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Instacart wants to be available in 11 US cities by end of 2014US: Online service Instacart enters Los Angeles

7 April 2014

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

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.

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.

US: Whole Foods lowers FY earnings forecast range

13 February 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).

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

19 December 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.

US: Whole Foods Market shares slide on Q4 slowdown

7 November 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 mainstream UK distribution

7 October 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.

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.

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.

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

5 August 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

5 August 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.

On the money: Whole Foods sees potential to triple store count

1 August 2013

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

US: Whole Foods to step up openings as profit grows

1 August 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.

US: Crave Brothers cheese "likely" source of fatal listeria outbreak

8 July 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: confectionery in emerging markets, global baby food, organic food worldwide

28 June 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.

US: Billionaire Burkle "in talks to buy Fresh & Easy"

13 June 2013

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

Talking shop: Amazon's fresh step in fledgling US online grocery

13 June 2013

Amazon has made another stride in taking on US food retailers with the roll out of its fresh grocery business into the second most populous city in the US, Los Angeles. The move is sure to make other players in the market sit up and take notice but will it be enough to really shake up the US online grocery channel and give it the much needed boost it requires? Michelle Russell takes a look.

Comment: Amazon looks to take bigger bite of online grocery

6 June 2013

Online retail giant Amazon is said to be preparing to take on the well-established US food market with a major roll-out of its fresh grocery business, a move that could make other players sit up and take notice.

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

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.

On the money: Ambitious Whole Foods steals share

8 May 2013

Whole Foods Market has insisted its "value and differentiation" yielded dividends during the first half of its year, when the US natural retailer was able to grow same-store sales ahead of the market and expand its share.

US: Whole Foods ups earnings forecast

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.

US: Whole Foods sets out "transparent" GM labels strategy

12 March 2013

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

UK: Tyrrells secures listing with US retailer Publix

11 March 2013

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

UK/US: Aspall takes vinegars into US

11 March 2013

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

US: Whole Foods narrows FY sales outlook

14 February 2013

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

US: United Natural Foods blames Teamsters for talks failure

15 January 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.

On the move: Can Safeway fly without Burd?

4 January 2013

News that Safeway's long-standing CEO, Steve Burd, is to retire in May has spawned greater uncertainty among some analysts about the retailer's competitive position.

Interview: Tyrrells keeps firm eye on export opportunities

3 January 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.

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