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What can buying pacts between retailers mean for food manufacturers?

15 Oct 2018

With some major grocers in Europe working together on purchasing, Simon Creasey looks at the impact these tie-ups can have on suppliers.

Amazon analysed, Woolworths rejigs own label in Australia, Metro Group demerges - retail round-up, March 2016

6 Apr 2016

March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.

Talking shop August 2015 - How global retailers are targeting emerging markets

8 Sep 2015

Global retailers have continued to expand into emerging markets, in spite of the political and economic turbulence seen in many of these countries and the challenges to profitability.

Dr Oetker in Germany price dispute with Real

15 Jul 2015

German food group Dr Oetker is locked in a dispute over price with local retailer Real, which has resulted in some of the manufacturer's products no longer being on sale.

RUSSIA: X5 Retail Group "exits Ukraine"

20 Mar 2014

Russian retailer X5 Retail Group has reportedly sold its Ukraine stores to local rival Varus in a US$5-10m deal that sees the retail giant exit the country.

TURKEY: Talks continue as Metro quashes Real deal rumours

14 Jan 2014

Metro Group has quashed reports it has agreed a deal to sell its Real hypermarkets in Turkey - but has admitted it is in talks with suitors over a possible sale.

RUSSIA: Auchan outlines expansion plans for 2014

19 Nov 2013

Auchan has outlined plans to open ten to 14 stores in Russia in 2014 across its three different formats.

FMCG in Russia: Domestic, international grocers battle it out in Russia

30 Sep 2013

Russia has been described as one of the most dynamically developing retail markets in the world. The advent of the recession, however, resulted in a slowdown in growth that Russia has not yet fully recovered from. While it is debatable whether Russia will fully re-establish the pace of growth it enjoyed before the credit crisis, the market is seen as an attractive one for FMCG companies.

Best bits: Delhaize CEO appointment, Smithfield takeover in spotlight

9 Sep 2013

The choice of Delhaize's new CEO failed to cheer the market last week as investors reacted coolly to the news. The potential takeover of Smithfield Foods, the world's largest pork processor, has also not won over all shareholders, with one claiming to have received rival interest.

Talking shop: Delhaize CEO appointment brings uncertainty

4 Sep 2013

Shares in Belgian retailer Delhaize Group slid in morning trade today (4 September) as investors responded to the appointment of former Metro Group executive Frans Muller as CEO. While Muller has extensive retail experience, he comes to Delhaize from Metro's cash and carry arm and, significantly, has no experience of operating in Delhaize's largest market, the US. Katy Askew reports.

HORSEMEAT: Ahold, Metro Group pulls horsemeat products

14 Feb 2013

German retailer Metro Group and Dutch peer Ahold are among the latest firms to recall products after admitting certain lines contained horsemeat.

GERMANY: Haniel generates EUR300m from Metro stake reduction

6 Feb 2013

Germany investment company Franz Haniel & Cie has generated proceeds of EUR300m (US406.2m) from the completed reduction of its shareholding in Metro Group.

GERMANY: Metro Group FY sales creep up, confirms guidance

16 Jan 2013

German retailer Metro Group has reported a slight lift in overall net sales in 2012, enabling the firm to reconfirm its operating profit guidance for the year.

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

3 Dec 2012

Last week, just-food spoke with ConAgra's president of sales Doug Knudsen in the wake of the company's deal to acquire Ralcorp. Other deals this week have included the purchase of Metro Group's eastern European operations by Auchan, while Ahold outlined progress on its "six strategic pillars" strategy at its Capital Markets day in the US.

GERMANY: Haniel to reduce stake in Metro Group

28 Nov 2012

Germany investment company Franz Haniel & Cie has said it will reduce its stake in retail giant Metro Group in a bid to reduce debt.

GERMANY: Metro tight-lipped over Real eastern European sale talks

26 Nov 2012

German retail giant Metro Group has declined to comment on reports it is in talks with several potential buyers for its Real stores in eastern Europe.

GERMANY: Metro Q3 profits fall but keeps FY forecast

30 Oct 2012

Metro Group reported lower third-quarter profits but its shares climbed after the German retail giant stuck to its forecast for annual earnings, which it had cut earlier this month.

UK: Booker reaffirms outlook

18 Jul 2012

UK wholesaler Booker has said it is on course to meet its full-year expectations after making a "good start" to its new financial year.

GERMANY: Metro denies Real hypermarket disposal plan

6 Jul 2012

Metro Group has denied reports it is looking to sell off its Real hypermarket stores outside Germany.

GERMANY: Metro tight-lipped over Cash & Carry job cuts

29 Jun 2012

Metro Group's cash-and-carry unit has declined to comment on reports it is looking to make "significant" job cuts in Germany.

POLAND: Metro Group to re-start Real expansion

27 Jun 2012

Metro Group plans to open the first Real hypermarket that it has opened in four years in Poland in 2013.

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

1 Jun 2012

The global food industry has seen a raft of M&A activity this week with Flowers Food's purchase of Lepage Bakeries, Olam's acquisition of Usina Açucareira Passos, and Booker's deal to buy the local cash-and-carry assets of German retail giant Metro Group.

UPDATE: UK/GERMANY: Booker deal will strengthen Makro - Metro

30 May 2012

Metro Group said today (30 May) the sale of its Makro arm in the UK to local wholesaler Booker will make the loss-making business stronger.

UK/GERMANY: Booker to buy Metro UK cash-and-carry arm

30 May 2012

UK food wholesaler Booker is set to buy the local cash-and-carry assets of German retail giant Metro Group.

GERMANY: Metro, Auchan coy over "Real talks"

18 May 2012

Metro Group and Auchan have refused to be drawn on reports the two retailers are in talks over the German retail giant's Real hypermarkets in central and eastern Europe.

GERMANY: Rewe appoints Metro exec Mielsch CFO

17 May 2012

German retailer Rewe has named Dr Christian Mielsch as its new chief financial officer.

SLOVAKIA: Tesco appoints Slovakian chief

15 May 2012

Tesco has appointed Martin Dlouhý as chief executive of its Slovakian business following the departure of former chief Stefan De Loecker.

GERMANY: Real, cash-and-carry help push Metro into red

3 May 2012

Metro Group's Real hypermarket and cash-and-carry divisions have contributed to the German retail giant losses widening in the first quarter of the year.

SPAIN/PORTUGAL: Metro revamps cash-and-carry unit

20 Apr 2012

German retail giant Metro Group is to reorganise the structure of its Makro operations in Spain and Portugal, resulting in 150 jobs being cut and the closure of its Portuguese head office.

In the spotlight: Food makers still face commodity pressure

27 Mar 2012

We are just days away from the end of the first quarter of 2012, a year in which manufacturers were hoping the pressure of last year's commodity inflation would ease significantly. However, those hopes may not materialise as quickly as many manufacturing giants expect.

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