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Tesco drops John West products over sustainability concerns

26 Jul 2016

Some of John West's tuna products are being removed from Tesco stores in the UK after the company failed to meet the retailer's sustainability standards.

UK farmers' leaders challenge "fake farm" product brands

18 Jul 2016

The National Union of Farmers (NFU) in the UK is calling for a review of trading standards laws over the use of what is said are "fake farms" created by major retailers to market some food products.

Tesco makes cage-free egg pledge

13 Jul 2016

Tesco is following in the footsteps of its UK high street rivals with the announcement that it is to stop selling eggs from caged hens by 2025.

"Heavenly" baby food firm to target Asian markets - interview

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.

Wales' Winning Blend forecasts turnover rise after investment boost

13 Jun 2016

Welsh bakery Winning Blend has said it is on course for a GBP2m (US$2.8m) boost in turnover by the year's end on the back of a government-backed expansion of its Llantrisant bakery.

Bakkavor's UK recruitment drive to meet growing demand

8 Jun 2016

UK private-label group Bakkavor is to create more than 470 new jobs at two of its domestic production plants to meet demand for a range of deli products, ready meals and desserts.

Nestle, Tesco back new world standard on food loss and waste

6 Jun 2016

A new set of reporting requirements aimed at monitoring and managing food loss and waste was launched today (6 June), supported by organisations including Nestle and Tesco.

Tesco claims UK "first" with avocado spread

12 May 2016

UK supermarket Tesco has launched an avocado spread on the market.

ABF takes Patak's into frozen ready meals category

28 Apr 2016

Associated British Foods has taken its Indian spice brand, Patak's, into the frozen ready meal market.

Amazon analysed, Woolworths rejigs own label in Australia, Metro Group demerges - retail round-up, March 2016

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.

Glanbia coy on reported milk contract loss with Tesco in Ireland

31 Mar 2016

Glanbia has declined to comment on the impact a reported milk supply contract loss to Tesco in Ireland will have on its business.

Tesco launches fresh own-label lines in UK

21 Mar 2016

Tesco plans to launch seven value-oriented own-label ranges in the UK, focusing on delivering "quality" in the produce, meat and poultry categories. 

The outlook for UK food policy under Conservatives to 2020 - and beyond

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.

Nestle, Unilever sign UK pledge to cut waste by 20%

15 Mar 2016

Food manufacturers and retailers operating in the UK - including Nestle, Unilever, Tesco and Asda - have signed up to cut food and drink waste in the country by a fifth in ten years.

Tesco apologises for "unsustainable and harmful" supplier practices

26 Jan 2016

Tesco has apologised for "unsustainable and harmful" practices with its suppliers after the UK Groceries Code Adjudicator found the retailer "seriously breached" the Groceries Supply Code of Practice drawn up to govern dealings with manufacturers.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - climate change tops poll

22 Jan 2016

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could have the greatest impact on business. In addition, Ben Cooper writes, the prevalence of climate change risk and the way it is expected to exacerbate other environmental, societal and economic impacts underlines the increasing interconnectedness of business risk, which is an overarching theme of the report.

ABF's Kingsmill gets Tesco boost

14 Dec 2015

Tesco has re-listed core products from Associated British Foods' bread brand Kingsmill, reversing a decision the UK's largest retailer made in March to stop stocking the lines.

The top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit

19 Nov 2015

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.

Talking shop October 2015 - Wal-Mart, Auchan, X5

13 Nov 2015

Multinational grocery retailers demonstrated a various different strategies to grow their sales and expand their consumer reach over the past month. Here is just-food's round-up of some of the major developments at your retail customers during October. 

Talking shop September 2015 – Margin management in the spotlight 

8 Oct 2015

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 

Ballymaguire Foods MD outlines UK ready meal ambitions

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.

Talking shop July 2015 – online dictates retailers' strategy

30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

ABF's Kingsmill returns to Tesco

3 Jul 2015

Associated British Foods-owned bread brand Kingsmill is set to return to Tesco shelves, after the UK's largest retailer delisted the brand in March.

MRSA in pork prompts call for action on antibiotic use

18 Jun 2015

The discovery of "superbug" MRSA in pork on sale in several UK supermarkets has prompted renewed calls for the food sector to change the way it uses antibiotics in meat production.

Tesco delists Rachel's Organic yoghurt range

24 Apr 2015

Lactalis-owned UK dairy business Rachel's Organic has confirmed supermarket Tesco has delisted its yoghurt range.

Food industry news of the week: Nestle, General Mills, Danone

20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.

Tesco to de-list ABF's Kingsmill bread

19 Mar 2015

Tesco has confirmed it is de-listing Associated British Foods' largest UK bread brand, Kingsmill.

Gulfood 2015: Paganini eyes Middle East retail entry with ice cream

11 Feb 2015

Irish ice cream producer Paganini is eyeing an entry into the Middle East's retail sector with the launch of its protein-heavy product Fitfuel.

Tesco "requests price cuts" on lower commodity prices

9 Feb 2015

Tesco has reportedly sent out more than 3,000 emails asking its suppliers to cut prices in reflection of falling commodity costs.

Food industry quotes of the week: Tacon, Hain, Arla

6 Feb 2015

This week, Tesco found itself in more deep water with the UK's grocery watchdog saying it suspects the UK supermarket has breached the code of practice governing dealings with suppliers. Elsewhere, Arla announced a joint venture in Australia which it hopes will multiply its business in the country significantly and Hain Celestial's CEO was upbeat about the US group's prospects.

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