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It's getting heavy at Whole Foods 26 Jun 15

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...


Ahold, Delhaize tie-up creates competitive US giant 24 Jun 15

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond..


What retailers comply with the UK grocery code? 23 Jun 15

The UK's Grocery Code Adjudicator insisted it is "making a difference" and improving the relationship between retailers and suppliers at its annual conference this week...


Margin push behind Hormel's new appointments at Applegate 18 Jun 15

Hormel Foods revealed some key management appointments as it looks to bring the recently-acquired Applegate Farms under its wing...


Genius Foods faces consumer backlash after recall 12 Jun 15

UK gluten-free food maker Genius Foods has been in the spotlight this week, after issuing a recall of products because they were contaminated with gluten. Consumers have reacted angrily and one is left wondering just how much damage the recall has done to the trust in the brand...


Barry Callebaut broadens reach with nut M&A 9 Jun 15

B2B confectionery supplier Barry Callebaut has entered into an agreement to acquire US nut producer American Almond Products Co. for an undisclosed sum...


Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce 5 Jun 15

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market...


Hain Celestial highlights Earth's Best GMO-free status 2 Jun 15

News that Abbott Laboratories launched a GMO-free version of its Similac infant formula caused quite a stir in the US over the past week. Not to be overlooked, Hain Celestial was quick to point out that it too offers an infant formula that is GMO-free under its Earth's Best Organic brand...


US trade liberalisation faces bumpy ride 15 May 15

US efforts to liberalise international trade faced something of a roller coaster ride this week, as the Senate first voted down Barack Obama's proposals only to reach a compromise that would give the President “fast track” negotiating authority...


UN warns poor maize harvest likely 30 Apr 15

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned lower maize harvests in Africa could "trigger food price increases"...

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