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Tesco, Morrisons question logic of Sainsbury's, Asda deal

5 Dec 2018

UK supermarkets Tesco and Morrisons have questioned the logic behind the proposed merger of rivals Sainsbury's and Asda.

CMA widens scope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger investigation to include discounters

17 Oct 2018

Asda and Sainsbury's have won their fight to have discounters Aldi and Lidl included in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)'s investigation into their planned merger. 

UK food companies issue pledges on plastics

26 Apr 2018

Food manufacturers operating in the UK, including Nestle, Unilever and Premier Foods plc, today (26 April) set out a series of pledges on plastics, including ending the use of single-use plastics by 2025.

UK retailer Morrisons buys egg supplier Chippindale Foods

20 Feb 2018

Morrisons, the UK 'big four' supermarket group, has acquired local free-range egg supplier Chippindale Foods for an undisclosed sum.

Fipronil - UK grocers pull food lines, Dutch make arrests

10 Aug 2017

The fipronil-in-eggs contamination scare that has rocked Europe's egg sector saw two major developments today (10 August), with UK supermarkets pulling processed food products and two individuals arrested in the Netherlands over the affair.

Safeway own-label to return in UK through Morrisons, McColl's deal

1 Aug 2017

Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer, said today (1 August) it will relaunch Safeway own-label products through a wholesale deal to supply local convenience retailer McColl's.

Morrisons issues British meat pledge

13 Jul 2017

Morrisons today (13 July) issued a commitment on the fresh meat sold by the UK food retailer.

Arla swallows Morrisons own-label milk contract

15 May 2017

Arla Foods has secured a deal to be the exclusive supplier of private-label liquid milk to Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

Morrisons to increase local food sourcing

17 Feb 2017

UK food retailer Morrisons said today (17 February) it aims to recruit more than 200 new suppliers to support its "priority of sourcing more local food" and to reduce the distance that food travels from producer to store.

UK's FSA responds amid warning on antibiotics overuse in food chain

6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.

Lidl next to make cage-free egg pledge in UK 

29 Jul 2016

German discounter Lidl has become the latest supermarket to say it will transition its egg supply to cage-free eggs. 

Iceland and Morrisons to end sale of eggs from caged hens

27 Jul 2016

UK retailers Iceland Foods and Morrisons have both announced plans to end the sale of eggs from caged hens in their stores by 2025.

Aunt Bessie's serves up new ice cream range for summer

14 Jul 2016

Aunt Bessie's, part of the UK's William Jackson Food Group, is launching a new selection of ice creams inspired by some of the brand's range of desserts that are based on traditional British puddings.

"Heavenly" baby food firm to target Asian markets - interview

5 Jul 2016

Since setting up their baby food business from their home in Northern Ireland in 2009, husband-and-wife founders of Heavenly Tasty Organics James Blair and Shauna McCarney-Blair have seen the firm go from strength to strength. Now the firm is about to launch its range of snack products in Asia. James Blair, operations director, tells John Shepherd about the firms latest expansion plans.

Wales' Winning Blend forecasts turnover rise after investment boost

13 Jun 2016

Welsh bakery Winning Blend has said it is on course for a GBP2m (US$2.8m) boost in turnover by the year's end on the back of a government-backed expansion of its Llantrisant bakery.

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.

How Amazon tie-up will strengthen Morrisons in food manufacturing 

7 Mar 2016

The tie-up between Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest food retailer, and online giant Amazon has raised eyebrows across the sector. Glynn Davis looks what the deal could mean for Morrisons' manufacturing base.

Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

7 Jan 2016

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

The top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit

19 Nov 2015

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.

Talking shop September 2015 – Margin management in the spotlight 

8 Oct 2015

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 

Talking shop July 2015 – online dictates retailers' strategy

30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Editor's viewpoint: Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Food industry quotes of the week: Hormel, FSA, Arla

29 May 2015

This week, Hormel Foods announced it was acquiring US natural and organic meat processor, Applegate Farms. In the UK, scrutiny over campylobacter continued with the Food Standards Agency revealed 73% of shop-bought chickens are contaminated with the food poisoning bug. Here is the week in quotes.

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.

Dairy Crest loses part of Morrisons milk contract

20 Jan 2015

Dairy Crest will supply a third less liquid milk to UK grocer Morrisons under a new deal between the two companies.

Food industry news of the week: Marfrig, Morrisons, Cadbury

16 Jan 2015

Brazil-based food giant Marfrig announced the surprise resignation of CEO Sergio Rial this week after just a year in the position. Another chief executive is to go at UK retailer Morrisons, with its board believing its best chance to return to growth is without Dalton Philips.

Food industry quotes of the week: First Milk, Morrisons, Marfrig

16 Jan 2015

UK dairy co-operative First Milk was this week forced to come out and calm fears over its financial position after announcing it would delay payments to farmers. Staying in the UK, Morrisons announced chief executive Dalton Philips would leave as the UK grocer battles to reignite sales. And Brazil-based food giant Marfrig revealed its CEO had resigned from the business.

On the move: Morrisons to up focus on value after Philips exit

13 Jan 2015

Morrisons has announced chief executive Dalton Philips is to leave the UK grocer, an apparent victim of the retailer's inability to compete against the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Philips tried to emphasise Morrisons' value credentials but early efforts do not seem to have paid off and the company has indicated a fresh push on value and costs under a new chief executive.

The bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons

28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.

Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken - FSA

27 Nov 2014

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.

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