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UK food industry commits to halving food waste

25 Sep 2018

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

Briefing: Emerging market e-commerce: Poland's online grocery promise

30 Jan 2015

Western Europe has been at the forefront of the development of online food retailing but the channel has taken root further east – notably in Poland, with the country seen as having the most advanced grocery e-commerce sector in central and eastern Europe. Dean Best analyses the market.

Briefing: 2015 preview: Online migration may prove troublesome for food firms

2 Jan 2015

The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the way food makers do business. With multichannel playing to consumer demand for convenience, this trend seems set to accelerate in 2015. The food industry could have a challenging year ahead as it struggles to keep pace with the rate of change. Hannah Abdulla explores.

UK mulls adding official "five-a-day" mark to ready meals

9 Dec 2014

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

Digesting digital: Suppliers, retailers must collaborate online to deliver value

21 Nov 2014

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focused on a product's RRP. But there are still ways that manufacturers and supermarkets can add value. A central theme of the IGD online conference this week was the need for manufacturers and retailers to collaborate online if they are to avoid a race to the bottom. Katy Askew reports.

UK suppliers, retailers must "reset" relationship - Higginson

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.

Premier Foods' smaller brands helped by discount, c-store growth

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).

Focus: Manufacturers must adapt offering for online

10 Jul 2014

Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackle the online challenge with a bricks-and-mortar mentality, Andrew Don suggests.

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

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.

Talking shop: Tesco looks to join the dots with multichannel strategy

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.

On the move: Sainsbury's hopes for smooth transition as King bows out

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.

China briefing: Retailers look to China for growth opportunities

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.

China briefing: The "sleeping dragon" awakened

29 Nov 2013

After three decades of double-digit growth, fuelled by high levels of export and investment, China's economy has seen something of a slowdown. The country is facing a number of structural issues as it progresses from a manufacturing-led economy to one underpinned by services and consumer spending. Nevertheless, the underlying drivers of consumption remain and the government seems well-prepared to manage this transition. For the foreseeable future, China looks set to remain the global growth engine. Katy Askew reports.

China briefing: Multinationals vie for place at table

29 Nov 2013

With an increasingly affluent population of more than 1.36bn mouths to feed the potential offered by China's food sector is immense. But the size of the opportunity does not, in itself, guarantee success. Competition is fierce as multinational food groups and local players alike look to grow their share of this vast pie. Katy Askew examines the competitive dynamics of the Chinese food sector.

WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS 2013: Retail giant CBD confident in Brazil's potential

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.

Navigating Brazil's slowdown: International retailers battle it out in Brazil

30 Aug 2013

As the fifth-largest country in the world, Brazil is simply too big a market for food retailers to ignore. And with a population of around 190m, the potential for growth and expansion in a market of this size is tremendous. However, for international retailers in the country, it has proved a tough nut to crack.

Interview: Shopwyre aims to help brands click online

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.

UK: Sainsbury's King questions Groceries Adjudicator role

25 Jun 2013

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

Interview: Nectar central to Sainsbury's multichannel ambitions

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.

Interview: Costcutter CEO talks up Palmer & Harvey deal

14 Mar 2013

Costcutter CEO Darcy Willson-Rymer has told just-food the UK c-store group's new venture with wholesaler Palmer & Harvey will benefit independent retailers and suppliers.

Comment: Trust still vital in tech rush

13 Mar 2013

Technology offers consumer-facing businesses huge opportunity. FMCG companies need to embrace channels like online and mobile. Asda CEO Andy Clarke is a firm believer in their potential. However, Clarke argues winning - and retaining - consumer trust is more important. He is right and perhaps, Dean Best writes, it is even more so in this new multichannel age.

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

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.

Talking shop: Online opportunity in China, Thailand

5 Mar 2013

Online grocery retailing in China and Thailand promises great opportunities for international supermarket groups to crack these two diverse, challenging and potentially lucrative Asian markets. Andrew Don reports.

UK: Heinz appoints Rolston head of Explore R&D team

19 Oct 2012

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

UK: Online grocery sales to double by 2017

17 Oct 2012

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

UK: Heinz adds flavour to Beanz range

16 Oct 2012

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

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

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.

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

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.

IGD CONVENTION: Innovate to ride out downturn, argues Heinz

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.

IGD CONVENTION: Asda rolls out click-and-collect, in-store wifi

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.

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