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Sustainability Watch: Tom MacMillan, Soil Association

9 Aug 2012

In this month's Sustainability Watch, Dr Tom MacMillan, formerly director of the Food Ethics Council and now director of innovation at the Soil Association, speaks with Ben Cooper about the Soil Association's new strategy and the UK government's Green Food Project.

In the spotlight: UK organic sector bemoans downbeat retailer view

22 Mar 2012

The Soil Association's Organic Market Report 2012 points to a lack of support from multiple retailers as a primary reason why organic sales continue to fall in the UK, while other countries are showing growth.

UK: Duchy Originals annual profit jumps

11 Jan 2012

Duchy Originals, the upmarket UK food producer founded by the Prince of Wales in 1990, has made an annual profit after its 2009 deal with UK retailer Waitrose.

UK/SPAIN: Waitrose to sell Duchy Originals through El Corte Ingles

24 Aug 2011

Waitrose has signed a deal to sell its Duchy Originals brand in Spain through local retailer El Corte Inglés.

UK: Fairtrade sales top GBP1bn

28 Feb 2011

Sales of Fairtrade products have bucked the recession in the UK, rising by 40% and topping the GBP1bn (US1.6bn) mark for the first time.

US: Waitrose in US Duchy Originals talks

30 Sep 2010

Waitrose is reportedly in talks with US retailers to sell its Duchy Originals range in US stores following its recent revamp of the label founded by Prince Charles.

On the money: Ocado unfazed by prospect of more competition

7 Sep 2010

Ocado CFO Andrew Bracey was today (7 September) unfazed by murmurings that Morrisons and Marks and Spencer might be planning to enter the UK online grocery channel.

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

16 Jul 2010

The future of the Food Standards Agency, the UK food watchdog, dominated the headlines in the early part of the week and again brought to the fore the UK coalition's emerging policy on food and health. The interplay between food and regulation was also brought into sharp relief with the latest proposals from the EU on GM food. Some light relief, however, came with the high-spirited AGMs held by UK retailers Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer.

UK: Waitrose to move all British organic products under Duchy Originals

14 Jul 2010

Waitrose plans to shift all of its UK organic products into its licensed Duchy Originals brand.

UK: Waitrose silent on US Duchy Originals launch

23 Jun 2010

Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose has declined to add detail to a report that the company is planning its first foray into the US through the relaunch of its Duchy Originals range.

UPDATE: UK: Hodgson exit heralds Waitrose shake-up

8 Jun 2010

Waitrose has announced a shake up of its executive team in the wake of commercial director Richard Hodgson's move to Morrisons.

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

12 Feb 2010

There was plenty to chew over this week on obesity with Michelle Obama's launch of a US campaign to encourage healthy eating and exercise and the UK's ban on product placement for junk food. Snacks giant PepsiCo sets out its stall to make its portfolio more healthy, while yoghurt maker Danone outlined plans for international expansion. Here is the best of who said what this week.

UK: Duchy Originals reports loss as sales slump

10 Feb 2010

Duchy Originals, the UK organic food business founded by the Prince of Wales, has booked a loss of over GBP3m (US$4.7m) as sales slumped and the company incurred costs from the sale of its bakery.

Sustainability moves up the agenda as brighter 2010 beckons

23 Dec 2009

In spite of the global downturn, 2009 turned out to be an eventful year for the food industry. Economic recovery, albeit a slow and slightly faltering one, should bring equally if not more interesting times. Ben Cooper looks at what is likely to be dominating the headlines in the coming year.

2009's highs and lows - the retailers

18 Dec 2009

In food retail, 2009 was the year of the value message. As ever in an increasingly competitive environment, there have been winners and losers. Here is just-food's take on the food retailers that have prospered over the past year and those who have become casualties of the adverse economic conditions.

In the spotlight – Marc Bolland's move to M&S

18 Nov 2009

The timing of Marks and Spencer's announcement that Morrisons CEO Marc Bolland will succeed Sir Stuart Rose at the helm of the company may have raised eyebrows in the City, coming as it does the day before Morrisons unveils its third quarter results. Nevertheless, the news has been roundly welcomed as a positive step for the bastion of middle England. Katy Humphries reports.

In the spotlight: Waitrose, the comeback kid

24 Sep 2009

Upmarket retailer Waitrose has emerged from the economic downturn as - currently - the fastest-growing retailer in the UK. Katy Humphries examines the key to its success.

Has Duchy bettered its founder in the marriage stakes?

18 Sep 2009

Last week, UK supermarket group Waitrose took over the rights to manufacture, distribute and sell the niche organic food brand, Duchy Originals, set up almost 20 years ago by the Prince of Wales. Ben Cooper asks if Duchy has found a good match.

Top stories on just-food this week

11 Sep 2009

Unsurprisingly, Kraft Foods' so far unsuccessful bid for Cadbury dominated this week's top stories on just-food.

UPDATE: UK: Waitrose deal to grow Duchy brand

10 Sep 2009

The tie-up announced today (10 September) between Duchy Originals and Waitrose will help develop the Duchy brand, the organic food maker told just-food.

UK: Duchy unveils Waitrose tie-up

10 Sep 2009

Struggling organic food group Duchy Originals has announced a licensing and distribution agreement with up-market supermarket chain Waitrose.

just the answer – Nick Munby, New Covent Garden

28 Aug 2009

New Covent Garden, the UK's largest chilled soup brand, announced a major push earlier this week with the launch of six varieties. The company, owned by Singapore Food Industries, hopes the move will attract new customers to the fresh soup category. Katy Humphries caught up with New Covent Garden marketing manager Nick Munby to find out more about the group's plans for the sector.

Harrowing time for organic farming

14 Aug 2009

Two weeks ago, the Food Standards Agency published a research review suggesting there are no significant nutrient differences between organic and non-organic food and no additional health benefits. Nothing short of a media frenzy has ensued. Ben Cooper examines how the subject has been addressed by interested parties and the press.

Top stories on just-food this week

24 Jul 2009

It's results season. This week, Danone, among others kicked off the slew of half-year results due in the weeks ahead - and the French food giant saw signs of revival at its dairy division. However, those results were soured by the news that Russia's competition watchdog is investigating Danone over prices.

UK: Duchy sells bakery to Samworth unit Tamar Foods

24 Jul 2009

Duchy Originals, the UK organic food group, said today (24 July) it had agreed to sell a bakery in Cornwall to a unit of own-label food group Samworth Brothers.

UK: Duchy denies Waitrose takeover talk

21 Jul 2009

Duchy Originals, the UK organic firm set up by the Prince of Wales almost 20 years ago, has denied there are plans to sell the business to Waitrose, the upmarket retailer.

UK: Duchy, Liz Hurley to launch organic range

31 Mar 2009

Duchy Originals, the organic and sustainable food company established by The Prince of Wales, and actress Elizabeth Hurley are to collaborate on a range of organic foods.

UK: Duchy Originals range to get new look

9 Feb 2009

Duchy Originals, the UK organic firm set up by the Prince of Wales almost 20 years ago, has revamped the packaging for its range of products.

UK: Duchy Originals appoints chairman

10 Oct 2008

Duchy Originals, the UK food maker founded by the Prince of Wales, has appointed Michael Jary as non-executive chairman.

Top stories on just-food this week

23 May 2008

The surprise announcement that UK retailer Marks & Spencer, the champion of own-label food, will soon stock some of the country’s top brands was the top story this week on just-food.


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