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UK: Premium own-label sales slide - Kantar

17 Jul 2012

UK premium own-label sales have shown a year-on-year decline while demand for value lines continue to grow, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show.

UK: Dairy farmers stage "spontaneous" protests

16 Jul 2012

Protests have erupted outside Asda and Morrisons stores across the UK as dairy farmers attempt to highlight their claim the price they are paid for milk is below the cost of production.

UK: Sainsbury's to open Warwickshire R&D centre

16 Jul 2012

UK retailer Sainsbury's is to open a GBP40m (US$62.1m) product development centre in Warwickshire, in the West Midlands.

In the spotlight: Dairy farmers lay down gauntlet over pricing

11 Jul 2012

UK dairy farmers have warned they are prepared to take action if processors push through recently announced price cuts. However, Katy Askew writes, it seems likely their demands will carry little sway with processors and retailers.

UK: M&S predicts price hike as weather hits crops

11 Jul 2012

Marks and Spencer has said it expects the extreme weather conditions in the UK are likely to have an affect on crops, potentially leading to a spike in prices.

Promo Tracker: Waitrose leads promo activity in June

3 Jul 2012

Waitrose led the promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

UK: Blue Diamond brings Almond Breeze milk in UK

3 Jul 2012

US-based almond marketer and processor Blue Diamond Growers is to launch its almond-based milk alternative Almond Breeze in the UK.

On the move: Pennycook exit turns spotlight on Morrisons strategy

25 Jun 2012

The announcement from Morrisons that CFO Richard Pennycook plans to leave the company will come as a blow for the UK retailer. Morrisons is trading behind the market and Pennycook's exit serves to focus attention on the strategic problems that management is currently grappling with. Katy Askew reports.

UK: Three jailed over Sainsbury's potato scam

22 Jun 2012

Three men were today (22 June) jailed for their involvement in a scam involving the extortion of around GBP9m (US$14m) from UK retailer Sainsbury's.

UK: Quorn Foods rapped for flouting pasty law

22 Jun 2012

Quorn Foods has said it is in talks with the UK's Trading Standards to change the name of its Cornish-Style Pasties after being rapped for flouting an EU law.

UK: Costcutter buy could give Morrisons "greater scope" in south - analyst

19 Jun 2012

An acquisition of UK retailer Costcutter by Morrisons could give the grocer greater scope for expansion in convenience retail in the south of England, according to Conlumino analyst Simon Chinn.

UK: Tesco, Morrisons struggle as Jubilee sales jump - Kantar

19 Jun 2012

UK food sales have jumped as consumers splashed out for the Queen's Diamond Jubilee, but the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel show that Tesco and Morrisons struggled to take advantage of this market growth.

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

18 Jun 2012

Tesco and Sainsbury's reported first-quarter trading updates this week and both UK retailers faced questions over their prospects for the rest of the year. US meat giant Smithfield Foods also faced analysts after it posted its full-year results, with CEO Larry Pope arguing Wall Street does not value the company highly enough. Elsewhere, Arla announced a tie-up in China, PepsiCo made Mexico the first market for its global dips venture and UK firm Premier Foods plc offloaded another of its businesses.

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

18 Jun 2012

In the UK, the increasing level of couponing in retail set the industry talking this week as Tesco CEO Philip Clarke noted the step-up in this type of promotion, while industry analysts gave their views on this growing trend. Elsewhere, Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope insisted the group is under-valued after shares in the meat firm fell more than 7% after fourth-quarter results that failed to meet analyst expectations.

In the spotlight - Couponing becomes "necessary evil" for UK retailers

15 Jun 2012

As retailer Morrisons announces it is to trial a voucher scheme in a handful of stores in the north-east of England and during a week in which Tesco CEO Philip Clarke conceded vouchering was a "necessary requirement", Michelle Russell takes a closer look at the growing trend of couponing and whether this is likely to continue.

On the money: King upbeat as Sainsbury's misses City forecasts

13 Jun 2012

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King today (13 June) stood by the UK retailer's recent performance after the company missed City forecasts on its first-quarter sales.

UK: Sainsbury's coupon offer "unique", says King

13 Jun 2012

Sainsbury's boss Justin King today (13 June) pointed to the "unique" coupons the UK retailer can offer consumers after rival Morrisons launches its own voucher initiative.

The verdict from the City: Sainsbury's trading update

13 Jun 2012

The UK's third-largest retailer said today (13 June) it was continuing to perform better than the rest of the market after another increase in underlying quarterly sales. However, shares in Sainsbury's fell after the company's sales missed City forecasts and there are some concerns increased competition from the likes of Tesco could erode the gains the retailer has made in recent months.

UK: Sainsbury's: "We are still out-performing the market"

13 Jun 2012

Sainsbury's said today (13 June) it was still performing better than its UK retail rivals after it reported an increase in first-quarter underlying sales.

UK: Morrisons adopts cautious approach to vouchers

13 Jun 2012

Morrisons has remained coy about whether it will roll out its voucher scheme across the UK after launching a trial run in ten stores.

UK: Morrisons launches voucher scheme trial

12 Jun 2012

Morrisons is to trial a voucher scheme in a handful of stores in the north-east of England.

Comment: Tesco needs time - will it get it?

12 Jun 2012

Looking at Tesco's first-quarter sales figures, it seems trading remains tough for the UK's largest retailer. However, Tesco has only just started introducing the changes it hopes will revitalise its domestic business. That said, competition remains fierce and the fall in Tesco's share price suggest investors are less than confident about the prospects of a recovery in the short term.

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

11 Jun 2012

A short week on just-food after the long public holiday but it was packed with news. Disney banned "junk food" advertising, Carrefour neared the acquisition of Argentinian retailer Eki, meat giant JBS found itself under the scrutiny of Greenpeace - again - for its cattle sourcing in Brazil and, elsewhere the field of sustainability, Marks and Spencer said it had become "carbon neutral". We also looked at the problems at French meat processor Groupe Doux, which went into receivership last week, a move that could have wider implications across the country's agriculture sector. Click on the headlines for more.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's leads promo activity in May

6 Jun 2012

Sainsbury's led an increased level of promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

Category crunch: Turbulent times in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The UK liquid milk sector is experiencing an ongoing decline in value sales. Despite gradually increasing volumes, the price being paid for milk is dropping. As a consequence, milk producers find themselves struggling to turn a profit in the category. In part one of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at the dynamics shaping the UK's liquid milk market.

Category crunch: Industry responds to challenge in UK liquid milk

30 May 2012

The downward movement of liquid milk prices has placed margins in the category under mounting pressure. In part two of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at how the country's three largest milk processors - Dairy Crest, Arla and Robert Wiseman - are responding to this challenge.

UK: Morrisons coy over South East online food launch

28 May 2012

UK retailer Morrisons has remained coy over reports it may be considering launching an online grocery service in the South East of the country.

Comment: Behind headlines food ticks over for M&S

25 May 2012

Marks and Spencer's full-year results included an admission from the retailer it had cut its sales forecast and lowered the amount it will spend on capex. However, while those announcements attracted the broader business headlines, the food sector should note the solid performance of the UK firm's grocery business.

UK: ASA bans Sainsbury's Brand Match advert

23 May 2012

The UK's advertising watchdog has banned a Sainsbury's Brand Match advert following a complaint by Asda over its wording.

UK: Sainsbury's to create 6,000 jobs over next year

23 May 2012

The CEO of UK retailer Sainsbury's has said the firm is to create 6,000 jobs over the forthcoming year.








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