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What could influence US healthy snacking market?

Snacking is a significant macro trend driving trends in the US market and demand for healthier products is on the rise. Sally Lyons Wyatt, e...

Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the pas...

Retail margin management in spotlight

Katy Askew | 8 Oct 2015

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 

How global retailers target emerging markets

Katy Askew | 8 Sep 2015

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these countries and the challenges to profitability.

Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Focus: Mexican dairies focus on adding value

Elizabeth Machuca | 29 Jun 2015

Dairy producers in Mexico have turned to product diversification to boost sales in the face of rising costs, weak purchasing power within lower income consumer groups and growing competition for the favour of more affluent consumers. Elizabeth Machuca reports.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Walkers Shortbread US

Dean Best | 12 Jul 2013

UK baker Walkers Shortbread generates over 40% of its sales outside its domestic market. The family-owned biscuit firm's largest export market is the US. Dean Best spoke to Steve Dawson, CEO of Walkers Shortbread's US arm, about the company's business across the Atlantic and plans for growth.

just the answer: Burton's Biscuit Co. CMO Wilson

Katy Askew | 2 Apr 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co. is the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, producing iconic brands from Jammie Dodgers to Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies. Earlier this month, it emerged that the company's private equity owners, Apollo Management and CIBC, have hired advisors to look at options for the business, including potential sale. Apollo and CIBC took ownership of Burton's in 2011 and, since then, the company has focused its operations, developed its strategic initiatives to drive growth and shaken up its manufacturing base to improve profitability. Burton's chief marketing officer Stuart Wilson spoke to just-food about how management plans to drive continued growth in the biscuit sector.

Latest News

Bahlsen's Waffeletten gets Wal-Mart listing

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Bahlsen has secured listings for its Waffeletten cookies in Wal-Mart stores in the US.

RSPO palm oil standards get industry criticism

Dean Best | 1 Jun 2015

Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.

Wal-Mart acts on animal welfare, antibiotics

Katy Askew | 26 May 2015

Retail giant Wal-Mart is putting pressure on its suppliers to improve animal welfare standards and transparency in supply chains while also reducing the use of antibiotics in animal rearing.

IRI Product Pacesetters 2014: the top 10

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.

Lala names Walmex chief Scot Rank CEO

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 2015

Wal-Mart de Mexico CEO Scot Rank will replace long-time Grupo Lala chief executive Arquimedes Celis at the helm of the Mexican dairy company later this year.

Powerful Yogurt to launch protein drink range

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2014

US yoghurt business Powerful Yogurt is to launch a range of protein drinks as it continues to expand its portfolio.

Chaucer in Crunchies deal after takeover claims

Dean Best | 29 Oct 2014

Chaucer Foods has acquired a majority stake in Crunchies Food Co., the US snacks firm that filed for Chapter 11 after claiming the UK-based food ingredients group had tried to launch a hostile bid for the business.

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

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Apr 2014

Tesco's full-year results proved disappointing, as expected, and CEO Bill Stritz has said online retailing has played a huge part. Elsewhere first quarter results were out and Co-op saw heavy losses. It has now decided to get rid of some of the Somerfield stores and focus on its convenience offering. There were developments on the Michael Foods acquisition with Post Holdings announcing it had taken over the firm in a US$2.45bn deal. Other acquisitions this week included Daelman's purchase of UK firm Fabulous Bakin' Boys and PE firm Abraaj's acquisition of North African confectioner Kool Foods.

Wal-Mart outlines India expansion plans

Michelle Russell | 14 Apr 2014

Wal-Mart has revealed growth plans for its wholesale store division in India including the opening of additional stores and an extension of its B2B e-commerce platform.

Massmart CEO Pattison steps down

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Apr 2014

South-African retailer Massmart has announced the resignation of its CEO Grant Pattison.

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

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2014

Olive oil giant Deoleo this week announced its board had backed a takeover bid from private-equity giant CVC Capital Partners. Elsewhere, Mondelez International announced plans for another plant in Russia and the political party that looks set to be the major party in India's next government said it would ban foreign supermarkets entering the country's retail sector.

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

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2014

Food retailers eyeing India would have been surprised to hear the BJP political party, tipped to lead the country's next government, publish a tough stance on foreign investment in its retail sector. Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke hinted the food giant could be looking at further disposals and Wal-Mart said more affordable organic groceries would be available in the US after a tie-up with the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

Wal-Mart, Wild Oats brand in organic push

Dean Best | 10 Apr 2014

Wal-Mart has announced a notable push into the US organic food category with plans to list a range of products under the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

BJP plans to ban foreign supermarkets in India

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2014

Indian political party Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is expected to lead the country's next government, has said it plans to ban foreign supermarkets from entering its retail sector.

Asda to create 12,000 jobs in five years

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2014

Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, has said it will create 12,000 jobs in the country in the next five years.

Tesco to invest GBP85m in Tata JV in India

Katy Askew | 21 Mar 2014

UK retailer Tesco has confirmed that it will invest GBP85m (US$132m) to establish a multi-brand retail joint venture with Trent Ltd, part of the Tata Group, in India.

Massmart to open seven value stores in 2014

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Mar 2014

South African retailer Massmart is set to open seven "low-income" stores in Nigeria during 2014, a spokesperson for the company told just-food today (17 March).

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.

Wal-Mart calls on India to open e-commerce to FDI

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2014

US retail giant Wal-Mart has called on the Indian government to relax regulations governing foreign direct investment in the e-commerce sector.

Wal-Mart buys online food recipe start-up Yumprint

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart has acquired another US online start-up, this time moving for recipe service Yumprint.

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

Katy Askew | 24 Feb 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York annual conference was held in Florida this week and, as ever, produced some notable comments as the great and the good of the US food sector detailed - and sometimes defended - their strategies. Danone issued its full-year numbers and shed some light on how it plans to mitigate surging dairy prices in 2014. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart - the world's largest retailer - offered a sober assessment on the outlook for consumer sentiment in the coming year. Here is just-food's week in words.

Wal-Mart Q4 profits, sales outlook hits shares

Michelle Russell | 20 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart saw its share price fall this morning (20 February) after the retail giant posted a fall in fourth-quarter earnings and lowered its fiscal 2015 sales guidance.

Latest blogs

Ahold, Delhaize tie-up creates competitive US giant

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2015

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond

Wal-Mart targets "greener" food production

Katy Askew | 8 Oct 2014

Wal-Mart threw down the gauntlet to its suppliers this week, when it announced a "commitment" to create "a more sustainable food system".

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Walmart in the US: Local Profile, 2013

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