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On the money: Hain expects continued organic gains

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even...

Kroger eyes two growing trends with Vitacost deal

US retail giant Kroger, one of the largest traditional supermarket chains in the country, today (2 July) announced a deal that showed it has...


Focus: The Amazonian takeover

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jun 2014

Amazon's consumer packaged goods (CPG) opportunity is valued at at least US$222bn annually in the US according to analysts at Sanford C Bernstein and it is targetting this opportunity aggressively, quickly becoming an important channel for CPG manufacturers. But with a significantly different audience base and a very different approach to selling goods, how can CPG firms make the Amazon channel work for them? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Focus: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale

Dean Best | 20 Mar 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.


Talking shop: Kroger takes loyalty to new level

Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2014

Digital and mobile technology is shaping the way retailers interact with consumers as the communication of offers and promotions becomes ever more personalised and interactive. Kroger's recent purchase of You Tech, a leading provider of digital couponing, demonstrates the group's commitment to leveraging digital marketing to reach US shoppers. Katy Askew reports.


Analysis: Major US chains eye small-format growth

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2014

The convenience channel has become a source of growth for larger grocers in a number of markets. Even in the US, home of the big-box store, major players have tested the water, albeit with patchy success. The likes of Wal-Mart are upping their focus on smaller stores and, although they will not represent a short-term threat to America's 'Cokes and smokes' c-stores, indie operators need to be wary. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Latest Interviews

just the answer: Daiya Foods CEO Terry Tierney

Dean Best | 13 Nov 2014

Canada-based dairy-free business Daiya Foods this summer appointed a new CEO. Director Terry Tierney - former chief marketing officer of Frontier Natural Brands and founder of Rocky Mountain Natural Foods - replaced Greg Blake, who set up Daiya in 2008. Dean Best spoke to Tierney to discuss the company's plans for further growth in a buoyant - but competitive - free-from sector in North America.


just the answer - Kevin Brennan, Quorn Foods CEO

Dean Best | 11 Mar 2011

Premier Foods plc's decision to sell its meat-free business was seen as a move to reduce a debt pile at the UK's largest food group that, last summer, reached over GBP1.3bn. The unit, renamed Quorn Foods, is now in the hands of Exponent Private Equity. Dean Best spoke to Kevin Brennan, the former Kellogg executive that Premier appointed to run its meat-free operations, and who is now CEO of the new firm.

Latest News

Mezzetta Everything Spread targets cook-at-home

Katy Askew | 20 Nov 2014

Mezzetta is targeting growing home-cooking trends in the US with the launch of Everything Spreads, a line of multi-purpose condiments.


Powerful Yogurt to launch protein drink range

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2014

US yoghurt business Powerful Yogurt is to launch a range of protein drinks as it continues to expand its portfolio.


Chaucer in Crunchies deal after takeover claims

Dean Best | 29 Oct 2014

Chaucer Foods has acquired a majority stake in Crunchies Food Co., the US snacks firm that filed for Chapter 11 after claiming the UK-based food ingredients group had tried to launch a hostile bid for the business.


Divine Chocolate wins US major retailer listings

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 2014

Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced listings at a number of US mainstream retailers.


Bellisio teams up with Chili's for new range

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2014

Frozen foods manufacturer Bellisio Foods is partnering US diner Chili's to launch a new line of licensed Chilli's inspired frozen meals.


Whole Foods buys stores from New Frontiers

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.


Giant Eagle confirms Toledo exit, 179 jobs axed

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Mar 2014

Giant Eagle has announced its exit from the Toledo market with the closure of two stores and accompanying gas stations in the area.


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.


PE firm Cerberus "eyes US$9bn deal for Safeway"

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is reportedly working on a US$9bn takeover bid for US retail giant Safeway Inc.


Kroger Q4 profits beat Wall St forecasts

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

US food retailer Kroger today (6 March) reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.


Kroger "interested in Safeway assets"

Dean Best | 4 Mar 2014

Kroger reportedly contacted fellow US grocery giant Safeway Inc to indicate its interest in buying part of the business.


Kroger to "vigorously" defend mislabelling claims

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Feb 2014

Kroger has said it will "vigorously" defend itself against claims the US retail giant has misled with consumers over how the chickens sold under its Simple Truth label have been raised.


Kroger buys digital coupon provider

Katy Askew | 12 Feb 2014

US supermarket group Kroger has acquired digital coupon company You Technology Brand Services.


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

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2013

Unilever CEO Paul Polman last week met analysts to explain how the consumer goods giant is changing its business amid slowing sales, moves that are set to include 2,000 jobs being cut.


Kroger Q3 profits down, keeps FY forecast

Dean Best | 5 Dec 2013

A fall in third-quarter earnings was not enough to stop an increase in year-to-date profits at US grocery giant Kroger.


FY earnings climb at retailer Harris Teeter

Michelle Russell | 1 Nov 2013

US regional retailer Harris Teeter, set to be taken over by supermarket giant Kroger, has booked an increase in full-year earnings.


Kroger details post-Dillon succession plan

Katy Askew | 18 Oct 2013

US supermarket chain Kroger has detailed its plans to appoint senior management following the exit of chief executive David Dillion.


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

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2013

Once again, the dairy and infant formula sectors in Asia-Pacific grabbed the headlines last week. Danone was at the centre of yet more bribery allegations in China. Fonterra - which has had its own scandals this year - published its annual results and said it planned to up its focus on nutrition and on emerging markets. And Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory turned down a takeover bid fro local peer - and investor - Bega Cheese.


Kroger CEO to step down after decade at helm

Dean Best | 20 Sep 2013

Dave Dillon, the CEO of US grocery giant Kroger, is to step down from the role at the turn of the year after over a decade in charge of one of the largest food retailers in the US.


Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter buy Piggly Wiggly stores

Michelle Russell | 13 Sep 2013

US regional supermarket operators Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter have both struck deals to buy a network of Piggly Wiggly stores.


Kroger books H1 sales, earnings growth

Katy Askew | 12 Sep 2013

US supermarket group Kroger has booked an increase in first-half sales and earnings, driven by like-for-like revenue growth and improved operating margins.


Research: dairy emerging markets; c-stores outlook

just-food Research Team | 9 Aug 2013

Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

Latest blogs

Whole Foods Market a victim of its own success

Katy Askew | 7 May 2014

Whole Foods Market lowered its outlook for the third time today (6 May) as the group missed second quarter expectations, sending shares plummeting.

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