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Brands use real time conversations to engage consumersInterview: Keys to brand's success on Twitter #engagement #relevance #realtime

17 April 2014

With over 200m regular users worldwide tweeting more than 500m times each day, the potential on offer for brands to reach consumers via microblogging site Twitter is self-evident. To succeed on Twitter, brands need to become a relevant, informative and amusing part of an evolving two-way conversation. Katy Askew spoke to Twitter UK sales director Dara Nasr about how food manufacturers and retailers can insert themselves into the dialogue.

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

7 April 2014

Unilever's business in South Africa was in the spotlight this week after it emerged its offices were raided as part of a probe into collusion. Elsewhere, there were two notable M&A deals in dairy, with Arla Foods looking to merge with Belgium-based EGM Walhorn and Lactalis's Parmalat bolstering its business in Australia with the acquisition of Harvey Fresh.

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

7 April 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

Interview: Sainsbury's "redefining" convenient shopping

1 April 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.

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

31 March 2014

This week Cerebos Greggs announced the closure of its East Tamaki plant putting 125 jobs at risk. Job cuts were announced at Asda too as the company plans a restructure to cut costs. Ads and marketing campaigns were the centre of attention this week with Aldi getting its wrists slapped over the Swap and Save campaign and Sainsbury winning an appeal for a judicial review of Tesco's price promise. Here is the week in quotes

UK: Tesco firm as Sainsbury's price battle heads for judicial review

24 March 2014

Tesco has said it will "robustly defend" its Price Promise price comparison scheme after rival Sainsbury's was given approval to push ahead with a judicial review.

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

24 March 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.

UK: Sainsbury's posts Q4 LFL sales drop

18 March 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%.

What the analysts say: Does Sainsbury's LFL sales drop hint at future woe?

18 March 2014

UK grocer Sainsbury's broke its nine-year streak of like-for-like sales growth this morning (18 March), when the firm acknowledged that market conditions and tough comparables hit revenue expansion in its fourth quarter. In contrast to the other multiples, Sainsbury's does not appear to be loosing share in the UK to discounters Aldi and Lidl. But, as price competition in the market intensifies, could Sainsbury's proposition too come under increasing pressure? Here is the City's verdict.

On the money: We can fight on price, insists Morrisons

14 March 2014

Morrisons has set out its bid to win back consumers and reignite sales - and the UK's fourth-largest grocer has insisted it could hold its own in an increasingly price-focused market.

UK: Morrisons ups price investment to fight discounters

13 March 2014

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

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

6 March 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.

UK: Tesco slammed for 'breaking sustainable tuna promise'

3 March 2014

Greenpeace has lashed out at Tesco alleging it has reneged on promises it would only stock sustainable tuna.

UK: Tesco to "accelerate" UK turnaround

25 February 2014

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

UK: Sainsbury's targets South East in c-store push

17 February 2014

Sainsbury's has said it will open 60 new convenience stores in London and the South East over the next 12 months.

UK: Fletchers hints at expansion, secures refinancing deal

6 February 2014

Fletchers Group of Bakeries has secured GBP4.5m (US$7.3m) as part of a refinancing deal with ABN Amro in a move that will allow the group to invest in growth.

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

3 February 2014

Justin King announcing he was checking out of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer led this week's industry headlines. Staying in the UK, Premier Foods sold control of its bread arm to US private-equity firm Gores Group, while Chobani vowed to go to the country's Supreme Court after another negative ruling in its labelling battle with Fage. And just-food filed reports both from India's annual Food and Grocery Forum and the global confectionery trade show ISM in Germany.

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

3 February 2014

Sainsbury's ebullient boss Justin King this week announced his decision to quit after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. Premier Foods ceded control of its bread arm, although some in the City believe more action is needed to improve the UK group's balance sheet. And Chobani refuses to throw in the towel in its UK legal battle with Total yoghurt owner Fage.

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: Coupe to take helm as King exits Sainsbury's

29 January 2014

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King will leave the UK supermarket group this summer, with commercial director Mike Coupe taking the helm at the company.

UK: Asda, Sainsbury's neck and neck in UK - Kantar

14 January 2014

Sainsbury's share of the UK's grocery market now matches Asda, the country's second-largest retailer, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

What the analysts say: Morrisons stuns City with tumbling sales

9 January 2014

Morrisons' unscheduled Christmas trading update surprised the City this morning in more ways than one. Like-for-like sales fell almost 6%, under-performing its rivals by some distance. The decline was evidence the impact the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl is having the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

What the analysts say: Tesco again faces questions in City

9 January 2014

Tesco this morning (9 January) revealed a disappointing drop in like-for-like sales over Christmas and New Year. The retailer attributed the decline in sales to "further weakness in the UK grocery market" and having a "tougher comparative" versus last year. The results had a negative impact on share recommendations, although some analysts highlighted areas for optimism, including Tesco's work online.

UK: Sainsbury's Q3 results prove strong for food but flat for group after "tough" Christmas

8 January 2014

Sainsbury's saw its sales growth slow in its third quarter as a "very tough" October and November weighed on its results.

UK: Asda confident after "very tough" Christmas

6 January 2014

Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, has reported "a good performance" during what it described as a "very tough" Christmas trading period.

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.

UK: Asda takes aim at discounters with price cuts

2 January 2014

Asda has set its sights on luring UK shoppers away from the discounters with moves to sell a range of household items for 50p.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

19 December 2013

Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.

just-food review of 2013: the year's most-read news stories

19 December 2013

The horsemeat scandal, the fixing of infant formula prices in China, Fonterra's botulism scare and the UK's push towards "hybrid" nutrition labels were among the news stories that grabbed your attention in 2013.

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