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Driverless cars will change how people shop, how food is packaged - just-food FUTURES

22 Oct 2018

Driverless cars will disrupt the food and drinks industries in the next ten years, according to a new future-focused service from just-food and just-drinks.

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. 

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.

"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.

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 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.

Which? urges action on "misleading" prices

21 Apr 2015

UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.

Briefing: 2015 preview: Online migration may prove troublesome for food firms

2 Jan 2015

The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the way food makers do business. With multichannel playing to consumer demand for convenience, this trend seems set to accelerate in 2015. The food industry could have a challenging year ahead as it struggles to keep pace with the rate of change. Hannah Abdulla explores.

Digesting digital: Suppliers, retailers must collaborate online to deliver value

21 Nov 2014

Price is becoming an ever more significant issue in the UK grocery sector. Squeezed consumers and pressured retailers are increasingly focused on a product's RRP. But there are still ways that manufacturers and supermarkets can add value. A central theme of the IGD online conference this week was the need for manufacturers and retailers to collaborate online if they are to avoid a race to the bottom. Katy Askew reports.

Focus: Manufacturers must adapt offering for online

10 Jul 2014

Food manufacturers have been confronted with the meteoric rise of the e-commerce channel in the UK. A rude awakening awaits those that tackle the online challenge with a bricks-and-mortar mentality, Andrew Don suggests.

UK: Unilever responds to frozen yoghurt demand with Snog minis

10 Jun 2014

Unilever is extending its presence in the frozen yoghurt sector with the development of mini frozen yoghurt pots under the Snog brand.

WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS 2013: Quote, unquote - day two

9 Oct 2013

On day two of the World Retail Congress in Paris, attendees heard from Modern Putra Indonesia - the operator of 7-Eleven stores in the emerging economy - UK online retailer Ocado and French retailer Systeme U. Here are a selection of quotes from the second day.

Interview: Gousto combines convenience, quality and value

27 Aug 2013

One-year-old Gousto is a fledgling company with a unique proposition. Consumers order online from a variety of menu options and Gousto delivers dinner kits, complete with recipe cards and all the ingredients, direct to the door. The company, which has expanded rapidly through its own website, has just entered a partnership with online retailer Ocado. Katy Askew spoke to Gousto co-owner Timo Schmidt about the company's ambitions.

Interview: UK snacks firm New York Delhi eyes growth away from supermarkets

2 Aug 2013

UK snacks firm New York Delhi has secured a listing with Australia's largest retailer Woolworths Ltd but the company insists it is aiming to grow without "selling out" to the large supermarket chains.

UK: New Morrisons stores to trial management changes

30 Jul 2013

Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer, is to test new management structures in seven stores it plans to open later this year.

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.

UK: Bart Ingredients Co. launches barbecue products

29 May 2013

UK firm The Bart Ingredients Co. has launched a range of barbecue rubs and sauces in its first major NPD since the company was rebranded last year.

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

28 May 2013

Campbell Soup Co. became the third major multinational to invest in the buoyant organic baby food sector in a month with a deal to buy US firm Plum Organics. Danone is another of the three food giants to do business in organic baby food - and this week it continued its investment in faster-growing categories and markets with a fresh attempt to crack China's booming yoghurt sector.

UK: Waitrose plays down "Price Ocado rebuff"

23 May 2013

Waitrose has sought to play down claims MD Mark Price has refused to meet Ocado counterpart Tim Steiner after the online specialist's deal with Morrisons.

IFE: Ugo Foods plans gluten-free chilled pasta

22 Mar 2013

Premium fresh pasta manufacturer Ugo Foods is preparing to expand into the free-from market with the launch of a range of gluten-free chilled pastas.

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

11 Feb 2013

One story has dominated the industry headlines last week - the deepening and widening horse meat contamination, which has now taken in household brand Findus and a supplier in France. Beyond the debate over food standards and the scrutiny of the supply chain, Dairy Crest admitted it was struggling to find suitable M&A targets, Marks and Spencer said its Simply Food ambitions could lead them beyond France and further into Europe, while Kellogg insisted it was seeing improvement in its business in the region.

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

28 Jan 2013

This week saw the debate around the food industry's role in the obesity epidemic come to the fore once again, as the UK Government warned that the industry must do more or face the possibility of legislation. The inauguration of Barack Obama for his second term in office gave us a timely opportunity to look at what has been achieved under his administration - and what could be in store for US food makers. Meanwhile, news that Christine Tacon has been named UK Groceries Code Adjudicator put supply chain relationships firmly in the spotlight. We were able to delve a little deeper into Tacon's take on the subject when we interviewed her shortly after her appointment.

COMMENT: British snowfall brings panic buying

21 Jan 2013

While high street stores across the UK braced themselves for a slump in shopper numbers ahead of the country's heavy snowfall, it may be that the supermarkets turn out to be the winners here, if indeed, they are well-equipped to cope.

On the money: Ocado rallies but has a lot to prove

15 Jan 2013

Ocado's Christmas sales rise has brought some cheer to investors, but analysts say the retailer's path to sustainable profit remains riddled with risks.

UK: Ocado upbeat on Christmas trading & 2013

15 Jan 2013

UK online retailer Ocado has reported a double-digit rise in average orders-per-week in final months of 2012, and plans to increase distribution capacity in 2013.

UK: Ocado in nationwide roll out Low Price Promise

3 Oct 2012

Online supermarket Ocado has extended its price offensive against Tesco with the nationwide roll out of its Low Price Promise campaign.

Promo Tracker: Gu, Ben & Jerry's up discounts

14 Aug 2012

Dessert brand Gü and Ben & Jerry's ice cream ramped up the discounts they offered to UK consumers in July, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

Promo Tracker: Waitrose leads promo activity in June

3 Jul 2012

Waitrose led the promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

The verdict from the City: Analysts react to Ocado's H1 results

26 Jun 2012

UK online retailer Ocado revealed mixed half-year results today, with sales up but pre-tax profits flat and a fall in operating profit. While some analysts tried to look for positives, the numbers were described as "poor" in some quarters in the City, with concerns over the outlook for Ocado and its shares fell by more than 20%.

UK: Ocado H1 profits flat on 12% sales jump

26 Jun 2012

Ocado today (26 June) said first-half profit before tax was "in line" with last year as the group booked a jump in sales.

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