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Kroger confirms sale of Turkey Hill ice cream brand to Peak Rock Capital affiliate

20 Mar 2019

US retail giant Kroger has reached an agreement to sell its ice cream business Turkey Hill to an affiliate of a private equity firm.

What is the future of autonomous delivery in food?

16 Nov 2018

just-food's new FUTURES service looks in-depth at how the fledgling area of autonomous delivery of food products could take shape.

Driverless cars will change how people shop, how food is packaged - just-food FUTURES

22 Oct 2018

Driverless cars will disrupt the food and drinks industries in the next ten years, according to a new future-focused service from just-food and just-drinks.

Kroger to sell own-label in China via Alibaba's Tmall

14 Aug 2018

Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the US, is to launch its own-label ranges in China through e-commerce giant Alibaba.

US ice cream deep-dive, part two – how might the larger players fight back?

10 Jul 2018

Part one of just-food's in-depth look at the US ice-cream market, Andy Coyne looked at how a sector dominated by big brands has been hugely disrupted by independent innovators. Now he examines how the category is likely to develop and how the larger players might fight back.

US meat giants face fresh claims on price fixing

4 Jul 2018

New price fixing claims have been brought against US meat giants including Tyson Foods and Pilgrim's Pride.

US retailer Kroger snaps up meal-kit firm Home Chef

24 May 2018

US retail giant Kroger has acquired Home Chef, the country's largest meal-kit company.

Why private-label has reached tipping point in US - and what to do

13 Mar 2018

The major, branded CPG operators in the US are not only facing a challenge from growing demand for products from upstart, agile competitors tapping into evolving consumer trends. They are also, Victor Martino warns, seeing another front open up from private-label. In his latest column for just-food, Martino outlines which retailers are gaining ground and how brand owners can fight back.

Kroger and Murray's Cheese announce merger

17 Feb 2017

US grocery retailer Kroger said it has bought the equity of Murray's Cheese for an undisclosed sum to merge the two companies.

Kroger's KB Specialty Foods invests in renewable energy

21 Nov 2016

KB Specialty Foods, the food production business owned by US retailer Kroger, revealed it is investing in an anaerobic waste water treatment system at its facility in Greensburg, Indiana. 

Aldi's fresh UK offensive, Wal-Mart US job cuts, M&A in Japan - September 2016 retail round-up

7 Oct 2016

September saw Aldi, which has done so much to shake up the UK's grocery market, announce plans for further investment in the country. In the US, Wal-Mart said it would extend moves to cut back-office jobs in its domestic market. And in Asia, Japan's FamilyMart and Uny finalised their plans to merge, a deal that creates the second-largest c-store player in the country.

Kroger launches "affordable" cage-free eggs line

7 Sep 2016

US retailer Kroger has announced the launch of a "more affordable" own-label line of cage-free eggs in its stores.

Wal-Mart and US online grocery, Casino quits Vietnam, Holland & Barrett in India - retail round-up, April 2016

6 May 2016

April saw Wal-Mart continue the expansion of its click-and-collect service in the US, while Kroger invested in a local retailer focused on natural and organic categories. Outside the US, there was notable news in emerging markets, with France's Casino exiting Vietnam and UK-based health-centric retailer Holland & Barrett embarking on its entry into India.

Talking shop December 2015 – Lawson, Couche-Tard and Morrisons

7 Jan 2016

December saw some significant developments in the convenience channel in a number of markets, with Japan's Lawson Inc plotting a strategic alliance with Three F, Couche-Tard acquiring an Irish operator, its Canadian rival Sobeys launching a convenience concept and Morrisons returning to the sector in the UK. In other news, it emerged Kroger plans to trial a store format in the US while Lidl is continuing the march of the discounters across Europe. Here is just-food's round up of the big news stories from the world of grocery retail last month. 

What could influence US healthy snacking market?

13 Nov 2015

Snacking is a significant macro trend driving trends in the US market and demand for healthier products is on the rise. Sally Lyons Wyatt, executive vice president and practice leader for snacks at IRI, outlines the factors manufacturers operating in - or eyeing - the segment need to consider.

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. 

Kroger launches ethnic food line Hemisfares

5 Oct 2015

Kroger, the US grocer, has launched HemisFares, a private-label range of ethnic foods.

Mezzetta targets home cooking with Everything Spread line

20 Nov 2014

Mezzetta is targeting growing home-cooking trends in the US with the launch of Everything Spreads, a line of multi-purpose condiments.

just the answer: Daiya Foods CEO Terry Tierney

13 Nov 2014

Canada-based dairy-free business Daiya Foods this summer appointed a new CEO. Director Terry Tierney - former chief marketing officer of Frontier Natural Brands and founder of Rocky Mountain Natural Foods - replaced Greg Blake, who set up Daiya in 2008. Dean Best spoke to Tierney to discuss the company's plans for further growth in a buoyant - but competitive - free-from sector in North America.

Powerful Yogurt to launch protein drink range

5 Nov 2014

US yoghurt business Powerful Yogurt is to launch a range of protein drinks as it continues to expand its portfolio.

Chaucer buys into Crunchies after hostile takeover claims

29 Oct 2014

Chaucer Foods has acquired a majority stake in Crunchies Food Co., the US snacks firm that filed for Chapter 11 after claiming the UK-based food ingredients group had tried to launch a hostile bid for the business.

Divine Chocolate wins US major retailer listings

1 Oct 2014

Fairtrade chocolate company Divine Chocolate has announced listings at a number of US mainstream retailers.

On the money: Hain Celestial eyes distribution gains, NPD for growth

20 Aug 2014

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even as it laps tough comparables - by expanding distribution and leveraging its innovation pipeline in the US and internationally.

Comment: Kroger eyes two growing trends with Vitacost deal

2 Jul 2014

US retail giant Kroger, one of the largest traditional supermarket chains in the country, today (2 July) announced a deal that showed it has recognised two key macro trends in the grocery sector - and wants a piece of the action.

US: Bellisio teams up with diner Chili's for licensed range

4 Jun 2014

Frozen foods manufacturer Bellisio Foods is partnering US diner Chili's to launch a new line of licensed Chilli's inspired frozen meals.

Focus: The Amazonian takeover

3 Jun 2014

Amazon's consumer packaged goods (CPG) opportunity is valued at at least US$222bn annually in the US according to analysts at Sanford C Bernstein and it is targetting this opportunity aggressively, quickly becoming an important channel for CPG manufacturers. But with a significantly different audience base and a very different approach to selling goods, how can CPG firms make the Amazon channel work for them? Hannah Abdulla explores.

US: Whole Foods buys Arizona, California stores from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace

2 Apr 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

US: Giant Eagle confirms Toledo exit, 179 jobs axed

25 Mar 2014

Giant Eagle has announced its exit from the Toledo market with the closure of two stores and accompanying gas stations in the area.

Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy

20 Mar 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.

just-food's review of 2013: supply chains and sustainbility

6 Jan 2014

Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.

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