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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.

Tesco starts rationing amid UK coronavirus-linked panic-buying

9 Mar 2020

The UK's largest supermarket, Tesco, has taken measures to deter people fearful of coronavirus-linked product shortages from stockpiling goods.

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.

What the analysts say: The verdict on Morrisons' strategic overhaul

13 Mar 2014

Morrisons reported a full-year loss of GBP176m (US$293.6m) and further deterioration of like-for-like sales today (13 March). Management this morning set out a new strategic course for the group, which includes a GBP1bn price investment over the next three years. While next year's profits are expected to drop, the company believes the investment can be funded through a cost-saving drive in the medium-term. However, with concern over margins and competitive pressures, opinion remains divided over the prospects for the beleaguered grocer.

UK: Ocado sales growth fails to convince analysts

12 Mar 2014

UK online specialist Ocado today (12 March) reported a jump in first-quarter sales but the result failed to convince the City and its shares tumbled.

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

6 Mar 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

On the money: Ocado still looking at more tie-ups in medium term

4 Feb 2014

Ocado chief executive Tim Steiner has said the UK online retailer is still looking to further develop licencing deals with larger retailers, although he emphasised there are no "imminent announcements" on any pending agreements.

UK: Ocado FY losses widen despite sales gain

4 Feb 2014

Online UK grocer Ocado has reported higher annual losses despite growing sales ahead of the market and establishing a tie-up with supermarket group Morrisons.

UK: Morrisons silent over Dymond exit

28 Jan 2014

Morrisons has declined to comment over the rumoured resignation of online grocery executive George Dymond just weeks after he joined.

UK: Ocado "planning warehouse openings" to boost capacity

22 Jan 2014

Ocado has refused to comment on reports it has drawn up a short list of potential sites to house a third and fourth giant warehouse which, it is hoped, would boost its grocery delivery capacity by 50%.

UK: Morrisons "suspends treasurer over insider trading charges"

21 Jan 2014

Morrisons has reportedly suspended its treasurer, Paul Coyle, over allegations of insider trading ahead of the announcement of the supermarket group's tie-up with Ocado.

UK: Ocado sales surge ahead of online market

16 Jan 2014

UK online grocer Ocado has booked a market-beating increase in sales as investments in capacity allowed it to fill more orders in its fourth quarter.

UK: Morrisons sees sales tumble over Christmas

9 Jan 2014

Morrisons today (9 January) reported a near-6% drop in like-for-like sales over Christmas, sending shares in the UK's fourth-largest grocer sliding.

Talking shop: Morrisons confident on online foray

22 Nov 2013

Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest supermarket, has seen sales come under sustained pressure. The retailer has responded by filling in the gaps in its portfolio, augmenting its bricks-and-mortar supermarket base with a convenience and online offering. Will this be enough to bring positive sales momentum to the supermarket chain - or do other underlying issues persist?

UK: Morrisons details online launch

21 Nov 2013

Morrisons has unveiled details of its long-awaited online launch, with plans to cover 50% of UK households by the end of next year.

In the spotlight: Morrisons making positive strides, but LFL sales continue descent

7 Nov 2013

The UK's fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, today (7 November) showed further signs that its sales are struggling amid tough competition in the marketplace. The grocer is continuing to make positive strides, but the questions over whether this is enough and whether Morrisons has its proposition right still linger. Michelle Russell reports.

UK: Morrisons shares slide as Q3 sales suffer

7 Nov 2013

Morrisons saw its share price fall this morning (7 November) after it booked a drop in like-for-like sales in the third-quarter.

UK: Waitrose looks to triple sales in ten years

21 Oct 2013

Upmarket retailer Waitrose has confirmed it is targeting GBP15bn (US$24.2bn) of sales in ten years as it looks to build its presence in the UK.

UK: Morrisons tight-lipped over "Birmingham online launch"

14 Oct 2013

UK retailer Morrisons has remained tight-lipped over reports it is to debut its online grocery operations in Birmingham.

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

14 Oct 2013

Last week's coverage has been dominated by two highlights of the food industry calendar. The first, industry trade show Anuga, saw just-food speaking to a number of up-and-coming companies, such as US kefir maker Lifeway Foods, about their export plans. The second, The World Retail Congress in Paris, provided us with an opportunity to delve into the emerging trends and hear from the great and the good of the food retail sector.










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