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Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers...

FMCG in Middle East: How leading execs view region

For packaged food manufacturers with ambitions for international growth, the Middle East presents an opportunity, with growing populations e...


FMCG in Middle East: How leading execs view region

Dean Best | 2 May 2014

For packaged food manufacturers with ambitions for international growth, the Middle East presents an opportunity, with growing populations enjoying rising incomes. In its management briefing on the region, just-food provides a flavour of what leading food and drink executives have said about Middle East in recent weeks.


On the money: Bullish Waitrose ready for battle

Dean Best | 7 Mar 2014

Upmarket UK grocer Waitrose has enjoyed another strong 12 months. Waitrose's reputation for quality has resonated in a polarised market, while the retailer has kept its eye on price with schemes such as brand match scheme targeting Tesco. Waitrose expects another solid year as the economy improves and is prepared to roll up its sleeves should Tesco sharpen its pricing pencil. Dean Best reports.


Ocado still looking at more tie-ups in medium term

Katy Askew | 4 Feb 2014

Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner has said the UK online retailer is still looking to further develop licencing deals with larger retailers, although he emphasised there are no "imminent announcements" on any pending agreements.


What the analysts say: Morrisons stuns City

Dean Best | 9 Jan 2014

Morrisons' unscheduled Christmas trading update surprised the City this morning in more ways than one. Like-for-like sales fell almost 6%, under-performing its rivals by some distance. The decline was evidence the impact the growth of discounters Aldi and Lidl is having the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

Latest Interviews

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.


Moo Free aims to "dominate" dairy-free chocolate

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2014

Ambitious dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free aims to "dominate" the world market for dairy-free milk chocolate by expanding in new markets and increasing its exposure to the supermarket channel.

Latest News

Food industry news of week: Hershey, Nestle

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.


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.


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.


Front-of-pack labels work, UK retailers insist

Dean Best | 19 Nov 2014

The introduction of front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK has encouraged consumers to choose healthier food, the country's grocers insisted today (19 November).


Warburtons adds "premium" loaves to range

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Nov 2014

Warburtons has added a line of "premium" loaves to its bakery range.


Iglo launches Birds Eye Steamfresh range

Katy Askew | 1 Sep 2014

Iglo Group is launching a new line of Birds Eye Steamfresh frozen vegetable, pasta and rice products throughout the UK in a bid to capitalise on what it describes as the "current trend" for steam cooking.


Burts in talks to expand Lentil Waves listings

Dean Best | 11 Jul 2014

UK crisp maker Burts Chips has launched snacks made from lentils into Waitrose and is in talks with other retailers for further listings.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2014

This week shares dipped in both Premier Foods and ConAgra Foods after the firms said they were likely to miss earnings forecasts for their respective quarters. Elsewhere, PepsiCo and Mondelez both showed their commitment to R&D through the opening of new facilities. Danone debuted its desserts range in the US, but in the UK was in hot water with the advertising watchdog who claimed its Nutricia Growing Up Milk ad implied the health of kids that didn't consume the product would suffer. Here is the week in quotes


Waitrose to develop export business for brands

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Jun 2014

UK supermarket Waitrose has announced plans to export branded products from SMEs to overseas markets.


Unilever responds to FroYo demand with Snog mini

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jun 2014

Unilever is extending its presence in the frozen yoghurt sector with the development of mini frozen yoghurt pots under the Snog brand.


Doves Farm eyeing growth at home and abroad

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2014

Gluten-free and organic firm Doves Farm plans to expand its UK sales through new product development, while also eyeing expansion in key overseas markets.


Ocado sales growth fails to convince analysts

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2014

UK online specialist Ocado today (12 March) reported a jump in first-quarter sales but the result failed to convince the City and its shares tumbled.


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

Dean Best | 10 Mar 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.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.


Waitrose eyes "20-25" UAE store target

Dean Best | 7 Mar 2014

Waitrose MD Mark Price has said the upmarket UK grocer still has ambitions to grow its business in the Middle East despite the recent closure of outlets in Bahrain.


UPDATE: Waitrose plans Little Waitrose push

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Waitrose MD Mark Price today (6 March) told just-food the upmarket UK grocer is set to accelerate the expansion of its network of Little Waitrose convenience stores.


FY sales, profits up at UK retailer Waitrose

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Upmarket UK grocer Waitrose today (6 March) reported a rise in annual sales and profits and a further increase in its share of the country's food retail market.


Tesco slammed for 'breaking tuna promise'

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Mar 2014

Greenpeace has lashed out at Tesco alleging it has reneged on promises it would only stock sustainable tuna.


Tesco to accelerate UK turnaround

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2014

Tesco will "accelerate" efforts to turn around its UK business, the company said today (25 February).


Timeline - King's reign at Sainsbury's

Dean Best | 29 Jan 2014

Justin King is to step down as CEO of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. King has revitalised Sainsbury's, taking a business with stock issues to one that has consistently outperformed its rivals in recent years. Here's a look at the key events of King's reign.


Private label "poised for growth in India"

Mini Pant Zachariah | 28 Jan 2014

Retailers that provide distinctive value-for-money products will benefit from significant opportunities to grow private label sales in India, a panel of industry experts told the seventh annual Food & Grocery Forum India.


Waitrose to create 2,000 jobs across 26 new stores

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jan 2014

Waitrose has announced it is to create 2,000 new jobs in 2014 through the opening of 26 shops in the UK.

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.


Asda goes all in on gluten-free pledge

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Sep 2014

With demand for gluten-free on the rise, retailers in a number of countries have been building ranges of products to capitalise on a significant growth spot in challenging trading conditions. In the UK, Asda has looked to steal a march on its rivals with a notable product pledge.

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