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Auchan strikes another purchasing deal with retail rival 24 Oct 14

Just weeks after announcing a purchasing tie-up in France with local rival Systeme U, Auchan has outlined an international agreement with Germany's Metro Group...


SIAL 2014: New UK food minister pledges action 22 Oct 14

Liz Truss, the UK's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, went on a whistlestop tour of the country's exhibitors at the SIAL trade show in Paris yesterday, before pledging more help for businesses looking to expand abroad...


SIAL opens in Paris 19 Oct 14

It is an unseasonably mild and bright morning here in Paris as this year's SIAL expo gets under away. Will the mood of exhibitors match the sunnier weather?..


Sugar Puffs cuts sugar - in more ways than one 17 Oct 14

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, is to lower the sugar content of UK cereal brand Sugar Puffs - and at the same time remove the ingredient from the product's name...


Cocoa, chocolate industry set to announce Ebola pledges 14 Oct 14

The World Cocoa Foundation, an industry body including some of the world's largest chocolate manufacturers, is to reveal details of their support for the fight against Ebola in west Africa...


Last call: win an iPad mini on just-food 13 Oct 14

There is still time to contribute to just-food's readership survey and, in doing so, put yourself in with a chance to win an iPad mini on us...


How can just-food work for you? 6 Oct 14

Now's your chance to tell us. We are running a survey of our international readership and want to know what you think about our service - and the the challenges you are facing at the moment. It's all part of our aim to meet your needs...


Aldi reveals UK growth ambitions 29 Sep 14

The discounter has, alongside its fellow German retailer Lidl, shaken up the UK grocery market. And today (28 September) it outlined plans to grow its business in the country further...


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...

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