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Talking shop: What's next for Fresh & Easy?

Ron Burkle, the US billionaire investor who is to take on the bulk of Tesco's US Fresh & Easy arm, has said he believes the loss-making busi...

Focus: Sobeys joy but questions for Safeway

Canada's second-largest grocer Sobeys has swooped to buy the local business of US supermarket giant Safeway. Sobeys has paid a full price fo...


Dean Best | 20 Mar 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.


Michelle Russell | 13 Jun 2013

Amazon has made another stride in taking on US food retailers with the roll out of its fresh grocery business into the second most populous city in the US, Los Angeles. The move is sure to make other players in the market sit up and take notice but will it be enough to really shake up the US online grocery channel and give it the much needed boost it requires? Michelle Russell takes a look.


Michelle Russell | 6 Jun 2013

Online retail giant Amazon is said to be preparing to take on the well-established US food market with a major roll-out of its fresh grocery business, a move that could make other players sit up and take notice.


Dean Best | 13 Feb 2013

Ahold's exit from its ICA retail venture in Scandinavia and the Baltics looks set to net the Dutch company a cool US$3.4bn - but do not expect the Albert Heijn and Giant Food owner to go on an acquisition spree.

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Dean Best | 9 Jul 2014

Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has struck deals to buy four plants from - and supply a range of products to - Sobeys, one of the country's largest retailers.


Dean Best | 2 Apr 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2014

Sugar again grabbed the headlines after the World Health Organization revised its guidance on how much of the ingredient to consume. Elsewhere, a US retailer with over 2,400 stores could be created after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway.


Hannah Abdulla | 10 Mar 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.


Dean Best | 7 Mar 2014

US grocery giant Safeway has agreed to a takeover bid from private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management, the owner of chains including Albertsons, Acme and Jewel-Osco.


Dean Best | 6 Mar 2014

Private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management is reportedly working on a US$9bn takeover bid for US retail giant Safeway Inc.


Dean Best | 4 Mar 2014

Kroger reportedly contacted fellow US grocery giant Safeway Inc to indicate its interest in buying part of the business.


Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2013

US regional supermarket operator Roundy's Inc hopes to accelerate its expansion in the Chicago area through a deal to acquire 11 Dominick's stores from Safeway Inc for US$36m.


Katy Askew | 3 Dec 2013

Safeway Inc has reached an agreement to sell 11 of its Dominick's stores in Chicago to Roundy's Inc.


Dean Best | 12 Nov 2013

US natural and organic food firm Annie's could look to boost its snacks production after buying a plant owned by retail giant Safeway Inc.


Dean Best | 24 Oct 2013

Canadian retailer Sobeys has agreed to sell 23 stores in order to gain competition clearance for its acquisition of Safeway Inc's business in the country.


Dean Best | 23 Oct 2013

Cerberus Capital Management, the US private-equity firm that acquired a chunk of Supervalu's business earlier this year, is reportedly weighing up a move for another US grocer, Safeway.


Katy Askew | 11 Oct 2013

Safeway Inc has secured the sale of four of its Dominick's stores in Chicago to New Albertsons Inc for an undisclosed sum.


Katy Askew | 11 Oct 2013

Safeway Inc has revealed mounting losses and said it will exit Chicago - where its business is losing money - in order to increase its focus on core operations.


Katy Askew | 18 Sep 2013

US retailer Safeway has moved to block a potential hostile takeover by investment vehicle Jana Partners, LLC.


Katy Askew | 19 Jul 2013

US retailer Safeway struck an upbeat note in its first-half results, released yesterday (18 July), despite a dip in sales and profits.


Katy Askew | 27 Jun 2013

Canadian grocer Sobeys saw sales and profits increase in its last financial year, the company's owner, Empire Co., reported today (27 June).


Katy Askew | 18 Jun 2013

MOM Brands has expanded its Better Oats range with the launch of three steel cut instant oatmeal varieties under the brand's Oat Revolution line.


Dean Best | 17 Jun 2013

The latest just-food interview saw the boss of Nestle's business in Greater China discuss the food giant's strategy in the market and why he believed the world's largest food manufacturer had the edge on its rivals in the region. It was a week of a number of notable pieces of M&A, including Canadian retailer Sobeys' move to buy Safeway Inc's business in Canada and JBS's deal to acquire Seara Brasil from local meat rival Marfrig.


Dean Best | 13 Jun 2013

Canadian food retailer Sobeys is to acquire Safeway Inc's business in the country.


Dean Best | 16 May 2013

The CEO of US frozen-food firm Overhill Farms has said the sale of the business to peer Bellisio Foods is the best way to maximise value for shareholders.


Dean Best | 15 May 2013

US frozen-food Bellisio Foods has struck a deal to buy Overhill Farms to boost its stable of branded and own-label items.


Michelle Russell | 26 Apr 2013

US retailer Safeway Inc has recorded an increase in first-quarter earnings, despite a dip in sales.


Dean Best | 22 Apr 2013

A raft of companies report to the market next week, including UK-based food group Associated British Foods, which is set to unveil its half-year results. Data for the first quarter of 2013 will continue to come in, with Unilever, Hershey and Premier Foods plc among those set to publish numbers.

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