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The future of Whole Foods, 7-Eleven's latest US deal could help foodservice offer, M&S eyeing online - retail round-up, April 2017

9 May 2017

The performance of (and potential future for) Whole Foods Market hit the retail headlines in April but how should the US natural and organic grocer look to improve? Staying in the US, a notable acquisition by convenience-store giant 7-Eleven caught the eye. Meanwhile, in Europe, upmarket UK grocer Marks and Spencer looks, after years of shying away, set to take the plunge into the online channel.

US Gelato Fiasco brand hits Australia

4 Aug 2016

US-brand Gelato Fiasco marks its debut in Australia with a formal launch in Melbourne tomorrow (5 August).

Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5

13 Nov 2015

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the past month. Here is just-food's round-up of some of the major developments at your retail customers during October. 

Talking shop August 2015 - How global retailers are targeting emerging markets

8 Sep 2015

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these countries and the challenges to profitability.

Talking shop July 2015 – online dictates retailers' strategy

30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

7-Eleven launches premium private-label lines

26 Jun 2015

7-Eleven is adding two premium lines – 7-SelectGO!Yum and 7-SelectGO!Smart – to its private label 7-Select brand in the US.

7-Eleven launches private label "better-for-you" snack bars

14 Jan 2015

US convenience retailer 7-Eleven has expanded its private label range with the launch of a line of "better-for-you" snack products, 7-Select GO!Smart.

INDONESIA: 7-Eleven operator outlines expansion plans

28 Apr 2014

The operator of 7-Eleven stores in Indonesia has confirmed plans to open up to 2,500 stores in and around Jakarta over the next 10 years.

AUS: 7-Eleven moves into Western Australia

9 Apr 2014

7-Eleven hopes to grab a slice of the A$270m convenience market in Western Australia after announcing it is set to expand in the region.

US/UK: 7-Eleven plays down UK re-entry talk

25 Mar 2014

C-store giant 7-Eleven has sought to cool talk it could re-enter the UK after reports the retailer was poised to return to the market.

US: 7-Eleven to shed 72 stores from portfolio

7 Feb 2014

7-Eleven Inc will sell off 72 of its US convenience stores and gas stations it has confirmed.

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

28 Oct 2013

Unilever confirmed a fall in third-quarter sales this week it had indicated earlier this month; in between times, just-food met CEO Paul Polman in Germany to discuss the company's food business and emerging markets. The interview was published in two parts this week. Elsewhere, Tesco issued some eyebrow-raising stats on waste, Canada's Saputo upped its bid for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and Maple Leaf Foods said it weighing up the options for its 90% stake in Canada Bread.

Interview: 7-Eleven's Indonesian operator Modern Putra outlines ambitions

22 Oct 2013

7-Eleven has built a significant worldwide presence since its inception in 1927 but the Japanese-owned international convenience chain still has its eye on building its presence in key emerging markets. Michelle Russell met Henri Honoris, the head of Modern Putra Indonesia, 7-Eleven's operator in the populous Asian market, to discuss the plans for the chain there.

Talking shop: What's next for a Burkle-led Fresh & Easy?

19 Sep 2013

Ron Burkle, the US billionaire investor who is to take on the bulk of Tesco's US Fresh & Easy arm, has said he believes the loss-making business gives his Yucaipa fund a base upon which to build. But it is not yet clear what his plans are. Dean Best looks at what could be next.

HONG KONG: Charoen Pokphand "in running for ParknShop"

2 Sep 2013

Thailand's Charoen Pokphand Group, the owner of Thai retailer CP All, has reportedly submitted a first-round bid for Hong Kong based supermarket ParknShop.

US: 7-Eleven promises action amid claims of immigrant exploitation

18 Jun 2013

7-Eleven has insisted it will start an "aggressive" investigation into the hiring policies of its franchisees after store owners and managers were charged over allegations they exploited immigrant staff.

US: 7-Eleven franchisees sue for "falling behind" competition

14 Jun 2013

Two franchisees of US retail chain 7-Eleven have filed a lawsuit against the convenience store chain for allegedly "failing to keep up with the competition".

US: Billionaire Burkle "in talks to buy Fresh & Easy"

13 Jun 2013

US billionaire investor Ron Burkle is reportedly in discussions to buy Tesco's US chain Fresh & Easy.

JAPAN/US: 7-Eleven eyes US store expansion plans

5 Jun 2013

US retailer 7-Eleven has confirmed plans to expand its store network in North America, expansion that may see a doubling of store numbers.

US: Greencore eyes "attractive" US revenue growth

22 May 2013

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore said it sees "attractive" levels of revenue being generated by its US operations as it continues to scale-up the business.

US: Wrigley gum prompts FDA to review caffeine in foods

1 May 2013

The roll-out of Wrigley's caffeine gum has prompted the US Food and Drug Administration to look again at the impact the ingredient has on health.

US: 7-Eleven to sell 139 US stores

23 Apr 2013

US convenience retailer 7-Eleven has confirmed plans to sell around 139 of its stores across the US.

THAILAND: CP All to acquire Siam Makro chain

23 Apr 2013

Thailand's largest convenience store chain CP All has made a bid for cash-and-carry retailer Siam Makro.

US: 7-Eleven buys more stores in South Carolina

9 Apr 2013

US convenience retailer 7-Eleven has snapped more than 40 stores in South Carolina - its latest deal in the state.

US: Greencore drives US growth with capacity expansion

26 Mar 2013

Greencore has announced plans to expand production in the US as it looks to step up growth in the market.

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

25 Feb 2013

Last week ended as it started: with a household brand caught up in the horsemeat contamination scandal. On Monday, Nestle said it had pulled Buitoni products in Spain and Italy after positive tests and, on Friday, Birds Eye said it had recalled ready meals across Europe after similar results. Over in the US, leading executives from some of the largest packaged food companies were at CAGNY to discuss their prospects for the year ahead.

CHINA: 7-Eleven to expand in south-west China

22 Feb 2013

Japan-owned convenience store chain 7-Eleven is to expand in south-west China, starting in regional centres Chongqing and Chengdu.

THAILAND: 7-Eleven franchisee CP All plans expansion

1 Feb 2013

7-Eveven's franchisee in Thailand has indicated that it plans to open 500-550 stores in the coming year, bringing the number of outlets in the country to more than 7,000.

US: 7-Eleven acquires 143 Speedy Step, Tigermarket stores

4 Jan 2013

US convenience group 7-Eleven has continued its M&A march with the addition of 143 Speedy Stop and Tigermarket locations from CL Thomas.

US: 7-Eleven snaps up another batch of stores

13 Nov 2012

US c-store retailer 7-Eleven has acquired more stores, this time adding to its business in North Carolina.

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