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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.

On the money: Ambitious Whole Foods steals share

8 May 2013

Whole Foods Market has insisted its "value and differentiation" yielded dividends during the first half of its year, when the US natural retailer was able to grow same-store sales ahead of the market and expand its share.

US: Whole Foods ups earnings forecast

8 May 2013

US retailer Whole Foods Market has upped its forecast for full-year earnings after reporting a 22% rise in half-year profits.

US: Whole Foods sets out "transparent" GM labels strategy

12 Mar 2013

All products on sale at Whole Foods Market stores in the US and Canada will have to show whether they contain GM ingredients.

UK: Tyrrells secures listing with US retailer Publix

11 Mar 2013

UK crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has increased its presence in the US after securing a listing with supermarket group Publix.

UK/US: Aspall takes vinegars into US

11 Mar 2013

UK firm Aspall is to sell its vinegars in the US for the first time with a listing with Whole Foods Market.

US: Whole Foods narrows FY sales outlook

14 Feb 2013

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has narrowed its full-year sales target.

US: United Natural Foods blames Teamsters for talks failure

15 Jan 2013

Whole Foods Market supplier United Natural Foods has said it is disappointed not to have reached a deal with the Teamsters trade union in the two groups' latest talks.

On the move: Can Safeway fly without Burd?

4 Jan 2013

News that Safeway's long-standing CEO, Steve Burd, is to retire in May has spawned greater uncertainty among some analysts about the retailer's competitive position.

Interview: Tyrrells keeps firm eye on export opportunities

3 Jan 2013

As competition in the global snacks market heats up, so to has the need for manufacturers to explore overseas growth opportunities in both developed and emerging markets. Michelle Russell speaks to Tyrrells head of international Laurence Bass about the company's export ambitions and its focus for the future.

US: United Natural Foods, Teamsters to hold dispute talks

3 Jan 2013

United Natural Foods and the Teamsters trade union will hold fresh talks as customers voice disquiet over the ongoing worker strike in Washington state.

US: United Natural Foods workers back on strike

18 Dec 2012

Staff at a United Natural Foods depot in Washington state remain on strike after reigniting protests against the US food distributor.

Interview: ConAgra sales chief Knudsen on Ralcorp deal

28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

On the money: US retailer Whole Foods Market increases value focus

9 Nov 2012

Natural and organic US retailer Whole Foods Market has increased its focus on value to drive its same-store sales gains.

US: Whole Foods rounds off strong year with bumper Q4 profits

8 Nov 2012

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market booked a 49% jump in fourth-quarter profits to round off a year in which earnings increased by more than a third.

US: Whole Foods buys Johnnie's Foodmaster leases

30 Oct 2012

US organic retailer Whole Foods Market has snapped up leases to six Johnnie Foodmaster's stores in and around Boston.

US: Gunther Grant launches Got Chocolates vegan fudge

26 Sep 2012

Gunther Grant subsidiary Got Chocolates has launched a vegan gluten-free fudge product.

US: Talenti Gelato acquires former Kroger ice cream facility

28 Aug 2012

US ice cream producer Talenti Gelato has purchased a former Kroger ice cream production facility in Georgia.

US: Whole Foods Market raises outlook on profit jump

26 Jul 2012

Whole Foods Market raised its full-year sales and profit forecast after booking a 32% increase in third-quarter earnings.

BRICs: Tyrrells sees long-term opportunity in India, China

14 Jun 2012

UK crisp manufacturer Tyrrells has insisted it believes it can build its fledgling businesses in the emerging markets of India and China.

US: Retailer The Fresh Market ups earnings forecast

31 May 2012

US retailer The Fresh Market has lifted its target for annual earnings after its profits jumped in the first quarter of its financial year.

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

8 May 2012

Bright Food, the Chinese food group, was full of confidence this week about the prospects for UK cereal firm Weetabix, its first investment in Europe after missing out on companies including United Biscuits and Yoplait. Elsewhere, Orkla explained why its CEO had resigned from the Norwegian consumer goods group, German retailer Metro Group insisted its sales were improving after it reported a quarterly loss and UK peer Morrisons said it would not chase unprofitable volumes despite a fall in like-for-like sales.

US: Whole Foods raises FY sales, profit forecast

4 May 2012

US natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market has raised its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 32% increase in half-year profits.

US: Lannon, Meyer take new EVP operations roles at Whole Foods

13 Feb 2012

Whole Foods Market has promoted two regional presidents, David Lannon and Ken Meyer, to the newly-created positions of executive vice presidents of operations.

US: Whole Foods Market ups profit forecast

9 Feb 2012

US grocer Whole Foods Market has booked an increase in first-quarter profits and raised its full-year earnings outlook.

Focus: Organic to continue to withstand downturn

20 Dec 2011

While seeing sales slide in certain markets, globally, the organic sector has largely proved resilient amid the worst economic conditions for a generation. Euromonitor International's Diana Cowland looks at the likely drivers behind the continued steady growth in the sector.

US: Quorn launches vegan product

7 Dec 2011

Meat-free manufacturer Quorn Foods has released its first-ever vegan product in the US.

UK: Morrisons, Whole Foods list Graham's The Family Dairy products

18 Nov 2011

UK dairy firm Graham's The Family Dairy's has secured listings with Morrisons and Whole Foods Market.

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

7 Nov 2011

It's financial results season this week, with Kraft and Tate & Lyle performing strongly, while Chiquita and Whole Foods faltered. Diamond Foods' deal to buy Pringles from Procter & Gamble was delayed, prompting consternation among stockholders, and Portuguese retailer Jeronimo Martins announced extensive investments in Latin America. Click on the headlines for more.

US: Whole Foods shares slide despite Q4 growth

3 Nov 2011

Shares in Whole Foods Market dropped yesterday (2 November) despite the US retailer reporting higher fourth-quarter sales and profits.







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