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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.

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

24 Mar 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

RUSSIA: Ukranian Roshen factory seized by police "without notice"

21 Mar 2014

Ukranian confectionery firm Roshen's chocolate factory in Lypetsk, Russia has been seized by police.

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.

RUSSIA: Metro Group puts cash-and-carry IPO on hold

19 Mar 2014

Metro Group has put plans for an IPO of its Russian Metro cash-and-carry unit on hold following the political crisis in the region.

GERMANY: Metro shares slide on earnings miss

11 Feb 2014

German retailer Metro Group saw its share price slip in early trade today (11 February) after reporting a decline in first-quarter sales and operating earnings that missed market expectations.

BELARUS: Auchan plays down market entry talk

28 Jan 2014

French retailer Auchan has sought to play down speculation it is to open its first hypermarket in Belarus in 2015.

POLAND: Auchan ordered to sell batch of Polish real stores

22 Jan 2014

Poland's competition watchdog has ordered Auchan to sell a clutch of Real hypermarkets in the country as part of its approval for the French retail giant's acquisition of the business from Metro Group.

RUSSIA: Metro to list Russian cash-and-carry stake

20 Jan 2014

Metro Group has announced plans to float part of its Russian cash-and-carry business in London.

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.

GERMANY: Metro Group hails "solid" Q1 despite sales slide

13 Jan 2014

German retailer Metro Group has said it is on track to meet expectations in 2014, despite booking lower first-quarter sales dented by currency exchange and "soft" Christmas trading.

GERMANY: Metro forecasts FY profit jump

12 Dec 2013

Germany retail giant Metro Group has said it expects to report higher underlying profits in its new financial year, a forecast that sent its shares rising this morning (12 December).

RUSSIA: Metro mulling "partial IPO" of Russian B2B unit

20 Nov 2013

Metro Group is considering various options to raise funding for its Russian cash-and-carry unit, including a "partial IPO".

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.

GERMANY: Metro "confident" despite YTD sales decline

17 Oct 2013

German retail giant Metro Group said it is "well-prepared" and "confident" for the Christmas trading period, despite booking a drop in year-to-date sales.

ROMANIA: Auchan looks to "double" Romania sales

17 Oct 2013

French retail giant Auchan is understood to be anticipating a doubling of sales in Romania between 2012 and 2015 following the opening of its first rebranded Real store.

UK: Booker sees H1 earnings jump

17 Oct 2013

UK wholesale and convenience retailer Booker Group has reported a jump in half-years profits thanks to higher sales and the benefit from synergies from its acquisition of Metro Group's local cash-and-carry chain.

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.

UK: Booker sees sales boost from Makro acquisition

19 Sep 2013

UK wholesaler Booker Group has reported a jump in first-half sales, which were boosted by the contribution from Makro and like-for-like growth.

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.

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

9 Sep 2013

European retail giant Delhaize this week named its new CEO - ex-Metro executive Frans Muller - but his appointment, combined with the departure of its US boss, hit the company's shares. In the US, Mondelez International gave more detail on its plans to shake up its plant network and use fewer suppliers. And an investor in Smithfield Foods insisted it had received interest from rival suitors for the US pork giant that could be better value than the current agreed takeover bid from China's Shuanghui International.

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.

BELGIUM: Delhaize names former Metro exec Muller CEO

4 Sep 2013

Belgian retailer Delhaize Group has appointed former Metro Cash & Carry chief Frans Muller to the post of CEO.

TURKEY: Metro silent over Real sale talks with Begendik

2 Sep 2013

Metro Group has remained tight-lipped over reports it has held discussions to sell its Real operations in Turkey to local retailer Begendik.

GERMANY: Metro Group moves to H1 profit

1 Aug 2013

German retail giant Metro Group has moved to a net profit in the first half of the year.

UK: Booker reports "good" Q1 sales

10 Jul 2013

Booker CEO Charles Wilson said the UK wholesale and c-store retailer had made "good progress" in its first quarter.

CHINA: Metro eyes further China growth

29 May 2013

German retail giant Metro Group has said it will continue to invest in China this year.





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