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Digesting digital: Collaboration key

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focus...

Focus: Manufacturers must adapt for online

Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackl...

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

Katy Askew | 26 Feb 2014

In the UK Tesco is cutting back its investment in opening stores and instead concentrating on expanding its multichannel capabilities. For Tesco, this means more than strengthening its online presence. Rather, the UK's largest retailer is determined to leverage the interaction between digital and physical retailing to build its relationship with UK consumers. But can this deeper relationship translate to a sales lift at Tesco's struggling large-format stores? Katy Askew reports.

Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2014

UK retailer Sainsbury's announced this morning (29 January) that chief executive Justin King will leave the company after ten fruitful years at the helm. In his successor, commercial director Mike Coupe, Sainsbury's appears to be looking for a smooth transition - and more of the same on the strategy front. Katy Askew reports.

Michelle Russell | 29 Nov 2013

China's grocery market has been growing at a rapid pace for several years. Representing one fifth of the world's population, this emerging market has become a significant opportunity for foreign investors seeking overseas growth. Michelle Russell reports.

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Dean Best | 25 Jul 2013

There is little doubt FMCG brands have been slow at embracing the opportunites presented online but UK tech start-up Shopwyre hopes to change the way brands see the potential online, be it on desktop, tablet on mobile.

Glynn Davis | 10 Apr 2013

The Sainsbury's loyalty programme Nectar, set up over a decade ago, is central to the UK grocer's push to further develop as a multi-channel business.

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Andy Coyne | 25 Sep 2018

Some 90 UK food industry organisations - including producers, manufacturers and retailers - have committed to halving food waste.

Dean Best | 9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

Andrew Higginson, the deputy chairman of Morrisons and former Tesco finance director, has said branded suppliers and supermarkets must "reset" their relationship in a bid to revive a stagnant sector.

Dean Best | 7 Oct 2014

The growth of the discount and convenience channels in the UK has led to a "renaissance" for some of Premier Foods' smaller brands, Gavin Darby, the company's chief executive, said today (7 October).

Michelle Russell | 8 Oct 2013

The remains "a lot of potential" in Brazil if retailers are willing to invest, according to the country's largest retailer, CBD.

Chris Mercer | 25 Jun 2013

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has questioned the Groceries Code Adjudicator role, which comes into force today (25 June).

Michelle Russell | 11 Mar 2013

Earnings results continued to pour in last week with retailers Carrefour, Delhaize and Waitrose amongst those issuing sales and profit figures. Delhaize told analysts there was work still to be done in the US, while Carrefour insisted it has to invest in order to build on signs of improvement. Elsewhere, Vion was bought by Boparan Holdings, and a BBC investigation uncovered evidence of horse smuggling from Ireland to the UK.

Michelle Russell | 19 Oct 2012

Food giant Heinz has appointed Lee Rolston to the role of director for its Explore UK & Ireland division.

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2012

UK online grocery sales are set to double over the next five years, according to figures from industry analysts IGD.

Michelle Russell | 16 Oct 2012

US food group Heinz has added some flavour to its Beanz range in the UK with four new products.

Dean Best | 15 Oct 2012

The IGD's annual convention attracts the leading executives from the UK FMCG sector and last week they heard the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Unilever and Heinz discuss the economy, multichannel strategies, labelling and innovation. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart outlined its expansion plans for next year, Mars called on the chocolate sector to co-operate more on sustainable cocoa (which it said would cost billions) and Kellogg revealed the possible financial impact of its latest recall.

Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2012

This week, the chief executives of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, convened in London for the IGD's annual convention where the likes of Philip Clarke, Justin King and Marc Bolland discussed the key issues facing the industry. Elsewhere, William Jackson Food Group expressed its delight at securing ownership of Abel & Cole, German food company Zertus bought confectioner Zetar, while Paramount Foods went into the hands of administrators.

Dean Best | 10 Oct 2012

Heinz has called on the grocery sector to invest in innovation to drive growth amid the tough trading conditions facing the industry.

Dean Best | 10 Oct 2012

Asda is to open more click-and-collect locations across the UK and provide free in-store wifi at all its stores as part of its bid to tap into changing consumer habits.

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2012

Tesco wants to work more closely with its suppliers as it reacts to changing consumer behaviour, the retail giant's chief executive Philip Clarke said today (9 October).

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2012

The food industry must renew its focus on the centre of the store amid the "digital revolution" changing the way people shop, consumer goods giant Unilever has said today (9 October).

Dean Best | 9 May 2012

Food sales volumes in the UK have remained under pressure in the first months of 2012 following a year in which the number of items in shopping baskets fell.

Michelle Russell | 10 Apr 2012

A potential merger combining Symington's and Premier Foods plc's brands was a hot topic for analyst speculation this week. Elsewhere, Australian wholesaler Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer remained optimistic despite announcing 470 job cuts.

Katy Askew | 4 Apr 2012

China has surpassed the US to become the world's largest food and grocery retail market, new research from IGD has revealed.

Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 2012

Tesco is forecast to grow faster than its three main global rivals, driven by a focus on emerging markets, according to research from IGD.

Michelle Russell | 27 Feb 2012

This week, just-food was kept busy with news from the Consumer Analyst Group of New York (CAGNY) conference, held in Florida.

Katie Smith | 23 Dec 2011

This week, UK retailers Thorntons and Ocado issued profit warnings, while US food giant General Mills revealed a fall in quarterly profits. Meanwhile, in Europe, Italian retailer Conad acquired German retailer Rewe's 43 Billa stores in the country.

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Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2014

Hershey has launched 3D chocolate for consumers to try after announcing plans to do so earlier this year.

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