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

4 Mar 2011

just-food's headlines were this week dominated by the Europe's largest retailers, with Carrefour, Tesco, Ahold and Delhaize all making key announcements. While Tesco welcomed a new chief executive, Fonterra announced its boss would leave the hot seat after eight years. Elsewhere, Fairtrade Fortnight started in the UK and we marked the event with one of two CSR interviews to feature on the site this week. Click on the headlines to find out more.

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

4 Mar 2011

If last week's common theme was rising commodity costs, this week's focus was firmly on mergers, acquisitions and disposals, with retailers including Iceland, Ahold and Delhaize announcing acquisitions or the desire to acquire, while Carrefour finally revealed plans to spin-off its property and Dia portfolios.

SERBIA: Delhaize acquires Delta Maxi

3 Mar 2011

Belgian supermarket group Delhaize has struck a deal to buy Serbian retailer Delta Maxi Group for EUR932.5m (US$1.3bn).

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.

BELGIUM: Delhaize FY sales rise, reconfirms earnings forecast

21 Jan 2011

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize has booked an increase in full-year sales and reconfirmed its guidance for its annual profits in 2010.

BELGIUM: Delhaize opens Shop & Go stores in Romania

16 Dec 2010

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize has announced that it is opening a new chain of Shop & Go convenience stores in Romania.

ROMANIA: Delhaize acquires Primavera stores

14 Dec 2010

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize has bought two stores in Romania from the Primavera supermarket chain.

US: Butterball, Snyder's join salt-reduction scheme

26 Nov 2010

Food manufacturers including turkey processor Butterball and snack maker Snyder's of Hanover are the latest US food firms to join up to the National Salt Reduction Initiative (NSRI).

BELGIUM: Delhaize shares rise after improved Q3 performance

10 Nov 2010

Shares in Belgium-based retailer Delhaize climbed more than 5% today (10 November) after the company booked improving results for the third quarter of the year.

The just-food management briefing - how to green your supply chain - part I

25 Oct 2010

Sustainability is a buzzword including in many a corporate brochure and its ubiquity can attract cynicism about a company's policies to mitigate their impact on the environment. However, food makers and retailers are building the issue into how they interact.

The just-food management briefing - how to green your supply chain - part II

25 Oct 2010

The development of company policy on sustainability not only needs to include suppliers but also the wider NGO sphere - from government and unions and from farming groups to aid charities. Here the briefing discusses examples of established bodies that incorporate broader stakeholder involvement.

EUROPE: Food retail sector set for consolidation - analyst

12 Oct 2010

Europe's food retail industry is set to see the return of mergers and acquisitions, analysts at J.P.Morgan Cazenove said today (12 October) as they started their coverage of the sector.

BELGIUM: Delhaize cuts profit outlook on weaker Q2

13 Aug 2010

Delhaize today (13 August) cut its full-year profit guidance due to tough trading conditions in the south-east of the US and in Greece, a key European market for the Belgium-based retailer.

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

13 Aug 2010

Concerns over the grain crisis in Russia trickled down through the financial results this week, with companies like Nestle and Sara Lee hinting at possible price increases due to increased commodity prices.

US: Bottom Dollar Food plans Philadelphia expansion

22 Jul 2010

Soft-discount grocer Bottom Dollar Food plans to open 15-20 stores by the end of 2010 in the greater Philadelphia market.

GREECE: Delhaize coy amid link to Aldi stores

20 Jul 2010

Belgium-based retailer Delhaize today (10 July) refused to be drawn on whether it would bid for parts of Aldi's estate in Greece, which the German discount giant is looking to offload.

US: Delhaize launches sustainable seafood programme

16 Jul 2010

Delhaize has announced that its US banners will operate under a new sustainable seafood sourcing programme.

BELGIUM: Delhaize to squeeze-out minority shareholders

15 Jul 2010

Belgian retailer Delhaize has received approval to squeeze-out the minority shareholders of its Greek subsidiary Alfa Beta.

BALKANS: Delhaize eyes Balkans for expansion

14 Jul 2010

Belgian retailer Delhaize said it is interested in expansion opportunities in the Balkan region.

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

2 Jul 2010

Here we take a look at who said what this week.

Editor's choice: the best of just-food this week

2 Jul 2010

The news that dominated the headlines this week was the sale of Tate & Lyle’s European sugar operations - including Lyle's Golden Syrup, purported to be the world's oldest food brand.

Sustainability Watch – Megan Hellstedt, Delhaize

30 Jun 2010

Building links with all stakeholders is seen as a vital component in any corporate responsibility strategy but companies vary both in their readiness and their success in doing this. Megan Hellstedt, director of corporate responsibility at Delhaize Group, spoke with Ben Cooper about how its collaborative culture and devolved business model helps the Belgian-based retail group’s sustainability efforts.

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

7 May 2010

UK retailers Marks and Spencer and Asda both announced the departure of members of their executive teams this week. For M&S, finance and operations director Ian Dyson left to jon pub group Punch Taverns, while Asda announced the exit of CMO Darren Blackhurst. And, aside from a raft of quarterly results, there was some M&A activity, with Poundland the subject of a takeover from US private-equity firm Warburg Pincus who described the firm as "an exceptional business". Here is the best of who said what this week.

The top stories on just-food this week

7 May 2010

The sheer volume of quarterly results this week was enough to leave you cross-eyed but some other stories cut through, including the acquisitions of Poundland and Barts Spices in the UK - and Warren Buffett's latest criticism of Kraft Foods' takeover of Cadbury. Here are the most popular stories on just-food this week

On the money: US operations will be “more nimble” in 2010 - Delhaize

5 May 2010

Belgian retailer Delhaize said today (5 May) it expects its US operations to be “much more nimble” in the months ahead after seeing its sales hit by falling food prices.

BELGIUM: "Outstanding" home performance boosts Delhaize

5 May 2010

Belgian retailer Delhaize has booked an increase in first-quarter profits, boosted by a "strong" increase in its domestic sales.

Carrefour faces Belgian dilemma

6 Apr 2010

Carrefour, the French retail giant, has attempted to diffuse union anger in Belgium over plans to scale back its business with revised plans that would mean the closure of fewer stores. However, unions are still unhappy and, strategically, some industry watchers believe the world's number two retailer is stuck with little room for manoeuvre in a market with some fierce competitors. Dean Best reports.

BELGIUM: Colruyt outlines 2010 expansion plans

29 Mar 2010

Belgian retailer Colruyt has outlined plans to open stores at home and in France this year.

Top stories on just-food this week

12 Mar 2010

The future of Glanbia, with its interest in consumer dairy products, dairy ingredients and sports nutrition, grabbed your interest this week as the Irish food group revealed it was in talks to offload parts of the business. Unilever and Nestle were the subject of M&A rumours as reports in Belgium linked to the two food giants to the country's biggest ice-cream maker. Nestle, meanwhile, launched its nutrition brand Jenny Craig in France as, on this side of the channel, the UK's Food Standards Agency put forward plans for a new to label the nutrition content of food.

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

12 Mar 2010

Morrisons and Waitrose this week displayed a bullish confidence as the UK retailers - operating at different ends of the market - both reported bumper annual profits. Elsewhere in the UK, the country's Food Standards Agency backed plans for hybrid nutrition labels - and was prompty slammed by consumer advocates. Meanwhile, the Chinese government unveiled its latest bid to improve food safety in China in the wake of fresh contamination scandals. Here is a flavour of who said what this week.






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