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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...

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

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.

Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

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.

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.

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.

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Moo Free aims to "dominate" dairy-free chocolate

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.

R&R chief: We can be real alternative to Unilever

Dean Best | 10 Apr 2013

James Lambert, CEO of UK-based R&R Ice Cream, has suggested the company's plan to buy local rival Fredericks Dairies will give retailers a "real alternative" to market leader Unilever.

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Carrefour claims French first with veggie line

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.

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.

RSPO palm oil standards get industry criticism

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.

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.

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.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

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.

Carrefour franchisee to add 42 stores to portfolio

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Apr 2014

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

Carrefour, Bharti "in talks" over tie-up

Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2014

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

Carrefour Q1 sales down but meet analyst forecasts

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.

BJP plans to ban foreign supermarkets in India

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.

Dia "mulls potential sale of French stores"

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

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

Majid Al Futtaim plans Egyptian expansion

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.

Tesco to invest GBP85m in Tata JV in India

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.

Carrefour seals Coop Alsace stores deal

Dean Best | 18 Mar 2014

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

Carrefour "in talks" over Brazil stake sale

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.

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week

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.

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

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.

Lidl plans Spain store, distribution offensive

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.

Investment lifts Carrefour profits in 2013

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.

Carrefour to make Brazil IPO decision by early '15

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.

Carrefour admits expansion challenges in China

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.

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

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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Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

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

India regulator clears Tesco investment. Will Carrefour be next?

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 in Turkey: Local Profile, 2013

Carrefour in Turkey: Local Profile, 2013

This is a detailed report covering Carrefour’s store formats, private labels, history, key employees, and key financial and operational metrics in Turkey....

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Carrefour Indonesia PT in Retailing (Indonesia)

Carrefour Indonesia PT in Retailing (Indonesia)

Following the acquisition by well-established Indonesian business empire CT Corp, Carrefour is likely to continue its outlet expansion over the forecast period. Aiming at double-digit annual growth, o...

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Carrefour (China) Hypermarket Co Ltd in Retailing (China)

Carrefour (China) Hypermarket Co Ltd in Retailing (China)

Given the economic slowdown in China, Carrefour will be more cautious about the development of its hypermarkets. However, the focus on product quality will not change as the company continues to stren...

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