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Coronavirus live news - Covid-19 and the global food sector, Tuesday 26 May (free to read)

26 May 2020

just-food's coronavirus live feed is your one-stop shop for news on how the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting the world's packaged food sector.

Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms?

13 May 2020

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

UK grocery spending jumped 28% amid Covid-19 rush - Kantar

31 Mar 2020

Consumers in the UK increased their grocery shop over a four-week period as the coronavirus crisis caused more people to eat at home.

Walmart 'reportedly interested in selling majority stake in Asda'

2 Mar 2020

US-based retail giant Walmart is reportedly eyeing the sale of a majority stake in UK supermarket chain Asda.

Asda debuts 48-strong plant-based line up

2 Jan 2020

Big four UK supermarket chain Asda has launched a plant-based range of food products to coincide with Veganuary.

Canadian allergy-friendly snack bar firm Riverside enters UK

4 Jul 2019

Riverside, a Canada-based company which makes healthy granola bars, is launching its products in a European market.

Sainsbury's-Asda ruling "logical outcome", argues UK food industry

25 Apr 2019

An industry body representing the UK's food manufacturers has issued its verdict on the decision to block a proposed merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda. 

Sainsbury's-Asda merger blocked as watchdog concludes prices would increase

25 Apr 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has blocked the proposed merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda.

Sainsbury's, Asda propose 150 store disposals as remedy to watchdog's merger concerns

22 Mar 2019

Sainsbury's and Asda are proposing to sell off as many as 150 stores and a "number" of convenience outlets to satisfy watchdog's concerns.

Sainsbury's and Asda commit to price cuts and fast supplier payments in bid to save merger

19 Mar 2019

UK 'big four' supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda have proposed measures which they hope will rescue their planned merger after criticism from the country's competition watchdog.

New products - Califia Farms launches Ubermilk oat drinks; Kashi expands Kashi by Kids line; The Jackfruit Company unveils Complete Jackfruit Meals; Cereal "straight from the box"

22 Feb 2019

This week's batch of new products includes Nestlé launching its KitKat Senses in a bar format and organic yogurts from Arla Foods.

UK food firms praise watchdog stance on Sainsbury's-Asda deal

20 Feb 2019

UK food manufacturers have reacted to the provisional findings of the country's competition watchdog to the planned combination of retail giants Sainsbury's and Asda.

Sainsbury's/Asda merger faces derailment as competition probe reveals major stumbling blocks

20 Feb 2019

An investigation by the UK's competition watchdog into the proposed merger between Sainsbury's and Asda has revealed a number of provisional findings.

UK watchdog extends report deadline into Sainsbury's/Asda merger

11 Feb 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has extended the deadline for the issuance of its final report on the proposed mega-merger between grocers Sainsbury's and Asda.

UK food retail CEOs issue 'no-deal' Brexit warning

28 Jan 2019

The CEOs of most of the UK's largest food retailers have written to the country's MPs to warn of the "significant disruption" facing the industry from a 'no-deal' Brexit.

With Brexit looming, what trends will drive UK food in 2019?

2 Jan 2019

The food industry trends that experts believe we will see in the UK in 2019 reflect concerns across a number of issues, writes Andy Coyne.

Sainsbury's and Asda win more time to respond to merger probe

17 Dec 2018

UK big four supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's request to have more time to respond to a probe into their merger plans has been ruled on by a UK court.

UK competition watchdog to contest Sainsbury's, Asda probe extension in court Friday

13 Dec 2018

The UK's competition watchdog pushes back timeline for the "provisional" findings of its review into proposed Sainsbury's and Asda merger. 

Sainsbury's and Asda ask for more time to respond to merger plan probe

12 Dec 2018

UK supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda have made a request to the organisation investigating their proposed merger.

UK watchdog issues warning after Sainsbury's, Asda merger request

12 Dec 2018

The UK's competition watchdog has reacted to a request from Sainsbury's and Asda for more time to respond to the investigation into their proposed merger.

Tesco, Morrisons question logic of Sainsbury's, Asda deal

5 Dec 2018

UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons have questioned the logic behind the proposed merger of rivals Sainsbury's and Asda.

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. 

Sainsbury’s merger with Asda referred for in-depth investigation

19 Sep 2018

The planned merger between UK supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda is being referred for an in-depth "phase two" investigation by the country's competition watchdog.

Asda and Sainsbury's merger investigation gets under way

23 Aug 2018

The UK's competition watchdog has launched its formal investigation in relation to the anticipated merger between 'big four' supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda

Avondale Foods to add jobs after securing Asda salad deal

10 Jul 2018

UK-based Avondale Foods plans to create 60 jobs after winning a contract to supply Asda's own-label range of salad products.

Asda ranked worst of UK's big four supermarkets in treatment of suppliers

26 Jun 2018

Asda is the worst of the UK's big four grocers when it comes to treatment of suppliers, a survey has revealed.

Asda, Sainsbury's bosses grilled over potential for supply-chain squeeze

20 Jun 2018

UK big four supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's have confirmed synergies from their proposed merger are likely to come from re-negotiating deals with suppliers.

What does the Sainsbury's-Asda merger mean for food suppliers?

30 Apr 2018

The news that Sainsbury's and Asda, two of the UK's 'big four' supermarkets, are to merge, creating a new entity with a 30%+ market share, is likely to have a marked impact on suppliers, especially as the retailers have already spoken of slashing costs. Andy Coyne reports.

UK food companies issue pledges on plastics

26 Apr 2018

Food manufacturers operating in the UK, including Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods plc, today (26 April) set out a series of pledges on plastics, including ending the use of single-use plastics by 2025.

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.

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