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The recent headlines from Ireland's retail sector have focused on Superquinn's fall into receivership and Musgrave Group's plans to buy the...

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

Healthy eating appeared to be a key theme of the week on just-food's pages, with coverage of US retailers plans to open more stores in so-ca...

Dean Best | 25 Jul 2011

With the sun having shone over much of the UK today (25 July) - and with England winning the Test match against India at Lord's - just-food is reluctant to dampen the mood but, in recent days, there has been yet more evidence of how tough trading conditions are.

Ben Cooper | 23 Mar 2009

Having contributed to and benefited from Ireland’s sustained economic growth, the country’s food industry is suffering acutely as a result of the downturn. Ben Cooper examines why the food sector in Ireland has proved more exposed than in other countries and what the industry is calling for the Government to do to mitigate the problems.

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Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2014

Discounters Aldi and Lidl are continuing their march in the Irish grocery sector, delivering double-digit growth in a declining market.

Katy Askew | 4 Mar 2014

Irish supermarket operator SuperValu grew its share of grocery sales in the country during 2013 and plans to continue the trend this year through a programme of space expansion and store improvements.

Michelle Russell | 7 Aug 2013

Irish retailer Musgrave Group is to rebrand the name of its Superquinn stores to its SuperValu chain as part of an investment in its network that will result in 102 job cuts.

Dean Best | 25 Apr 2013

Ireland-based retailer Musgrave Group has reported higher annual profits on the back of improved sales, which were boosted by a contribution from the Superquinn business it acquired in 2011.

Katy Askew | 2 Apr 2013

Irish supermarket Superquinn has gained market share in the country for the first time in five years, the latest figures from Kantar Worldpanel reveal.

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2013

Irish retailer SuperValu saw its sales increase in 2012, a year in which it claims it outperformed its rivals.

Michelle Russell | 19 Feb 2013

Sales of frozen products in the UK, Ireland and France have taken a hit from the horsemeat contamination scandal, data has revealed.

Michelle Russell | 10 Dec 2012

Tesco has grown ahead of the market in Ireland, boosting its market share, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 2012

Irish retailer Musgrave Group has launch a price cut campaign across its Superquinn stores.

Dean Best | 15 May 2012

Annual profits have fallen at Ireland-based retailer Musgrave as a hike in costs offset an increase in sales.

Michelle Russell | 6 Mar 2012

Tesco has outperformed and increased its share of the Irish grocery market, according to data issued by Kantar Worldpanel.

Sam Webb | 18 Oct 2011

Discount retailers in Ireland continue to thrive as shoppers show no sign of loosening their purse strings, according to the latest grocery market figures from Kantar Worldpanel.

Katie Smith | 17 Oct 2011

After losing the support of the Metro Group board, CEO Dr Eckhard Cordes this week announced his plan to leave the world's third-largest retailer by next year. Elsewhere in retail, Sainsbury's made its latest move in the battle for the UK's deal-hungry consumers and the country's retailers met at the annual IGD conference. On the other side of the Atlantic, meanwhile, PepsiCo brushed off the latest questions on whether the company was considering to split in two.

Katie Smith | 13 Oct 2011

Musgrave has set up a division to run fellow Irish retailer and newly-acquired business Superquinn in a bid to recoup some market share.

Sam Webb | 3 Oct 2011

Away from the World Retail Congress, Mars Inc made its first move into Fairtrade, spice maker McCormick & Co. said it would increase prices to offset commodity costs and the sale of ailing Irish retailer Superquinn was cleared. Click on the links for more.

Sam Webb | 29 Sep 2011

Irish retailer Musgrave is on the cusp of completing its purchase of rival Superquinn after a monopoly watchdog approved the sale today (29 September).

Dean Best | 20 Sep 2011

Food sales in Ireland have fallen for the first time in a year, according to data from Kantar Worldpanel.

Dean Best | 5 Aug 2011

Kraft Foods' surprise decision to split itself in two dominated the industry headlines this week. Elsewhere, there had also been speculation that Unilever could sell its food operations and Kraft's move prompted discussions over whether PepsiCo could look to break up its businesses. The US also saw the latest food safety scare, with Cargill pulling millions of tonnes of meat over a possible link to a fatal salmonella outbreak. Click on the headlines for more.

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2011

The week saw more of the major food manufacturers report their half-year results. Aside from their numbers, Danone faced questions on the performance of its business in Russia, while Hershey's new CEO was quizzed over its future in India. Meanwhile, Superquinn directors dropped their legal action against the Irish retailer's receivership and a group of UK politicians urged the Government to strengthen the powers of the proposed grocery watchdog. Click on the links for more.

Petah Marian | 27 Jul 2011

The directors of Irish grocery retailer Superquinn who were seeking to block the business being put into receivership have now withdrawn their petition from the High Court on the back of promises to support its suppliers.

Petah Marian | 25 Jul 2011

Discounters continue to gain share in Ireland, with Aldi and Lidl posting strong growth over the last quarter, as the overall market has continued to slow, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2011

The sale of Irish retailer Superquinn is in doubt after two of the company's directors went to court to block the business from being put into receivership.

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2011

The weak consumer climate was brought into sharp relief in the UK this week when data showed the steepest drop in food sales volumes for over 20 years. On the other side of the Irish Sea, retailer Superquinn moved into receivership and local rival Musgrave was lined up as a buyer, although the deal has met opposition. And, in the US, PepsiCo became the first of the major food makers to issue second-quarter results - with a promise to raise prices to offset commodity pressure. Click on the headlines for more.

Dean Best | 19 Jul 2011

Ireland-based retailer Musgrave has struck a deal to buy Superquinn after its troubled local rival was put into receivership amid high debts.

Dean Best | 6 Jun 2011

Dunnes Stores has gained share of Ireland's grocery market for the first time in almost two years, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel. | 9 May 2011

Discount retailers Aldi and Lidl are gaining market share in Ireland, according to the latest figures from analysts at Kantar Worldpanel.

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