The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the...
Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focus...
| 2 Jan 2015
The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the way food makers do business. With multichannel playing to consumer demand for convenience, this trend seems set to accelerate in 2015. The food industry could have a challenging year ahead as it struggles to keep pace with the rate of change. Hannah Abdulla explores.
| 13 Mar 2014
Morrisons reported a full-year loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m) and further deterioration of like-for-like sales today (13 March). Management this morning set out a new strategic course for the group, which includes a GBP1bn price investment over the next three years. While next year's profits are expected to drop, the company believes the investment can be funded through a cost-saving drive in the medium-term. However, with concern over margins and competitive pressures, opinion remains divided over the prospects for the beleaguered grocer.
| 6 Mar 2014
Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.
| 4 Feb 2014
Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner has said the UK online retailer is still looking to further develop licencing deals with larger retailers, although he emphasised there are no "imminent announcements" on any pending agreements.
| 27 Aug 2013
One-year-old Gousto is a fledgling company with a unique proposition. Consumers order online from a variety of menu options and Gousto delivers dinner kits, complete with recipe cards and all the ingredients, direct to the door. The company, which has expanded rapidly through its own website, has just entered a partnership with online retailer Ocado. Katy Askew spoke to Gousto co-owner Timo Schmidt about the company's ambitions.
| 2 Aug 2013
UK snacks firm New York Delhi has secured a listing with Australia's largest retailer Woolworths Ltd but the company insists it is aiming to grow without "selling out" to the large supermarket chains.
| 21 Apr 2015
UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.
| 10 Jun 2014
Unilever is extending its presence in the frozen yoghurt sector with the development of mini frozen yoghurt pots under the Snog brand.
| 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.
| 4 Feb 2014
Online UK grocer Ocado has reported higher annual losses despite growing sales ahead of the market and establishing a tie-up with supermarket group Morrisons.
| 28 Jan 2014
Morrisons has declined to comment over the rumoured resignation of online grocery executive George Dymond just weeks after he joined.
| 22 Jan 2014
Ocado has refused to comment on reports it has drawn up a short list of potential sites to house a third and fourth giant warehouse which, it is hoped, would boost its grocery delivery capacity by 50%.
| 21 Jan 2014
Morrisons has reportedly suspended its treasurer, Paul Coyle, over allegations of insider trading ahead of the announcement of the supermarket group's tie-up with Ocado.
| 16 Jan 2014
UK online grocer Ocado has booked a market-beating increase in sales as investments in capacity allowed it to fill more orders in its fourth quarter.
| 9 Jan 2014
Morrisons today (9 January) reported a near-6% drop in like-for-like sales over Christmas, sending shares in the UK's fourth-largest grocer sliding.
| 21 Nov 2013
Morrisons has unveiled details of its long-awaited online launch, with plans to cover 50% of UK households by the end of next year.
| 7 Nov 2013
Morrisons saw its share price fall this morning (7 November) after it booked a drop in like-for-like sales in the third-quarter.
| 21 Oct 2013
Upmarket retailer Waitrose has confirmed it is targeting GBP15bn (US$24.2bn) of sales in ten years as it looks to build its presence in the UK.
| 14 Oct 2013
UK retailer Morrisons has remained tight-lipped over reports it is to debut its online grocery operations in Birmingham.
| 14 Oct 2013
Last week's coverage has been dominated by two highlights of the food industry calendar. The first, industry trade show Anuga, saw just-food speaking to a number of up-and-coming companies, such as US kefir maker Lifeway Foods, about their export plans. The second, The World Retail Congress in Paris, provided us with an opportunity to delve into the emerging trends and hear from the great and the good of the food retail sector.
| 14 Oct 2013
just-food was working hard to bring you news from both Cologne and Paris last week as the Anuga trade show and World Retail Congress conference, respectively, got under way. Enjoy some of the best quotes from both shows. Separately, Saputo confirmed plans to table a takeover bid for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory, while the UK Government unveiled a programme to support the country's food and drink exports.
| 9 Oct 2013
On day two of the World Retail Congress in Paris, attendees heard from Modern Putra Indonesia - the operator of 7-Eleven stores in the emerging economy - UK online retailer Ocado and French retailer Systeme U. Here are a selection of quotes from the second day.
| 9 Oct 2013
The rapid increase of consumers shopping online will cause a "long-term headache" for bricks-and-mortar retailers as the channel eats into sales within stores, according to UK internet grocer Ocado.
| 24 Sep 2013
Waitrose has said it can more than double its "online capacity" in London with the opening of another e-commerce grocery depot in the city.
| 17 Sep 2013
TSC Foods, the maker of the Glorious! food line, has launched a value range of soups in two classic flavours.
| 13 Sep 2013
Morrisons CEO Dalton Philips has said the UK grocer's "strong fresh food proposition" will help it meet its target to have a profitable online business four years after its launch in January.
| 12 Sep 2013
Online retailer Ocado has booked a 16.4% jump in gross sales, driven by an increase in the number of orders it receives.
| 23 Aug 2013
UK convenience retailer The Co-operative Group is developing an online sales platform that it plans to trial this year.
| 3 Feb 2015
Fifteen years after starting out, UK pure-play online grocer Ocado today (3 February) announced its first annual profit - and claimed the trend towards online shopping was continuing. Manufacturers are taking note and diverting more resources to the channel but are encountering challenges.
| 12 Mar 2014
Morrisons will come under the investor spotlight tomorrow (13 March) when the UK's fourth-largest grocer reports its annual results. One stockbroker has "rarely been so concerned" going into a set of full-year numbers. And the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel has shown another decline in Morrisons' sales.
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