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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. 

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.

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.

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.

MRSA in pork prompts call for action on antibiotic use

18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Editor's viewpoint: Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry

17 Jun 2015

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

Food industry quotes of the week: Wessanen, Dean Foods, Mondelez

11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week: Wessanen, Kellogg, Lactalis

11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

What Sainsbury's numbers mean for suppliers

7 May 2015

The annual results from UK grocer Sainsbury's have underlined the pressure mainstream supermarkets in the country are facing as discounters continue to gain market share.

Cereal faces fresh criticism over sugar content

28 Jan 2015

Manufacturers and retailers in the UK - including Kellogg, Sainsbury's and Aldi - have again come under fire over the high sugar content of some breakfast cereals, prompting calls for the Government-backed Responsibility Deal to be scrapped.

Editor's viewpoint: Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices

23 Jan 2015

The price farmers are paid for milk has again made national headlines in the UK - and again it is the country's supermarket chains in the firing line. Even David Cameron has weighed in on the issue. But, UK farmers, like their counterparts around the world, are at the mercy of global factors.

Briefing: 2015 preview: How to get better deal for main-street M&A sellers in 2015

2 Jan 2015

Upward pressure is continuing in food industry M&A transactions, as demonstrated by some large public deals in 2014. However that has not fed through to smaller, non-public deals, which make up the bulk of M&A deals. Stefan Kirk draws attention to one potential driver of higher-equity values, and thus higher transaction volume, in so-called main-street M&A - changes in valuation methodology, forced over the line by long-term low interest rates.

UK mulls adding official "five-a-day" mark to ready meals

9 Dec 2014

The UK government is considering allowing ready meal manufacturers to put the official five-a-day logo on their products.

The bitesize interview: Cricketer Farm MD Greg Parsons

28 Nov 2014

UK cheese maker Cricketer Farm supplies the country's major retailers with low-fat cheese, a category growing amid the rising consumer interest in health. However, in the last 18 months, the business has added a new brand - Cheeky Cow - to its portfolio, with half the fat of mature cheddar. MD Greg Parsons talks to Dean Best about the brand's early performance, the competition and how there are plans for "evolution" in 2015.

Campylobacter in 70% of UK supermarket chicken - FSA

27 Nov 2014

More than 70% of fresh chickens being sold in UK supermarkets are contaminated with campylobacter, a survey by the Food Standards Agency has unveiled.

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