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Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

7 Jan 2016

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

Bonduelle boosts North American frozen veg ops with acquisition

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.

The just-food interview part two: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier

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.

CANADA/US: M&A-hungry dairy co-op Agropur in Davisco deal

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.

CANADA: Agropur in plants-and-supply deal with Sobeys

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.

CANADA: Loblaw sees space race easing in H2

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.

CANADA: E. coli burger recall expanded

9 Oct 2013

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

NORTH AMERICA: Retail results round-up: Costco, Sobeys, Casey's

12 Mar 2013

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

CANADA: Sobeys records Q1 profit increase

13 Sep 2012

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

CANADA: Profits up at retailer Sobeys

29 Jun 2012

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

CANADA: Sobeys CEO McEwan to step down

9 Feb 2012

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

CANADA: Sobeys strikes deal to buy 250 Shell outlets

15 Dec 2011

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

CANADA: Sobeys forms two units to "accelerate" growth

14 Oct 2011

Canadian retailer Sobeys has formed two business units aiming to position the company for "accelerated growth and performance".

CANADA: Sobeys and Target enters into distribution deal

26 Sep 2011

Canadian grocery retailer Sobeys is to supply Target Corp. with food products to sell in the US discounter's stores north of the border.

CANADA: Sobeys Q1 profits up

15 Sep 2011

Canadian retailer Sobeys saw its first-quarter profits increase by over 3% on the back of higher sales.

UK: Morrisons appoints Arla's Micklethwaite in private-label role

21 Jun 2011

UK grocer Morrisons has poached Arla Foods marketing vice president Danny Micklethwaite as part of plans to develop its private-label range.

CANADA: Sobeys to revamp Quebec distribution

28 Jan 2011

Canadian retailer Sobeys is to consolidate its operations in Quebec with the possible loss of jobs.

CANADA: Sobeys earnings grow in Q1

10 Sep 2010

Empire Co., the owner of Canadian retailer Sobeys, said today (10 September) that the grocer saw profits rise almost 8% in its fiscal first quarter.

CANADA: Sobeys posts earnings growth

30 Jun 2010

Empire, operator of Canadian grocery chain Sobeys has posted an almost 9% rise in annual earnings to reach C$301.9m (US$284.7m) on the back of solid performances from both its food and retail businesses.

CANADA: Empire Co reports Sobeys growth

25 Jun 2010

Sobeys owner, Empire Company Limited, has reported a lift in revenues and earnings for its full year and fourth quarter.

CANADA: Sobeys extends Signal own-label range

20 May 2010

Canadian grocer Sobeys has announced plans to extend its Signal private-label range.

CANADA: Sobeys launches FreshCo discount chain

13 May 2010

Canadian retailer Sobeys has opened a new chain of discount stores in the province of Ontario.

CANADA: Sobeys earnings drive Empire growth

11 Mar 2010

The strong performance of Canadian retailer Sobeys has helped its parent Empire Co. report a rise in third-quarter earnings and revenues.

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