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Australia's Woolworths touts progress, UK discounter Poundland sold - retail round-up, July 2016

9 Aug 2016

In July, Woolworths, Australia's largest retailer, saw its shares jump the most in a single day for 20 years after it announced more initiatives to improve its performance. The month also saw UK discount chain Poundland accept a takeover offer from South African retailer Steinhoff.

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

13 Oct 2014

This week, Emmi flogged its Italian Trentilatte yoghurt business, while Kellogg sold the Loma Linda brand to Atlantic Natural Foods. Elsewhere, UK baker Finsbury Food Group moved to buy local peer Fletchers Group, while US private-equity firm BBX Capital made its second confectionery acquisition in a week. At the annual IGD Convention in London, UK retail veteran Andrew Higginson caused a stir by hitting out at the country's grocers.

UK suppliers, retailers must "reset" relationship - Higginson

7 Oct 2014

Andrew Higginson, the deputy chairman of Morrisons and former Tesco finance director, has said branded suppliers and supermarkets must "reset" their relationship in a bid to revive a stagnant sector.

Premier Foods' smaller brands helped by discount, c-store growth

7 Oct 2014

The growth of the discount and convenience channels in the UK has led to a "renaissance" for some of Premier Foods' smaller brands, Gavin Darby, the company's chief executive, said today (7 October).

The just-food interview part two: Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby

5 Aug 2014

Premier Foods has strengthened its financial position and is building profitability through a focus on cost reduction. However, the UK company is finding the going tougher as it looks to accelerate its sales growth. Chief executive Gavin Darby spoke to just-food about how Premier is adapting to the changing landscape in UK grocery retail.

Comment: Poundland now hopes to offer investors value for money

19 Feb 2014

UK value retailer Poundland has confirmed it plans to launch an IPO in London next month. Announcing the news, management offered a bullish outlook for the single-price retail sector and outlined an ambitious view of future expansion. Katy Askew reports.

UK: Discounter Poundland "begins IPO process"

25 Nov 2013

UK-based discount retailer Poundland is understood to have started the process to float on the stock exchange early next year.

On the money: Sainsbury's: own label key to seeing off discount threat

2 Oct 2013

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has suggested investment in own label is a key weapon for mainstream grocers as discounters Aldi and Lidl continue to win sales in the UK.

UK: Poundland set for fresh European push

2 Oct 2013

UK-based discount retailer Poundland has said it is finalising plans to take its Dealz banner, launched in Ireland in 2011, into more markets in Europe.

UK: Retailer Poundland silent over sale reports

7 May 2013

UK discount retailer Poundland has declined to comment on reports the group is the subject of a potential sale by owner Warburg Pincus.

UK: Speculation mounts as retailers "circle HMV sites"

5 Feb 2013

UK grocery retailers are reportedly circling former HMV stores, which were put on the block after the music retailer went into administration last month.

just-food's outlook for 2013: the international retail scene

31 Jan 2013

2012 was undoubtedly a year of economic pressure for grocery retailers, as consumer spending continued to constrict. With little less pressure expected in 2013, will we see the trend towards internationalisation slow further? Michelle Russell takes a look at some of the key trends that will shape the international retail scene.

The just-food review of 2012: International food retail highs and lows

18 Dec 2012

Grocers undoubtedly felt the economic pressures in 2012 with discounters enjoying buoyant growth as a result of an increase in value-seeking consumers. Shoppers' focus on value led to rising online sales and further investment in the channel from the world's food retailers. However, the year was not just about expansion. Some of the world's largest grocers have scaled back overseas, with the trend towards internalisation slowing. Michelle Russell takes a look at the highs and lows for international retailers in 2012.

UK: Poundland mulls private-label offering

12 Dec 2012

UK discount retailer Poundland has said it is considering launching a range of private-label food.

In the spotlight: CD&R's B&M deal could fire up discount competition

4 Dec 2012

Private-equity firm Clayton, Dubilier & Rice's acquisition of a majority stake in UK cut-price retailer B&M Retail may see competition heat up further in the country's fast-growing discount channel.

UK: Poundland adds to grocery line

29 Nov 2012

UK discount retailer Poundland has added around 100 products to its grocery stable.

UK: Poundland confident on winning "savvy" shoppers

22 Oct 2012

Poundland has suggested that it is successfully winning over UK consumers, who are going to "extraordinary lengths" to save money on their weekly shop.

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

16 Jul 2012

UK dairy farmers this week gathered at a summit in London to air their views on recent cuts in prices to liquid milk and the implications of the cuts. In the US, PepsiCo and Müller made the much-anticipated launch of their yoghurt range, while Campbell Soup Co. indicated it is eyeing expansion into new categories through its acquisition of carrot-to-beverage firm Bolthouse Farms.

On the move: Poundland makes strategic move with Higginson appointment

13 Jul 2012

Poundland's appointment of former Tesco finance director Andrew Higginson as its chairman is being seen as a major coup for the UK value retailer.

UK: Poundland names ex-Tesco exec Higginson chairman

11 Jul 2012

UK discount retailer Poundland has appointed former Tesco finance director Andrew Higginson as its chairman.

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

9 Jul 2012

Farmers slammed UK dairy processors this week for cuts to the price they receive for their milk and there have been threats supplies could be disrupted. The UK meat sector was hit by plans by Dutch firm Vion to close a plant in Scotland. Meanwhile, French poultry giant Groupe Doux, which is in administration, has received ten takeover bids.

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

9 Jul 2012

Premier Foods plc this week announced another asset sale with the disposal of its ethnic flour business Elephant Atta to Associated British Foods.

UPDATE: UK: Poundland sees food growth, eyes Europe expansion

2 Jul 2012

Poundland, the UK-based single price value retailer, has said it has seen good growth in food sales in the UK and that it may look to mainland Europe for further growth opportunities.

UK: Poundland FY profits climb

2 Jul 2012

Poundland, the UK-based single price value retailer, has booked an increase in full-year profits as value-conscious shoppers continued to visit its stores.

IRELAND: Poundland to open ten Dealz stores

19 Apr 2012

UK discount retailer Poundland is to open a further ten Dealz stores in Ireland.

UK: Poundland announces Christmas sales rise

20 Jan 2012

Poundland, Europe's biggest single price discount retailer, today (20 January) announced a 6% rise in Christmas sales.

UK: Poundland to extend Dealz format to UK

6 Dec 2011

UK discount retailer Poundland has confirmed it is considering extending its Dealz store format beyond the Republic of Ireland.

UK: Poundland sales rise by a quarter

13 Oct 2011

Poundland, the UK-based single price value retailer, said today (13 October) more consumers were looking for value as it reported a 26% increase in annual sales.

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

5 Aug 2011

Kraft Foods' surprise decision to split itself in two dominated the industry headlines this week. Elsewhere, there had also been speculation that Unilever could sell its food operations and Kraft's move prompted discussions over whether PepsiCo could look to break up its businesses. The US also saw the latest food safety scare, with Cargill pulling millions of tonnes of meat over a possible link to a fatal salmonella outbreak. Click on the headlines for more.

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

5 Aug 2011

This week, Kraft announced plans to split the company in two, while speculation continued that Unilever might sell-off its food division. Meanwhile, Premier Foods booked what it described as a "poor" first-half and Smart Balance acquired gluten-free manufacturer Glutino. Here's the best of what was said this week:


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