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Retail margin management in spotlight

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be a...

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...

Talking shop – Disruptive discounters dominate

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2015

The disruptive impact of the discount retailers has dominated global retail headlines during June, as our take of this month's key developments among grocery retailers shows.

Focus: Will synergies lift Ahold Delhaize in US?

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

The merger between European retailers Ahold and Delhaize is significant because it will allow the group's to scale up in the key US market, where the majority of revenue is generated. Announcing the deal, the companies said EUR500m (US$560m) in annual synergies are on the table. But these, as and of themselves, will do little to raise the combined group's lacklustre US growth trajectory. Katy Askew looks at the impact the merger will have in the US – and whether Ahold Delhaize will deliver on their promise to drive consumer-led innovation.

Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

Dean Best | 17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Premier Foods CEO expects UK supermarket rebound

Katy Askew | 23 Jan 2015

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 supermarkets.

Latest Interviews

Ballymaguire Foods outlines UK ready meal ambition

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2015

Irish private-label ready-meals maker Ballymaguire Foods has opened a new domestic plant it hopes will help expand its presence in the UK. The company says demand for ready meals continues to rise in Ireland and the UK and managing director Ed Spelman talks to Hannah Abdulla about the group's plans to tap into that growth.

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.

Latest News

John West, Princes face criticism on tuna sourcing

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2015

Thai Union Group's UK unit John West and Princes, the UK food and drink group, have come under fire from Greenpeace over their tuna sourcing and sustainability pledges.

Lidl to open ice cream plant in Germany

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

Lidl has confirmed plans to open an ice cream production plant in the German town of Übach-Palenberg.

Farmers in victory over Lidl on French meat, milk

Stuart Todd | 20 Aug 2015

Farmers in northern France are claiming victory over supermarket retailer Lidl in their stand over French origin meat and mik.

Food industry news of week: Marfrig, Cadbury

Dean Best | 16 Jan 2015

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

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Oct 2014

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"

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

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"

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

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"

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.

Lidl "eyeing US entry by 2018"

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2014

Discount retailer Lidl is reportedly looking to expand into the US by 2018.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

Lidl "appoints Seidel to succeed Holland"

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Mar 2014

Lidl has reportedly appointed Sven Seidel, director of the development division of the Schwarz Group, as chairman to replace Karl-Heinz Holland.

CAGE 2014: Kerry eyes growth through snacking

Dean Best | 20 Mar 2014

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy has indicated the Ireland-based food group believes increasing demand for snacking presents an opportunity to grow the company's consumer foods business.

Lidl boss quits, group cites "irreconcilable" view

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2014

Lidl has announced the resignation of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland citing "irreconcilable views".

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%.

Aldi, Lidl "forge ahead" in Ireland - Kantar

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are continuing their march in the Irish grocery sector, delivering double-digit growth in a declining market.

Morrisons ups price spending to fight discounters

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

UK grocer Morrisons plans to increase its investment in pricing in order to "strengthen" its competitive proposition.

Morrisons books GBP176m annual loss

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2014

Morrisons this morning (13 March) reported an annual loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m), rounding off a challenging year for the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

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.

UPDATE: Tesco plans GBP200m investment in price

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2014

Tesco is launching an incremental investment of GBP200m (US$333.9m) to drive prices down on "essential" items as the UK's largest retailer tries improve its performance in its domestic market.

Tesco to accelerate UK turnaround

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2014

Tesco will "accelerate" efforts to turn around its UK business, the company said today (25 February).

Lidl eyeing Serbia but no decisions made

Dean Best | 21 Feb 2014

Discount retail giant Lidl has confirmed it is looking at possible locations to open its first store in Serbia but has yet finalised where it could enter the market.

Latest blogs

Ahold, Delhaize tie-up creates competitive US giant

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2015

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond

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.

Company research

Lidl & Cia in Retailing (Portugal)

Lidl & Cia in Retailing (Portugal)

Lidl & Cia is expected to continue its expansion into urban areas in Portugal with more than 10,000 residents. In the short term, the number of branded products available in Lidl outlets is expected t...

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Lidl Bulgaria EOOD & Co KD in Retailing (Bulgaria)

Lidl Bulgaria EOOD & Co KD in Retailing (Bulgaria)

The market entry of Lidl generated a lot of hype in Bulgaria as customers flocked to the discounter’sstores. The operator, which is part of Germany’s Schwarz Group, is using a strategy of swift outlet...

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Lidl Dienstleistung GmbH & Co KG in Retailing (Germany)

Lidl Dienstleistung GmbH & Co KG in Retailing (Germany)

Lidl Dienstleistung GmbH & Co KG follows a rather successful strategy of focusing on market presence, a high level of professionalism and customer satisfaction as well as a highly competitive price-va...

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