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

18 Feb 2013

Two Hs dominated the headlines this week: horsemeat and Heinz. The horsemeat contamination scandal swept across Europe, with a series of recalls, government investigations and product tests. On Thursday, however, Heinz took the industry's attention with news it had accepted a US$28bn takeover bid - the largest-ever seen in the sector.

HORSEMEAT: Recalls in Norway, Belgium and Switzerland

14 Feb 2013

Retailers in Norway, Belgium and Switzerland have become the latest to pull products from shelves amid concerns their lines could contain horsemeat.

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.

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.

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.

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.

SWEDEN: Ahold sells stake in ICA to Hakon Invest

11 Feb 2013

Dutch retail giant Ahold has sold its stake in ICA, the Sweden-based retailer, to co-owner Hakon Invest.

just-food's outlook for 2013: the international retail scene

31 Jan 2013

2012 was undoubtedly a year of economic pressure for grocery retailers, as consumer spending continued to constrict. With little less pressure expected in 2013, will we see the trend towards internationalisation slow further? Michelle Russell takes a look at some of the key trends that will shape the international retail scene.

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.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold sales rise in US, Netherlands

17 Jan 2013

Dutch retailer Ahold today (17 January) booked an increase in fourth-quarter and full-year sales, which were boosted by gains at its domestic and US units.

The just-food review of 2012: International food retail highs and lows

18 Dec 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.

UK/NETHERLANDS: Ex-Ahold CEO Rishton lined up for Unilever boards

17 Dec 2012

John Rishton, the former chief executive of Dutch retailer Ahold, is set to take a seat on Unilever's boards of directors, the consumer goods giant said today (17 December).

UK: Morrisons appoints Ahold's Meijer as trading director

14 Dec 2012

UK retailer Morrisons has appointed Ahold executive Casper Meijer as its group trading director.

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

3 Dec 2012

ConAgra Foods' deal to buy US private-label group Ralcorp Holdings last week added some spice to a pedestrian year for M&A. Staying with acquisitions in the US, Hostess Brands said it had received more than 100 bids for its assets. In Europe, Dutch retailer Ahold said it would up its cost cuts, with a focus on sourcing and promos. And in the UK, leading grocers signed up to a new code of special offers.

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.

CZECH: Ahold to "renew" Czech store network

29 Nov 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold has said it will "renew" its store network in the Czech Republic after months of sliding sales and a fall in its market share.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold to up cost cuts to fuel investment

29 Nov 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold has said it will step up its moves to cut costs in a bid to fuel further investment in the business.

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.

EUROPE: Alpro eyes wider distribution of plant-based lines

15 Nov 2012

Alpro intends to expand the European distribution of its plant-based dairy alternatives, which have recently launched in the UK and Belgium.

NETHERLANDS: Price investment weighs on Ahold's margins

15 Nov 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold has booked a decline in operating profit as investments in pricing hit margins

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.

GLOBAL: Olisur eyes international expansion

13 Nov 2012

Chilean olive oil manufacturer Olisur is aiming to expand its branded olive oil business in international markets.

US: Hundreds of 7-Eleven stores still closed after Sandy

2 Nov 2012

US convenience retailer 7-Eleven has confirmed hundreds of its stores remain closed after Hurricane Sandy caused havoc in the eastern part of the country.

US: Food makers close sites ahead of Hurricane Sandy arrival

29 Oct 2012

US food manufacturers including PepsiCo, Mondelez International and Hershey have closed offices and factories as Hurricane Sandy moves closer to the country's eastern seaboard.

Street talk: Food brands fight to withstand own-label onslaught

24 Oct 2012

Retailers are still driving most of the share gains but food manufacturers are holding their own, pressing on every aspect of the marketing mix to optimise their offer to the consumer and drive share, argues Rod Street.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold to launch click-and-collect

15 Oct 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold is preparing to open its first Albert Heijn click-and-collect pick-up point in the Netherlands.

NETHERLANDS: Ahold to relocate corporate centre

1 Oct 2012

Dutch retailer Ahold has announced plans to move its corporate head office.

UK: Muted profit forecast sends Hilton shares lower

11 Sep 2012

A more muted profit forecast from UK meat processor Hilton Food Group sent shares in the Tesco and Ahold supplier down in early trading this morning (11 September).






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