion plans.


Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2014

Ambitious dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free aims to "dominate" the world market for dairy-free milk chocolate by expanding in new markets and increasing its exposure to the supermarket channel.

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Dean Best | 18 Nov 2015

Carrefour has launched a line of own-label vegetarian products in France, with the retailer saying it is the first grocer in its domestic market to roll out a private-label range in the category.


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.


Dean Best | 1 Jun 2015

Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.


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.


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.


Katy Askew | 14 Jul 2014

Two key themes were once again in evidence on our pages this week: the importance of securing the supply chain in a world where commodities are becoming more hotly contested and the task of leveraging areas of growth in developed and developing markets.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 Apr 2014

Carrefour's Greek franchisee Marinopoulos has announced its intention to acquire 42 stores of the Larisa Super Market chain.


Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2014

France's Carrefour is reportedly in talks with Bharti Group over a potential joint venture in India.


Dean Best | 10 Apr 2014

Carrefour this morning (10 April) posted a mixed set of first-quarter sales that led to group revenue dropping almost 4%, although the decline met analyst expectations.


Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2014

Indian political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is expected to lead the country's next government, has said it plans to ban foreign supermarkets from entering its retail sector.


Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

Spain-based discounter Dia has reportedly hired bankers to look at the potential sale of its operations in France.


Katy Askew | 28 Mar 2014

Middle Eastern retailer Majid Al Futtaim has detailed an EGP16.5bn (US$2.36bn) five-year investment plan for Egypt, which will include the opening of 32 Carrefour outlets as well as three new shopping malls.


Katy Askew | 21 Mar 2014

UK retailer Tesco has confirmed that it will invest GBP85m (US$132m) to establish a multi-brand retail joint venture with Trent Ltd, part of the Tata Group, in India.


Dean Best | 18 Mar 2014

Carrefour has sealed a deal to buy 128 stores in France from regional retailer Coop Alsace.


Katy Askew | 14 Mar 2014

French retail giant Carrefour is reportedly looking at raising BRL5bn (US$2.1bn) through the sale of a stake in its Brazilian unit.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2014

Sugar again grabbed the headlines after the World Health Organization revised its guidance on how much of the ingredient to consume. Elsewhere, a US retailer with over 2,400 stores could be created after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.


Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Lidi is to spend EUR180m in Spain this year on new stores, improving ranges in existing outlets and opening another warehouse in the country.


Dean Best | 5 Mar 2014

Carrefour, the world's second-largest retailer, today (5 March) reported higher 2013 profits as investment helped boost sales in France - with the company pledging to up spending this year.


Dean Best | 5 Mar 2014

Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat today (5 March) indicated the retailer will announce a decision on the future ownership of its business in Brazil next year.


Dean Best | 5 Mar 2014

Carrefour has admitted its moves into China's tier-two and tier-three cities have not paid off to the extent the retail giant hoped.


Dean Best | 20 Jan 2014

This week, we interviewed the boss of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods, which saw sales jump last year, helped by the horsemeat saga. We also spoke to the chair of the National Obesity Forum after its report warned forecasts on UK obesity rates may have under-estimated the problem. Elsewhere, Fonterra was caught up in another recall, Saputo received a boost in its bid to buy Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Hain Celestial swooped to acquire UK rice firm Tilda.

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Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.


Dean Best | 2 Jan 2014

On Monday (30 December), India's foreign investment watchdog reportedly cleared Tesco's move to become the first overseas retailer to run multi-brand retail outlets. Industry watchers are now looking to see which other multinational could follow in the UK grocer's footsteps.

Company research

Carrefour SA in Packaged Food (France)

Carrefour SA in Packaged Food (France)

Carrefour SA wishes to follow two main paths with regard to its future development. The company will not give up the hypermarket format; quite the opposite, in fact....

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Grocery Retailers in Argentina

Grocery Retailers in Argentina

In 2014 declining purchasing power and the economic crisis had a strong impact on the consumption habits of Argentineans, who favoured sales in cash and carry chains such as Vital, Diarco and Makro. T...

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ONLINE GROCERY REPORT 2015 - EUROPE

ONLINE GROCERY REPORT 2015 - EUROPE

Unlike in the US, where new start ups such as meal solution providers, takeaway delivery services and online farmers markets such as Plated, Grub Hub and Good Eggs or the delivery start ups Instacart...

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