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Petah Marian | 28 Jan 2011

Recovery in the Canadian retail sector is set to become increasingly complex during 2011, with the economy remaining on unsteady ground and while Quebec and Ontario become battle grounds as Wal-Mart Stores expands its grocery presence.


Katy Askew | 17 May 2010

Canadian supermarket group Sobeys has announced plans to open a chain of discount stores in Ontario, with the aim of capturing a greater share of the cut-price market in the province.

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Dean Best | 29 Aug 2014

Few food companies, if any, have been as acquisitive as Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur in recent quarters. And the group's M&A activity appears to have picked up since CEO Robert Coallier joined the business in 2012. In part two of the latest just-food interview, Coallier explains the reasons behind Agropur's appetite.


Katie Smith | 31 Jan 2012

Last month, Canadian biscuit firm Groupe Biscuits Leclerc expanded its presence in the US, with the acquisition of snack bar brand Go Pure. In the latest just the answer interview, Katie Smith discusses the acquisition and the biscuit company's plans for the future with CEO Denis Leclerc, including setting up in the UK.

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Hannah Abdulla | 3 Oct 2014

French vegetable producer Bonduelle is expanding its North American operations through the acquisition of a frozen foods factory from Canadian retailer Sobeys.


Dean Best | 23 Jul 2014

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur has pounced again, with a deal for Davisco Foods International's dairy-processing assets in the US, Europe and China.


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.


Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

Canadian grocer Sobeys has booked a decline in profit for the first nine-months of the year, impacted by "competitive intensity", costs associated with the acquisition of Safeway's stores and a weaker Canadian dollar.


Dean Best | 21 Feb 2014

Canadian retail giant Loblaw has predicted the recent space expansion seen in the country's grocery sector will "moderate" in the second half of the year.


Hannah Abdulla | 17 Feb 2014

Canadian retailer Sobeys has announced it is to sell off 30 stores in the west of the country in part due to its move to secure regulatory approval for last year's acquisition of Safeway Inc's local business.


Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jan 2014

Canadian grocer Sobeys announced the departure of its chief financial officer, Paul Jewer, who is moving to fill the CFO post at High Liner Foods.


Dean Best | 12 Dec 2013

Sobeys has reported an increase in second-quarter like-for-like sales but the Canadian grocer saw half-year profits fall.


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 | 9 Oct 2013

Canada's food safety watchdog has expanded a recall of beef burgers linked to an E. coli outbreak.


Katy Askew | 13 Sep 2013

Canadian retailer Sobeys has seen first-quarter like-for-like sales slide as a result of low food inflation and more intense competition.


Katy Askew | 16 Jul 2013

Canadian supermarket giant Loblaw has said that it plans to increase the amount of food items available at Shoppers Drug Mart following its acquisition of the pharmacy chain.


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).


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.


Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 2013

This week, just-food spoke with the CEO of Nestle Greater China, Roland Decorvet, who went into detail about the company's strategy in China and the challenges it faces there. We also garnered analysts' thoughts on Amazon's plans for its US grocery business and Carrefour's prospects for the African market. Elsewhere, JBS announced a deal to buy domestic poultry business Seara Brasil, Sobeys bought Safeway's Canadian operations, and B&G Foods snapped up Pirate Brands.


Dean Best | 13 Jun 2013

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


Dean Best | 12 Mar 2013

In the US and Canada, retailers Costco, Casey's General Stores and Sobeys have reported quarterly results.


Michelle Russell | 14 Dec 2012

Canadian retailer Sobeys has booked an increase in earnings in the first half of its fiscal year.


Michelle Russell | 13 Sep 2012

Canadian retailer Sobeys has today (13 September) booked an increase in first-quarter profits.


Michelle Russell | 29 Jun 2012

Canadian retailer Sobeys has booked an increase in full-year profits.


Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2012

Empire Co. has promoted Marc Poulin to the post of president and CEO of its Canadian grocery chain Sobeys.


Michelle Russell | 14 Mar 2012

Sales growth for Canadian retailer Sobeys failed to stop increasing costs eating into the company's bottom line in the third quarter.


Michelle Russell | 9 Feb 2012

The president and CEO of Canadian retailer Sobeys has announced his intention to retire on health grounds.


Katie Smith | 15 Dec 2011

Canadian grocer Sobeys is set to acquire 250 gas outlets from Shell Canada, after posting an increase in half-year profits.

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