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Retail margin management in spotlight

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be a...

Talking shop: What's next for Fresh & Easy?

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 busi...

Focus: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale

Dean Best | 20 Mar 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.

Analysis: Albertson's LLC hungry for M&A

Katy Askew | 16 Sep 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.

Focus: Whole Foods can see off retail rivals

Dean Best | 7 Aug 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.

On the money: Whole Foods to up store count

Katy Askew | 1 Aug 2013

Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb has claimed the US retailer sees the potential to triple its store count in the US.

Latest Interviews

Tyrrells keeps firm eye on export opportunities

Michelle Russell | 3 Jan 2013

As competition in the global snacks market heats up, so to has the need for manufacturers to explore overseas growth opportunities in both developed and emerging markets. Michelle Russell speaks to Tyrrells head of international Laurence Bass about the company's export ambitions and its focus for the future.

Q&A: ConAgra sales boss Knudsen on Ralcorp deal

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

Latest News

Divine Chocolate wins US major retailer listings

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 2014

Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced listings at a number of US mainstream retailers.

US online service Instacart enters Los Angeles

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2014

US food delivery service Instacart has started doing business in Los Angeles, its seventh city since its launch in San Francisco in 2012.

Whole Foods buys stores from New Frontiers

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

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

Whole Foods lowers FY earnings forecast range

Dean Best | 13 Feb 2014

Whole Foods Market has brought down its forecast range for annual earnings, hitting shares in the US natural and organic retailer today (13 February).

Review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

Dean Best | 19 Dec 2013

Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.

Whole Foods Market shares slide on Q4 slowdown

Katy Askew | 7 Nov 2013

Whole Foods Market booked a jump in full-year profits but saw its share price sink on investor concerns of fourth-quarter weakness.

ANUGA 2013: Lifeway eyes further UK distribution

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2013

Lifeway Foods, the US-based manufacturer of cultured dairy products, could secure deals with major supermarket chains in the UK next year, its chief executive has told just-food.

Research: dairy emerging markets; c-stores outlook

just-food Research Team | 9 Aug 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.

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

Dean Best | 5 Aug 2013

The spat between UK retailers Sainsbury's and Tesco grabbed this week's headlines after the country's advertising watchdog ruled in favour of the latter's price comparison scheme.

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

Michelle Russell | 5 Aug 2013

The results continued to roll in this week as the likes of Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group revealed their sales and profits in the first six months of the year. The CEOs of both Kellogg and Kraft explained plans to boost volumes in the second half. Elsewhere, UK crisp firm Tyrrells got a new private-equity owner in the shape of Bahrain-based Investcorp.

Whole Foods to step up openings as profit grows

Katy Askew | 1 Aug 2013

Whole Foods Market plans to step up its store opening programme on the back of growing demand, which has propelled its profit growth in the first nine months of its financial year.

Crave "likely source" of fatal listeria outbreak

Michelle Russell | 8 Jul 2013

US cheese producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co. is the "likely" source of a fatal listeria outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

just-food's research round-up

just-food Research Team | 28 Jun 2013

This week's batch of reports includes a study on sugar confectionery in emerging markets and a specific look at the chocolate sector in Latin America. Research on the global organic food and drink market is also featured, alongside a separate case study on the success of Whole Foods Market.

Billionaire Burkle "in talks to buy Fresh & Easy"

Dean Best | 13 Jun 2013

US billionaire investor Ron Burkle is reportedly in discussions to buy Tesco's US chain Fresh & Easy.

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

Michelle Russell | 13 May 2013

The quarterly results continued to roll in this week and we listened to a number of CEOs talk about the challenges and opportunities they face in 2013. Elsewhere, just-food covered Hofex, the largest food and hospitality tradeshow in Asia-Pacific, where we spoke with UK SMEs about their international ambitions. Retailer Delhaize Group has also begun the search for a new CEO following the resignation of Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

Whole Foods ups earnings forecast

Dean Best | 8 May 2013

US retailer Whole Foods Market has upped its forecast for full-year earnings after reporting a 22% rise in half-year profits.

Whole Foods outlines "transparent" GM strategy

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2013

All products on sale at Whole Foods Market stores in the US and Canada will have to show whether they contain GM ingredients.

Tyrrells secures listing with US retailer Publix

Michelle Russell | 11 Mar 2013

UK crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has increased its presence in the US after securing a listing with supermarket group Publix.

UK firm Aspall takes vinegars into US

Dean Best | 11 Mar 2013

UK firm Aspall is to sell its vinegars in the US for the first time with a listing with Whole Foods Market.

Whole Foods narrows FY sales outlook

Michelle Russell | 14 Feb 2013

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has narrowed its full-year sales target.

UNFI blames Teamsters for talks failure

Chris Mercer | 15 Jan 2013

Whole Foods Market supplier United Natural Foods has said it is disappointed not to have reached a deal with the Teamsters trade union in the two groups' latest talks.

UNFI, Teamsters to hold dispute talks

Chris Mercer | 3 Jan 2013

United Natural Foods and the Teamsters trade union will hold fresh talks as customers voice disquiet over the ongoing worker strike in Washington state.

Latest blogs

It's getting heavy at Whole Foods

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

Whole Foods Market already had a reputation for being pricey. This will only be compounded by news that the retailer has been accused of routinely overcharging consumers by overstating the weight of packaged meat, dairy and baked goods.

Whole Foods Market a victim of its own success

Katy Askew | 7 May 2014

Whole Foods Market lowered its outlook for the third time today (6 May) as the group missed second quarter expectations, sending shares plummeting.

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