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Albert Heijn to cut sugar in private-label range

3 Aug 2016

Dutch supermarket chain Albert Heijn has announced plans to reduce the sugar in more than 100 of its private-label products by between 10% and 40%.

Wal-Mart Q1s, Aeon and Picard team up in Japan, Jet.com tests grocery delivery - retail round-up, May 2016

8 Jun 2016

In May, Wal-Mart's latest financial results took the eye, although in some ways the numbers prompted as many questions as answers. In the US, there were more entrants into online grocery, notably recently-launched pure-play jet.com. Elsewhere, Japan's Aeon and France's Picard teamed up to launch the frozen food chain in the Asian market, while France's competition regulator announced plans to investigate the buying partnership between Auchan and Systeme-U.

Talking shop June 2015 – Disruptive discounters dominate retail news

30 Jun 2015

The disruptive impact of the discount retailers has dominated global retail headlines during June, as our take of this month's key developments among grocery retailers shows.

Food industry news of the week – Ferrero & Thorntons, JBS & Moy Park

26 Jun 2015

This week has been bumper for food sector M&A. Ferrero announced that it is gobbling up UK chocolate maker Thorntons. JBS is taking control of Moy Park from heavily indebted Brazilian meat group Marfrig. Grupo Bimbo also announced it has purchased parts of Spanish baker Panrico. Meanwhile, in the world of retail, Delhaize and Ahold revealed plans to combine. Here is just-food's top news and insight coverage from this week.

Focus: Will synergies lift Ahold Delhaize in US?

26 Jun 2015

The merger between European retailers Ahold and Delhaize is significant because it will allow the group's to scale up in the key US market, where the majority of revenue is generated. Announcing the deal, the companies said EUR500m (US$560m) in annual synergies are on the table. But these, as and of themselves, will do little to raise the combined group's lacklustre US growth trajectory. Katy Askew looks at the impact the merger will have in the US – and whether Ahold Delhaize will deliver on their promise to drive consumer-led innovation.

Czech organic food firm Spojené Farmy set for sale

7 Oct 2014

Spojené Farmy, a Czech supplier of organic food, is set to be sold to CPI Property Group, a local real estate company.

Divine Chocolate wins US major retailer listings

1 Oct 2014

Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced listings at a number of US mainstream retailers.

UK: Hilton shares slide on meat firm's outlook

9 Sep 2014

Shares in Hilton Food Group dropped today (9 September) after the UK meat supplier's guidance for the rest of 2014 prompted analysts to downgrade their forecasts.

Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy

20 Mar 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.

just-food's 2014 outlook: International retailers continue to bring focus home

30 Jan 2014

The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 Jan 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

US: Ahold adds to Peapod network

11 Nov 2013

Ahold has expanded its online business in the US with the opening of a new fulfillment centre in Pennsylvania.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

27 Aug 2013

The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.

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

27 Aug 2013

After Lindt & Sprungli reported higher solid first-half results last week, just-food interviewed the Swiss chocolate group's CEO Ernst Tanner to discuss its growth in mature markets and its patient strategy in developing economies. New Zealand's dairy sector continued to be in the spotlight after another recall of ingredients headed in China. Elsewhere, Heinz's new owners continued their plans to streamline its business, US food firm JM Smucker made a notable move in gluten free with the acquisition of Enray and we spoke to the creator of Powerful Yogurt, a product initially devised for men in the US and now looking at broadening its consumer base and expanding overseas.

SWEDEN: Profits up, sales down at retailer ICA

23 Aug 2013

ICA Gruppen, the Sweden-based retailer, has reported higher profits but lower sales for the first full quarter since coming under new ownership.

US: Cerberus, Harris Teeter silent on bid report

27 Jun 2013

Cerberus Capital Management and Harris Teeter have refused to be drawn on a report the private-equity firm has bid for the US retailer.

US: PE firm Cerberus "eyes more retail deals"

24 May 2013

Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, which earlier this year bought five food retail chains from Supervalu Inc, is said to be looking at more targets - including regional grocer Harris Teeter.

US: Harris Teeter in ongoing sale talks

10 May 2013

Regional US retailer Harris Teeter has said talks with a number of companies about an acquisition of the group are "ongoing".

QATAR/INDIA: Qatari vehicle Hassad Food buys majority of India's Bush Foods

4 Apr 2013

Qatari investment vehicle Hassad Foods has bought a majority stake in Indian food supplier Bush Foods Overseas.

On the money: Ahold looks to M&A for shareholder returns

1 Mar 2013

Dutch retail giant Ahold said the firm has the strength in its balance sheet to consider acquisition opportunities as one way of driving shareholder returns in 2013.

HORSEMEAT: Ahold, Metro Group pulls horsemeat products

14 Feb 2013

German retailer Metro Group and Dutch peer Ahold are among the latest firms to recall products after admitting certain lines contained horsemeat.

US: Harris Teeter tight-lipped over sale talks

13 Feb 2013

Harris Teeter Supermarkets has declined to comment on reports it is exploring strategic options including the possibility of a sale.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch retailers Plus, Boni recall lasagnes

13 Feb 2013

Two Dutch supermarket chains have become the latest European retailers to pull frozen lasagnes from shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.

Comment: Organic growth priority for prudent Ahold

13 Feb 2013

Ahold's exit from its ICA retail venture in Scandinavia and the Baltics looks set to net the Dutch company a cool US$3.4bn - but do not expect the Albert Heijn and Giant Food owner to go on an acquisition spree.

Interview: Full steam ahead for Hakon with ICA deal

12 Feb 2013

Sweden-based retailer ICA now has one owner after Ahold, the Dutch retail giant and its largest shareholder, sold out to venture partner Hakon Invest, the Swedish investment fund. Michelle Russell spoke with Hakon CFO Göran Blomberg about Hakon's strategy for the business and the benefits he hopes the deal will bring.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold delivers "final offer" to Albert Heijn unions

29 Jan 2013

Albert Heijn, the domestic retail arm of Netherlands-based Ahold, has delivered its "final offer" to unions in a bid to reach a collective bargaining agreement with its logistics division.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

3 Dec 2012

Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.

UK/NETHERLANDS: Linden's Kettyle Irish Foods to supply bacon to Ahold

27 Nov 2012

UK meat processor Linden Foods has secured a deal to supply bacon to Ahold's Albert Heijn stores in the Netherlands.

US: Vantage meat tie-up "a first" for Ahold

15 Nov 2012

Ahold's meat processing venture in the US is a "first" for the Dutch retail giant, the company has told just-food.

US: Ahold to build meat plant with Vantage Foods

13 Nov 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold is to team up with US meats firm Vantage Foods on a processing project in Pennsylvania.

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