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Food industry news of the week - PepsiCo, Sodiaal, Boulder Brands

10 Jul 2015

PepsiCo issued its second-quarter results this week - and upped its annual earnings forecast. The company's shares fell, amid concerns the second half of the year will prove more challenging. Under-pressure US group Boulder Brands, fresh from the departure of its CEO, announced restructuring plans likely to lead to 15% of jobs being cut. French dairy group Sodiaal announced another move in China, while we analysed the impact Russia's import restrictions have had on domestic companies.

Leclerc to contest ruling on supplier payments

6 Jul 2015

French retailer E.Leclerc is to contest a decision by the Paris Appeal Court ordering it to reimburse EUR61.3m to 48 of its suppliers.

FRANCE: Leclerc: Sales growth to slow in "difficult" year

11 Feb 2014

French retailer E.Leclerc has forecast its sales growth will slow in 2014, a year it expects to be "difficult" for consumers.

FRANCE: E.Leclerc FY sales climb

17 Jan 2013

French retailer E.Leclerc has recorded an increase in full-year sales thanks to lower pricing in its domestic market in the period.

SPAIN: Leclerc focuses on price in Spanish growth push

1 Nov 2012

French retailer E.Leclerc has launched a price comparison website in Spain as it battles to win over shoppers in a tough economic environment.

FRANCE: Leclerc points to share gains as H1 sales jump

16 Jul 2012

E.Leclerc has reported an increase in its share of France's retail sector as it posted an 8% jump in first-half sales.

Talking shop: Does the hypermarket format have a future?

3 Apr 2012

"Soulless sheds", "beached whales" and "blips in the history of retail" are descriptions that have recently been assigned to hypermarkets, a format that seems to have taken on the persona of a dinosaur whose days are numbered. Glynn Davis takes a look at whether this once high-flying format can be rejuvenated.

FRANCE: PepsiCo launches "premium" Lay's crisp range

29 Mar 2012

US food and drink giant PepsiCo has launched a "premium" range of Lay's crisps in France.

FRANCE: E.Leclerc gains share in France after 2011 sales rise

10 Feb 2012

French retailer E.Leclerc has claimed its share of the country's retail sector climbed again in 2011 after the company's sales increased by over 5%.

2012 - Savvy shoppers, online key areas of retail focus

3 Feb 2012

In part two of our management briefing, Sam Webb talks to experts about the possible changes to the landscape of the food retail sector in 2012, amid power shifts, market volatility, evolving shopping trends and changing consumer habits.

FRANCE: Lactalis price row with Leclerc ends

12 Jan 2012

A row between French retailer E.Leclerc and dairy giant Lactalis over prices has ended after almost a year.

FRANCE: E.Leclerc refutes Romania talk

21 Dec 2011

French retailer E.Leclerc has denied reports that it could possibly enter Romania as early as next year.

FRANCE: E.Leclerc eyes pole position in France

28 Oct 2011

The CEO of French retailer E.Leclerc has said he wants to leapfrog Carrefour as the country's number one retailer by 2015.

ITALY: Conad silent on Billa takeover rumours

3 Oct 2011

Conad, French retailer E.Leclerc's partner in Italy, has refused to comment on rumours that it is set to buy Rewe's Billa supermarkets in the country.

UK/FRANCE: R&R Ice Cream buys French firm Pilpa

5 Sep 2011

UK-based R&R Ice Cream has struck an agreement to buy French own-label firm Pilpa in a deal worth EUR27m.

In the spotlight: Is Carrefour's latest game plan a winner?

2 Sep 2011

You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industry analysts casting their critical eye over Carrefour's latest strategic revamp could be forgiven for thinking they've been here before, writes Richard Woodard.

FRANCE: Intermarche continues to process fish despite fire

10 Aug 2011

French supermarket chain Intermarché has said it remains committed to landing and processing its own fish and seafood even after a fire destroyed one of its plants in Brittany.

FRANCE: Carrefour issues H1 profit warning

13 Jul 2011

Carrefour has warned that its first-half operating profit is expected to have slumped by 23% due to problems in the French retailer's domestic market.

Best bits: Carrefour to face tense shareholders

20 Jun 2011

It's likely Carrefour CEO Lars Olofsson will be a little apprehensive as he heads off for work tomorrow (21 June).

FRANCE: Carrefour forecasts 35% fall in French profits

17 Jun 2011

Carrefour, the French retailer, has forecast a 35% fall in half-year profits from its troubled domestic unit.

FRANCE: Producers hit out at Leclerc milk pricing

7 Jun 2011

Milk producers are staging a demonstration in Paris today (7 June) in a bid to up the pressure on supermarket group E.Leclerc to raise dairy prices.

SPAIN: Eroski sells seven hypermarkets to E.Leclerc

31 May 2011

Spanish grocery retailer Eroski has reached an agreement to sell seven hypermarkets to French grocer E.Leclerc.

FRANCE: Systeme-U claims share gain in 2010 as sales rise

16 Feb 2011

French retailer Systeme-U has claimed that it increased its share of the country's retail market in 2010 on the back of rising sales

FRANCE: Leclerc gains share in France as 2010 sales rise

9 Feb 2011

French retailer E.Leclerc has reported a 5.4% increase in turnover for 2010, with the company gaining share in its domestic market and also growing sales abroad.

Retail round-up: France's retail dilemma

19 Apr 2010

French retail dominated the headlines last week with the likes of Carrefour, Auchan and Casino updating the market on their recent performance.

FRANCE: Systeme-U claims fourth spot in grocery league

27 Jan 2010

Systeme-U has today (27 January) claimed it is the fourth-largest food retailer in France after posting a 3.3% rise in revenue in 2009.

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

22 Jan 2010

Cadbury dominated the headlines again this week with the announcement that its board had approved an increased offer from Kraft Foods.

In the spotlight - E.Leclerc leads way in France

22 Jan 2010

Carrefour and Casino may have reported some under-par domestic sales but E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, is thriving amid the downturn. 2010 is looking to be just as challenging for French retailers as 2009 but, as Dean Best reports, Leclerc is well placed to continue to see off competition from its multinational competitors.

FRANCE: Leclerc tightens grip as leader after 2009

21 Jan 2010

E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, has widened the gap between the company and its nearest rival in 2009 after reporting an almost 6% rise in turnover.

FRANCE: Farmers federation calls for "robust action"

8 Jun 2009

Despite having last week put its signature to an agreement over milk prices, France’s powerful farmers federation, the FNSEA, has called on its members in all areas of the farming sector to “make a stand” against market deregulation and the system of price margins, which it says heavily favours food processing groups and retailers.


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