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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...

James Jordan | 22 Jul 2011

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-called food deserts and analysis of the guidelines drawn up by the country's manufacturers over how they market food to children. On this side of the pond, a clutch of food retailers pledged to help the Scottish government's bid to get consumers to eat more fruit and veg.

Dean Best | 16 Jul 2010

In something of a surprise move, Tesco this week announced plans to open more stores in Ireland, one of the European economies most affected by the downturn.

Katy Askew | 12 Aug 2009

Wal-Mart is expected to post sales at the low end of its guidance and flat earnings per share when the world's largest retailer delivers its second-quarter results tomorrow (13 August).

Dean Best | 15 May 2009

The boom times are over for the Celtic Tiger with the recession hitting Ireland's retail sector. With consumers trading down, the country's food retailers increasingly see price as a key weapon to maintain market share and Aldi, Lidl, Musgrave Group and Tesco are battling it out. Dean Best reports.

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Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2015

Irish private-label ready-meals maker Ballymaguire Foods has opened a new domestic plant it hopes will help expand its presence in the UK. The company says demand for ready meals continues to rise in Ireland and the UK and managing director Ed Spelman talks to Hannah Abdulla about the group's plans to tap into that growth.

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Dean Best | 19 Dec 2016

Ireland-based retailer Musgrave Group is to start selling a range of 40 products under its SuperValu own-label in China on Alibaba's Tmall platform.

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.

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 | 31 Oct 2012

Irish food maker Kepak has invested in the expansion of its Cork production facility.

Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 2012

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

Dean Best | 12 Dec 2011

Irish retailer SuperValu has grown faster than the country's grocery market for the first time since March, according to the latest data 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.

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.

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. | 22 Nov 2010

The Musgrave Group has made a number of changes to its board including the appointment of a managing director for its Budgens and Londis operations in the UK. | 17 Jun 2010

Musgrave Group, the Ireland-based retailer, today (17 June) reported a 7% fall in annual profits as the downturn hit the grocery sector in its home market.

Michelle Russell | 5 Mar 2010

Musgrave Group, the Ireland-based retailer, is to close its Galway depot with the potential loss of around 143 jobs. | 21 Aug 2009

After months of recession-fuelled growth on both sides of the pond, the future for own label has become a subject of fierce debate. This week, US retail giant Supervalu has called for more innovation in private label, US bakery group Flowers Foods insisted it saw little room for future growth from the category, while in the UK, analysts Datamonitor claimed own label remains on the rise. These are the top ten stories on just-food this week. | 20 Aug 2009

Irish retailer SuperValu is to make a EUR30m (US$42.6m) investment in price cuts on around 1,000 products across the country. | 17 Aug 2009

Supervalu has recalled its frozen Culinary Circle Gourmet Macaroni and Cheese products because they may be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes. | 17 Aug 2009

Supervalu is preparing to call on packaging suppliers to bring innovation to the private-label sector and form closer ties with retailers in order to improve private label products.

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Dean Best | 21 May 2015

UK cash-and-carry and convenience retailer Booker Group has struck a deal to buy the Londis and Budgens symbol retail chains from Ireland's Musgrave Group - and emphasised the changing retail landscape in the country.

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