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FRANCE: Auchan, Compagnie Fruitiere in sustainable banana initiative

21 Oct 2011

French retailer Auchan has teamed up with French fruit company Compagnie Fruitière to produce "sustainable" bananas.

Talking tech: Conquering the 'digital native'

30 Sep 2011

Adapting to the next generation of consumers is a key subject of discussion among food retailers right now. Software giant Oracle has just released the results of a survey that sheds some light on the shoppers of tomorrow. Sam Webb reports.

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

19 Sep 2011

Tension at the top of Metro Group, the world's fourth-largest retailer, made the headlines this week, with the future of CEO Dr Eckhard Cordes in doubt. Across the Atlantic, Sara Lee was rocked by the departure of senior executive CJ Fraleigh. In the US, ConAgra Foods told takeover target Ralcorp Holdings it had days to being talks on its US$5.2bn bid, while in the UK, Marks and Spencer showcased its new-look food halls as part of a GBP600m revamp of its stores. Click on the headlines for more.

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

19 Sep 2011

Stories from Europe, the UK, the US and Latin America provided some of this week's headlines. A key shareholder in Metro Group has lost patience with the German retailer's CEO, upmarket UK grocer Marks and Spencer revealed its new-look food halls, US snack firm Diamond Foods discussed the outlook for its new financial year and PepsiCo outlined plans to launch healthier products in Mexico.

Retail and self service - the evolving market trends

14 Sep 2011

In part two of this month's just-food management briefing, Glynn Davis looks at the success - or otherwise - that retailers have had with self-service technology and considers where the sector could go next.

Retail and self-service - innovation

14 Sep 2011

In the third part of just-food's briefing on self-service in retail, Glynn Davis looks at two of the key trends driving innovation in the sector - the need to cater for weekly shopping and the rise of mobile phone technology.

UK/CHINA: Greenpeace accuses Tesco of illegal pesticide levels in China stores

13 Sep 2011

Greenpeace has claimed food products sold at Tesco's stores in China contain illegal levels of pesticides.

RUSSIA: Auchan plans more stores in Russia

13 Sep 2011

French retailer Auchan is to expand its Russian operations by opening stores in regional cities.

FRANCE: Auchan ponders options after fine

8 Sep 2011

Auchan is mulling over its options following a EUR1m (US$1.4m) fine from the Commercial Court of Lille for abusive practices in its contracts with suppliers.

FRANCE: Emerging markets boost Auchan

31 Aug 2011

Auchan has said a strong performance in emerging markets has helped offset a difficult environment in Europe in the first half of 2011, as the French retailer reported mixed half-year results.

Best bits: Pessimism in promotion-mad UK

1 Aug 2011

With growth slowing in the UK, retail sales volumes down and promotions on the increase, even the better performing food manufacturers can betray a note of pessimism, writes Dean Best.

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

29 Jul 2011

just-food's insight pages were full of interviews and analysis this week. As Auchan's Sun Art Retail Group venture listed in Hong Kong, we looked at the growth of China's hypermarket sector. Our food retail coverage did not stop there, with our latest briefing focusing on the challenge of building a successful online operation. And we interviewed executives at two leading dairy processors, Arla Foods and First Milk, about issues from sustainability to promotions. Click on the headlines for more.

BRICs and beyond: China's hypermarkets target provinces

28 Jul 2011

The flotation of China's largest hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group has highlighted the recent rapid growth in the sector and the potential that retailers believe the channel will continue to have. International chains have made their presence known in the country's main cities. Now, second- and third-tier cities are driving growth and becoming increasingly attractive targets for further expansion but, as Wang Fangqing reports, competition is fierce.

HONG KONG: Sun Art shares surge almost 50% in early trading

27 Jul 2011

Shares in China's largest hypermarket operator Sun Art Retail Group have surged on their debut on the Hong Kong stock exchange today (27 July).

CHINA: Auchan venture Sun Art puts back trading debut

15 Jul 2011

Shares in Sun Art Retail Group, which was due to make its debut on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange today (15 July), will start trading later this month after an error in the company's IPO prospectus.

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

8 Jul 2011

The tussle over Brazil's largest retailer rumbled on this week, while Nestle's interest in Chinese confectioner Hsu Fu Chi gave industry watchers something to chew over. Meanwhile, away from the emerging markets, a key EU vote brought new food labelling laws a step closer.

ROMANIA: Auchan plans to double store network

7 Jul 2011

Auchan has revealed plans to double the number of stores it has in Romania by 2014.

CHINA: Auchan's Chinese venture outlines ambition

5 Jul 2011

Sun Art Retail Group, the Chinese venture of French retailer Auchan, is looking to strengthen its position as the country's largest hypermarket operator.

Talking shop: Wal-Mart bets on China's online growth with Yihaodian

19 May 2011

Wal-Mart recently acquired a minority stake in China's leading online retailer, revealing its ambition to become the leading global multichannel retailer. While Chinese consumers have been quick to take up online shopping, the market remains a challenging one. Petah Marian investigates.

POLAND: Auchan launches online grocery delivery

10 May 2011

Auchan has launched an online grocery delivery service in Poland, with the scheme set to initially be offered in seven districts of the capital, Warsaw.

FRANCE: Frima launches organic frozen ready meals

18 Apr 2011

Belgian-based Frima claims to have launched the first range of frozen organic ready meals - Frimabio - in France and Belgium.

FRANCE: Auchan launches urban hypermarket concept

5 Apr 2011

Auchan is launching Auchan City, its new "convenience hyper" city centre concept, tomorrow (6 April).

The just-food management briefing - the globalisation of food retail

21 Mar 2011

Facing mature markets at home and a supplier base becoming ever-more international in scope, the world's largest grocers are expanding worldwide at a rapid rate. In this just-food management briefing, Glynn Davis explains why globalisation is becoming a key feature of the food-retail landscape, which retailers are at the forefront of this trend and which markets the companies are targeting in their quest for growth.

The just-food management briefing - the globalisation of food retail - China, India and the US

21 Mar 2011

In part two of just-food's management briefing on the globalisation of food retail, Glynn Davis looks at three markets where the trend, in different ways, has taken hold - China, India and the US.

FRANCE: Auchan hails performance in France, Russia and China

9 Mar 2011

Auchan has attributed an increase in full-year sales and earnings to its "firm" performance in France, Russia and China.

FRANCE: Bedier steps down as head of FCD retail association

3 Feb 2011

Jérôme Bédier, head of French retail body FCD, is stepping down after 15 years as the public face of French retailing to take up a post in the private sector.

FRANCE: Auchan to launch convenience store concept

31 Jan 2011

Auchan has announced the launch of a largely food-focused convenience store concept, 'A 2 pas', (2 steps away), with outlets located in urban areas.

GLOBAL: More retailers record declining sales - Deloitte

19 Jan 2011

The retail industry suffered during 2009, with more than a third of the world's top retailers endured declining sales over the year, according to the latest Deloitte figures.

FRANCE: Baker Neuhauser spends EUR20m on plant expansion

14 Jan 2011

French bakery group Neuhauser International has invested EUR20m in a 6,300 sqm extension to its plant in Sainte Hermine to boost its presence in the west of the country.

MIDDLE EAST: Auchan quits Dubai

6 Jan 2011

French retail giant Auchan has exited Dubai just two years after entering the emirate.

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