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Top stories on just-food this week

16 Jan 2009

As the downturn continues to hit consumer spending, so the race to provide value hots up across the food industry. This week, discount retailer Aldi looked to gain ground in the US with plans to further expand across the pond.

US: Stop & Shop introduces nutritional symbol

8 Jan 2009

US supermarket chain Stop & Shop has introduced “Healthy Ideas”, a new on-shelf symbol designed to help consumers identify healthy foods.

just the answer - Verdict Research, Discounters in Europe

28 Nov 2008

The rise of the discounters has been one of the year's key trends in grocery retailing. Shoppers, beset by concerns over the economy, have looked to the likes of Aldi and Lidl for greater value. In this month's just the answer interview, Daniel Lucht, senior analyst at retail watchers Verdict Research, tells Dean Best why the discounters should push on in 2009, despite growing competition on price from the likes of Tesco and Carrefour.

Top stories on just-food this week

21 Nov 2008

There was movement at the top of the world’s two largest retailers this week, when both Wal-Mart and Carrefour appointed new CEOs.

UPDATE: NETHERLANDS: Ahold confident on value offer

20 Nov 2008

Dutch retailer Ahold emphasised the success of its value positioning after it posted an 11% rise in third-quarter operating profit.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold shares rise after Q3 profit jump

20 Nov 2008

Shares in Dutch retail giant Ahold jumped this morning (20 November) after the company booked an 11% rise in third-quarter operating profit.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold makes supervisory board nomination

17 Nov 2008

Dutch retailer Ahold has nominated the CEO of Randstad Holdings for appointment to its supervisory board.

US: Ahold upbeat on value promotion

28 Oct 2008

Ahold USA has said that it is pleased with the ongoing progress being made on its Value Improvement Program (VIP), with sales gains reported across all three of its supermarket banners.

US: Giant Carlisle planning c-store launch

28 Oct 2008

Ahold's US unit Giant Carlisle has confirmed that it is planning to debut a new convenience store concept.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold sales rise on discounting schemes

24 Oct 2008

Ahold posted a 3.9% increase in third-quarter net sales today (24 October) as the Dutch retail group successfully wooed customers with discounting and value initiatives.

Top stories on just-food this week

24 Oct 2008

Last week saw the great and the good of the food industry converge on Paris for this year’s SIAL exhibition. just-food was there to bring you up-to-the-minute coverage from the event, which was marked by a mood of determined optimism in the face of the mounting financial crisis.

US: Ahold expands Giant with c-store outlets

2 Oct 2008

Ahold has said that it plans to expand its Giant chain in the US with the launch of Giant and Go convenience stores and forecourts.

The just-food interview – Preet Grewal, Eat Natural

29 Aug 2008

UK-based snack bars producer Eat Natural has just taken the plunge into the breakfast market with the launch of a range of mueslis. The company's co-founder, Preet Grewal, realises it's a tough nut to crack, boasting strong and established competition, but is relishing the challenge. Dean Best met with him at the company's Essex HQ to check he'd had a good breakfast.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold sees flat H1 sales

28 Aug 2008

Dutch retailer Ahold said today (28 August) that investments in pricing and promotions helped it maintain sales during the first half but had a negative impact on the group’s margins.

CZECH: Rewe gets go-ahead for Plus buy

26 Aug 2008

The Czech Republic’s competition authority, the Office for Protection of Competition (UOHS), has conditionally approved Rewe Group’s acquisition of the Plus discount chain.

US: Ahold begins US shops revamp

21 Aug 2008

Dutch retail giant Ahold has begun the revamp of its Stop & Shop and Giant-Landover stores in the US.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold price cuts begin to payoff

1 Aug 2008

Dutch supermarket giant Ahold today (1 August) booked a rise in second-quarter sales at constant exchange rates thanks to its strategy of lowering prices to attract customers.

NETHERLANDS: Schuitema growth slows in second quarter

24 Jul 2008

Schuitema, the Dutch retailer, has seen half-year sales rise over 2%, although growth slowed during the second quarter.

In The Spotlight - John Rishton, Ahold

11 Jul 2008

John Rishton, the boss of retail giant Ahold, this week reshuffled his management bench amid the company's continuing quest to overhaul its business in the US. The Netherlands-based group insists its plans to revitalise chains including Stop & Shop and Giant-Carlisle are on-track but some industry watchers are questioning whether the business can thrive as competition heats up across the Atlantic. Dean Best reports.

Top stories on just-food - 11 July

11 Jul 2008

UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown spent much of this week discussing the global food crisis with his fellow G8 leaders in Japan and it was his blueprint for a new UK food policy that grabbed your attention this week on our news pages.

UPDATE - NETHERLANDS: Ahold backs US plan after reshuffle

10 Jul 2008

Ahold has insisted the revamp of its US business remains “on-track” and played down talk that it would make major acquisitions after a reshuffle of its top management bench.

NETHERLANDS/US: Ahold rejigs US exec team

10 Jul 2008

Ahold CEO John Rishton today (10 July) outlined a number of management changes at the top of the Netherlands-based retailer – including a change at the helm of its leading US chain.

NETHERLANDS: Schuitema CEO to leave

4 Jul 2008

Bert Roetert, CEO of Dutch retailer Schuitema, is to leave following confirmation of the change of control at the company.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold starts Albert Heijn revamp

23 Jun 2008

Ahold has kicked off the modernisation programme of its Albert Heijn supermarkets in the Netherlands.

GERMANY: Buying alliances key to competitiveness - Rewe

19 Jun 2008

International co-operation is becoming a vital way for food retailers to compete with their larger rivals, the CEO of German grocer Rewe said today (19 June).

BELGIUM: Delhaize to change buying alliance

17 Jun 2008

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize is to switch buying alliances from next year, the company has announced.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold profits up; dollar hits sales

6 Jun 2008

Ahold, the Dutch retailer, today (6 June) posted rising quarterly profits but saw the weak dollar hit sales.

NETHERLANDS: Schuitema posts jump in Q1 profits

15 May 2008

Schuitema, the Dutch supermarket group, has thanked a store revamp and a review of its real estate for rising first-quarter profits.

NETHERLANDS: Weak dollar hits Ahold sales

9 May 2008

Dutch retailer Royal Ahold today (9 May) posted a 1.3% drop in first-quarter sales thanks to the impact of the weak US dollar and a price-cutting policy at its US stores.

US: Giant Food sees web traffic up 400%

2 May 2008

Royal Ahold’s Giant Food Stores has seen a 400% increase in consumer website visits over the past year, leading the retailer to test a “shop from home” feature.

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