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Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

20 Aug 2012

French retailer Auchan last week placed its flag in India as it announced a franchise deal with Landmark Group, through which it says it wants to build a "national" retail chain. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Ella's Kitchen CEO and founder Paul Lindley, and results from Wal-Mart, Brasil Foods and Flowers Foods hit the news desk.

BRICs and beyond: Auchan bets on India's potential

17 Aug 2012

The French retailer has become the latest multinational to enter India. We look at its new partnership with local player Max Hypermarket.

UPDATE: INDIA: Auchan eyes national network with new JV

13 Aug 2012

Auchan wants its new venture in India to build a "national" retail chain in the country, the French retailer told just-food today (13 August).

FRANCE/INDIA: Auchan strikes franchise deal with Landmark Group

13 Aug 2012

French retail giant Auchan and Dubai-based Landmark Group today (13 August) announced a deal to work together in the Indian market.

INDIA: Auchan coy over fresh Landmark JV "deal" talk

5 Jul 2012

Auchan has declined to comment on fresh reports in India that it is close to a deal on a partnership in the country with Dubai-based Landmark Group.

INDIA: Landmark Group continues talks over India JV

26 Jun 2012

Dubai-based Landmark Group has said it is still in discussions with potential partners over a joint venture in India.

GERMANY: Metro, Auchan coy over "Real talks"

18 May 2012

Metro Group and Auchan have refused to be drawn on reports the two retailers are in talks over the German retail giant's Real hypermarkets in central and eastern Europe.

On the money: Carrefour stays optimistic despite struggles in France

12 Apr 2012

Carrefour CFO Pierre-Jean Sivignon has insisted he expects a series of measures to help improve the retailer's performance after it reported another quarter of falling sales in its domestic market.

Talking shop: Does the hypermarket format have a future?

3 Apr 2012

"Soulless sheds", "beached whales" and "blips in the history of retail" are descriptions that have recently been assigned to hypermarkets, a format that seems to have taken on the persona of a dinosaur whose days are numbered. Glynn Davis takes a look at whether this once high-flying format can be rejuvenated.

FRANCE: PepsiCo launches "premium" Lay's crisp range

29 Mar 2012

US food and drink giant PepsiCo has launched a "premium" range of Lay's crisps in France.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

19 Mar 2012

The surprise departure of Richard Brasher, the CEO of Tesco's UK operations, grabbed the headlines this week. Elsewhere, analysts voiced their opinions on Premier Foods success in securing a refinancing deal and on Dairy Crest's decision to potentially sell its French business and invest in the UK.

FRANCE: Auchan ends dispute with Nestle-Lactalis

14 Mar 2012

Auchan has reached an agreement on pricing to settle a dispute with Nestle-Lactalis, a spokesperson for the French retailer told just-food today (14 March).

TUNISIA: Auchan announces tie-up with SMG

14 Mar 2012

Auchan has taken a 10% stake in listed Tunisian company Société Magasin Général (SMG) through its supermarket subsidiary Auchansuper.

FRANCE: Mixed 2011 results for retailer Auchan

13 Mar 2012

French retailer Auchan has filed a set of mixed financial results for 2011, with net earnings and revenue up but underlying profits under pressure from higher costs.

CHINA: Store expansion boosts Sun Art Retail FY profits

5 Mar 2012

China's largest hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group has booked an increase in full-year profits on the back of higher sales and the expansion of its store network.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

20 Feb 2012

Kellogg's decision to move for Pringles raised eyebrows this week and, although the acquisition of the global snacks brand will boost its international business, CEO John Bryant was forced to respond to concerns that the deal comes at a time with the company's cereal business under pressure. Elsewhere, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic cheered a trade deal on organic food, Nestle and Danone provided their financial forecasts for 2012 and Mars announced plans for a calorie cap on its chocolate bars.

FRANCE: Dairy, soup maker Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l'Hotel to expand plants

15 Feb 2012

French dairy, juice and soup products maker Laiterie de Saint-Denis-de-l'Hotel (LSDH) is investing EUR40m in the expansion of two plants in over the next three years

INDIA: Spar deal with Landmark to end this year

14 Feb 2012

Spar International's franchise partnership in India with Landmark Group will end this year, the Dubai-based retail and hospitality operator has told just-food.

On the move: Wal-Mart's Foran faces challenges in China

14 Feb 2012

Greg Foran, who moved from Woolworths Ltd to Wal-Mart last autumn, has been named as the US retail giant's new chief in China. As Dean Best writes, Foran is taking charge of one of Wal-Mart's most challenging businesses.

FRANCE: Auchan readies organic supermarket opening

14 Feb 2012

Auchan has told just-food that it is planning to open an outlet selling only organic products in France this spring.

FRANCE/INDIA: Auchan coy over "India venture talks"

13 Feb 2012

Auchan has refused to be drawn on claims that the French retailer is in talks over a venture in India with Dubai-based company Landmark Group.

2012 - Savvy shoppers, online key areas of retail focus

3 Feb 2012

In part two of our management briefing, Sam Webb talks to experts about the possible changes to the landscape of the food retail sector in 2012, amid power shifts, market volatility, evolving shopping trends and changing consumer habits.

On the move: Plassat faces Carrefour trial

31 Jan 2012

After a tumultuous three years at the helm of the world's second-largest grocery retailer, Carrefour chairman and CEO Lars Olofsson is set to be replaced by Georges Plassat.

Best bits: New year, still uncertainty at Carrefour

24 Jan 2012

Tesco executives may feel they have a lot on their plate but their "to do" list is not as long as that sitting in front of their counterparts across the English Channel at Carrefour.

HUNGARY: Auchan to buy stores from Louis Delhaize

3 Jan 2012

Auchan is to buy Hungarian firm Magyar Hipermarket from Belgian retailer Louis Delhaize.

FRANCE: Carrefour confirms Guyenne et Gascogne talks

8 Dec 2011

Carrefour today (8 December) confirmed it is in talks with franchise partner Guyenne and Gascogne, negotiations that could see the French retail giant buy a stake in the business.

Logistics - how a stagnant economy has changed the supply chain

30 Nov 2011

This month's just-food management briefing looks at logistics in the food industry. Part one considers the impact of a climate of low economic growth and high operating costs on food groups' and retailers' supply chains. Are these difficult market conditions stimulating the emergence of new ways of organising food logistics ?

Logistics - the role of the logistics service provider

30 Nov 2011

Logistics companies, far from being simple hauliers, have adapted to meet the increasingly complicated and specialised needs of customers in the food manufacture and retail spheres, such as tracking and traceability and flexible volumes. In the second part of his feature on logistics, Stuart Todd gains insight from major logistics providers about this fascinating industry.

Best bits: Wal-Mart, Danone demonstrate pitfalls of emerging markets

24 Oct 2011

In the US, economists are growing more pessimistic about the country's growth prospects. In Europe, political disputes over the eurozone, rather than solutions to the crisis, are making the headlines. Against this backdrop, the emerging markets seem a more attractive prospect than ever. However, there are risks as well as rewards.

Talking shop: Wal-Mart's China crisis

21 Oct 2011

Wal-Mart Stores' Chinese operations are under scrutiny. An investigation into pork prices has led to staff arrests and stores closed. Days after the scandal became public, the head of Wal-Mart's business in the country quit for "personal reasons" and he is the latest in a number of senior executives to depart in recent months. Sam Webb looks at the retailer's woes and asks what lies ahead for Wal-Mart in China.






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