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Suppliers mull Booker and Nisa takeovers

Two prospective takeovers in the UK grocery retail channel have shaken the sector, with food manufacturers weighing up the consequences. Sim...

Wal-Mart, Aldi, Tesco - February retail round-up

February saw Wal-Mart signal an acceleration of the price war brewing in the US grocery sector, while discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to...


Dean Best | 13 Oct 2016

There will be more requests on retailers to move on price. Not every supplier will be successful. And for those that are not, it may serve as a push to, ultimately, look for scale or for a buyer. Another round of consolidation in the sector is likely.


John Shepherd | 12 Oct 2016

It has been markets in western Europe, notably Italy, Germany and the UK, where gluten-free has taken hold but the sector is building in countries further east. In just-food's series of market spotlights on the next five countries manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at Poland.


Dean Best | 6 Apr 2016

March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.


Ben Cooper | 15 Mar 2016

The UK's Conservative Party may only have a working majority in the House of Commons of 17 but, with the Labour Party struggling to convince voters it could be a credible alternative, the country could see five more years of Tory government after 2020. Ben Cooper weighs up what could shape Conservative thinking on UK food and health policy over the next decade.

Latest Interviews

John Shepherd | 5 Jul 2016

Since setting up their baby food business from their home in Northern Ireland in 2009, husband-and-wife founders of Heavenly Tasty Organics James Blair and Shauna McCarney-Blair have seen the firm go from strength to strength. Now the firm is about to launch its range of snack products in Asia. James Blair, operations director, tells John Shepherd about the firms latest expansion plans.


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.

Latest News

Simon Harvey | 6 Nov 2017

2 Sisters Food Group plans to restart production this week at its poultry processing plant at West Bromwich in the Midlands, which was temporarily closed in September after an investigation revealed poor hygiene standards. 


Simon Harvey | 26 Oct 2017

The owner of UK poultry processor 2 Sisters Food Group, which is under investigation for alleged breaches of hygiene standards, has told a parliamentary committee "mistakes have been made'' and pledged to improve food safety at all the company's plants.


Simon Harvey | 29 Sep 2017

An investigation has claimed UK poultry firm 2 Sisters Food Group tampered with labels on its fresh chicken products to alter slaughter dates in a potential health hazard to consumers.


Simon Harvey | 29 Sep 2017

The UK's Food Standards Agency said it found "no evidence of breaches" when it inspected the poultry production plant of 2 Sisters Food Group alleged to have broken labelling rules and followed poor sanitary conditions.


Dean Best | 21 Sep 2017

More than 20 of Tesco's "largest food suppliers" are to publish data on the food waste from their own operations, the retail giant has announced.


Andy Coyne | 12 Sep 2017

UK meat packing business Hilton Food Group has recorded an increase in both revenue and operating profit in its half year results.


Andy Coyne | 24 Aug 2017

Hilton Food Group, the UK retail meat packing business, has signed a long-term supply agreement with Tesco to produce fresh food for the UK retailer's operations in central Europe.


John Shepherd | 26 Apr 2017

Premier Foods is launching a line of wheat- and gluten-free cakes under its Mr Kipling brand in the UK, in a bid to eat into the growing free-from market.


John Shepherd | 6 Mar 2017

Associated British Foods' Silver Spoon Granulated Sugar has been delisted by Tesco stores in the UK in a spat over pricing.


John Shepherd | 7 Feb 2017

France-based food group Agromousquetaires is preparing for a move into the UK private-label market in a bid to increase sales and expand product development overseas.


John Shepherd | 19 Jan 2017

The UK is facing ongoing shortages in supplies of fresh produce as a result of "unprecedented" bad weather in Spain and other parts of Europe in recent weeks that have hit production.


Katy Askew | 13 Jan 2017

The UK's Organic Trade Board is launching an initiative that aims to "accelerate" growth in the organic sector and to "build retailer value" at home while also growing sales of UK-produced organic food overseas.


John Shepherd | 18 Nov 2016

Tesco CEO Dave Lewis has warned food suppliers not to try and pass on "unjustified" price increases to UK consumers as a result of the weak pound, in the wake of the country's vote to leave the European Union.


John Shepherd | 14 Oct 2016

UK potato supplier Branston has opened a GBP5m (US$6.1m) prepared potato factory extension at its site in Lincolnshire as part of an initiative with retailer Tesco to reduce food waste.


Katy Askew | 14 Oct 2016

Unilever and Tesco have reached an agreement that will see the consumer goods giant resume deliveries of brands such as Marmite, Magnum and Knorr. 


Katy Askew | 13 Oct 2016

Tesco and Unilever have locked horns as the UK's largest retailer resists the consumer packaged goods giant's attempt to hike prices in the wake of Brexit. 


Katy Askew | 27 Sep 2016

A coalition of 40 institutional investors representing US$1.25trn in funds is urging 16 multinational food companies – including Kraft Heinz, Unilever, General Mills and Nestle – to take action on the "material risks" posed by industrial animal production. 


John Shepherd | 13 Sep 2016

Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea International has launched a "digital traceability initiative" that allows consumers to trace the source, processing location and fishing method of some of its US seafood brands.


John Shepherd | 6 Sep 2016

The UK's Food Standards Agency is preparing to release the results of its tests on meat and other produce for antimicrobial resistance after campaigners published new research indicating the overuse of antibiotics in farming is contributing to drug resistance.


John Shepherd | 4 Aug 2016

Thai Union-owned Chicken of the Sea has hit back at a campaign by Greenpeace to encourage retailers and foodservice companies in the US to stop selling brands of tuna produced by firms that refuse to "drop opposition to sustainability".


John Shepherd | 29 Jul 2016

The number of new products being launched by manufacturers into UK retail stores is "falling significantly", according to a study of the performance of new grocery products from launch published by IRI, a leading provider of FMCG market intelligence.


Katy Askew | 29 Jul 2016

German discounter Lidl has become the latest supermarket to say it will transition its egg supply to cage-free eggs. 

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 14 Nov 2017

Here in the UK, we've had two significant pieces of M&A news in the grocery retail channel in the last 24 hours.


Dean Best | 7 Feb 2017

Kantar Worldpanel issued its monthly supermarket share data in the UK this morning - and the numbers showed a change in the identity of the country's top five food retailers.

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Global Private Label Food and Beverages Market 2017-2021

Global Private Label Food and Beverages Market 2017-2021

About Private Label Food and Beverages. Private labels products are manufactured by a company, which are offered under another company's brand name. Private label products are manufactured by third-p...

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