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March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of disc...

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The UK's Conservative Party may only have a working majority in the House of Commons of 17 but, with the Labour Party struggling to convince...


Dean Best | 19 Nov 2015

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.


Katy Askew | 13 Nov 2015

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the past month. Here is just-food's round-up of some of the major developments at your retail customers during October. 


Katy Askew | 8 Oct 2015

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 


Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Latest Interviews

John Shepherd | 5 Jul 2016

Since setting up their baby food business from their home in Northern Ireland in 2009, husband-and-wife founders of Heavenly Tasty Organics James Blair and Shauna McCarney-Blair have seen the firm go from strength to strength. Now the firm is about to launch its range of snack products in Asia. James Blair, operations director, tells John Shepherd about the firms latest expansion plans.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2015

Irish private-label ready-meals maker Ballymaguire Foods has opened a new domestic plant it hopes will help expand its presence in the UK. The company says demand for ready meals continues to rise in Ireland and the UK and managing director Ed Spelman talks to Hannah Abdulla about the group's plans to tap into that growth.

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Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2016

A coalition of 40 institutional investors representing US$1.25trn in funds is urging 16 multinational food companies – including Kraft Heinz, Unilever, General Mills and Nestle – to take action on the "material risks" posed by industrial animal production. 


John Shepherd | 13 Sep 2016

Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea International has launched a "digital traceability initiative" that allows consumers to trace the source, processing location and fishing method of some of its US seafood brands.


John Shepherd | 6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.


John Shepherd | 4 Aug 2016

Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea has hit back at a campaign by Greenpeace to encourage retailers and foodservice companies in the US to stop selling brands of tuna produced by firms that refuse to "drop opposition to sustainability".


John Shepherd | 29 Jul 2016

The number of new products being launched by manufacturers into UK retail stores is "falling significantly", according to a study of the performance of new grocery products from launch published by IRI, a leading provider of FMCG market intelligence.


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

German discounter Lidl has become the latest supermarket to say it will transition its egg supply to cage-free eggs. 


John Shepherd | 27 Jul 2016

UK retailers Iceland Foods and Morrisons have both announced plans to end the sale of eggs from caged hens in their stores by 2025.


John Shepherd | 26 Jul 2016

Some of John West's tuna products are being removed from Tesco stores in the UK after the company failed to meet the retailer's sustainability standards.


John Shepherd | 18 Jul 2016

The National Union of Farmers (NFU) in the UK is calling for a review of trading standards laws over the use of what is said are "fake farms" created by major retailers to market some food products.


Helen Arnold | 13 Jul 2016

Tesco is following in the footsteps of its UK high street rivals with the announcement that it is to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025.


John Shepherd | 13 Jun 2016

Welsh bakery Winning Blend has said it is on course for a GBP2m (US$2.8m) boost in turnover by the year's end on the back of a government-backed expansion of its Llantrisant bakery.


John Shepherd | 8 Jun 2016

UK private-label group Bakkavor is to create more than 470 new jobs at two of its domestic production plants to meet demand for a range of deli products, ready meals and desserts.


John Shepherd | 6 Jun 2016

A new set of reporting requirements aimed at monitoring and managing food loss and waste was launched today (6 June), supported by organisations including Nestle and Tesco.


Hannah Abdulla | 12 May 2016

UK supermarket Tesco has launched an avocado spread on the market.


Hannah Abdulla | 28 Apr 2016

Associated British Foods has taken its Indian spice brand, Patak's, into the frozen ready meal market.


Hannah Abdulla | 31 Mar 2016

Glanbia has declined to comment on the impact a reported milk supply contract loss to Tesco in Ireland will have on its business.


Katy Askew | 21 Mar 2016

Tesco plans to launch seven value-oriented own-label ranges in the UK, focusing on delivering "quality" in the produce, meat and poultry categories. 


Dean Best | 15 Mar 2016

Food manufacturers and retailers operating in the UK - including Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Asda - have signed up to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth in ten years.


Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jan 2016

Tesco has apologised for "unsustainable and harmful" practices with its suppliers after the UK Groceries Code Adjudicator found the retailer "seriously breached" the Groceries Supply Code of Practice drawn up to govern dealings with manufacturers.


Katy Askew | 14 Dec 2015

Tesco has re-listed core products from Associated British Foods' bread brand Kingsmill, reversing a decision the UK's largest retailer made in March to stop stocking the lines.


Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

Associated British Foods-owned bread brand Kingsmill is set to return to Tesco shelves, after the UK's largest retailer delisted the brand in March.


Katy Askew | 18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 9 Sep 2016

The 2014 accounting scandal at Tesco has returned to the headlines today (9 September), with news three former executives have been charged over the affair.


Dean Best | 14 Apr 2016

An eye-catching tech move from Tesco has been revealed this week - and one that has echoes of one of Amazon's latest initiatives in the US.

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Tesco Stores CR as in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Tesco Stores CR as in Retailing (Czech Republic)

Tesco Stores maintained its ranking of third in overall retailing in the Czech Republic in 2015. The company’s main focus is on increasing profitability....

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Self-Service Cafeterias in the United Kingdom

Self-Service Cafeterias in the United Kingdom

Self-service cafeterias did not perform well in 2015, seeing 1% overall current value decline. With consumers paying more attention to dining ambience, self-service cafeterias are at an increasing dis...

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