The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel re...
UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers...
| 23 Jan 2015
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 firing line. Even David Cameron has weighed in on the issue. But, UK farmers, like their counterparts around the world, are at the mercy of global factors.
| 13 Jan 2015
Morrisons has announced chief executive Dalton Philips is to leave the UK grocer, an apparent victim of the retailer's inability to compete against the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Philips tried to emphasise Morrisons' value credentials but early efforts do not seem to have paid off and the company has indicated a fresh push on value and costs under a new chief executive.
| 12 Nov 2014
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 now, as a tight focus on price and improved ranging enable Aldi and Lidl to continue to win shoppers in their droves. This week's announcement that Aldi plans to invest heavily in the market should be viewed as a signal of intent. The Germans are coming - and their advance is likely to put even more pressure on pricing for food makers. Katy Askew reports.
| 7 May 2014
UK retailer Sainsbury's has downplayed concerns over increased competition around price in the UK grocery sector. The supermarket group has insisted that a combination of its own label offering and "tough" supplier negotiations mean that it remains price competitive, while a broader definition of "value" enables it to extend its points of difference. Katy Askew reports.
| 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.
| 1 Apr 2014
The development of digital platforms has transformed how retailers interact with consumers in the UK. To Sainsbury's, the interaction between physical and digital platforms is key to delivering a full consumer experience. This requires a portfolio that spans the spectrum of formats, Kevin Barrett Sainsbury's director of space and formats, tells just-food.
| 29 May 2015
This week, Hormel Foods announced it was acquiring US natural and organic meat processor, Applegate Farms. In the UK, scrutiny over campylobacter continued with the Food Standards Agency revealed 73% of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with the food poisoning bug. Here is the week in quotes.
| 20 Jan 2015
Dairy Crest will supply a third less liquid milk to UK grocer Morrisons under a new deal between the two companies.
| 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.
| 16 Jan 2015
UK dairy co-operative First Milk was this week forced to come out and calm fears over its financial position after announcing it would delay payments to farmers. Staying in the UK, Morrisons announced chief executive Dalton Philips would leave as the UK grocer battles to reignite sales. And Brazil-based food giant Marfrig revealed its CEO had resigned from the business.
| 27 Nov 2014
More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.
| 13 Oct 2014
just-food reported direct from the annual IGD industry convention in London this week, with a leading light in the grocery retail sector ruffling a few feathers with comments about manufacturers and retailers. Elsewhere, China's Bright Food made its latest deal in Europe, with the acquisition of Filippo Berio olive oil owner Salov and we interviewed the CEO of Finsbury Food Group after the UK baker announced a move for local peer Fletchers Group.
| 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.
| 7 Oct 2014
Good morning from a busy - and an ever-busier - Park Plaza Westminster Bridge hotel, just across the Thames from Parliament, where this year's IGD Convention is taking place. just-food will post live updates here throughout the day, with the latest news and views from the event.
| 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.
| 15 Sep 2014
UK sausage maker Heck Foods wants to become the leading producer of upmarket bangers in the country, the private-equity firm that has become a minority investor in the company has said.
| 19 Aug 2014
Rice group Veetee Foods is launching a new range of savoury rice in the UK this month, with flavours inspired by "popular cuisine" from around the world.
| 1 Jul 2014
Discount retailers' share of the UK grocery market will almost double by 2019, according to forecasts from industry analysts IGD.
| 19 Jun 2014
Rice manufacturer Amira Nature Foods is pressing forward with expansion plans, announcing its launch into UK supermarket Tesco.
| 24 Mar 2014
just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.
| 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.
| 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%.
| 17 Mar 2014
The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.
| 14 Mar 2014
Morrisons has confirmed staff payroll details, including bank account data, has been stolen from the UK grocer and published online.
| 13 Mar 2014
UK grocer Morrisons plans to increase its investment in pricing in order to "strengthen" its competitive proposition.
| 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.
| 12 Mar 2014
UK online specialist Ocado today (12 March) reported a jump in first-quarter sales but the result failed to convince the City and its shares tumbled.
| 17 Feb 2014
Nestle and Mondelez International were among the major food manufacturers reporting 2013 results last week, although perhaps the most notable financial update was ConAgra Foods' second profit warning in five months. Elsewhere, there was speculation over the future ownership of UK grocer Morrisons and United Biscuits continued its international expansion with an investment in Nigeria.
| 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.
| 21 May 2015
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.
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