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What could be implications of Tesco probe?

The Grocery Code Adjudicator launched a probe into Tesco's supplier payments today (5 February). Given Tesco has already taken moves to addr...

Briefing: Poland's online grocery promise

Western Europe has been at the forefront of the development of online food retailing but the channel has taken root further east – notably i...


Briefing: Poland's online grocery promise

Dean Best | 30 Jan 2015

Western Europe has been at the forefront of the development of online food retailing but the channel has taken root further east – notably in Poland, with the country seen as having the most advanced grocery e-commerce sector in central and eastern Europe. Dean Best analyses the market.


Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

Dean Best | 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.


How will Tesco's strategy affect suppliers?

Katy Askew | 9 Jan 2015

Contained in Tesco's trading update yesterday (8 January) were some key strategic initiatives that will have a profound impact on the companies that supply the UK's largest retailer.


2015 preview: A better deal for M&A sellers

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 2 Jan 2015

Upward pressure is continuing in food industry M&A transactions, as demonstrated by some large public deals in 2014. However that has not fed through to smaller, non-public deals, which make up the bulk of M&A deals. Stefan Kirk draws attention to one potential driver of higher-equity values, and thus higher transaction volume, in so-called main-street M&A - changes in valuation methodology, forced over the line by long-term low interest rates.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Bennett Opie owner William Opie

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2014

Family-owned UK company Bennett Opie is a varied business, selling products from pickles to compotes under its Opies brand at home and abroad and handling a fast-growing distribution arm in its domestic market. just-food spoke to fourth-generation owner William Opie about the company's recent rapid growth and its ambitions to expand further overseas.


Bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons

Dean Best | 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.

Latest News

ABF's Kingsmill returns to Tesco

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.


MRSA in UK pork spurs call for antibiotics action

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.


Tesco delists Rachel's Organic yoghurt range

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2015

Lactalis-owned UK dairy business Rachel's Organic has confirmed supermarket Tesco has delisted its yoghurt range.


Food industry news of week: Nestle, Danone

Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.


Tesco to de-list ABF's Kingsmill bread

Katy Askew | 19 Mar 2015

Tesco has confirmed it is de-listing Associated British Foods' largest UK bread brand, Kingsmill.


Gulfood: Paganini eyes Middle East retail entry

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Feb 2015

Irish ice cream producer Paganini is eyeing an entry into the Middle East's retail sector with the launch of its protein-heavy product Fitfuel.


Tesco "requests price cuts" on easing commodities

Katy Askew | 9 Feb 2015

Tesco has reportedly sent out more than 3,000 emails asking its suppliers to cut prices in reflection of falling commodity costs.


Food industry quotes of week: Tacon, Hain, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Feb 2015

This week, Tesco found itself in more deep water with the UK's grocery watchdog saying it suspects the UK supermarket has breached the code of practice governing dealings with suppliers. Elsewhere, Arla announced a joint venture in Australia which it hopes will multiply its business in the country significantly and Hain Celestial's CEO was upbeat about the US group's prospects.


Food industry news of week: Tesco, Fonterra, Mars

Dean Best | 6 Feb 2015

Tesco is to be the first UK retailer investigated for alleged breaches of the country's groceries code in the wake of its mis-statement of profits, it was announced this week. Elsewhere, a staff error led to Fonterra losing its licence to ship cheese to the US and Mars revealed it will close a chewing gum plant in Canada.


Grocery watchdog probes Tesco over supplier abuses

Katy Askew | 5 Feb 2015

The UK's Grocery Code Adjudicator has launched an investigation into Tesco's dealings with its suppliers following September's profit-overstatement scandal.


Food industry quotes of week: First Milk, Marfrig

Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Food industry news of week: Tesco, General Mills

Dean Best | 9 Jan 2015

Tesco this week claimed it wanted to "regenerate" its relationship with suppliers, with a strategy that looks set to cut the number of SKUs on sale in stores. Meanwhile, speculation emerged Brazilian private-equity firm and Heinz co-owner 3G Capital is looking at further acquisitions in the food industry.


Food industry quotes of week: Tesco, Chobani

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 2015

This week, Chobani refuted claims its CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is being pushed out of his position. Elsewhere, Tesco outlined a new strategy expected to have a profound impact on the companies that supply the retailer. Findus acquired Nestle's Spanish frozen food business La Cocinera and HKScan announced it was axing 95 jobs across two of its sites in Denmark. Here is the week in quotes


Tesco "regenerating" supplier relations

Katy Askew | 8 Jan 2015

Tesco has said it is focused on "regenerating" relations with suppliers through "new commercial income guidelines" and associated year-end cash management.


Yorkshire Provender pumps GBP2m into new factory

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2014

UK chilled soup manufacturer The Yorkshire Provender Co. has invested GBP2m (US$3.1m) into expanding its production facilities.


Food industry quotes of week: Danone, Kellogg

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Dec 2014

This week, Danone announced it was forming a new division for its operations in Africa and keeping its medical nutrition arm, which had been the subject of takeover speculation. Tesco issued yet another profit warning, but CEO Dave Lewis is convinced the company is taking the right steps for the future and outlined changes to the way the retailer will do business with suppliers. Elsewhere, Kellogg remained coy over union claims it was mulling the closure of two cereal plants in the US. Here is the week in quotes.


Food industry news of week: Danone, Cargill

Dean Best | 12 Dec 2014

Danone this week gave the first tangible signs of its plans under new CEO Emmanuel Faber, including a new division to focus on growing in Africa. Cargill revealed it is considering an entry into Indonesia's poultry sector. Meanwhile, Tesco announced another profit warning but notably outlined changes to the way it will do business with suppliers.


UK mulls adding "five-a-day" mark to ready meals

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.


Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken

Hannah Abdulla | 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.


China Resources Enterprise food arm posts 9M loss

Dean Best | 14 Nov 2014

China Resources Enterprise, the brewing-to-retail group, has reported a nine-month loss from its food division, as start-up costs from its rice business offset higher sales.


Hilton grows volumes in western Europe

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 2014

Hilton Food Group said that it was able to grow sales volumes in western Europe during the third quarter but conceded that value sales have been hit by lower raw material prices and currency exchange.


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

Dean Best | 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.

Latest blogs

What retailers comply with the UK grocery code?

Katy Askew | 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.


Orion mulls foray into retail with Tesco South Korea bid

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jun 2015

South Korean snack maker Orion is reportedly planning to make its first foray into retail with the acquisition of Tesco's South Korean unit, Homeplus.

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