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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...

Shopper trends: Finding a path to growth in 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...


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.


On the money: Market buys into Casino's confidence

Dean Best | 18 Feb 2014

Casino's share price has been on something of a rollercoaster in the early weeks of 2014. However, the French retailer's 2013 results and optimism for the months ahead seemed to be echoed by the market today (18 February) with its stock recovering some of the ground it had lost since the start of the year.


2014 outlook: International retail trends

Glynn Davis | 30 Jan 2014

The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.


Brazil briefing: Global retailers battle it out

Michelle Russell | 30 Aug 2013

As the fifth-largest country in the world, Brazil is simply too big a market for food retailers to ignore. And with a population of around 190m, the potential for growth and expansion in a market of this size is tremendous. However, for international retailers in the country, it has proved a tough nut to crack.

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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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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.


Currency exchange weighs on Casino sales

Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2014

French retailer Casino has seen a drop in total first-quarter sales despite organic gains as currency translation weighed on the top line.


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

Dean Best | 24 Feb 2014

This week, the annual CAGNY investment conference took place in the US, with leading FMCG companies discussing their strategy and outlook for their businesses. One of those, PepsiCo, found itself in the spotlight again after activist investor Nelson Peltz called - not for the first time - for the group to split in two. Elsewhere, US beef jerky firm Jack Link's snapped up Unilever's meat snacks arm and Ian McLeod, the MD of Coles, said he would step down after a successful five years at Australia's number two grocer.


Casino 2013 profits up, "confident" on 2014

Dean Best | 18 Feb 2014

French retailer Casino today (18 February) reported a near-10% rise in underlying annual profits and expressed "confidence" in its growth prospects for 2014, helping its shares to recover recent lost ground.


Exito to acquire 50 Super Inter stores

Katy Askew | 10 Feb 2014

Colombian retailer Exito has struck a deal to buy 50 Super Inter stores in a move it said would "consolidate" its "leadership" position in the country's grocery retail market.


Overseas markets continue to boost Casino

Dean Best | 15 Jan 2014

French retail giant Casino has reported a near-6% increase in annual sales as growth overseas offset a challenging year at home.


M&S coy over Casino store talk

Michelle Russell | 25 Nov 2013

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has remained tight-lipped over claims it is looking to acquire a batch of stores in France from retail giant Casino.


Carrefour in talks to buy local grocer Coop Alsace

Dean Best | 31 Oct 2013

Carrefour is in discussions to buy French regional retailer Coop Alsace.


Casino to buy Le Mutant stores in SW France

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Casino has agreed to buy over 40 Le Mutant outlets and struck a licencing deal with the chain's owner in the north of the country.


Casino claims "improvement" in France in Q3

Dean Best | 15 Oct 2013

Casino has booked an increase in third-quarter sales, with its stores in Latin America and Asia again offsetting lower revenues in France - although the retailer claimed positive signs from its domestic business.


Casino chief Naouri set for CBD chairman role

Michelle Russell | 24 Sep 2013

Jean-Charles Nouri, chief executive of Casino, looks set to become chairman of CBD, the Brazilian retailer that the French grocer controls.


Diniz to exit Brazil retailer CBD, focus on BRF

Katy Askew | 9 Sep 2013

Brazilian investor Abilio Diniz will stand down as chairman of Casino-controlled retailer CBD, bringing to an end disputes between the two over the business his family founded.


Casino expansion offsets weak LFL sales in France

Dean Best | 25 Jul 2013

Casino has booked higher half-year profits helped by a jump in international earnings but the French grocer's numbers also revealed continued challenges at home.


French retailer Systeme U enters Andorra

Michelle Russell | 11 Jul 2013

French retailer Système U has entered Andorra through the acquisition of two former Casino-owned Monoprix stores.


Casino's Monoprix acquisition cleared

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2013

France's competition watchdog has cleared Casino's bid to take full control of convenience chain Monoprix.


Casino buys Norma c-stores

Katy Askew | 28 May 2013

French retailer Casino has received regulatory approval to buy 38 convenience stores from discounter Groupe Norma.


Casino seeks fresh arbitration over Diniz

Dean Best | 2 May 2013

The ongoing spat between French retailer Casino and Brazilian tycoon Abilio Diniz has taken a twist with the company seeking arbitration over the businessman's role at food giant Brasil Foods.


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

Michelle Russell | 22 Apr 2013

The industry's first-quarter results continued to pour in last week and two of France's leading retailers, Carrefour and Casino revealed sales figures that got analysts talking. Carrefour appeared pleased with its domestic performance, while Casino was encouraged by the results of recent pricing initiatives. Elsewhere, Tesco finally confirmed its plans to exit the US and revealed it had received and was pursuing interest in the business.


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

Dean Best | 22 Apr 2013

Major food manufacturers began to report their first-quarter results last week. Nestle came under scrutiny for its performance in emerging markets. A cautious Danone saw signs of improvement from its European dairy operations, while its infant formula business was buoyant. Elsewhere, we shone the spotlight on the recent rationing of formula in Western markets amid high demand in China, looked at Marks and Spencer's latest European venture and analysed Magnit's move to Russian retail's top spot.

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