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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.


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.


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.


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 2014

Tesco this morning (9 January) revealed a disappointing drop in like-for-like sales over Christmas and New Year. The retailer attributed the decline in sales to "further weakness in the UK grocery market" and having a "tougher comparative" versus last year. The results had a negative impact on share recommendations, although some analysts highlighted areas for optimism, including Tesco's work online.

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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.


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.

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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. 


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

UK natural food company Bõl is expanding its line of meal pots in the UK with the launch of two new items: Italian tomato courgetti and Moroccan chicken tagine.


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.


Helen Arnold | 6 Jul 2016

Waitrose has joined forces with an online retailer to enable it to reach a global audience.


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.


Ben Cooper | 26 Apr 2016

UK juice specialist Plenish is launching a non-dairy beverage made from cashews which will be branded as Plenish Organic Cashew M*lk.


Dean Best | 7 Oct 2015

Thai Union Group's UK unit John West and Princes, the UK food and drink group, have come under fire from Greenpeace over their tuna sourcing and sustainability pledges.


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.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2014

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


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.


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).


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Nov 2014

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


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.


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


Hannah Abdulla | 19 Jun 2014

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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.

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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.


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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