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M&S "outperformed" food market, chief executive Marc Bolland saidUK: M&S ekes out LFL food sales growth

10 April 2014

Marks and Spencer today (10 April) reported slowing like-for-like food sales but eked out growth slightly above analyst forecasts.

UK: 2 Sisters confirms Avana Bakeries plant closure

8 April 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed its Avana Bakeries plant in Newport will close after consultation with staff failed to find ways of keeping the site open.

FRANCE: M&S targets 20 food stores in Paris

2 April 2014

Marks and Spencer has said it wants to have 20 food stores in Paris by the end of 2017.

UK: M&S pulls plug on 2 Sisters Avana contract, 650 jobs at risk

10 February 2014

At least 650 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group's Avana bakery site in Newport are at risk after the UK firm lost a contract with Marks and Spencer to competitor Park Cakes.

On the move: Sainsbury's hopes for smooth transition as King bows out

29 January 2014

UK retailer Sainsbury's announced this morning (29 January) that chief executive Justin King will leave the company after ten fruitful years at the helm. In his successor, commercial director Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's appears to be looking for a smooth transition - and more of the same on the strategy front. Katy Askew reports.

Timeline - King's reign at Sainsbury's

29 January 2014

Justin King is to step down as CEO of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. King has revitalised Sainsbury's, taking a business with stock issues to one that has consistently outperformed its rivals in recent years. Here's a look at the key events of King's reign.

UK: M&S reports "excellent" food performance

9 January 2014

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has booked another strong performance from its food business but general merchandise sales remained sluggish.

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 January 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

EXCLUSIVE: UK/INDIA: India customs delays "utter nonsense" - UK Food Secretary

13 December 2013

A move from Indian customs officials to hold containers of food being imported into the country at the docks is "utter nonsense", according to UK Food Secretary Owen Paterson.

IRELAND: M&S staff prepare for Xmas strikes

29 November 2013

Marks and Spencer employees are to stage a series of walk-outs across Ireland in the run-up to Christmas in a row over the closure of their pension scheme.

FRANCE: Marks and Spencer coy over Casino store talk

25 November 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.

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

11 November 2013

Last week saw the question of whether regulators or industry should take the lead in promoting good nutrition come to the fore, when US policy makers signalled that they could be preparing a clamp-down on "unsafe" trans fats.

Interview: Tulip's evolution from a "meat" to a "food" company

6 November 2013

Tulip, the UK arm of pork giant Danish Crown, is most associated closely with its bacon products. However, over the past three years the group has evolved into a more broad-based food company. Jonathan Barbet, commercial manager at Tulip UK, talks to just-food about this development, the benefits that it brings and where Tulip sees future growth.

Talking shop: Marks and Spencer - a house divided

5 November 2013

Marks and Spencer's first-half results paint a picture of a company divided. One the one hand, its food business is performing well, with rising like-for-like sales and improved profit margins. On the other, general merchandise continues to struggle, booking lacklustre sales and lower margins. With a swathe of plans to accelerate food growth, that side of the business looks ship-shape. However, a question mark hangs over whether its non-food performance is turning a corner. Katy Askew reports.

UK: Marks and Spencer H1 sales rise, profit drops

5 November 2013

UK retailer Marks and Spencer said it is making continued progress on its turnaround drive this morning (5 November), as it booked first-half sales that beat market expectations.

NETHERLANDS: New fund Anterra Capital invests in It'sFresh! packaging

28 October 2013

Anterra Capital, a new fund backed by Rabobank, has invested in UK packaging firm Food Freshness Technology Holdings.

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

28 October 2013

This week we published an exclusive two-part interview with Unilever CEO Paul Polman who spoke to just-food about the firm's low-growth food arm, the slowdown in emerging markets and its much talked about spreads business. Elsewhere, we reported from a Marks and Spencer food briefing, during which CEO Marc Bolland was pushed on the group's position on launching a full online grocery presence.

FRANCE: Marks and Spencer signs Paris franchise deal

23 October 2013

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has signed a franchise deal that will see it open a network of stores in Paris with French newsagent Relay.

UK: M&S outlines Simply Food expansion plans

23 October 2013

Marks and Spencer has revealed plans to more than double the number of its Simply Food stores it opens a year in the UK.

UK: Profits up at potato firm Produce Investments

27 September 2013

Produce Investments, the UK potato firm that supplies companies including Tesco and Marks and Spencer, has reported higher annual profits.

IRELAND: M&S to close four stores, cut 180 jobs

8 August 2013

UK retailer Marks and Spencer is to close four stores in the Republic of Ireland, resulting in 180 job losses.

UK: Retailers commit to price transparency campaign

1 August 2013

Aldi and UK retailers The Co-operative Group and Waitrose have signed up to a campaign run by consumer watchdog Which? to support simpler, clearer and more consistent pricing in supermarkets in the country.

UK: Q1 food sales up 1.8% at M&S

9 July 2013

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has booked a 1.8% increase in like-for-like food sales for the first quarter of its financial year.

Talking shop: The "hybrid" consumer, supply chains and tech dominate BRC event

27 June 2013

Catering to a bifurcated market, the prospect of shorter supply chains and the onward march of technology were key topics for food retailers at the British Retail Consortium's annual symposium, writes Chris Mercer.

UK: Rose outlines "gamble" of inaction on climate change

26 June 2013

Retailers failing to invest significantly to make their business more sustainable in the face of climate change are taking a big gamble, Ocado chairman Sir Stuart Rose has warned.

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

28 May 2013

Campbell Soup Co. became the third major multinational to invest in the buoyant organic baby food sector in a month with a deal to buy US firm Plum Organics. Danone is another of the three food giants to do business in organic baby food - and this week it continued its investment in faster-growing categories and markets with a fresh attempt to crack China's booming yoghurt sector.

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

28 May 2013

Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.

UPDATE: UK: M&S has no plans to launch full online grocery

21 May 2013

Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland has said the UK retailer has no plans to launch a full online grocery service.

On the money: M&S upbeat on Simply Food c-store prospects

21 May 2013

Marks and Spencer is eyeing further expansion of its Simply Food convenience store network, the UK retailer told just-food today (21 May).

UK: M&S FY earnings fall but food sales, margins up

21 May 2013

Marks and Spencer today (21 May) reported a fall in annual group profits but sales and margins from the UK retailer's food business rose.







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