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

17 Mar 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

CZECH: Ahold to buy Spar's Czech stores

11 Mar 2014

Ahold today (11 March) announced a deal to buy Spar International's business in the Czech Republic.

OMAN: Spar targets Middle East with Oman deal

18 Dec 2013

Spar International plans to step up growth in the Middle East in 2014 having signed a fresh licencing deal with Khimji Ramdas that will see it enter Oman.

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

21 Oct 2013

Last week saw a swathe of the industry's largest food companies updating their results. PepsiCo once again took a strong set of quarterly numbers as an opportunity to highlight the strengths of its strategy as a combined snacks and drinks business.

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

21 Oct 2013

Results continued to pour in last week and we heard from multinationals such as Nestle and Danone.

WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS 2013: just the answer - Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell

16 Oct 2013

Symbol retailer Spar International has continued to expand its presence in emerging markets this year. The group entered into a partnership agreement in the Middle East earlier this year and more recently signed two licencing deals in Russia. Michelle Russell caught up with Spar MD Gordon Campbell at this year's World Retail Congress in Paris to find out more about the group's international ambitions and its long-term plans.

RUSSIA: Spar International signs two licensing deals

11 Oct 2013

Spar International has signed two licensing deals in Russia and is in "advanced discussions" with a number of others, it has said.

WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS 2013: Quote, unquote - day three

10 Oct 2013

On day two of the World Retail Congress in Paris, attendees heard from companies including Spar International and Sainsbury's. Here are a selection of quotes from the second day.

FMCG in Russia: Domestic, international grocers battle it out in Russia

30 Sep 2013

Russia has been described as one of the most dynamically developing retail markets in the world. The advent of the recession, however, resulted in a slowdown in growth that Russia has not yet fully recovered from. While it is debatable whether Russia will fully re-establish the pace of growth it enjoyed before the credit crisis, the market is seen as an attractive one for FMCG companies.

BRICs and beyond: Carrefour takes chance on Africa

11 Jun 2013

French retail giant Carrefour has announced plans to expand further into Africa through a joint venture with consumer goods distributor CFAO. The deal will see it develop stores across eight countries and represents a new signal of intent from the world's second largest retailer as it looks to place an early marker down in what is becoming a fast growing emerging market. Michelle Russell takes a closer look.

MIDDLE EAST: Majid Al Futtaim eyes stake in retailer Spinneys

28 May 2013

Dubai-based retail and hospitality group Majid Al Futtaim is looking to buy a stake in Middle East grocer Spinneys.

NETHERLANDS: Spar eyes international expansion

22 May 2013

Spar International has insisted that it will continue to drive growth in new markets as it booked an increase in sales for 2012.

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

4 Feb 2013

The fall-out from the discovery of horse DNA in burgers sold in the UK continued, with the supplier at the centre of the scandal losing and contracts and regulators appearing before MPs. Elsewhere, the European Commission published plans to examine if retailers in the EU trade unfairly with suppliers. Meanwhile, in Germany, Nestle was fined for fixing the price of chocolate.

Interview: Spar eyes Middle Eastern promise

1 Feb 2013

Symbol retailer Spar International plans to enter Middle Eastern markets through a tie-up with Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS). Katy Askew caught up with Spar MD Gordon Campbell to find out more about the retailer's growth plans for the region.

UAE: Spar drives growth in Middle East with ADCOOPS deal

28 Jan 2013

Spar International has entered into a partnership agreement with Abu Dhabi Co-operative Society (ADCOOPS) that aims to boost the retailer's presence in the Middle East.

UK: Spar trials voucher scheme

2 Jan 2013

Convenience retailer Spar International is to begin trialling a voucher scheme across 400 of its UK stores.

UK: Spar trials new store design

22 Oct 2012

Convenience retailer Spar International is trialling a "new era" in store design, with the launch of a flagship store in the UK.

BRICs and beyond: Auchan bets on India's potential

17 Aug 2012

The French retailer has become the latest multinational to enter India. We look at its new partnership with local player Max Hypermarket.

UPDATE: INDIA: Auchan eyes national network with new JV

13 Aug 2012

Auchan wants its new venture in India to build a "national" retail chain in the country, the French retailer told just-food today (13 August).

FRANCE/INDIA: Auchan strikes franchise deal with Landmark Group

13 Aug 2012

French retail giant Auchan and Dubai-based Landmark Group today (13 August) announced a deal to work together in the Indian market.

UK: Co-op exec Taylor to join Spar's UK arm

24 Jul 2012

Ian Taylor, a senior executive at UK retailer The Co-operative Group, is to join Spar International as head of retail for its business in the country.

INDIA: Auchan coy over fresh Landmark JV "deal" talk

5 Jul 2012

Auchan has declined to comment on fresh reports in India that it is close to a deal on a partnership in the country with Dubai-based Landmark Group.

INDIA: Landmark Group continues talks over India JV

26 Jun 2012

Dubai-based Landmark Group has said it is still in discussions with potential partners over a joint venture in India.

SWITZ: Spar acquires Contashop banner

1 Jun 2012

Spar International has purchased 45 Contashop petrol station stores in Switzerland in a bid to boost its presence in the service station channel in the country.

NETHERLANDS: Multi-format strategy boosts Spar International sales

23 May 2012

Spar International said its multi-format retail strategy helped boost sales in 2011.

CZECH: Ahold, Rewe, Tesco pulled up over grocery expiry dates

21 Feb 2012

Four multinational retailers in the Czech Republic are alleged to have deceived customers by prolonging expiry dates on some of their food products.

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

20 Feb 2012

Kellogg's decision to move for Pringles raised eyebrows this week and, although the acquisition of the global snacks brand will boost its international business, CEO John Bryant was forced to respond to concerns that the deal comes at a time with the company's cereal business under pressure. Elsewhere, politicians on both sides of the Atlantic cheered a trade deal on organic food, Nestle and Danone provided their financial forecasts for 2012 and Mars announced plans for a calorie cap on its chocolate bars.

INDIA: Spar deal with Landmark to end this year

14 Feb 2012

Spar International's franchise partnership in India with Landmark Group will end this year, the Dubai-based retail and hospitality operator has told just-food.

FRANCE/INDIA: Auchan coy over "India venture talks"

13 Feb 2012

Auchan has refused to be drawn on claims that the French retailer is in talks over a venture in India with Dubai-based company Landmark Group.

INDIA: Spar in talks to expand in India

27 Jan 2012

Spar International is in talks with retailers in the India as part of a bid to grow its store network in the country.




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