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Andrew Don

Articles by Andrew Don

Van der Eems says McVitie's Digestives will be central to UB's international plansInterview: United Biscuits international chief Jeff van der Eems 7 August 2014

While speculation over the future ownership of United Biscuits intensifies, the UK snack maker is making strides beyond its domestic market, with a significant proportion of its growth coming from developing economies – Africa, the Middle East, India and China in particular. Jeff van der Eems, chief executive of UB's international business, speaks to Andrew Don about the company's international ambitions.

More work ahead as manufacturers meet online challenge Focus: Manufacturers must adapt offering for online 10 July 2014

Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackle the online challenge with a bricks-and-mortar mentality, Andrew Don suggests.

Retailers look for early advantage in Thailand, China online marketsTalking shop: Online opportunity in China, Thailand 5 March 2013

Online grocery retailing in China and Thailand promises great opportunities for international supermarket groups to crack these two diverse, challenging and potentially lucrative Asian markets. Andrew Don reports.

Order fulfillment and delivery timing key challenges for online grocersTalking shop: Retailers must deliver online promises 11 January 2013

Unsatisfactory online grocery experiences - especially on special occasions - are a sure-fire way to undermine brand loyalty, writes Andrew Don.

Tesco has revamped sections of its UK stores, including its bakery aislesTalking shop: Tesco opens doors on UK store revamp 10 October 2012

Tesco has been showing off the revamp of its Extra hypermarket in the UK town of Bishop's Stortford to highlight some of the changes it has brought to more than 230 of its UK stores. Andrew Don takes a look.

Umbrella brands like Nisa are as keen to take on new technologies as the multiplesTalking tech: Technology driving development of convenience format 17 May 2012

Convenience retailing is well placed to capitalise on the public's appetite for easy shopping with technology, including mobile, cloud-based operations systems and location-linked promos, driving the sector's development. Andrew Don reports.

Analysts were divided on whether Aldi and Lidl could continue to prosper when UK economy recoversFocus: Can discounters maintain UK momentum? 27 April 2012

Since the onset of the downturn, German discounters Aldi and Lidl have, for the most part, been able to grow sales ahead of the UK's four largest grocery retailers. Andrew Don investigates whether they can maintain momentum after the country's now double-dip recession.

Analysts rate Morrisons' new store format highlyTalking shop: Morrisons ups the stakes with its "Shop of the Future" 29 March 2012

Through its innovative focus on fresh food and deep involvement in the supply chain Morrisons has become the wunderkind everyone is watching. Andrew Don takes a look at how the UK's fourth-largest retailer is attempting to stand out from the pack.

Unwrapped loaves that weigh more than 300g must currently be sold in quantities of 400g or multiples thereofUK: Weight restrictions on unwrapped loaves to be lifted 5 January 2011

The UK government has confirmed plans to scrap restrictions on the weight of unwrapped loaves of bread.

The UN's FAO says supplies of some crops could improve next yearGLOBAL: Food prices at highest level for over two years 2 December 2010

World food prices have climbed to their highest level for over two years, the UN's Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said.

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