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Sam Webb | 7 Nov 2011

There's been a sense of boldness from the world of food this past week, with companies making interesting moves into new products, acquisitions and territories.

Sam Webb | 12 Oct 2011

Sam Webb discusses emerging markets and consumer confidence with Tobias Wasmuht, international retail and marketing director of Spar International, as well as managing director of Spar China, having led expansion into the country in 2004.

Dean Best | 26 Sep 2011

The uncertain economic outlook, fed by the fears over Greece's public finances and pessimism over the growth prospects of markets like the US and the UK, is a key theme of this week's World Retail Congress in Berlin. | 19 Nov 2010

The merger between Greencore and Northern Foods, the race to own Yoplait, reform of Europe's farm policy and Unilever's new push on sustainability all got people talking this week. Here is the best of who said what.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 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.

Katy Askew | 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.

Latest News

Dean Best | 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.

Dean Best | 11 Mar 2014

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

Katy Askew | 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.

Michelle Russell | 21 Oct 2013

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

Katy Askew | 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.

Michelle Russell | 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.

Michelle Russell | 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.

Dean Best | 28 May 2013

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

Katy Askew | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

Katy Askew | 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.

Michelle Russell | 2 Jan 2013

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

Katy Askew | 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.

Dean Best | 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).

Dean Best | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

Michelle Russell | 26 Jun 2012

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

Michelle Russell | 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.

Michelle Russell | 23 May 2012

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

Lubomír Sedlák | 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.

Dean Best | 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.

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