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UK turkey farm loses Red Tractor credentials after animal-cruelty probe

17 Dec 2019

A turkey farm that supplied UK-based poultry processor Avara Foods and Sainsbury's has had its Red Tractor accreditation withdrawn.

Sainsbury's elevates sugary cereals to top shelf in drive to cut obesity

10 Dec 2019

In an effort to tackle childhood obesity, UK supermarket chain Sainsbury's is elevating sugary cereals to the top shelf in stores.

New products - Danone launches indulgent dessert brand Pati & Coco; Nestle unveils KitKat Cacao Fruit Chocolate, Kings Elite Snacks Microwaveable Pork Crackle

29 Nov 2019

The products we picked out this week include Danone launching plant-based products under its Activia brand and the UK's first microwaveable pork crackle from Kings Elite Snacks.

Coles to source own-label from UK grocer Sainsbury's

11 Nov 2019

Coles, Australia's second-largest retailer, is to stock a range of own-label products supplied by a major peer in the UK.

New products - Strauss chocolate "first"; Saputo's Vitalite dairy-free cheese; Vegan pizza from Garden Gourmet; Goodbelly "gut-friendly" cereal

4 Oct 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a "gut-friendly" breakfast cereal from Cereal Partners Worldwide and Strauss Group claiming a "first" in the chocolate market.

No-deal Brexit will "inevitably" create fresh food shortages - Sainsbury's boss

13 Sep 2019

The CEO of UK 'big four' supermarket Sainsbury's has given his opinion on what a UK departure from the European Union without a trade deal in place will mean for food supplies. 

UK sets out investment project to cut single-use plastics in packaging

22 Jul 2019

The UK government is joining with businesses to invest in an initiative aimed at cutting the use of single-use plastics.

New products - Young's adds to seafood range with Popcorn Scampi Bites; Danone launches Activia smoothies in the US; Conagra Brands unveils Birds Eye vegetable swap meals

27 Jun 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a Birds Eye vegetable swap meal range from Conagra Brands and a UK 'big four' supermarket listing for Sea Chips' salmon skin crisps.

Nestle signs up to new UK food waste pledge

13 May 2019

Food heavyweights and UK 'big four' retailers are amongst the signatories to a new pledge to reduce food waste, it has been revealed.

Sainsbury's-Asda ruling "logical outcome", argues UK food industry

25 Apr 2019

An industry body representing the UK's food manufacturers has issued its verdict on the decision to block a proposed merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda. 

Sainsbury's-Asda merger blocked as watchdog concludes prices would increase

25 Apr 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has blocked the proposed merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda.

Sainsbury's, Asda propose 150 store disposals as remedy to watchdog's merger concerns

22 Mar 2019

Sainsbury's and Asda are proposing to sell off as many as 150 stores and a "number" of convenience outlets to satisfy watchdog's concerns.

Sainsbury's and Asda commit to price cuts and fast supplier payments in bid to save merger

19 Mar 2019

UK 'big four' supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda have proposed measures which they hope will rescue their planned merger after criticism from the country's competition watchdog.

UK food firms praise watchdog stance on Sainsbury's-Asda deal

20 Feb 2019

UK food manufacturers have reacted to the provisional findings of the country's competition watchdog to the planned combination of retail giants Sainsbury's and Asda.

Sainsbury's/Asda merger faces derailment as competition probe reveals major stumbling blocks

20 Feb 2019

An investigation by the UK's competition watchdog into the proposed merger between Sainsbury's and Asda has revealed a number of provisional findings.

UK watchdog extends report deadline into Sainsbury's/Asda merger

11 Feb 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has extended the deadline for the issuance of its final report on the proposed mega-merger between grocers Sainsbury's and Asda.

UK food retail CEOs issue 'no-deal' Brexit warning

28 Jan 2019

The CEOs of most of the UK's largest food retailers have written to the country's MPs to warn of the "significant disruption" facing the industry from a 'no-deal' Brexit.

New products - Dr Oetker targets grab-and-go market with Chicago Town Pizza to Go; Alpen muesli targets "personalisation"; The Collective rolls out kefir Super Yoghurts for kids; Real Handful launches Bundlz

25 Jan 2019

This week's batch of new products includes US-based Flowers Foods launching Dave's Killer Bread English muffins and a new desserts range aimed at children from France's Andros.

New products - Mondelez broadens Cadbury range in UK; Intersnack-owned crisp brand McCoy's launches Muchos tortilla chips; Parag Milk Foods expands reach of premium offering Pride of Cows; Pladis expands Go Ahead line with low-calorie options

18 Jan 2019

This week's batch of new products includes Post Holdings and Hostess Brands coming together to launch breakfast cereals and a chicken alternative from Naturli' Foods.

Sainsbury's and Asda win more time to respond to merger probe

17 Dec 2018

UK big four supermarkets Asda and Sainsbury's request to have more time to respond to a probe into their merger plans has been ruled on by a UK court.

UK competition watchdog to contest Sainsbury's, Asda probe extension in court Friday

13 Dec 2018

The UK's competition watchdog pushes back timeline for the "provisional" findings of its review into proposed Sainsbury's and Asda merger. 

Sainsbury's and Asda ask for more time to respond to merger plan probe

12 Dec 2018

UK supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda have made a request to the organisation investigating their proposed merger.

UK watchdog issues warning after Sainsbury's, Asda merger request

12 Dec 2018

The UK's competition watchdog has reacted to a request from Sainsbury's and Asda for more time to respond to the investigation into their proposed merger.

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. 

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.

Sainsbury's launches kids frozen meal range

28 Jul 2015

UK supermarket Sainsbury's has introduced a new frozen kids meal range under the Kiddyum brand.

Young's Seafood mulls closure of two plants

9 Jul 2015

Young's Seafood has outlined plans that could lead to the closure of two processing sites in Scotland - and the loss of over 900 jobs - in the wake of Sainsbury's moving a contract away from the UK group.

Scandi Standard CFO Jonny Mason resigns

30 Jun 2015

Swedish chicken processor Scandi Standard has announced the resignation of its CFO Jonny Mason.

Young's Seafood loses Sainsbury's salmon contract

23 Jun 2015

Young's Seafood confirmed it has lost a contract to supply fresh salmon and smoked salmon to UK retailer Sainsbury's.

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