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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...

Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers...

What Sainsbury's numbers mean for suppliers

Hannah Abdulla | 7 May 2015

The annual results from UK grocer Sainsbury's have underlined the pressure mainstream supermarkets in the country are facing as discounters continue to gain market share.

Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

Dean Best | 23 Jan 2015

The price farmers are paid for milk has again made national headlines in the UK - and again it is the country's supermarket chains in the firing line. Even David Cameron has weighed in on the issue. But, UK farmers, like their counterparts around the world, are at the mercy of global factors.

2015 preview: A better deal for M&A sellers

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 2 Jan 2015

Upward pressure is continuing in food industry M&A transactions, as demonstrated by some large public deals in 2014. However that has not fed through to smaller, non-public deals, which make up the bulk of M&A deals. Stefan Kirk draws attention to one potential driver of higher-equity values, and thus higher transaction volume, in so-called main-street M&A - changes in valuation methodology, forced over the line by long-term low interest rates.

Comment: Price is the word in UK grocery

Katy Askew | 12 Nov 2014

It hardly even seems to count as news: the German discounters continue to make strides in the UK. The trend has been in evidence for years now, as a tight focus on price and improved ranging enable Aldi and Lidl to continue to win shoppers in their droves. This week's announcement that Aldi plans to invest heavily in the market should be viewed as a signal of intent. The Germans are coming - and their advance is likely to put even more pressure on pricing for food makers. Katy Askew reports.

Latest Interviews

Bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.

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.

Latest News

Sainsbury's launches kids frozen meal range

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jul 2015

UK supermarket Sainsbury's has introduced a new frozen kids meal range under the Kiddyum brand.

Young's Seafood mulls closure of two plants

Dean Best | 9 Jul 2015

Young's Seafood has outlined plans that could lead to the closure of two processing sites in Scotland - and the loss of over 900 jobs - in the wake of Sainsbury's moving a contract away from the UK group.

Scandi Standard CFO Jonny Mason resigns

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jun 2015

Swedish chicken processor Scandi Standard has announced the resignation of its CFO Jonny Mason.

Young's Seafood loses Sainsbury's salmon contract

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

Young's Seafood confirmed it has lost a contract to supply fresh salmon and smoked salmon to UK retailer Sainsbury's.

MRSA in UK pork spurs call for antibiotics action

Katy Askew | 18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Food industry quotes of week: Dean Foods, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of week: Kellogg, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Cereal faces fresh UK criticism over sugar content

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2015

Manufacturers and retailers in the UK - including Kellogg, Sainsbury's and Aldi - have again come under fire over the high sugar content of some breakfast cereals, prompting calls for the Government-backed Responsibility Deal to be scrapped.

UK mulls adding "five-a-day" mark to ready meals

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.

Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2014

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.

Warburtons adds "premium" loaves to range

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Nov 2014

Warburtons has added a line of "premium" loaves to its bakery range.

Discounters' UK share to "almost double by 2019"

Dean Best | 1 Jul 2014

Discount retailers' share of the UK grocery market will almost double by 2019, according to forecasts from industry analysts IGD.

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

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2014

In a week when ConAgra Foods faced uncomfortable questions over its performance, Ben & Jerry's waded into the GMO-debate and the UK government revealed that it is looking at various ways to curb sugar consumption - including fiscal levers - here is just-food's week in words.

Unilever responds to FroYo demand with Snog mini

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jun 2014

Unilever is extending its presence in the frozen yoghurt sector with the development of mini frozen yoghurt pots under the Snog brand.

Doves Farm eyeing growth at home and abroad

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2014

Gluten-free and organic firm Doves Farm plans to expand its UK sales through new product development, while also eyeing expansion in key overseas markets.

Quote, unquote: Innovation and trends in UK food

Dean Best | 22 May 2014

Dairy Crest, Alpro, Mizkan Group, Asda and Sainsbury's were among the manufacturers and grocers that attended a conference in London to discuss the challenge of developing a food product that sticks in the UK grocery market.

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

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2014

Unilever's business in South Africa was in the spotlight this week after it emerged its offices were raided as part of a probe into collusion. Elsewhere, there were two notable M&A deals in dairy, with Arla Foods looking to merge with Belgium-based EGM Walhorn and Lactalis's Parmalat bolstering its business in Australia with the acquisition of Harvey Fresh.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2014

This week Cerebos Greggs announced the closure of its East Tamaki plant putting 125 jobs at risk. Job cuts were announced at Asda too as the company plans a restructure to cut costs. Ads and marketing campaigns were the centre of attention this week with Aldi getting its wrists slapped over the Swap and Save campaign and Sainsbury winning an appeal for a judicial review of Tesco's price promise. Here is the week in quotes

Tesco firm as Sainsbury's battle heads for review

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 2014

Tesco has said it will "robustly defend" its Price Promise price comparison scheme after rival Sainsbury's was given approval to push ahead with a judicial review.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Katy Askew | 24 Mar 2014

just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.

Sainsbury's posts Q4 LFL sales drop

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Sainsbury's booked its first drop in like-for-like sales in nine years this morning (18 March), when the UK retailer revealed fourth-quarter comparable revenues fell 3.8%.

Latest blogs

What retailers comply with the UK grocery code?

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

The UK's Grocery Code Adjudicator insisted it is "making a difference" and improving the relationship between retailers and suppliers at its annual conference this week.

A warning over future of 100 UK food and drink SMEs

Dean Best | 16 Jan 2015

Just two weeks into 2015 and competition among UK grocers is heating up further. Will suppliers be caught in the crossfire? Corporate restructuring firm Begbies Traynor thinks so.

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