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Editor's viewpoint: Obama and obesity

4 Mar 2014

Some may argue the Obama administration has done less on obesity than it set out to do but its work to tackle the problem while getting significant parts of the industry on board should be praised.

US: Wal-Mart buys online food recipe start-up Yumprint

27 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart has acquired another US online start-up, this time moving for recipe service Yumprint.

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

24 Feb 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York annual conference was held in Florida this week and, as ever, produced some notable comments as the great and the good of the US food sector detailed - and sometimes defended - their strategies. Danone issued its full-year numbers and shed some light on how it plans to mitigate surging dairy prices in 2014. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart - the world's largest retailer - offered a sober assessment on the outlook for consumer sentiment in the coming year. Here is just-food's week in words.

Comment: Wal-Mart's McMillon makes early mark

21 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart has doubled the number of small stores it said it would build this year - and in a few paragraphs demonstrated new CEO Doug Millon, just three weeks in the hot seat, was making his mark.

US: Wal-Mart Q4 profits, sales outlook hits shares

20 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart saw its share price fall this morning (20 February) after the retail giant posted a fall in fourth-quarter earnings and lowered its fiscal 2015 sales guidance.

UK: Asda rounds off year with Q4 sales fall

20 Feb 2014

Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, ended its 2013 financial year with a fall in underlying sales in the fourth quarter.

US: Snyder's-Lance launches "extreme flavour" crackers

20 Feb 2014

US snacks group Snyder's-Lance has launched Bolds, a line of crackers containing "bigger, bolder flavours".

MEXICO: Walmex Q4 profit down on price cuts

19 Feb 2014

Retailer Wal-Mart de Mexico, known locally as Walmex, saw its fourth-quarter net profit drop thanks to price cuts and falling consumer confidence.

CHILE: Wal-Mart completes share purchase agreement

10 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart has upped its stake in its majority-controlled Chilean arm after buying a further 25% of the business.

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

10 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, caused a stir when it lowered its full-year forecasts this week due to pressure on US sales. Retail sales in the country have entered an upward trajectory and close competitor Target Corp has been hit by a data breach scandal - but Wal-Mart has apparently failed to capitalise. Likewise, Kellogg missed market expectations when it reported fourth-quarter numbers due to an accelerating decline in North American revenues. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

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

10 Feb 2014

Sales growth at Hain Celestial fell slightly short of expectations, prompting the question of whether the natural and organic group is trying to run before it can walk. Elsewhere analysts picked up on Wal-Mart's failure to impress with its quarterly figures. Kellogg results also fell short and CEO John Bryant insisted the initial start-up costs of Project K will pay off in the long term.

CANADA: Fresh food, online targets of Wal-Mart investment

5 Feb 2014

US retail giant Wal-Mart will invest "close to" C$500m (US$452.4m) this year to drive growth in Canada, including moves to enhance its fresh food offering.

Talking shop: Major US chains eye small-format growth

5 Feb 2014

The convenience channel has become a source of growth for larger grocers in a number of markets. Even in the US, home of the big-box store, major players have tested the water, albeit with patchy success. The likes of Wal-Mart are upping their focus on smaller stores and, although they will not represent a short-term threat to America's 'Cokes and smokes' c-stores, indie operators need to be wary. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Comment: Wal-Mart fails to capitalise on Target weakness

3 Feb 2014

News Wal-Mart has lowered its full-year earnings forecast reflects more than the drag of store closures as it adjusts its international portfolio. The US retail giant is struggling to grow its top-line at home and lower fourth-quarter comparable domestic sales suggest it failed to capitalise on the data breach scandal that hit key competitor Target Corp., Katy Askew suggests.

US: Wal-Mart warns on FY profits

3 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart has said its full-year earnings could miss previously announced forecasts.

just-food's 2014 outlook: International retailers continue to bring focus home

30 Jan 2014

The world of international food retail has undoubtedly got a little less international in recent years and 2014 looks likely to see the big guns continue to take an empire-building breather and sort out their troubled home markets while undertaking only modest overseas activities. Glynn Davis reports.

In the spotlight: Hain Celestial eyes US, global growth with Tilda acquisition

14 Jan 2014

Hain Celestial believes its acquisition of UK-based Basmati rice firm Tilda will work to the benefit of both businesses. The US group has identified a number of areas where it intends to drive Tilda's growth. Hain also intends to capitalise on Tilda's international presence by feeding its existing product portfolio into markets such as India and the Middle East. Katy Askew reports.

INDIA: Bharti Retail appoints Wal-Mart exec Jain as CEO

8 Jan 2014

Bharti Retail has appointed the former head of Wal-Mart India, Raj Jain, as its CEO.

UK: Asda confident after "very tough" Christmas

6 Jan 2014

Asda, the UK's second-largest grocer, has reported "a good performance" during what it described as a "very tough" Christmas trading period.

INDIA: Wal-Mart: India expansion remains on hold

27 Nov 2013

Wal-Mart continues to put expansion in India on hold as, in the wake of bribery allegations, it seeks to ensure applications for new store locations meet local regulations.

UK: Former Tesco exec Russo named Asda CFO

27 Nov 2013

Asda has named former Tesco executive Alex Russo as it new CFO.

UK: Asda plans fresh price offensive

14 Nov 2013

Asda has claimed it will spend GBP1bn on lowering prices in a bid to "widen the gap" with its big three rivals, Tesco, Sainsbury's and Morrisons.

India briefing: The challenge of distribution

31 Oct 2013

India is a country of markets within markets, involving numerous languages, varying tastes and cultural preferences - posing challenges to nationwide advertising and marketing and hindering pan-Indian distribution. Such problems are hindering growth but, as Raghavendra Verma writes from New Delhi, there are solutions for FMCG companies.

CHINA: Wal-Mart emphasises plan to still expand in China

24 Oct 2013

Wal-Mart Stores has outlined plans to open stores and distribution centres in China over the next three years - after saying last week some existing outlets in the country would close.

In the spotlight: Wal-Mart brings investment focus home

17 Oct 2013

Wal-Mart Stores outlined its strategy for the coming fiscal year at its annual investment community meeting yesterday (16 October). The world's largest retailer raised its capital expenditure forecast in the US while scaling back its international investment plans. Significantly, the company said it would close under performing stores in Brazil and China and reduce store openings in Mexico and India - possibly reflecting concerns over the growth outlook in emerging markets. Katy Askew reports.

US: Wal-Mart boss outlines strategic objectives

16 Oct 2013

Increasing comparable store sales in the US, improving international returns and reducing expenses are the key strategic objectives for retail giant Wal-Mart Stores, investors have been told.

BRICs and beyond: Wal-Mart, Bharti both stand to benefit from split

11 Oct 2013

They were partners but Wal-Mart Stores and Indian conglomerate Bharti Enterprises appear better able to take advantage of the potential opportunities in the country's high-growth food retail sector alone. Raghavendra Verma reports.

INDIA: Wal-Mart, Bharti to go it alone in India

9 Oct 2013

Wal-Mart Stores is to buy out Indian venture partner Bharti Enterprises, ending the speculation over the future of the business.

WORLD RETAIL CONGRESS 2013: Retail giant CBD confident in Brazil's potential

8 Oct 2013

The remains "a lot of potential" in Brazil if retailers are willing to invest, according to the country's largest retailer, CBD.

What the analysts say - Unilever and emerging markets slowdown

1 Oct 2013

Shares in Unilever fell this morning (1 October) in reaction to the consumer goods giant issuing a sales warning for the third quarter - on the back of a slowdown in emerging markets. City analysts said it was a blow for Unilever. However, some were more concerned about the company's performance in developed markets - and insisted emerging markets, in the long term, still present potential for FMCG companies.

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