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US: Whole Foods buys Arizona, California stores from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace

2 April 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

US: Giant Eagle confirms Toledo exit, 179 jobs axed

25 March 2014

Giant Eagle has announced its exit from the Toledo market with the closure of two stores and accompanying gas stations in the area.

Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy

20 March 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.

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

10 March 2014

Sugar again grabbed the headlines after the World Health Organization revised its guidance on how much of the ingredient to consume. Elsewhere, a US retailer with over 2,400 stores could be created after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway.

US: PE firm Cerberus "eyes US$9bn deal for Safeway"

6 March 2014

Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is reportedly working on a US$9bn takeover bid for US retail giant Safeway Inc.

US: Kroger Q4 profits beat Wall St forecasts

6 March 2014

US food retailer Kroger today (6 March) reported fourth-quarter earnings that beat analyst expectations.

US: Kroger "interested in Safeway assets"

4 March 2014

Kroger reportedly contacted fellow US grocery giant Safeway Inc to indicate its interest in buying part of the business.

Talking shop: Kroger mobile leadership takes loyalty to new level

3 March 2014

Digital and mobile technology is shaping the way retailers interact with consumers as the communication of offers and promotions becomes ever more personalised and interactive. Kroger's recent purchase of You Tech, a leading provider of digital couponing, demonstrates the group's commitment to leveraging digital marketing to reach US shoppers. Katy Askew reports.

US: Kroger to "vigorously" defend chicken mislabelling claims

13 February 2014

Kroger has said it will "vigorously" defend itself against claims the US retail giant has misled with consumers over how the chickens sold under its Simple Truth label have been raised.

US: Kroger buys digital coupon provider

12 February 2014

US supermarket group Kroger has acquired digital coupon company You Technology Brand Services.

Talking shop: Major US chains eye small-format growth

5 February 2014

The convenience channel has become a source of growth for larger grocers in a number of markets. Even in the US, home of the big-box store, major players have tested the water, albeit with patchy success. The likes of Wal-Mart are upping their focus on smaller stores and, although they will not represent a short-term threat to America's 'Cokes and smokes' c-stores, indie operators need to be wary. Hannah Abdulla reports.

just-food's review of 2013: supply chains and sustainbility

6 January 2014

Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.

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

9 December 2013

Unilever CEO Paul Polman last week met analysts to explain how the consumer goods giant is changing its business amid slowing sales, moves that are set to include 2,000 jobs being cut.

US: Kroger Q3 profits down, keeps FY forecast

5 December 2013

A fall in third-quarter earnings was not enough to stop an increase in year-to-date profits at US grocery giant Kroger.

US: FY earnings climb at retailer Harris Teeter

1 November 2013

US regional retailer Harris Teeter, set to be taken over by supermarket giant Kroger, has booked an increase in full-year earnings.

US: Kroger details post-Dillon succession plan

18 October 2013

US supermarket chain Kroger has detailed its plans to appoint senior management following the exit of chief executive David Dillion.

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

30 September 2013

Once again, the dairy and infant formula sectors in Asia-Pacific grabbed the headlines last week. Danone was at the centre of yet more bribery allegations in China. Fonterra - which has had its own scandals this year - published its annual results and said it planned to up its focus on nutrition and on emerging markets. And Australian dairy processor Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory turned down a takeover bid fro local peer - and investor - Bega Cheese.

On the move: Kroger in safe hands after Dillon exit

24 September 2013

US supermarket chain Kroger is fighting fit. The company has been growing market share for a number of quarters and a focus on expanding its store count has fuelled further expansion. The news CEO Dave Dillon is standing down will see him go out on top. Waiting in the wings is chief operating officer Rodney McMullen. The long-time Kroger executive represents a safe pair of hands as the retailer pushes on with its growth plans. Katy Askew reports.

US: Kroger CEO Dillon to step down after decade at helm

20 September 2013

Dave Dillon, the CEO of US grocery giant Kroger, is to step down from the role at the turn of the year after over a decade in charge of one of the largest food retailers in the US.

Talking shop: What's next for a Burkle-led Fresh & Easy?

19 September 2013

Ron Burkle, the US billionaire investor who is to take on the bulk of Tesco's US Fresh & Easy arm, has said he believes the loss-making business gives his Yucaipa fund a base upon which to build. But it is not yet clear what his plans are. Dean Best looks at what could be next.

In the spotlight: Albertson's LLC hungry for more after United Supermarkets buy

16 September 2013

Albertson's LLC has had a transformative year. The private-equity owned company is investing in trying to elevating its growth trajectory. A significant step in this direction was made when the group acquired the remaining Albertsons stores - and rights to the Albertsons name - from SuperValu, along with the Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market chains. Last week's acquisition of United Supermarkets builds on that foundation and comes as further evidence the firm, and its financial backers, are committed to driving growth through M&A. Katy Askew reports.

US: Bi-Lo, Harris Teeter strike deal for Piggly Wiggly stores

13 September 2013

US regional supermarket operators Bi-Lo and Harris Teeter have both struck deals to buy a network of Piggly Wiggly stores.

US: Kroger books H1 sales, earnings growth

12 September 2013

US supermarket group Kroger has booked an increase in first-half sales and earnings, driven by like-for-like revenue growth and improved operating margins.

just-food's research round-up: emerging markets for dairy; prospects for c-stores

9 August 2013

Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

Talking shop: Whole Foods can see off natural, organic rivals

7 August 2013

For all the recent headlines around the IPOs of US natural and organic retailers Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway Group Holdings, Whole Foods Market remains the one to watch, writes Dean Best.

US: Profits at Kroger-bound Harris Teeter jump

2 August 2013

US regional retailer Harris Teeter, set to be taken over by supermarket giant Kroger, has booked a jump in profits.

US: A&P hires Credit Suisse to seek funding

30 July 2013

US retailer The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Co., which emerged from bankruptcy last year, has hired Credit Suisse to assist the company in finding additional funding.

US: Harris Teeter shareholders seek to block Kroger deal

19 July 2013

Harris Teeter shareholders have filed a lawsuit against US retail giant Kroger in a bid to block the purchase of the regional grocery chain.

In the spotlight: Kroger to benefit from surprise Harris Teeter deal

12 July 2013

US retail giant Kroger this week struck a deal to buy regional supermarket chain Harris Teeter in a deal worth US$2.44bn. Analysts believe the deal makes perfect sense, offering synergies and opportunities for Kroger to strengthen its position in the US retail scene. One analyst, however, believes Kroger may face competing bids before a deal is secured. Michelle Russell takes a look.

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

12 July 2013

For a second week, China's probe into infant formula prices - which it emerged is part of a wider investigation into the dairy sector in the country - grabbed your attention. And the US food retail scene saw the biggest M&A story of the week when Kroger struck a deal to buy regional chain Harris Teeter for US$2.4bn.

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