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Canada grocer Sobeys hits out at rivals' fee hikes

30 Oct 2020

The chief executive of Sobeys has waded into the debate over moves by some of the Canadian grocer's rivals to hike fees charged to manufacturers.

Can Canadian grocers and suppliers reach detente?

23 Sep 2020

Andy Coyne looks at the row between Canadian grocers and food manufacturers over fees and examines whether there is any likelihood of a mutually-acceptable solution being found.

FMCG giants try again on deforestation

22 Sep 2020

Seventeen of the world's largest FMCG groups and retailers have launched another bid to tackle deforestation.

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

Unilever, Mars among US plastics pledge signatories

26 Aug 2020

Unilever, Mars and Walmart are among 60 organisations across the private and public sectors to have joined a new "pact" on plastics in the US.

Canadian food bodies call for code of conduct following fees hike

7 Aug 2020

Food and beverage organisations in Canada have joined forces in a coordinated response after major grocers hiked their fees.

Covid-19 – 'Asda, Oscar Mayer food plants see outbreaks'

19 Jun 2020

Two more food-processing factories in the UK have reportedly been affected by outbreaks of Covid-19 among staff.

Walmart 'reportedly interested in selling majority stake in Asda'

2 Mar 2020

US-based retail giant Walmart is reportedly eyeing the sale of a majority stake in UK supermarket chain Asda.

The US food industry in 2020 - the megatrends to watch

19 Nov 2019

Our columnist Victor Martino predicts the six megatrends which will have a marked impact on the US food industry in 2020.

Maple Leaf Foods names Walmart man Geert Verellen as new CFO

7 Nov 2019

Canadian meat firm Maple Leaf Foods has named a Walmart executive as its new chief financial officer, effective 6 January.

New Zealand's Keytone Dairy wins China milk powder contract from Walmart

30 May 2019

New Zealand-based Keytone Dairy has won a deal with a major US retailer to contract manufacture milk powders. 

Sainsbury's-Asda merger blocked as watchdog concludes prices would increase

25 Apr 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has blocked the proposed merger between supermarket giants Sainsbury's and Asda.

UK watchdog extends report deadline into Sainsbury's/Asda merger

11 Feb 2019

The UK's competition watchdog has extended the deadline for the issuance of its final report on the proposed mega-merger between grocers Sainsbury's and Asda.

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.

CMA widens scope of Sainsbury’s/Asda merger investigation to include discounters

17 Oct 2018

Asda and Sainsbury's have won their fight to have discounters Aldi and Lidl included in the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA)'s investigation into their planned merger. 

Walmart's Jet.com to launch its own grocery brand

3 Oct 2017

US retail giant Wal-Mart Stores' Jet.com site is to launch its own grocery brand in a move that is being interpreted as an attempt to help it compete with the Amazon-owned Whole Foods Market's 365 offering.

Wal-Mart to develop new Italian own-label range

10 May 2017

Wal-Mart Stores and the Italian trade agency ICE have joined forces to promote Italian food and drink in a deal that will see a new range of products developed for sale in the retail giant's domestic stores.

Wal-Mart aims to drive supplier progress on emissions with Project Gigaton - analysis

4 May 2017

Wal-Mart Stores has launched Project Gigaton, an initiative which sees the retailer task food manufacturers to reduce carbon emissions with the aim of cutting emissions in its supply chain by 1 gigaton by 2030. Ben Cooper looks at the move.

Wal-Mart's US pricing initiative, Aldi and Lidl US expansion, Tesco staff restructuring – retail round-up, February 2017

7 Mar 2017

February saw Wal-Mart signal an acceleration of the price war brewing in the US grocery sector, while discounters Aldi and Lidl continued to progress their own agendas in the country. Tesco's steady improvements in the UK continued and the group revealed plans to further adjust its staffing strategy. Here are some of the highlights from the world of grocery retail over the past month. 

Wal-Mart outlines new US nutrient, sourcing targets

23 Nov 2016

Wal-Mart Stores has set out a range of new nutrient targets in a bid to make the food it sells in the US healthier.

Wal-Mart's online offensive, Save-A-Lot sold, Lenta and Magnit in spotlight in Russia - retail round-up, October 2016

8 Nov 2016

October saw Wal-Mart underline its ambitions in e-commerce, Supervalu sell under-pressure US hard discounter Save-A-Lot and Russian retailer Lenta add to its operations through M&A.

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.

Investors urge company action on meat production

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. 

Issues at Asda, Couche-Tard M&A spree continues, Aeon eyes Myanmar - August retail round-up

8 Sep 2016

August saw the announcement of an eighth consecutive quarter of declining sales at Asda, the UK arm of Wal-Mart. Across the Atlantic, Canada's Couche-Tard continued its deal-making. In Europe, France's Casino outlined plans to launch the Leader Price banner in Italy. And in Asia, Japan's Aeon indicated it plans to enter Myanmar and India's Future Group set out an expansion programme for its Nilgiris supermarket chain.

Why Jet.com purchase could boost Wal-Mart's online business

24 Aug 2016

Wal-Mart Stores' online business in the US has been growing but industry watchers believe the retail giant's expansion has been slower than the channel overall. The company has snapped up fledgling, pure-play business Jet.com, which recently added the delivery of fresh food delivery to its wider FMCG offer. Profitero's Keith Anderson looks at what the deal could mean for both businesses and for manufacturer suppliers.

Wal-Mart Q1s, Aeon and Picard team up in Japan, Jet.com tests grocery delivery - retail round-up, May 2016

8 Jun 2016

In May, Wal-Mart's latest financial results took the eye, although in some ways the numbers prompted as many questions as answers. In the US, there were more entrants into online grocery, notably recently-launched pure-play jet.com. Elsewhere, Japan's Aeon and France's Picard teamed up to launch the frozen food chain in the Asian market, while France's competition regulator announced plans to investigate the buying partnership between Auchan and Systeme-U.

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.

Wal-Mart phases out Price First own-label in US

28 Apr 2016

Wal-Mart Stores has decided to pull its Price First private-label range in the US.

Talking shop January 2016 – Wal-Mart's revamp, Supervalu's spin-off, Casino scrutiny

3 Feb 2016

January brought further evidence of the seismic shifts taking place in the global retail sector. Established retailers have largely responded to these challenges through an emphasis on cost cutting and price slashing. Others, however, continued to benefit with the likes of Lidl, Casino and Intermarche all expanding in the month. Here is just-food's digest of the top retailer stories from the past 31 days. 

Food industry news of the week - Metcalfe's Skinny, Hain Celestial, Ornua

15 Jan 2016

Diamond Foods, itself set to be sold to US snacks group Snyder's-Lance, this week took a stake in UK popcorn maker Metcalfe's Skinny. Our M&A pages featured a number of deals, including the move for Chinese dairy group Ambrosia by Irish co-op Ornua. At the ICR investment conference in Florida, the new owner of Green Giant, B&G Foods, said it was interested in more acquisitions in the frozen food sector, while Hain Celestial told delegates it could withstand greater competition in the US natural and organic sectors.

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