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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 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.

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%.

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.

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.

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.

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: 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.

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.

FRANCE: French retailers agree to lower food prices

18 Mar 2009

French retailers have agreed to lower prices on certain products in 2009, the junior minister for industry and consumer affairs Luc Chatel has said.

US: Cookie firm Leclerc buys production site

23 Jun 2008

Canadian cookie-maker Leclerc has purchased a manufacturing facility in Bristol, Tennessee.

GERMANY: Buying alliances key to competitiveness - Rewe

19 Jun 2008

International co-operation is becoming a vital way for food retailers to compete with their larger rivals, the CEO of German grocer Rewe said today (19 June).

Top stories on just-food this week

28 Mar 2008

In the last five days, Italian buffalo mozzarella has become the talking point in European food circles with concerns over its safety. Elsewhere, French retailers Leclerc and Intermarché quit as associate members of the country's grocery trade association, while European food group Uniq tried to conquer the doubters with its annual results. In the US, ConAgra Foodssold its commodity arm for US$2.1bn, while a retail row is brewing down in Australia. Here are the most popular stories on just-food this week.

FRANCE: Leclerc justifies quitting "club for hypermarkets"

26 Mar 2008

Michel Edouard Leclerc, head of French independent retailer Leclerc, has labeled the country’s trade body a “club for hypermarkets”.

FRANCE: Leclerc, Intermarché quit trade body

25 Mar 2008

French retailers Leclerc and Intermarché have quit as associate members of the country's grocery trade association.

FRANCE: Leclerc to pull candy from checkouts

7 Mar 2008

Leclerc is set to become the first French supermarket to remove chocolates and sweets from checkout displays.

LITHUANIA: Coopernic finalises Baltic acquisition

3 Mar 2008

Colruyt, together with other members of the Coopernic alliance, has announced the acquisition of Lithuanian retailer Iki.

Attali report suggests victory for French retailers

12 Feb 2008

A wide-ranging review of French economic strategy undertaken by a commission led by Jacques Attali looks set to have major implications for French food retailers and producers. In advocating the repeal of two controversial pieces of legislation, Peter Crosskey writes, the Attali commission appears to have paid more heed to lobbying by major retailers than the views of food manufacturers.

FRANCE: Leclerc delist threat goes ahead

1 Feb 2008

Leclerc supermarkets across France have started to remove six lines, including la Vache Qui Rit cheese, amid claims from the company’s chief executive that food manufacturers are profiting from rising costs.

FRANCE: Leclerc in delist threat to "profiteering" brands

17 Jan 2008

Brands which have “profiteered” by increasing prices by more than the current rate of food inflation risk being removed from the shelves, French retailer Leclerc has warned.

FRANCE: French food prices on the rise

16 Jan 2008

French retail food prices, excluding fresh products, rose 2.6% year-on-year in December, according to the latest government figures.


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