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.
5 March 2014
The Co-operative Group, the UK's fifth-largest grocer, is launching a number of initiatives it believes will reverse its declining market share.
3 March 2014
Tesco this week outlined plans for a fresh offensive to try to revitalise UK sales. Meanwhile, The Co-operative Group, which has faced its own issues in recent months, announced it was considering the sale of its farm business as CEO Euan Sutherland looks to reshape the mutual. In the US, PepsiCo once again reiterated it is not keen on splitting the company in two, while Hershey, Mars and Nestle breathed a sigh of relief after the price-fixing case it was tied up in was kicked out of court. Here is the week in quotes.
17 February 2014
The UK's fifth-largest grocer had a challenging year - from trading issues to tabloid scandal and financial problems. However, Katy Askew argues the retailer's move to launch an open dialogue with shoppers on their business could see it re-engage with consumers.
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.
8 January 2014
The Co-operative Group's convenience stores have led the retailer to a successful final quarter as it celebrates a 1.0% like for like increase in sales against the same period last year.
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.
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.
2 January 2014
The Co-operative Group has launched an agressive price promotion in a bid to tackle declining market share trends and grow basket size.
2 September 2013
Last week saw a story that has dominated our pages apparently laid to rest when it emerged that Fonterra's botulism recall was, in fact, a false alarm.
29 August 2013
The Co-operative Group has booked a jump in first-half losses as issues plaguing its troubled banking unit took a significant chunk out of the bottom line. However, the group's retail business saw a "solid" six months, with profits dipping only slightly on increased levels of investment. According to Steve Murrells, chief executive of food, these investments are moving the retail business in the right direction. Katy Askew caught up with Murrells to find out what the group has in the pipeline.
29 August 2013
The Co-operative Group posted a first-half loss of GBP559m (US$866.7m) due to problems at its troubled banking arm, but emphasised that profits at its food business were "solid".
27 August 2013
The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.
5 August 2013
The Co-operative Group, the UK's fifth-largest grocer, is to relaunch its standard own-label range under a new name in a bid to boost sales.
1 August 2013
Aldi and UK retailers The Co-operative Group and Waitrose have signed up to a campaign run by consumer watchdog Which? to support simpler, clearer and more consistent pricing in supermarkets in the country.
11 July 2013
Associated British Foods today (11 July) reported a 7% increase in third-quarter sales from its grocery business, helped by parts of its UK and Australian units.
5 June 2013
The former CFO of Morrisons, Richard Pennycook, is to join rival UK grocer The Co-operative Group as finance director.
1 May 2013
Belton Cheese has been on something of a roll, expanding its business into new international markets with fresh distribution deals in countries as far afield as the US and Japan. The group announced yesterday (30 April) that it is further growing its overseas presence through an agreement to expand into Russia's high growth dairy market. Katy Askew caught up with Belton sales manager Phil Jones to find out more.
25 April 2013
The GM debate has re-emerged in the UK in the last couple of weeks with the news four major supermarket operators will allow their suppliers to use GM feed for poultry and eggs.
24 April 2013
Discount clothing chain Primark again grabbed the headlines for Associated British Foods as it booked higher half-year profits and sales - and saw its shares hit a record high. But what about ABF's grocery business? Dean Best spoke with CEO George Weston about the performance of and prospects for the UK group's food operations.
23 April 2013
A union representing Premier Foods workers has questioned whether the company entered into "meaningful" discussions ahead of its move to close its Birmingham Hovis bakery tomorrow (23 April).
23 April 2013
UK retailer The Co-operative Group has opened a GBP22m (US$33.6m) distribution centre in north Derbyshire that is expected to create around 300 new jobs.
19 April 2013
UK Fairtrade specialist Divine Chocolate is to be re-listed at The Co-operative Group's stores.
2 April 2013
UK fresh vegetable supplier Produce World has launched a consumer brand under the name Burgess Harvest Veg.
2 April 2013
UK retailer The Co-operative Group is relaunching and rebranding its own-label healthy range with the addition of new products.
27 March 2013
UK-based Divine Chocolate was one of the first Fairtrade-only FMCG brands when it launched in 1998. However, the entry of larger, mainstream companies into the category, while increasing awareness of Fairtrade and boosting sales, has had an impact on the specialists. Divine commercial director David Francis spoke to Dean Best about competition, retail support for Fairtrade and the promotional battle in the UK.
25 March 2013
Last week saw the just-food team hitting the streets to bring you coverage from two key events in the industry calender: the IFE trade show in London and the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe (CAGE) conference.
21 March 2013
The Co-operative Group has insisted it is well placed to maintain what it sees as a "leading" position in the UK convenience sector, even as competition steps up and the country's supermarket groups look to expand their convenience network.
21 March 2013
The Co-operative Group has booked a drop in full-year earnings for 2012, with food profitability hampered by its investments in pricing and the weak consumer outlook.
5 March 2013
Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has continued its drive to rapidly expand its footprint with the announcement that it has acquired the remaining Vion meat businesses in the UK. Katy Askew takes a look at how ambitious 2 Sisters hopes to succeed in a market where Vion struggled.