Loblaw Companies Ltd

Food industry company news

Subscribe via RSSWhat is RSS?

Latest Insights

What are the prospects for insect-based food?

European retailers have started to stock edible, insect-based food, a sign some consumers are starting to accept the idea of eating crickets...

Analysis: Hain Celestial's acquisition of Tilda

Hain Celestial believes its acquisition of UK-based Basmati rice firm Tilda will work to the benefit of both businesses. The US group has id...

Dean Best | 14 Jun 2013

Canada's second-largest grocer Sobeys has swooped to buy the local business of US supermarket giant Safeway. Sobeys has paid a full price for Safeway's Canadian arm but, writes Dean Best, the market was broadly positive and agreed with the company's optimism. For Safeway, however, the sale does leave some questions.

Chris Mercer | 4 Jan 2013

News that Safeway's long-standing CEO, Steve Burd, is to retire in May has spawned greater uncertainty among some analysts about the retailer's competitive position.

Petah Marian | 28 Jan 2011

Recovery in the Canadian retail sector is set to become increasingly complex during 2011, with the economy remaining on unsteady ground and while Quebec and Ontario become battle grounds as Wal-Mart Stores expands its grocery presence.

Petah Marian | 9 Sep 2010

The UK's fourth largest grocery retailer Morrisons announced a raft of new initiatives today (9 September), among which included plans to simplify its range.

Latest Interviews

Katy Askew | 2 Apr 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co. is the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, producing iconic brands from Jammie Dodgers to Wagon Wheels and Maryland Cookies. Earlier this month, it emerged that the company's private equity owners, Apollo Management and CIBC, have hired advisors to look at options for the business, including potential sale. Apollo and CIBC took ownership of Burton's in 2011 and, since then, the company has focused its operations, developed its strategic initiatives to drive growth and shaken up its manufacturing base to improve profitability. Burton's chief marketing officer Stuart Wilson spoke to just-food about how management plans to drive continued growth in the biscuit sector.

Katie Smith | 31 Jan 2012

Last month, Canadian biscuit firm Groupe Biscuits Leclerc expanded its presence in the US, with the acquisition of snack bar brand Go Pure. In the latest just the answer interview, Katie Smith discusses the acquisition and the biscuit company's plans for the future with CEO Denis Leclerc, including setting up in the UK.

Latest News

just-food.com | 9 Mar 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

John Shepherd | 14 Jun 2017

George Weston Ltd., the owner of Canada-based bakery group Weston Foods and retail giant Loblaw, has announced CFO Richard Dufresne will be appointed president of the company with effect from 1 January.

Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2017

Weston Foods, the manufacturing arm of Canada's George Weston, reported 2016 results that were lifted by higher volumes and improved productivity. 

John Shepherd | 29 Jul 2016

Canada's George Weston today (29 July) reported a 2.1% increase in overall sales for the second quarter of 2016 to CAD11.75bn, compared to CAD10.85bn in the same period last year.

Dean Best | 9 Jun 2016

The criteria behind Guiding Stars, a nutritional labelling scheme used by retailers including Hannaford and Loblaw in the US and Canada, are being changed to reflect new science on the impact of dietary cholesterol on health.

Katy Askew | 10 May 2016

Weston Foods, the food unit of Canada's George Weston Ltd, has reported flat first-quarter adjusted earnings despite a jump in sales due to higher input costs and investment in the business. 

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Mar 2014

Two staff at a Loblaw warehouse in the Canadian province of Edmonton have died after an alleged knife attack.

Dean Best | 28 Feb 2014

Underlying profits at Canadian baker Weston Foods are expected to fall this year as parent George Weston Ltd invests in plants, marketing and innovation.

Dean Best | 21 Feb 2014

Canadian retail giant Loblaw has predicted the recent space expansion seen in the country's grocery sector will "moderate" in the second half of the year.

Dean Best | 29 Nov 2013

Canadian retailer Metro Inc is to shut a distribution site in Quebec, with the loss of over 110 jobs.

Michelle Russell | 20 Nov 2013

Canadian food manufacturer and retailer George Weston saw its earnings fall in the third quarter as investments in its domestic business, a competitive grocery sector and a higher tax rate all hit its bottom line.

Dean Best | 18 Nov 2013

All three bidders for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory tabled revised offers this week - with the takeover target still backing Canada's Saputo. Meanwhile, Mexican food group Sigma has made a move for Spanish meats firm Campofrio. And our latest just-food interview saw Orkla CEO Age Korsvold talk about the Nordic group's plans for FMCG.

Dean Best | 14 Nov 2013

Canadian retailer Metro Inc has reported an increase in annual profits but a fall in sales, citing, like rival Loblaw, fierce competition in the last three months.

Dean Best | 14 Nov 2013

Canadian retail giant Loblaw has warned its profits this year will be flat after it stepped up investment in response to rivals expanding in the country.

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2013

Canadian retailer Loblaw is to cut around 275 management and administration roles in a bid to reduce costs and "strengthen" its competitive position.

Katy Askew | 10 Oct 2013

Canadian retailer Loblaw has reached an agreement with 8,500 striking workers in Alberta.

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2013

Canada's food safety watchdog has expanded a recall of beef burgers linked to an E. coli outbreak.

Katy Askew | 7 Oct 2013

Canadian retailer Loblaw said today (7 October) that it has reached a "tentative" agreement with the union representing striking workers in Alberta.

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2013

Canadian food manufacturer and retailer George Weston Ltd reported higher half-year profits despite a drop in the second quarter.

Michelle Russell | 24 Jul 2013

Canadian supermarket giant Loblaw said today (24 July) earnings climbed in the first half and that it sees stronger-than-anticipated growth for the full year.

Katy Askew | 16 Jul 2013

Canadian supermarket giant Loblaw has said that it plans to increase the amount of food items available at Shoppers Drug Mart following its acquisition of the pharmacy chain.

Michelle Russell | 20 Jun 2013

Canadian retail giant Loblaw is trialling a small-format discount store in Calgary in a bid to boost growth in urban areas.

Forgot your password?