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Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

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 fi...

Why whole sector should take heed of meat scrutiny

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms...

On the move: Sainsbury's CEO King bows out

Katy Askew | 29 Jan 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.

2013: discounters, multichannel key grocery themes

Dean Best | 6 Jan 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.

Focus: Marks and Spencer - a house divided

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 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.

Talking shop: a round-up from BRC symposium

Chris Mercer | 27 Jun 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.

Latest Interviews

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

Katy Askew | 6 Nov 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.

Amy's Kitchen sets out international mission

Dean Best | 15 May 2013

Amy's Kitchen, the US frozen-food, organic and free-from business, is a quarter of a century old this year but there is a passion - almost a sense of mission - one would normally associate with a start-up. Dean Best spoke to co-owner Amy Berliner and European commercial director Damien Threadgold about the company's plans.

Latest News

M&S to add vitamin D to entire bread range

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Jun 2015

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has announced it will be adding vitamin D to its entire bread range in the country.

M&S ekes out LFL food sales growth

Dean Best | 10 Apr 2014

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

2 Sisters confirms Avana plant closure

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Apr 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.

M&S targets 20 food stores in Paris

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

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

M&S pulls plugs on 2 Sisters Avana contract

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Feb 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.

Timeline - King's reign at Sainsbury's

Dean Best | 29 Jan 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.

M&S reports "excellent" food performance

Katy Askew | 9 Jan 2014

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

UK: India food customs delays "utter nonsense"

Katy Askew | 13 Dec 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.

M&S Irish staff prepare for Xmas strikes

Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 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.

M&S coy over Casino store talk

Michelle Russell | 25 Nov 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

Katy Askew | 11 Nov 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.

Marks and Spencer H1 sales rise, profit drops

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 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.

New fund Anterra invests in It'sFresh! packaging

Dean Best | 28 Oct 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

Michelle Russell | 28 Oct 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.

Marks and Spencer signs France franchise deal

Michelle Russell | 23 Oct 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.

M&S outlines Simply Food expansion plans

Michelle Russell | 23 Oct 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.

Profits up at UK potato firm Produce Investments

Dean Best | 27 Sep 2013

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

M&S to close four Irish stores, cut 180 jobs

Michelle Russell | 8 Aug 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 pricing campaign

Michelle Russell | 1 Aug 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.

Q1 food sales up 1.8% at M&S

Dean Best | 9 Jul 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.

Rose outlines "gamble" of inaction on climate

Chris Mercer | 26 Jun 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

Dean Best | 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.

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.

Big business backs Aldersgate call for more equitable UK

Katy Askew | 9 Dec 2014

The Aldersgate Group - an alliance of big business, NGOs and civil society pushing for a "sustainable economy" - has set out a new campaign calling for the introduction of a fiscal policy that tackles rising inequality in the UK, as well as issues such as resource pressures.

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