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Premier Foods CEO expects UK supermarket rebound

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has predicted the UK food group's brands will be the co-beneficiaries of a rebound at the country's largest su...

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...

Digesting digital: Collaboration key

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focus...

Comment: Price is the word in UK grocery

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 n...

Latest Interviews

Bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons 28 Nov 2014

Dean Best

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.


just-food interview - James Lambert, R&R Ice Cream 23 Dec 2010

Dean Best

The ice cream sector in Europe is dominated by Unilever, the consumer goods giant behind brands like Wall's, Magnum, Carte d'Or and Ben & Jerry's. However, UK-based R&R Ice Cream is building a business to be the other major player in the market. In this month's just-food interview, Dean Best spoke to R&R chief executive James Lambert about the company's ambitions.

Latest News

Food industry news of week: Marfrig, Cadbury 16 Jan 2015

Dean Best

Brazil-based food giant Marfrig announced the surprise resignation of CEO Sergio Rial this week after just a year in the position. Another chief executive is to go at UK retailer Morrisons, with its board believing its best chance to return to growth is without Dalton Philips.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 13 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Emmi flogged its Italian Trentilatte yoghurt business, while Kellogg sold the Loma Linda brand to Atlantic Natural Foods. Elsewhere, UK baker Finsbury Food Group moved to buy local peer Fletchers Group, while US private-equity firm BBX Capital made its second confectionery acquisition in a week. At the annual IGD Convention in London, UK retail veteran Andrew Higginson caused a stir by hitting out at the country's grocers.


UK suppliers, grocers "must reset relationship" 7 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Andrew Higginson, the deputy chairman of Morrisons and former Tesco finance director, has said branded suppliers and supermarkets must "reset" their relationship in a bid to revive a stagnant sector.


Discounter growth "helps Premier's smaller brands" 7 Oct 2014

Dean Best

The growth of the discount and convenience channels in the UK has led to a "renaissance" for some of Premier Foods' smaller brands, Gavin Darby, the company's chief executive, said today (7 October).


Discounters' UK share to "almost double by 2019" 1 Jul 2014

Dean Best

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

Latest blogs

Booker's move for Londis and Budgens sign of the times 21 May 2015

Dean Best

UK cash-and-carry and convenience retailer Booker Group has struck a deal to buy the Londis and Budgens symbol retail chains from Ireland's Musgrave Group - and emphasised the changing retail landscape in the country.


A warning over future of 100 UK food and drink SMEs 16 Jan 2015

Dean Best

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.

Company research

Lidl Ireland GmbH in Retailing (Ireland)

Lidl Ireland GmbH in Retailing (Ireland)

Lidl had another strong year in Ireland in 2013 as Irish consumers continued to trade down to less expensive groceries and were attracted by the heavy promotional activity from discounters. Lidl is se...

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Lidl Ceska republika vos in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Lidl Ceska republika vos in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Lidl Ceska republika plans to invest in its chain in the Czech Republic over the forecast period. The company will focus on broadening and modernising its existing outlets with the aim of being more c...

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Lidl Sverige KB in Retailing (Sweden)

Lidl Sverige KB in Retailing (Sweden)

Lidl Sverige’s aim is to be the leading discounter in Sweden. The company will focus on expanding by opening new outlets, particularly expanding into the northern areas of the country. The company pla...

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