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HORSEMEAT: Recalls in Norway, Belgium and Switzerland

14 Feb 2013

Retailers in Norway, Belgium and Switzerland have become the latest to pull products from shelves amid concerns their lines could contain horsemeat.

NETHERLANDS: Dutch retailers Plus, Boni recall lasagnes

13 Feb 2013

Two Dutch supermarket chains have become the latest European retailers to pull frozen lasagnes from shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.

GERMANY: Retail chain Kaiser's pulls lasagnes amid horse meat fears

11 Feb 2013

German retailer Tengelmann has confirmed its Kaiser's supermarket chain has pulled frozen lasagnes from shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.

Best bits: Horse meat scandal of industry's own making

11 Feb 2013

In an sector in which profit margins are wafer thin, with retail pressure bearing down on manufacturers and manufacturers bearing down on their suppliers, it really is not a surprise that the best deal will be sought after and snaffled up, writes Dean Best. But the old adage of "if something appears too good to be true, it probably is" has rarely felt so apt.

EUROPE: Horse meat: Romania "source" for Findus contamination

11 Feb 2013

An abbatoir in Romania is alleged to be the source of the horse meat contained in Findus products that have sparked the crisis that has rocked Europe's food industry.

FRANCE: French retailers pull products amid horse meat fears

11 Feb 2013

Six of France's largest retail chains have pulled products from their shelves amid concerns the lines could contain horse meat.

FRANCE: International sales boost Casino FY

16 Jan 2013

French retailer Casino Group has recorded an increase in fourth-quarter and full-year sales, boosted by international revenue growth.

SERBIA: Casino enters Serbia via Sodibal deal

11 Jan 2013

France's Casino Group has announced it will open stores in Serbia after signing a partnership deal with the country's Sodibal.

THAILAND: Casino to triple Big C store count

7 Jan 2013

Retail giant Casino has confirmed plans to triple its store count in Thailand as part of a strategy to strengthen its position in the country.

The just-food review of 2012: International food retail highs and lows

18 Dec 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.

Street talk: Digital drives shoppers to find best deals

10 Dec 2012

The arrival of digital shopping in the FMCG marketplace has taken 15-20 years but is now firmly here and encroaching on the household routine of food shopping in a very significant way, writes SymphonyIRI consultant Rod Street.

UK: Warburtons pulls bread lines from central Europe

10 Dec 2012

UK baker Warburtons has pulled its bread lines from sale in Tesco stores in central Europe.

FRANCE: Limagrain opens first bakery in Brazil

9 Nov 2012

Limagrain, the French agricultural co-op, has opened its first bakery in Brazil as it looks to build its bread and pastry business outside its domestic market.

BRAZIL: CBD sees profit jump

1 Nov 2012

Retail giant CBD has booked a 64.6% rise in third-quarter profit as sales benefited from the Brazilian government's stimulus package.

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

29 Oct 2012

A busy but fruitful week for just-food was dominated by the SIAL trade expo in Paris, where thousands of international manufacturers gathered to showcase products and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them. Elsewhere, the UK unveiled plans to introduce a hybrid nutrition labelling system, Premier Foods plc pledged to "unlock value" from its bread division and French retailers Carrefour and Casino found their international operations in the spotlight.

MOROCCO: Casino's Monoprix to open first store next year

23 Oct 2012

Casino-owned supermarket chain Monoprix has unveiled plans to continue its expansion in north Africa.

FRANCE: Casino Q3 sales climb on international growth

16 Oct 2012

French retail giant Casino has booked a 35% jump in third-quarter sales, boosted by a strong international showing and a contribution from acquisitions.

FRANCE: Casino makes Vietnam, Brazil appointments

14 Sep 2012

French retail giant Casino has appointed Zecri Laurent as managing director of its Big C subsidiary in Vietnam.

FRANCE: Casino Supermarchés head Rubens departs

11 Sep 2012

French retailer Casino has said the executive managing director of its Supermarchés division has left the company.

SINGAPORE: Carrefour to close Singapore stores

28 Aug 2012

French retail giant Carrefour has said it will shut its two stores in Singapore by the end of the year.

BRICs and beyond: Russia's X5 struggles to deliver on strategic objectives

22 Aug 2012

X5 Retail Group has had a turbulent year. Management changes and a significant strategic shift that has sidelined the importance of M&A to the group's expansion plans have combined with an intensely competitive market to leave Russia's largest retailer losing share to its peers. Katy Askew suggests the next 12 months will be telling for the company.

UK/FRANCE: Warburtons secures Casino listing

15 Aug 2012

UK bread manufacturer Warburtons has won a listing with French retailer Casino.

FRANCE: Casino reports Q2 slowdown as France weighs

26 Jul 2012

French retailer Casino has booked a slowdown in second-quarter sales as its domestic operations were hit by the economic slowdown in Europe and poor weather.

BRAZIL: CBD names Casino man Hidalgo finance chief

24 Jul 2012

Brazilian retailer CBD has appointed Christophe Hidalgo, an executive at Casino stablemate Grupo Exito, as chief financial officer.

On the move: X5 CEO Gusev's departure offers cause for concern

16 Jul 2012

News that Andrei Gusev will stand down as X5 Retail Group chief executive caused shares in the Russian retailer to sink to a 52-week low on Saturday (14 July). The market responded negatively to fears that an unstable management team will be unable to drive growth as X5 struggles to improve organic sales trends. The sudden nature of the announcement and lack of clarity over the reasons for Gusev's departure augmented these concerns. Katy Askew reports.

FRANCE: Casino to buy Galeries Lafayette stake in Monoprix

29 Jun 2012

Casino has agreed to purchase joint-venture partner Galeries Lafayette's 50% stake in supermarket chain Monoprix, putting an end to a long-running dispute.

UPDATE: FRANCE: Casino eyes online growth with new exec role

28 Jun 2012

French retailer Casino is eyeing growth online after creating a new senior role to look after the company's e-commerce division.

FRANCE: Casino names CEO's son as head of brand, digital

28 Jun 2012

French retailer Casino has named Gabriel Naouri as its head of brand, digital and innovation.

UPDATE: BRAZIL: Casino insists CBD "to be run as it is today"

25 Jun 2012

Casino has insisted it will not be taking a more active role in the management of Brazilian retailer CBD after becoming the group's "full controlling shareholder".

Best bits: Casino, Carrefour, Danone give French flavour to headlines

25 Jun 2012

There was a French flavour to the major industry headlines last week. Casino triumphantly announced its control of Brazil's largest retailer CBD. The new CEO at rival French retailer Carrefour made his first public comments about the challenges the company faces, while food manufacturer Danone issued a profit warning, citing problems in southern Europe.









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