21 October 2013
Results continued to pour in last week and we heard from multinationals such as Nestle and Danone.
21 October 2013
Last week saw a swathe of the industry's largest food companies updating their results. PepsiCo once again took a strong set of quarterly numbers as an opportunity to highlight the strengths of its strategy as a combined snacks and drinks business.
16 October 2013
Symbol retailer Spar International has continued to expand its presence in emerging markets this year. The group entered into a partnership agreement in the Middle East earlier this year and more recently signed two licencing deals in Russia. Michelle Russell caught up with Spar MD Gordon Campbell at this year's World Retail Congress in Paris to find out more about the group's international ambitions and its long-term plans.
11 October 2013
Spar International has signed two licensing deals in Russia and is in "advanced discussions" with a number of others, it has said.
10 October 2013
On day two of the World Retail Congress in Paris, attendees heard from companies including Spar International and Sainsbury's. Here are a selection of quotes from the second day.
30 September 2013
Russia has been described as one of the most dynamically developing retail markets in the world. The advent of the recession, however, resulted in a slowdown in growth that Russia has not yet fully recovered from. While it is debatable whether Russia will fully re-establish the pace of growth it enjoyed before the credit crisis, the market is seen as an attractive one for FMCG companies.
11 June 2013
French retail giant Carrefour has announced plans to expand further into Africa through a joint venture with consumer goods distributor CFAO. The deal will see it develop stores across eight countries and represents a new signal of intent from the world's second largest retailer as it looks to place an early marker down in what is becoming a fast growing emerging market. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.
28 May 2013
Dubai-based retail and hospitality group Majid Al Futtaim is looking to buy a stake in Middle East grocer Spinneys.
22 May 2013
Spar International has insisted that it will continue to drive growth in new markets as it booked an increase in sales for 2012.
4 February 2013
The fall-out from the discovery of horse DNA in burgers sold in the UK continued, with the supplier at the centre of the scandal losing and contracts and regulators appearing before MPs. Elsewhere, the European Commission published plans to examine if retailers in the EU trade unfairly with suppliers. Meanwhile, in Germany, Nestle was fined for fixing the price of chocolate.
1 February 2013
Symbol retailer Spar International plans to enter Middle Eastern markets through a tie-up with Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS). Katy Askew caught up with Spar MD Gordon Campbell to find out more about the retailer's growth plans for the region.
28 January 2013
Spar International has entered into a partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) that aims to boost the retailer's presence in the Middle East.
2 January 2013
Convenience retailer Spar International is to begin trialling a voucher scheme across 400 of its UK stores.
22 October 2012
Convenience retailer Spar International is trialling a "new era" in store design, with the launch of a flagship store in the UK.
17 August 2012
The French retailer has become the latest multinational to enter India. We look at its new partnership with local player Max Hypermarket.
13 August 2012
Auchan wants its new venture in India to build a "national" retail chain in the country, the French retailer told just-food today (13 August).
13 August 2012
French retail giant Auchan and Dubai-based Landmark Group today (13 August) announced a deal to work together in the Indian market.
24 July 2012
Ian Taylor, a senior executive at UK retailer The Co-operative Group, is to join Spar International as head of retail for its business in the country.
5 July 2012
Auchan has declined to comment on fresh reports in India that it is close to a deal on a partnership in the country with Dubai-based Landmark Group.
26 June 2012
Dubai-based Landmark Group has said it is still in discussions with potential partners over a joint venture in India.
1 June 2012
Spar International has purchased 45 Contashop petrol station stores in Switzerland in a bid to boost its presence in the service station channel in the country.
23 May 2012
Spar International said its multi-format retail strategy helped boost sales in 2011.
21 February 2012
Four multinational retailers in the Czech Republic are alleged to have deceived customers by prolonging expiry dates on some of their food products.
20 February 2012
Kellogg's decision to move for Pringles raised eyebrows this week and, although the acquisition of the global snacks brand will boost its international business, CEO John Bryant was forced to respond to concerns that the deal comes at a time with the company's cereal business under pressure. Elsewhere, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic cheered a trade deal on organic food, Nestle and Danone provided their financial forecasts for 2012 and Mars announced plans for a calorie cap on its chocolate bars.
14 February 2012
Spar International's franchise partnership in India with Landmark Group will end this year, the Dubai-based retail and hospitality operator has told just-food.
13 February 2012
Auchan has refused to be drawn on claims that the French retailer is in talks over a venture in India with Dubai-based company Landmark Group.
27 January 2012
Spar International is in talks with retailers in the India as part of a bid to grow its store network in the country.
27 January 2012
The UK government this week launched a series of measures, drawn up with industry, to drive the food sector's growth overseas. The so-called export action plan came in the week that food and drink giant Princes announced a venture in Italy and UK confectioner Zetar opened its first sales office in Europe. Zetar's CEO outlined the company's Continental sales target to just-food and, in a further interview with a top executive, Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell told us about the symbol retailer's expansion plans in India.
27 January 2012
Carrefour again grabbed the headlines this week, with speculation intensifying that there could be change of leadership at the company. just-food understands an announcement is due in days. Elsewhere in retail, Asda outlined its expansion plans in the UK and we spoke to the CEO of Spar International about the symbol group's ambitions in India. Meanwhile, Premier Foods admitted more jobs could be lost at the company, we took a look at why US baker Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 and, in our latest Sustainability Watch, we discussed HJ Heinz's CSR strategy.
18 November 2011
Spar stores in the UK have rolled out a marketing campaign that compares its prices with those in Tesco's convenience outlets.