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Costco breaks ground on first US poultry plant

22 Jun 2017

US wholesaler Costco has started building its first poultry processing plant.

Focus: Will synergies lift Ahold Delhaize in US?

26 Jun 2015

The merger between European retailers Ahold and Delhaize is significant because it will allow the group's to scale up in the key US market, where the majority of revenue is generated. Announcing the deal, the companies said EUR500m (US$560m) in annual synergies are on the table. But these, as and of themselves, will do little to raise the combined group's lacklustre US growth trajectory. Katy Askew looks at the impact the merger will have in the US – and whether Ahold Delhaize will deliver on their promise to drive consumer-led innovation.

UK: Veetee Foods launches globally inspired rice range

19 Aug 2014

Rice group Veetee Foods is launching a new range of savoury rice in the UK this month, with flavours inspired by "popular cuisine" from around the world.

Focus: Thai seafood scandal puts food supply chains back in the dock

20 Jun 2014

Harrowing accounts of forced labour, torture and murder on board fishing boats providing feed for the massive Thai shrimp industry have shocked the public and given the global food industry tough questions to answer about its ability to ensure ethical standards in complex supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

On the money: Wal-Mart battling weak US traffic with fresh focus

16 Aug 2013

Wal-Mart Stores said that US customers are responding positively to its focus on fresh food, particularly produce, as it looks to reverse weak domestic traffic trends and declining comparable store sales.

NORTH AMERICA: Retail results round-up: Costco, Sobeys, Casey's

12 Mar 2013

In the US and Canada, retailers Costco, Casey's General Stores and Sobeys have reported quarterly results.

MEXICO: Costco Wholesale buys out partner in Mexico JV

14 Jun 2012

US wholesaler Costco is to buy the remaining 50% stake in its Mexican unit from joint venture partner Controladora Comercial Mexicana (CMM).

UPDATE: UK/GERMANY: Booker deal will strengthen Makro - Metro

30 May 2012

Metro Group said today (30 May) the sale of its Makro arm in the UK to local wholesaler Booker will make the loss-making business stronger.

US: Costco sales jump on gas prices

1 Mar 2012

US warehouse retailer Costco has booked an increase in income for the first half of its financial year, with sales boosted by higher gas prices.

AUS: Costco outlines expansion plans

24 Feb 2012

US warehouse retailer Costco is planning to open two more stores in Australia in 2013 after sales beat its expectations since its first outlet opened in the country two years ago.

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

10 Oct 2011

Two of the UK's largest retailers, Tesco and Sainsbury's, gave an update on their trading this week and the former's new promotional campaign remained a talking point. Another subject of fierce debate was Denmark's new fat tax, which the country's food manufacturers have described as a "bureaucratic nightmare". Click on the links for more.

just the answer – Kate Carnell, Australian Food and Grocery Council

27 Sep 2011

There is no doubt that Australia is a tough place for a food manufacturer to do business. Competition between two powerful local food retailers is putting pressure on domestic and international suppliers. In this month's just the answer, Ben Cooper discusses the challenging trading conditions with Kate Carnell, chief executive of industry association the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

Focus: The uncomfortable truth for Australian food suppliers

19 Sep 2011

In describing Australia as an "inhospitable" market, Heinz expressed what many suppliers feel but fear to say. But it's an awkward truth, Ben Cooper writes. The last thing the Australian food industry wants is international investors viewing it as a hostile market.

FRANCE: Costco eyes French entry by 2013

16 Sep 2011

US warehouse retailer Costco is planning to enter the French market by 2013.

US: Costco co-founder and CEO Sinegal to retire

1 Sep 2011

The co-founder and current CEO of US wholesaler Costco is to step down from the top job.

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