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Food companies back Swiss sugar reduction plan

30 Aug 2019

Food businesses have signed up to a Swiss government initiative linked to the amount of sugar in yogurt and breakfast cereals.

CMA widens scope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger investigation to include discounters

17 Oct 2018

Asda and Sainsbury's have won their fight to have discounters Aldi and Lidl included in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)'s investigation into their planned merger. 

Arla Foods gets UK retailer buy-in for new sustainable farming initiative

16 Oct 2018

Dairy giant Arla Foods is launching a new UK dairy farming initiative with an emphasis on sustainability.

What might Tesco's new Jack's format mean for suppliers?

27 Sep 2018

Tesco is fighting back in the UK against Aldi and Lidl with the opening of its own discount chain, Jack's. Simon Creasey outlines what the move could mean for manufacturers.

New Products - Divine Chocolate to launch new organic bars using Sao Tome cocoa; Aimia Foods links up with Levi Roots; General Mills extends Fibre One, Nature Valley ranges in UK; PepsiCo's Quaker moves into chilled section with Morning-Go kits

17 Aug 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes PepsiCo taking Quaker into the chilled aisle in the US and Aldi's latest NPD offensive in the country.

Aldi buys Hungarian dairy brand Kokardas from Alfoldi Tej

22 Feb 2018

Discount retail powerhouse Aldi has snapped up a dairy brand in Hungary, Kokárdás, from local manufacturer Alföldi Tej.

Wessanen plant-based desserts; Asda vegan products; Aldi vegan range in US; Kind protein bars

19 Jan 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

Strike action at UK's Scotbeef suspended as talks move to ACAS

19 Dec 2017

Two planned strikes at the UK's Scotbeef, which supplies major food retailers including Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Lidl, have been suspended after the company agreed to move talks over pay to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

Under-scrutiny 2 Sisters poultry plant to resume production

6 Nov 2017

2 Sisters Food Group plans to restart production this week at its poultry processing plant at West Bromwich in the Midlands, which was temporarily closed in September after an investigation revealed poor hygiene standards. 

Update - Aldi, Lidl suspend supplies from 2 Sisters plant

29 Sep 2017

Aldi and Lidl have joined Marks and Spencer in suspending accepting supplies from the 2 Sisters Food Group plant alleged to have broken labelling rules and followed poor sanitary conditions.

2 Sisters 'exposed altering chicken date labels in potential health hazard'

29 Sep 2017

An investigation has claimed UK poultry firm 2 Sisters Food Group tampered with labels on its fresh chicken products to alter slaughter dates in a potential health hazard to consumers.

UK Food Standards Agency says "no evidence of breaches" at 2 Sisters plant

29 Sep 2017

The UK's Food Standards Agency said it found "no evidence of breaches" when it inspected the poultry production plant of 2 Sisters Food Group alleged to have broken labelling rules and followed poor sanitary conditions.

Danone and Kellogg back Swiss sugar reduction scheme

8 Sep 2017

Food giants Danone and Kellogg have signed up to an agreement with the Swiss government to reduce sugar content in yogurts and breakfast cereals in the country by the end of 2018.

Fipronil egg scandal takes in UK, France

8 Aug 2017

Eggs contaminated with the insecticide fipronil reached the UK and France, two more countries that have been touched by a scandal that has shaken the sector in western Europe.

Fipronil - Belgium "knew eggs might be contaminated"

7 Aug 2017

Belgium's food safety agency has said it knew in June eggs from farms in the Netherlands might be contaminated with the insecticide fipronil.

Eggs pulled from sale in Dutch fipronil scare

4 Aug 2017

Major grocers in the Netherlands and Germany have removed eggs from sale after Dutch regulators found the presence of fipronil, an insecticide.

Food makers "dragging their heels" on UK salt reduction targets – CASH

20 Mar 2017

Health campaigners have accused some food manufacturers and retailers of "dragging their heels" over the UK's salt reduction targets for 2017. 

Wal-Mart's US pricing initiative, Aldi and Lidl US expansion, Tesco staff restructuring – retail round-up, February 2017

7 Mar 2017

February saw Wal-Mart signal an acceleration of the price war brewing in the US grocery sector, while discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to progress their own agendas in the country. Tesco's steady improvements in the UK continued and the group revealed plans to further adjust its staffing strategy. Here are some of the highlights from the world of grocery retail over the past month. 

2 Sisters' unit The Pizza Factory loses another contract

6 Jan 2017

UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group is in talks with staff at its Nottingham unit, The Pizza Factory, after losing a contract from Aldi – the second agreement with a major retailer to come an end in the last five months.

Aldi launches own-label infant formula in UK

29 Nov 2016

Aldi has started selling an own-label line of infant formula in the UK for the first time.

Australia warns Monde Nissin, Aldi over oregano

15 Nov 2016

Philippines-based food group Monde Nissin and discount retail giant Aldi have agreed to test the contents of their herbs and spices in Australia after a probe by the country's competition and consumer watchdog found the "substantial presence" of olive leaves in products supplied by the two companies.

Aldi's fresh UK offensive, Wal-Mart US job cuts, M&A in Japan - September 2016 retail round-up

7 Oct 2016

September saw Aldi, which has done so much to shake up the UK's grocery market, announce plans for further investment in the country. In the US, Wal-Mart said it would extend moves to cut back-office jobs in its domestic market. And in Asia, Japan's FamilyMart and Uny finalised their plans to merge, a deal that creates the second-largest c-store player in the country.

UK's FSA responds amid warning on antibiotics overuse in food chain

6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.

UK baker Geary's plans to boost production

5 Aug 2016

UK company Geary's Bakery has confirmed plans to invest GBP13m (US$17m) in a project to double manufacturing capacity in Leicestershire.

Lidl next to make cage-free egg pledge in UK 

29 Jul 2016

German discounter Lidl has become the latest supermarket to say it will transition its egg supply to cage-free eggs. 

Iceland and Morrisons to end sale of eggs from caged hens

27 Jul 2016

UK retailers Iceland Foods and Morrisons have both announced plans to end the sale of eggs from caged hens in their stores by 2025.

UK farmers' leaders challenge "fake farm" product brands

18 Jul 2016

The National Union of Farmers (NFU) in the UK is calling for a review of trading standards laws over the use of what is said are "fake farms" created by major retailers to market some food products.

Aldi launches antibiotics-free meat range Never Any! in US

22 Jun 2016

Aldi is looking to tap into consumer interest in the US in meat products manufactured without the use of antibiotics with a new own-label line.

Wales' Winning Blend forecasts turnover rise after investment boost

13 Jun 2016

Welsh bakery Winning Blend has said it is on course for a GBP2m (US$2.8m) boost in turnover by the year's end on the back of a government-backed expansion of its Llantrisant bakery.

Amazon analysed, Woolworths rejigs own label in Australia, Metro Group demerges - retail round-up, March 2016

6 Apr 2016

March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.

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