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Chris Mercer

Articles by Chris Mercer

Former M&S chief and current Ocado chairman Rose was among speakers at BRC SymposiumTalking shop: The "hybrid" consumer, supply chains and tech dominate BRC event 27 June 2013

Catering to a bifurcated market, the prospect of shorter supply chains and the onward march of technology were key topics for food retailers at the British Retail Consortium's annual symposium, writes Chris Mercer.

Rose said world faces UK: Rose outlines "gamble" of inaction on climate change 26 June 2013

Retailers failing to invest significantly to make their business more sustainable in the face of climate change are taking a big gamble, Ocado chairman Sir Stuart Rose has warned.

King told the BRC symposium retailers had to make UK: Sainsbury's King questions Groceries Adjudicator role 25 June 2013

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has questioned the Groceries Code Adjudicator role, which comes into force today (25 June).

Clarke pledges to simplify supply chainHORSEMEAT: UPDATE: Tesco CEO announces supply chain changes 27 February 2013

Tesco's CEO has announced a raft of changes to its supply chain in the shadow of the horsemeat scandal, including a promise to source all fresh chicken from within the UK and the appointment of an 'agriculture director'.

UK: Morrisons scoops up HMV stores 27 February 2013

Morrisons has acquired six HMV stores from the music retailer's administrator, Deloitte, as the grocer seeks to expand its presence in convenience.

Asda's new depot will serve 123 storesUK: Asda gets green light for GBP70m depot 27 February 2013

Asda has begun work on a GBP70m chilled and frozen food depot in the south west of England, after receiving planning permission from local authorities.

Swiss Coop recovers some ground in 2012SWITZERLAND: Coop FY profits edge upward 27 February 2013

Swiss retailer Coop has seen profits claw back some lost ground in 2012, against ongoing currency challenges and price pressure in its domestic market.

US: Nestle acquires brain health nutrition business Pamlab 27 February 2013

Nestle's health science division has acquired US-based Pamlab as part of the company's startegy to expand its presence in medical nutrition.

SINGAPORE: Chocolate charges melt Petra Foods FY profits 27 February 2013

Petra Foods has seen full-year profits slide by 57% due to difficult trading conditions and one-off charges related to its soon-to-be-sold cocoa ingredients business.

Fonterra ups UHT productionNEW ZEALAND: Fonterra to double UHT milk supply 27 February 2013

New Zealand dairy co-operative Fonterra plans to invest NZD100m (US$82m) to double its UHT milk supply in order to service emerging markets in Asia.

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