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Sainsbury's-Asda deal - the impact on suppliers

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, i...

Asda, Couche-Tard, Aeon - August retail round-up

August saw the announcement of an eighth consecutive quarter of declining sales at Asda, the UK arm of Wal-Mart. Across the Atlantic, Canada...


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 3 Feb 2016

January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responded to these challenges through an emphasis on cost cutting and price slashing. Others, however, continued to benefit with the likes of Lidl, Casino and Intermarche all expanding in the month. Here is just-food's digest of the top retailer stories from the past 31 days. 


Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2015

Online giants Amazon and Alibaba eyed expansion into new markets, sourcing was put in the spotlight as Wal-Mart owned Asda launched a range rationalisation in the UK, while Casino and Dia formed a strategic purchasing alliance. 


Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.


Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.

Latest News

Simon Harvey | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Andy Coyne | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


just-food.com | 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.


Andy Coyne | 10 Nov 2017

Irwin's Bakery, based in Northern Ireland, has been awarded a contract to supply its batch bread to more than 300 Asda stores across the UK as own-label products.


Dean Best | 10 Aug 2017

The fipronil-in-eggs contamination scare that has rocked Europe's egg sector saw two major developments today (10 August), with UK supermarkets pulling processed food products and two individuals arrested in the Netherlands over the affair.


John Shepherd | 1 Mar 2017

A new line of milk from UK pasture-based farms where cows are guaranteed 180 days and nights outdoor grazing a year has secured its first supermarket listing.


John Shepherd | 7 Feb 2017

France-based food group Agromousquetaires is preparing for a move into the UK private-label market in a bid to increase sales and expand product development overseas.


John Shepherd | 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.


John Shepherd | 11 Jul 2016

Arla Foods today (11 July) announced the launch of a new product in the UK – Arla Farmers Milk – which the firm said would give consumers the opportunity "to pay a little extra on each bottle to help Arla farmers".


John Shepherd | 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.


John Shepherd | 8 Jun 2016

UK private-label group Bakkavor is to create more than 470 new jobs at two of its domestic production plants to meet demand for a range of deli products, ready meals and desserts.


Dean Best | 15 Mar 2016

Food manufacturers and retailers operating in the UK - including Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Asda - have signed up to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth in ten years.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 Jan 2016

UK retailer Asda has acquired two of its meat suppliers.


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Oct 2015

This week the World Health Organization confirmed findings of a link between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer - sparking fierce debate in and around the industry. Elsewhere, Snyder's-Lance agreed a deal to buy Kettle Chips owner Diamond Foods for US$1.91bn. And just-food interviewed Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson, who hinted at the firm's renewed ambitions for M&A. Here is the week in quotes.


Katy Askew | 18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.


Hannah Abdulla | 29 May 2015

The UK Food Standards Agency has issued its latest findings in the campylobacter study, revealing 73% of fresh shop-bought chickens tested positive for the bug.


Katy Askew | 21 May 2015

Asda is introducing a steam process, SonoSteam, to some of its chicken production in a move the retailer claims can reduce campylobacter contamination in fresh products by as much as 80%.


Dean Best | 21 Apr 2015

UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.


Dean Best | 23 Feb 2015

Bakkavor has announced plans to close a fresh fruit site in the UK after it lost a contract to supply a "major customer".


Dean Best | 9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.

Latest blogs

Andy Coyne | 22 Jun 2018

UK Parliamentary select committees at their best are meant to bring light rather than generate heat but this wasn't a select committee at its best.


Andy Coyne | 18 Jun 2018

The proposed merger between Asda and Sainsbury's - two of the UK's 'big four' supermarkets - is, as expected, getting people hot under the collar.



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