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US meat snacks category deep-dive, part two - a healthy outlook

6 Dec 2018

In part two of this feature, Andy Coyne looks at how Big Food has reacted to disruption in the US beef jerky category and at the prospects for the wider meat snacks market.

Amazon-Whole Foods one year on - what's changed?

13 Jun 2018

A year since Amazon shook the grocery sector with its acquisition of upmarket US retailer Whole Foods Market, just-food's Stateside columnist Victor Martino weighs up what the deal has meant for the two businesses - and for the wider industry.

Amazon's Whole Foods Market acquisition cleared by regulator

24 Aug 2017

Online retail giant Amazon's US$13.7bn acquisition of US-based natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market has been given the all-clear by the country's trade competition regulator.

How could Amazon's Whole Foods takeover affect suppliers?

23 Jun 2017

It is the deal that has got the industry talking - Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market, hailed by some as a "game-changer" for the sector. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who six weeks ago floated the idea of Amazon's Jeff Bezos buying Whole Foods, weighs up how the e-commerce giant's move into physical retail and ownership of the US grocer could affect manufacturers.

Amazon's move for Whole Foods will focus minds

16 Jun 2017

"Every so often an event occurs that shakes the industry to its core. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods is one of those." So said one US retail analyst today after the e-commerce giant announced a deal to buy the natural and organic grocer for US$13.7bn. The transaction stunned the sector, with analysts hailing it a game-changer. Amazon faces short-term challenges with Whole Foods but the acquisition looks set to give its ambitions in grocery - a sector it entered ten years ago - a boost and rival retailers and manufacturers will be sitting up and taking notice. Dean Best reports.

The future of Whole Foods, 7-Eleven's latest US deal could help foodservice offer, M&S eyeing online - retail round-up, April 2017

9 May 2017

The performance of (and potential future for) Whole Foods Market hit the retail headlines in April but how should the US natural and organic grocer look to improve? Staying in the US, a notable acquisition by convenience-store giant 7-Eleven caught the eye. Meanwhile, in Europe, upmarket UK grocer Marks and Spencer looks, after years of shying away, set to take the plunge into the online channel.

Why supermarket foodservice is becoming strategically important to grocers

4 May 2016

David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines why more US supermarkets are putting greater emphasis on prepared foods, with some providing in-store eating and becoming grocerants in turn.

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. 

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.

US: Online service Instacart enters Los Angeles

7 Apr 2014

US food delivery service Instacart has started doing business in Los Angeles, its seventh city since its launch in San Francisco in 2012.

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.

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.

US: Whole Foods lowers FY earnings forecast range

13 Feb 2014

Whole Foods Market has brought down its forecast range for annual earnings, hitting shares in the US natural and organic retailer today (13 February).

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

19 Dec 2013

Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.

US: Whole Foods Market shares slide on Q4 slowdown

7 Nov 2013

Whole Foods Market booked a jump in full-year profits but saw its share price sink on investor concerns of fourth-quarter weakness.

ANUGA 2013: Lifeway eyes mainstream UK distribution

7 Oct 2013

Lifeway Foods, the US-based manufacturer of cultured dairy products, could secure deals with major supermarket chains in the UK next year, its chief executive has told just-food.

Talking shop: What's next for a Burkle-led Fresh & Easy?

19 Sep 2013

Ron Burkle, the US billionaire investor who is to take on the bulk of Tesco's US Fresh & Easy arm, has said he believes the loss-making business gives his Yucaipa fund a base upon which to build. But it is not yet clear what his plans are. Dean Best looks at what could be next.

In the spotlight: Albertson's LLC hungry for more after United Supermarkets buy

16 Sep 2013

Albertson's LLC has had a transformative year. The private-equity owned company is investing in trying to elevating its growth trajectory. A significant step in this direction was made when the group acquired the remaining Albertsons stores - and rights to the Albertsons name - from SuperValu, along with the Jewel-Osco, Acme, Shaw's and Star Market chains. Last week's acquisition of United Supermarkets builds on that foundation and comes as further evidence the firm, and its financial backers, are committed to driving growth through M&A. Katy Askew reports.

just-food's research round-up: emerging markets for dairy; prospects for c-stores

9 Aug 2013

Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

Talking shop: Whole Foods can see off natural, organic rivals

7 Aug 2013

For all the recent headlines around the IPOs of US natural and organic retailers Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway Group Holdings, Whole Foods Market remains the one to watch, writes Dean Best.

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.

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

5 Aug 2013

The results continued to roll in this week as the likes of Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group revealed their sales and profits in the first six months of the year. The CEOs of both Kellogg and Kraft explained plans to boost volumes in the second half. Elsewhere, UK crisp firm Tyrrells got a new private-equity owner in the shape of Bahrain-based Investcorp.

On the money: Whole Foods sees potential to triple store count

1 Aug 2013

Whole Foods Market co-CEO Walter Robb has claimed the US retailer sees the potential to triple its store count in the US.

US: Whole Foods to step up openings as profit grows

1 Aug 2013

Whole Foods Market plans to step up its store opening programme on the back of growing demand, which has propelled its profit growth in the first nine months of its financial year.

US: Crave Brothers cheese "likely" source of fatal listeria outbreak

8 Jul 2013

US cheese producer Crave Brothers Farmstead Cheese Co. is the "likely" source of a fatal listeria outbreak, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has said.

just-food's research round-up: confectionery in emerging markets, global baby food, organic food worldwide

28 Jun 2013

This week's batch of reports includes a study on sugar confectionery in emerging markets and a specific look at the chocolate sector in Latin America. Research on the global organic food and drink market is also featured, alongside a separate case study on the success of Whole Foods Market.

US: Billionaire Burkle "in talks to buy Fresh & Easy"

13 Jun 2013

US billionaire investor Ron Burkle is reportedly in discussions to buy Tesco's US chain Fresh & Easy.

Talking shop: Amazon's fresh step in fledgling US online grocery

13 Jun 2013

Amazon has made another stride in taking on US food retailers with the roll out of its fresh grocery business into the second most populous city in the US, Los Angeles. The move is sure to make other players in the market sit up and take notice but will it be enough to really shake up the US online grocery channel and give it the much needed boost it requires? Michelle Russell takes a look.

Comment: Amazon looks to take bigger bite of online grocery

6 Jun 2013

Online retail giant Amazon is said to be preparing to take on the well-established US food market with a major roll-out of its fresh grocery business, a move that could make other players sit up and take notice.

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

13 May 2013

The quarterly results continued to roll in this week and we listened to a number of CEOs talk about the challenges and opportunities they face in 2013. Elsewhere, just-food covered Hofex, the largest food and hospitality tradeshow in Asia-Pacific, where we spoke with UK SMEs about their international ambitions. Retailer Delhaize Group has also begun the search for a new CEO following the resignation of Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

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