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AI technology advances in retail - what it might mean for suppliers

16 Oct 2019

Dan Robinson finds out how major UK retailers are using the latest AI technology and the impact that could have on the supply chain.

UK food retail CEOs issue 'no-deal' Brexit warning

28 Jan 2019

The CEOs of most of the UK's largest food retailers have written to the country's MPs to warn of the "significant disruption" facing the industry from a 'no-deal' Brexit.

New products - Sophie's Kitchen makes UK debut with Sainsbury's listing; Danone links up with Diageo in US for Baileys Coffee Creamers; Greencore among suppliers for new M&S vegan range, Danone rolls out Silk Oat Yeah milk drink line in US

4 Jan 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a Keto diet product range from the US-based brand SlimFast and a Quorn Foods-produced vegan sausage roll from UK baker Greggs.

2 Sisters expands Cavaghan & Gray plant after winning M&S contract

28 Aug 2018

UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group is investing GBP7m (US$9m) in a prepared meals factory in the north-west of England after winning a "major contract" with retailer Marks and Spencer.

Strike action at UK's Scotbeef suspended as talks move to ACAS

19 Dec 2017

Two planned strikes at the UK's Scotbeef, which supplies major food retailers including Marks and Spencer, Aldi and Lidl, have been suspended after the company agreed to move talks over pay to the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).

Under-scrutiny 2 Sisters poultry plant to resume production

6 Nov 2017

2 Sisters Food Group plans to restart production this week at its poultry processing plant at West Bromwich in the Midlands, which was temporarily closed in September after an investigation revealed poor hygiene standards. 

2 Sisters owner tells parliament hearing "mistakes have been made''

26 Oct 2017

The owner of UK poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group, which is under investigation for alleged breaches of hygiene standards, has told a parliamentary committee "mistakes have been made'' and pledged to improve food safety at all the company's plants.

Marks & Spencer suspends chicken supplies from 2 Sisters

29 Sep 2017

UK supermarket Marks and Spencer said today (29 September) it will not take any more fresh chicken products from the 2 Sisters Food Group poultry plant alleged to have broken labelling rules and followed poor sanitary conditions.

UK Food Standards Agency says "no evidence of breaches" at 2 Sisters plant

29 Sep 2017

The UK's Food Standards Agency said it found "no evidence of breaches" when it inspected the poultry production plant of 2 Sisters Food Group alleged to have broken labelling rules and followed poor sanitary conditions.

Why Big Data Collaboration could be the new ECR - opinion

23 Jun 2017

With growth in FMCG in many western economies hard to come by, manufacturers and retailers need to step up efforts to work together, argues José Carlos González-Hurtado, the president of IRI's international operations.

Greencore preparing to close UK desserts facility

24 May 2017

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore has started talks aimed at shutting down its chilled desserts production plant at Evercreech in the UK next year.

The future of Whole Foods, 7-Eleven's latest US deal could help foodservice offer, M&S eyeing online - retail round-up, April 2017

9 May 2017

The performance of (and potential future for) Whole Foods Market hit the retail headlines in April but how should the US natural and organic grocer look to improve? Staying in the US, a notable acquisition by convenience-store giant 7-Eleven caught the eye. Meanwhile, in Europe, upmarket UK grocer Marks and Spencer looks, after years of shying away, set to take the plunge into the online channel.

French food group Agromousquetaires eyes UK private-label market

7 Feb 2017

France-based food group Agromousquetaires is preparing for a move into the UK private-label market in a bid to increase sales and expand product development overseas.

Marks and Spencer investigating Hook2Sisters over animal welfare 

20 Dec 2016

UK retailer Marks and Spencer is investigating a poultry supplier, Hook2Sisters, after an animal rights organisation published "disturbing" images of conditions on two poultry farms. 

Icelandic Seachill to close UK deli plant over lost M&S business

23 Aug 2016

UK fish products supplier Icelandic Seachill has confirmed it will close a deli plant in the English seaport town of Grimsby at the end of March 2017 with the loss of up to 86 jobs, after losing three private-label contracts from Marks and Spencer.

UK baker Geary's plans to boost production

5 Aug 2016

UK company Geary's Bakery has confirmed plans to invest GBP13m (US$17m) in a project to double manufacturing capacity in Leicestershire.

Icelandic Seachill set for UK redundancies over lost M&S business

24 Jun 2016

UK fish products supplier Icelandic Seachill has briefed employees on proposals to close one of its three plants in the English seaport town of Grimsby with the expected loss of around 200 jobs.

M&S moves fish contracts from Icelandic Seachill

15 Jun 2016

Marks and Spencer has moved three private-label contracts from UK fish products supplier Icelandic Seachill with 2 Sisters Food Group, Greencore and Bakkavor each attaining one of the deals.

Bakkavor's UK recruitment drive to meet growing demand

8 Jun 2016

UK private-label group Bakkavor is to create more than 470 new jobs at two of its domestic production plants to meet demand for a range of deli products, ready meals and desserts.

M&S to add vitamin D to entire bread range

1 Jun 2015

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has announced it will be adding vitamin D to its entire bread range in the country.

Editor's viewpoint: Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

23 Jan 2015

The price farmers are paid for milk has again made national headlines in the UK - and again it is the country's supermarket chains in the firing line. Even David Cameron has weighed in on the issue. But, UK farmers, like their counterparts around the world, are at the mercy of global factors.

Editor's viewpoint: Why whole sector should take heed of UK, China meat allegations

24 Jul 2014

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms supplying retail and foodservice giants including Tesco and McDonald's. But the entire industry needs to pay attention: consumer interest in what they eat is at its highest-ever level.

UK: M&S ekes out LFL food sales growth

10 Apr 2014

Marks and Spencer today (10 April) reported slowing like-for-like food sales but eked out growth slightly above analyst forecasts.

UK: 2 Sisters confirms Avana Bakeries plant closure

8 Apr 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed its Avana Bakeries plant in Newport will close after consultation with staff failed to find ways of keeping the site open.

FRANCE: M&S targets 20 food stores in Paris

2 Apr 2014

Marks and Spencer has said it wants to have 20 food stores in Paris by the end of 2017.

UK: M&S pulls plug on 2 Sisters Avana contract, 650 jobs at risk

10 Feb 2014

At least 650 jobs at 2 Sisters Food Group's Avana bakery site in Newport are at risk after the UK firm lost a contract with Marks and Spencer to competitor Park Cakes.

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.

Timeline - King's reign at Sainsbury's

29 Jan 2014

Justin King is to step down as CEO of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. King has revitalised Sainsbury's, taking a business with stock issues to one that has consistently outperformed its rivals in recent years. Here's a look at the key events of King's reign.

UK: M&S reports "excellent" food performance

9 Jan 2014

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has booked another strong performance from its food business but general merchandise sales remained sluggish.

just-food's review of 2013: discounters, multichannel key themes in grocery

6 Jan 2014

It can be difficult to identify common trends across markets but, in many ways, two key trends dominated the grocery retail sector in 2013 in a number of countries - the durability of discounters and the heightened interest and investment in developing multichannel retail businesses.

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