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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: Sobeys profits decline in tough environment

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.

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: Overwaitea, Co-op buyers as Sobeys announces disposals

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.

CANADA: Sobeys CFO joins High Liner Foods

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.

CANADA: LFL sales rebound but Sobeys books lower profits

12 Dec 2013

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

CANADA: Sobeys to sell stores to gain Safeway deal OK

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.

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.

CANADA: Sobeys LFL sales slide

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.

CANADA: Loblaw to leverage Shoppers Drug Mart food space

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.

CANADA: FY sales, profits up at retailer Sobeys

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).

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

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.

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

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.

In the spotlight: Sobeys joy but questions for Safeway

14 Jun 2013

Canada's second-largest grocer Sobeys has swooped to buy the local business of US supermarket giant Safeway. Sobeys has paid a full price for Safeway's Canadian arm but, writes Dean Best, the market was broadly positive and agreed with the company's optimism. For Safeway, however, the sale does leave some questions.

CANADA/US: Sobeys to buy Safeway's Canadian arm

13 Jun 2013

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

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 H1 profit climbs

14 Dec 2012

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

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: Empire names Poulin Sobeys CEO

8 Jun 2012

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

CANADA: Sobeys Q3 sales climb, profits slide

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.

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.

just the answer - Biscuits Leclerc CEO Denis Leclerc

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.

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 H1 profits up

15 Dec 2011

Canadian retailer Sobeys has reported higher half-year earnings, after posting an increase in second-quarter profits and sales.

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".

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