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

By Dean Best | 11 June 2012

A short week on just-food after the long public holiday but it was packed with news. Disney banned "junk food" advertising, Carrefour neared the acquisition of Argentinian retailer Eki, meat giant JBS found itself under the scrutiny of Greenpeace - again - for its cattle sourcing in Brazil and, elsewhere the field of sustainability, Marks and Spencer said it had become "carbon neutral". We also looked at the problems at French meat processor Groupe Doux, which went into receivership last week, a move that could have wider implications across the country's agriculture sector. Click on the headlines for more.

In the spotlight: The possible wider impact of crisis at Doux
Just days before the first round of parliamentary elections, the new French government faces a domestic financial crisis that threatens to tear a gaping hole in the country's rural infrastructure, writes Peter Crosskey.

US: Disney bans "junk food" advertising
The Walt Disney Company is to ban commercials for foods that fail to meet the group's nutritional standards.

BRAZIL: Meat giant JBS to launch legal action over Greenpeace claims
JBS has promised legal action against Greenpeace after the campaign group accused the Brazilian meat giant of buying cattle from farms involved in illegal deforestation.

US: 2,500 jobs under threat at Supervalu's Albertsons chain
Up to 2,500 jobs could be cut at Supervalu Inc's Albertsons chain, the US retail giant has admitted.

On the money: Underlying sales improving, says Ahold
Dutch retailer Ahold insisted today (6 June) it has seen its sales improve in the US and Europe moving into the second quarter of the year, despite low consumer confidence and intensifying levels of promotional activity.

On the money: Smucker re-evaluates pricing as volumes under pressure
JM Smucker has indicated it expects to reduce prices in the coming year as it looks to reverse declining volumes.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's leads promo activity in May
Sainsbury's led an increased level of promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

UK: M&S hits 'carbon neutral' target
Marks and Spencer has reached its target of becoming "fully carbon neutral" five years after it launched its sustainability project, dubbed Plan A.

UK: McCain quits in-house pizza production
Falling pizza sales have prompted frozen food giant McCain Foods to stop producing pizzas in the UK, with the potential loss of around 40 jobs.

ARGENTINA: Carrefour acquisition of Eki nears completion
Carrefour has moved a step closer to acquiring Argentinian low-prices supermarket chain Eki.

Sectors: Baby food, Bakery, Canned food, Cereal, Chilled foods, Commodities & ingredients, Condiments, dressings & sauces, Confectionery, Dairy, Dried foods, Emerging markets, Financials, Fresh produce, Frozen, Ice cream, Meat & poultry, Mergers & acquisitions, Natural & organic, NPD & innovation, Private label, Retail, Seafood, Snacks, Sustainability & the environment, World foods

Companies: JBS, Ahold, Marks and Spencer, Carrefour, Groupe Doux, Sainsbury’s, Supervalu Inc, JM Smucker, McCain Foods

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