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Best bits: Tesco's face-saving plan for Chinese business

12 Aug 2013

Nine years ago, Tesco first entered China and high hopes for its business there. After losses and falling sales, it is set to become a minority partner in a venture with China Resources Enterprise, evidence, Dean Best writes, of the UK retailer's failure in the market.

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

12 Aug 2013

This week's headlines were once again dominated by the Chinese infant formula industry, as an ingredient recall from Fonterra added to the debate over safety in the sector.

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

12 Aug 2013

An ingredient recall from Fonterra kept the spotlight on safety in the infant formula sector. Meanwhile, the results of China's probe into the fixing of infant formula prices was published - with six companies fined.

CHINA: Tesco, China Resources Enterprise in JV talks

9 Aug 2013

UK retailer Tesco and China Resources Enterprise (CRE) have confirmed they are in exclusive talks to combine their Chinese retail operations in a move the companies claimed would create "the leading multi-format retailer" in the country.

Comment: Tesco, China Resources JV part of growing trend

9 Aug 2013

Confirmation that Tesco is in joint venture talks with China Resources Enterprise highlights a mounting trend in the FMCG sector. International companies eyeing growth in the rapidly expanding Chinese market are seeking out local joint venture partners. If Tesco's negotiations with CRE prove successful, a stronger business will emerge, Katy Askew suggests

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

5 Aug 2013

The spat between UK retailers Sainsbury's and Tesco grabbed this week's headlines after the country's advertising watchdog ruled in favour of the latter's price comparison scheme.

Interview: UK snacks firm New York Delhi eyes growth away from supermarkets

2 Aug 2013

UK snacks firm New York Delhi has secured a listing with Australia's largest retailer Woolworths Ltd but the company insists it is aiming to grow without "selling out" to the large supermarket chains.

UK: Retailers commit to price transparency campaign

1 Aug 2013

Aldi and UK retailers The Co-operative Group and Waitrose have signed up to a campaign run by consumer watchdog Which? to support simpler, clearer and more consistent pricing in supermarkets in the country.

UK: Sainsbury's launches ad offensive after ASA backs Tesco

31 Jul 2013

Sainsbury's today (31 July) launched an advertising assault against Tesco after failing to convince the UK's advertising watchdog its rival's price comparison scheme was unfair.

UK: Tesco hails "transformative" Price Promise after ASA backing

31 Jul 2013

Tesco today (31 July) hailed its "transformative" Price Promise comparison scheme after the UK's advertising watchdog threw out a complaint from rival Sainsbury's.

UK: Karro to step up investment after capital injection

31 Jul 2013

UK pork firm Karro Food Group plans to use an injection of capital from investment firm GE Capital to support growth in the UK and overseas.

UK: New Morrisons stores to trial management changes

30 Jul 2013

Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer, is to test new management structures in seven stores it plans to open later this year.

UK: Sainsbury's slams Tesco after ASA clears Price Promise

29 Jul 2013

Sainsbury's has labelled Tesco "unfair" and "contradictory" after the UK's Advertising Standards Authority cleared its larger rival's Price Promise comparison scheme.

UK: SPC's Nature's Finest arm launches kids fruit snacks

29 Jul 2013

Australia-based group SPC Ardmona is launching a fruit snack line aimed at children in the UK through local arm Nature's Finest.

Shopper trends: Define goals before embarking on promos

26 Jul 2013

Trade promotions don't seem to boost or sustain sales volumes in the way they used to, so manufactures and retailers need to think again about how they promote their wares.

Interview: Shopwyre aims to help brands click online

25 Jul 2013

There is little doubt FMCG brands have been slow at embracing the opportunites presented online but UK tech start-up Shopwyre hopes to change the way brands see the potential online, be it on desktop, tablet on mobile.

UK: OFT looks into One Stop's Alfred Jones c-store buy

23 Jul 2013

The UK's Office of Fair Trading is studying One Stop's planned acquisition of 33 outlets from Spar operator Alfred Jones.

Best bits: Food security strategies need to focus on demand

22 Jul 2013

The issue of food security has grabbed the headlines in the UK in the last 24 hours, with a flurry of announcements and stories that will provoke debate not just here but around the world.

Organic baby food: Ella's Kitchen is Hain's most promising UK buy

17 Jul 2013

US manufacturer Hain Celestial has struck again across the pond. And its latest acquisition in the UK seems to be the one with most potential, Dean Best suggests.

SLOVAKIA: Tesco to launch click-and-collect

11 Jul 2013

Tesco is to start a click-and-collect service in Slovakia as part of a fresh multichannel push in the country.

UK: Tesco's One Stop chain to buy stores from Spar operator Alfred Jones

8 Jul 2013

One Stop, Tesco's UK c-store chain, is to snap up 33 outlets from Spar operator Alfred Jones.

UK: Former Vion unit Snowbird sold in MBO

5 Jul 2013

UK cooked and frozen meat products manufacturer Snowbird Foods is to be sold in a management buy-out.

UK: Danone launches Cow & Gate fruit pouches

4 Jul 2013

Danone has expanded its line of Cow & Gate baby food in the UK with the launch of a range of 100% fruit pouches.

UK: Sainsbury's commits to sourcing 100% British pork

1 Jul 2013

UK retailer Sainsbury's has committed to moving all its fresh pork to being 100% British.

Talking shop: The "hybrid" consumer, supply chains and tech dominate BRC event

27 Jun 2013

Catering to a bifurcated market, the prospect of shorter supply chains and the onward march of technology were key topics for food retailers at the British Retail Consortium's annual symposium, writes Chris Mercer.

UK: Morrisons to open second DC for c-stores

27 Jun 2013

Morrisons plans to open a second distribution site to serve its growing network of convenience stores.

UK: Sainsbury's King questions Groceries Adjudicator role

25 Jun 2013

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King has questioned the Groceries Code Adjudicator role, which comes into force today (25 June).

US: Aldi confirms Californian entry

25 Jun 2013

Discount grocer Aldi has confirmed it is in the "initial stages" of expanding its US operations into California.

Consuming issues: UK reaches tipping-point on FOP labels

20 Jun 2013

The debate over what form front-of-pack nutrition labels should take in the UK has taken a significant stride to being closed, with over 60% of the market agreeing to use a new label that does include traffic lights. Not every household name will use the label but Ben Cooper argues the refuseniks will now be firmly in the campaigners' firing line.

UK: Mars, PepsiCo among signatories to hybrid nutrition labels

19 Jun 2013

Chocolate giant Mars and crisp manufacturer PepsiCo are among over 20 food makers and retailers to agree to adopt new "hybrid" front-of-pack nutrition labels in the UK.








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