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Amid the turmoil, Tesco sales continue to slide 23 Sep 14

Mixed news this morning for Tesco. The under-pressure UK retailer has managed to install new CFO Alan Stewart earlier than planned. However, fresh sales data out of the UK shows Tesco's sales remain in the doldrums...


How ABF is fighting back on sugar 17 Sep 14

The health story of 2014 has been the debate over the impact sugar has on obesity. The issue hit the headlines in January and has stayed there, with only yesterday a study published in the UK calling for consumption guidelines to be cut. Industry has faced a tide of criticism and is battling growing consumer concern. The owners of British Sugar is taking matters into its own hands...


International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal 15 Sep 14

France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands...


Russia sets out plans to invest in agriculture 9 Sep 14

Dmitry Medvedev has announced Moscow's plans to invest "tens of billions of roubles" into the country's agriculture sector, a move that would appear a way to alleviate the impact within Russia of its food embargo...


Cargill snaps up ADM's chocolate business 2 Sep 14

Five months after Cargill's rumoured interest to buy Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa and chocolate businesses came to nothing, the company today (2 September) announced a deal for part of the assets...


Brussels ready to move again to help Russia-hit EU producers 26 Aug 14

Fresh produce growers in the EU have secured assistance from the European Commission in the wake of the Russian embargo and Brussels has indicated it would be prepared to step in again...


just-food closed on Monday - but catch up on what you may have missed 22 Aug 14

A quick note to say we are closed on Monday (25 August) for a public holiday in England and Wales - but there's plenty for you to peruse on the site before we return on Tuesday...


Family Dollar dismisses Dollar General offer 21 Aug 14

The takeover battle for Family Dollar Stores has taken another twist, with the US retailer rejecting a takeover bid from rival Dollar General and in-the-spotlight CEO Howard Levine citing anti-trust concerns...


Elliott Review was not blocked, insists Defra 18 Aug 14

The UK government has insisted there was no moves to block the review of the UK food supply chain and said it will published "shortly"...


Brussels to convene "task force" on Russia embargo 11 Aug 14

The EU said today (11 August) a "joined up" response across the bloc is needed to Russia's move to ban a swathe of food imports from the market...

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