UPDATE: UK: Co-op to sell 60% of Somerfield estate in convenience drive

UPDATE: UK: Co-op to sell 60% of Somerfield estate in convenience drive

The Co-operative Group will sell around 60% of the space it acquired as part of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield as the embattled UK grocer increases its focus on its core convenience estate.

US: Acquisitive Post Holdings swoops for Michael Foods

US: Acquisitive Post Holdings swoops for Michael Foods

Acquisition-hungry US food group Post Holdings has today (17 April) announced its biggest takeover - an agreement to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods for US$2.45bn.

On the money: Tesco admits online cannibalising stores

On the money: Tesco admits online cannibalising stores

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke has conceded the growth of online grocery retailing in the UK has had a negative impact on the performance of its physical stores.

Consuming issues: Seven a day, no fooling

Consuming issues: Seven a day, no fooling

Announced on 1 April, research that said we should be eating seven portions of fruit or veg a day was not an April Fool but may have prompted a wry smile from those who struggle to get near the 'five-a-day' recommendation.

Confectionery: BRICs and beyond: China a sweet spot for gum makers

Confectionery: BRICs and beyond: China a sweet spot for gum makers

Chewing gum manufacturers have seen sales come under pressure in developed markets in North America and Europe but other parts of the world are providing growth - and China is one such market. Dean Best reports.

Focus: EU funds international project in food fraud fight

Focus: EU funds international project in food fraud fight

Participants within an EU-funded research project on fighting food fraud believe they can help rebuild consumer confidence in Europe's food sector, following last year’s horsemeat scandal, writes Andrew Byrne in Brussels.

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just-food's research round-up: Dairy in Indonesia, gum in China

This week's featured research from the just-food store majors on emerging markets - with reports on the dairy market in Indonesia, packaging in Asia Pacific and chewing gum in China.


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UPDATE: UK: Co-op to sell 60% of Somerfield estate in convenience drive

17 April 2014

The Co-operative Group will sell around 60% of the space it acquired as part of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield as the embattled UK grocer increases its focus on its core convenience estate.

US: Acquisitive Post Holdings swoops for Michael Foods

17 April 2014

Acquisition-hungry US food group Post Holdings has today (17 April) announced its biggest takeover - an agreement to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods for US$2.45bn.

US: Snacks help PepsiCo beat Wall St forecasts

17 April 2014

PepsiCo reported first-quarter top and bottom lines that beat Wall Street estimates today (17 April), helped by solid growth from the US group's snacks business.

 

Deal or no deal: Analysts divided on Dorset Cereals sale

Toward the end of last week Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods were all named as potential suitors looking to buy UK cereal brand Dorset Cereals from Wellness Foods. Hannah Abdulla looks at where Dorset Cereals could next end up.

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Tesco confirms year of falling profits

Tesco confirms year of falling profits

The UK retailer's annual results, out today (16 April), underlined the challenges facing the company.

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Comment: General Mills could find it hard to brew growth with Keurig NPD

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.

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In the spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by the European Commission, writes Keith Nuthall.

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Food security - the challenges

Food security - the challenges

Food security returned to the fore last week with the UN's new report on climate change, which reiterated that a warming population would affect production. However, as well as supply, issues of consumer demand need to be considered when trying to solve what is a hugely complex issue.


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Interview: Keys to brand's success on Twitter #engagement #relevance #realtime

17 April 2014

With over 200m regular users worldwide tweeting more than 500m times each day, the potential on offer for brands to reach consumers via microblogging site Twitter is self-evident. To succeed on Twitter, brands need to become a relevant, informative and amusing part of an evolving two-way conversation. Katy Askew spoke to Twitter UK sales director Dara Nasr about how food manufacturers and retailers can insert themselves into the dialogue.

Comment: General Mills could find it hard to brew growth with Keurig NPD

17 April 2014

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.

Five ways brands engage consumers on Twitter

17 April 2014

In an increasingly connected world, social media sites like Twitter are becoming an ever-more important way for FMCG brands to interact with consumers. With over 200m regular users worldwide tweeting more than 500m times each day, the potential on offer for brands to reach consumers via microblogging site Twitter is self-evident. Here are five tips for successful branded tweeting from just-food.

On the money: Tesco admits online cannibalising stores

16 April 2014

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke has conceded the growth of online grocery retailing in the UK has had a negative impact on the performance of its physical stores.

What the analysts say: Has Tesco hit rock bottom?

16 April 2014

Tesco reported a disappointing set of full-year numbers with both sales and profits falling this morning (14 April). The UK retail behemoth has faced declining consumer spending and a battle to make its big-box stores relevant. But has the company hit the bottom of its downward curve and will the group's 2014 performance improve? Here is what the City had to say about Tesco's performance.

Comment: Tesco under rare level of scrutiny

14 April 2014

On Wednesday, Tesco reports its latest set of annual results - and rarely has a major retailer be under so much scrutiny.

Editor's viewpoint: Tesco's food-to-go push looks foolhardy

11 April 2014

Tesco is reportedly looking at rolling out a food-to-go concept in London in its latest bid to try to find some growth in its domestic market. But, if the move happens, is it really wise to enter such a competitive space?

Deal or no deal: Analysts divided on Dorset Cereals sale

10 April 2014

Toward the end of last week Kellogg, Weetabix and Associated British Foods were all named as potential suitors looking to buy UK cereal brand Dorset Cereals from Wellness Foods. Hannah Abdulla looks at where Dorset Cereals could next end up.

Consuming issues: Seven a day, no fooling

10 April 2014

The latest intervention in the diet and health debate in the UK hit the headlines on 1 April. It was not an April Fool but the findings of research from University College London that we should be eating seven portions of fruit or veg a day may have prompted a wry smile from those who struggle to get near the 'five-a-day' recommendation.

 

just the answer - Strauss Group CFO Shahar Florence

Coffee accounts for over half of Strauss's sales but the Israel-based group has aspirations to grow its food business. Hannah Abdulla met Strauss CFO Shahar Florence to find out more.

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