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The just-food management briefing - private label - part III

7 Jul 2010

Own-label lines are a key tool in building a retailer's reputation in areas from healthy eating to product safety. Grocers from the UK to Japan have developed strategies to ensure the suppliers they use and the products they sell support their corporate image.

US: Whole Foods, UNFI extend tie-up

2 Jun 2010

Whole Foods Market, the US organic retailer, has extended its distribution agreement with United Natural Foods (UNFI).

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

14 May 2010

Retailers dominated this week's news, with the appointment of a new CEO at Asda, bumper numbers from Sainsbury's, upbeat noises from Whole Foods and strike action at Carrefour. Here is the best of who said what about this week's top stories.

In the spotlight: Whole Foods revival signals return of premium

14 May 2010

Once the darling of Wall Street, Whole Foods Market spent much of the last 18 months out in the cold as it witnessed sales and profits slide in the face of the economic downturn. However, the company's stock surged to a two-year high yesterday (13 May) after the natural and organic retailer reported strong sales and profits growth. With the economic outlook brightening, it seems Whole Foods is beginning to witness something of a renaissance. Katy Humphries reports.

Top stories on just-food this week

14 May 2010

UK retail grabbed the headlines this week, with Wal-Mart announcing the appointment of a new CEO for local arm Asda and Sainsbury's booking a set of bumper full-year results.

On the money: Whole Foods emerging from recession “faster” than peers

13 May 2010

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market claimed that it is emerging from the recession “faster” than its peers as it booked a strong increase in sales for the second quarter of fiscal 2010.

US: Whole Foods Q2 profits, sales jump

13 May 2010

Whole Foods Market posted a jump in sales and profits during the second quarter, as less cautious consumers started returning to the high-end natural and organic retailer.

US: Whole Foods' Mackay shares CEO post

13 May 2010

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has announced that its founder and chief executive John Mackay will now share the post of CEO with Walter Robb.

UK: Whole Foods "confirms UK expansion plans"

14 Apr 2010

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has reportedly confirmed its ambition to expand further into the UK market.

US: Topco eyes Wild Oats buy

17 Mar 2010

US private-label co-operative Topco Associates is looking to buy the Wild Oats Markets brand from US organics retailer Whole Foods Market.

US: Whole Foods face investor pressure on climate change

9 Mar 2010

Shareholders in Whole Foods Market yesterday (8 March) voiced opposition to what they termed the “unsustainable business practices” that the company has adopted on climate change.

Top stories on just-food this week

19 Feb 2010

CAGNY, one of the key dates in the US food industry calendar, dominated the headlines this week. Food giants from Unilever and PepsiCo to Campbell Soup Co. and General Mills detailed their 2010 plans for their businesses at home and abroad in what remain tough trading conditions. Elsewhere, Unilever's Ben & Jerry ice cream business announced plans to go completely Fairtrade, while chocolate, which has had its fair share of Fairtrade news in recent weeks, saw Mars and Barry Callebaut team up to push the health benefits of the sweet stuff. These were the top stories on just-food this week.

On the money: Whole Foods sees return of middle-class shoppers

17 Feb 2010

Whole Foods Market has hailed the return of its core middle class customers, who have increased spending around special occasions and been won over by the retailers increasingly “strategic” pricing policy.

US: Whole Foods ups outlook on Q1 strength

17 Feb 2010

Whole Foods Market has upped its sales and earnings forecasts for fiscal 2010 after first-quarter earnings rose by almost one-third year-on-year.

UK: Whole Foods silent on "UK expansion"

2 Feb 2010

Whole Foods Market has remained silent on reports that it is preparing to invest in expanding in the UK market.

US: Whole Foods boss relinquishes chairman title

4 Jan 2010

Whole Foods Market has announced that co-founder and chief executive John Mackey has voluntarily given up the title of chairman in a bid to strengthen corporate governance at the natural and organic retailer.

INSIGHT: Price tracking to help Whole Foods make investments

5 Nov 2009

Whole Foods Market said strategic price investments are expected to boost operating margin in the 2010 fiscal year.

US: Whole Foods FY profit up, cautious on 2010 sales

5 Nov 2009

Whole Food Market has posted an increase in full-year profit but said lower selling prices could negatively impact its sales going forward.

US: Inventure's Boulder launches adzuki chip line

24 Aug 2009

The adzuki bean, widely used in eastern Asia, is central to the latest product launched in the US by chip maker Boulder Canyon Natural Foods.

Harrowing time for organic farming

14 Aug 2009

Two weeks ago, the Food Standards Agency published a research review suggesting there are no significant nutrient differences between organic and non-organic food and no additional health benefits. Nothing short of a media frenzy has ensued. Ben Cooper examines how the subject has been addressed by interested parties and the press.

Top stories on just-food this week

7 Aug 2009

The prospect of the UK's largest food retailers having to deal with an ombudsman in disputes with suppliers moved a step nearer this week when the country's competition watchdog urged the Government to create an independent arbiter. Elsewhere, a series of food manufacturing giants - Dean Foods, Unilever and Premier Foods among them - shed light on their recent performance. For Unilever and Premier, investing in brands seems vital to withstanding the downturn.

INSIGHT: Whole Foods plans "foodie to foodist" move

5 Aug 2009

US organic food retailer Whole Foods Market is planning a fresh push into healthy eating in a bid to appeal again to consumers looking for natural and organic products.

US: Whole Foods "very pleased" with Q3 showing

5 Aug 2009

The chief of US organic food retailer Whole Foods Market last night (4 August) insisted he was "very pleased" with the company's third-quarter results despite comparable-store sales again falling.

UK: Impairment charge taints improving Whole Foods

4 Aug 2009

Whole Foods Market, the US-based organic food retailer, has seen annual losses from its UK business widen - but only thanks to a hefty impairment charge.

US: Hain and Pegasus unveil “kosher” line

13 Jul 2009

A joint venture between The Hain Celestial Group and Pegasus Capital Advisors has launched a line of “kosher antibiotic-free (ABF), humanely raised all-natural” chicken and turkey products.

US: Attune Foods rolls out probiotic bars

9 Jun 2009

US chocolate maker Attune Foods is to launch its latest probiotic bars.

Top stories on just-food this week

15 May 2009

This week has been a positive period for certain retailers as Aldi announced plans to expand in Ireland, while in the UK, Sainsbury’s posted an 11% rise in annual underlying profits. Asda was also upbeat with an 8.4% rise in sales as it lured shoppers from rivals. Elsewhere, Grupo Lala scooped up National Dairy in a bid to expand in the US and salads group Florette acquired UK counterpart, Salads To Go. These are the top ten stories on just-food this week.

US: Whole Foods shares tumble as profits fall

14 May 2009

Shares in Whole Foods Market, the US organics retailer, dropped by more than 9% yesterday (13 May) as the company reported a fall in second-quarter earnings and sales.

Consumers look for personal benefits in green products

22 Apr 2009

A number of environmentally-friendly initiatives and products have been unveiled by food companies in the lead up to Earth Day, which is marked today (22 April). But how strong is mainstream consumer interest in green issues? Ben Cooper examines the degree to which environmental concerns are shaping consumer motivation in the US food market.

US: Whole Foods extends alternative energy drive

21 Apr 2009

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market today (21 April) unveiled plans to more than triple the number of its stores with solar panels and invest in energy reduction initiatives.

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