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Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Analysis: Australia moves a step closer to protecting suppliers

11 Mar 2015

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place for manufacturers to do business? Ben Cooper reports.

Australia to introduce grocery code

3 Mar 2015

The Australian federal government has created a food and grocery code of conduct that, it said, will help ensure "fair and transparent" dealings between the country's largest supermarkets and their suppliers.

Metcash accused of supplier bullying

6 Feb 2015

Legal action has been launched against Metcash, Australia's third-largest grocery retailer, over supplier claims of "unconscionable conduct".

AUS: Retailer Metcash outlines "transformation" plan

24 Mar 2014

Australian wholesale grocer Metcash has announced it will spend up to A$480m (US$437m) to overhaul its business to prepare it for "long-term sustainable growth".

AUS: Aldi defends position on industry code of conduct

12 Dec 2013

Aldi has indicated it does support the idea of a code of conduct overseeing dealings between retailers and manufacturers in Australia after facing criticism for not signing up to a recently-introduced agreement.

AUS: Metcash to split supermarket, c-store operations

9 Dec 2013

Australian wholesale grocer Metcash has decided to split the running of its supermarket operations from its convenience stores, reversing a move taken just last year to merge the two together.

AUS: Metcash shares rebound on "modest" H1 gains

2 Dec 2013

Australian retailer Metcash saw its share price jump almost 8% today (2 December) after the group booked a "modest" improvement in first-half top line growth.

AUS: Metcash sees ongoing challenges in food

29 Aug 2013

Australian retailer Metcash has struck a downbeat note on its outlook for the remainder of the year, suggesting that weak consumer sentiment and a highly price-focused environment are unlikely to abate in the near term.

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

1 Jul 2013

General Mills unveiled plans for a raft of new products last week as it seeks to improve sales across its business, particularly in the Yoplait owner's yoghurt division. There was a major piece of consolidation in the French dairy sector this week, with dairy co-ops Sodiaal and 3A to merge. We discussed FrieslandCampina's sustainability strategy with its CSR director, while we also interviewed the CEO of The Bart Ingredients Company about his moves to revitalise the UK firm.

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

1 Jul 2013

The British Retail Consortium's annual symposium brought together the great and the good of the UK retail scene. On the other side of the globe, retail was also a focus as debate over the relationship between Australian suppliers and the country's powerful supermarkets continued. Food safety was back in the spotlight in China - a market that US spice maker McCormick is "bullish" on. Here is just-food's week in words.

On the money: Metcash looks to "champion" brands, independent retail

24 Jun 2013

Australian wholesaler Metcash will champion branded suppliers and "sustainable" independent retail businesses as the country's largest retailers drive down prices through a focus on own label.

AUS: Earnings, sales down from Metcash's food arm

24 Jun 2013

Australian wholesale retailer Metcash has reported lower annual sales and earnings from its core food and grocery business.

AUS: Metcash names Morrice CEO

27 Feb 2013

Australian wholesaler Metcash has indicated that Ian Morrice will take the reigns as CEO, replacing Andrew Reitzer who plans to retire at the end of June.

AUS: Store closures hit Metcash H1 profit

30 Nov 2012

Australian retail distributor Metcash has recorded a drop in first-half earnings as a results of store closures in the period.

AUSTRALIA: Metcash CEO Reitzer sets exit date

27 Sep 2012

The chief executive of Australian wholesaler Metcash, Andrew Reitzer, has announced he will retire as CEO in nine months.

AUS: Metcash FY profits slide

28 Jun 2012

Australian retail distributor Metcash has booked a drop in full-year profit.

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

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.

AUS: Jobs cut at wholesaler Metcash after review

3 Apr 2012

Over 470 jobs are to go at Australian retail distributor Metcash as the company adapts to the "difficult" trading conditions in the country.

AUS: Metcash creates food COO role

27 Jan 2012

Australian retail wholesaler Metcash has created a role of food and grocery COO to "protect and develop" the country's independent food retail sector.

AUS: Watchdog surrenders Metcash legal battle

6 Dec 2011

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has abandoned its bid to halt Metcash's acquisition of rival retailer Franklins.

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

5 Dec 2011

India's plan to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its retail sector continued to generate fierce debate this week. Two other contentious issues - the EU health claims process and the true potential of intense sweetener stevia - were also covered on just-food this week, as was the latest attempt by Nestle to eradicate child labour in cocoa production.

AUS: ACCC loses latest Metcash legal battle

1 Dec 2011

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission's (ACCC) bid to stop Metcash's takeover of fellow retailer Franklins has been quashed.

S AFRICA: Pick n Pay sales rise but profits plummet in H1

19 Oct 2011

South African retailer Pick n Pay has reported an expected fall in its half-year profits despite a jump in sales.

AUS: Competition watchdog warns supermarkets

11 Oct 2011

Rod Sims, chairman of the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has warned the country's supermarkets that they will be "closely watched".

just the answer – Kate Carnell, Australian Food and Grocery Council

27 Sep 2011

There is no doubt that Australia is a tough place for a food manufacturer to do business. Competition between two powerful local food retailers is putting pressure on domestic and international suppliers. In this month's just the answer, Ben Cooper discusses the challenging trading conditions with Kate Carnell, chief executive of industry association the Australian Food and Grocery Council.

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

26 Sep 2011

Tesco announced a revamp of its promotional strategy in the UK last week, a move that was immediately criticised by its rivals. However, grocers in Scotland were united in their opposition to a tax on major retailers in the country.

AUS: Metcash gets green light to buy Franklins

21 Sep 2011

The Australian Federal Court will not grant an injunction to delay Metcash's proposed acquisition of fellow retailer Franklins.

Focus: The uncomfortable truth for Australian food suppliers

19 Sep 2011

In describing Australia as an "inhospitable" market, Heinz expressed what many suppliers feel but fear to say. But it's an awkward truth, Ben Cooper writes. The last thing the Australian food industry wants is international investors viewing it as a hostile market.

AUS: Watchdog awaits ruling on Franklins sale

15 Sep 2011

The Australian Federal Court court will decide by Tuesday (19 September) whether it will grant an injunction to delay Metcash's proposed acquisition of fellow retailer Franklins.



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