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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.

'Nestle involved in price spat in Australia'

8 Apr 2019

Nestle is reportedly involved in a dispute over prices with Woolworths, Australia's largest food retailer.

Inghams Group "extends" Woolworths supply deal

31 May 2017

Australia-based poultry supplier Inghams Group has said it has extended its contract to process for Woolworths Ltd, the country's largest grocer.

Hilton Food Group to open new Australian facility 

6 Dec 2016

UK-based meat processor Hilton Food Group has announced plans to expand its capacity in Australia with the opening of a new meat processing facility in Queensland. 

Murray Goulburn loses Woolworths contracts to Bega Cheese, Freedom Foods Group

1 Aug 2016

Murray Goulburn has lost contracts to supply cheese, UHT milk, adult milk powder and cream to Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest grocer.

Amazon analysed, Woolworths rejigs own label in Australia, Metro Group demerges - retail round-up, March 2016

6 Apr 2016

March was a month in which Tesco and Woolworths announced notable moves on private label, in part, analysts said, driven by the rise of discount retail in the UK and Australia. The sector also saw Metro Group set out plans to split in two and heard Amazon touted as a significant player in US food and beverage by the turn of the next decade.

Woolworths faces court action over supplier payment demands

11 Dec 2015

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has initiated federal court proceedings against Woolworths Ltd over alleged "unconscionable conduct" after the supermarket group purportedly requested payments totalling around A$60.2m (US$43.6m) from various suppliers. 

Food industry news of the week - Muller Quaker Dairy, Coca-Cola and Brazilian dairy, Arla's strategy refresh

11 Dec 2015

Dairy dominated this week's headlines with Muller and PepsiCo pulling the plug on their US yoghurt venture, Coca-Cola lining up a deal to invest in a Brazilian dairy and Arla Foods outlined its strategy for the next five years. Elsewhere, Nordic food group Orkla moved to beef up its operations in central Europe with a deal to buy Czech Republic-based company Hamé.

Analysis: Australia moves a step closer to protecting suppliers

11 Mar 2015

Australia is set to see the introduction of a code overseeing relations between suppliers and retailers. Will the country be a fairer place for manufacturers to do business? Ben Cooper reports.

Australia to introduce grocery code

3 Mar 2015

The Australian federal government has created a food and grocery code of conduct that, it said, will help ensure "fair and transparent" dealings between the country's largest supermarkets and their suppliers.

Simplot launches tuna pasta salad

20 Oct 2014

Simplot is expanding the John West tuna brand in Australia with the launch of a tuna pasta salad range.

On the money: City has faith in UK meat firm Hilton

9 Sep 2014

Shares in Hilton Food Group, the UK meat supplier, took a hit today (9 September) after the company issued a note of caution about its near-term outlook. However, in the main, City analysts believe in Hilton's fundamentals.

AUS: Chobani launches organic Gippsland Dairy range

3 Sep 2014

Chobani has added to its Gippsland Dairy yoghurt range in Australia with the launch of an organic line.

Analysis: URC's two-pronged strategy for NZ snacks firm Griffin's

5 Aug 2014

Universal Robina Corp. appears to have two main areas of focus for Griffin's Foods - launching the New Zealand snacks maker's products in south-east Asia and using the business's presence in Australia to enter that country's own-label business. Dean Best looks at the Philippines-based group's plans.

AUS: Coles exec named Woolworths marketing boss

24 Mar 2014

Woolworths Ltd has hired Tony Phillips from arch-rival Coles to take the newly-created role of chief marketing officer.

AUSTRALIA: Woolworths to open more than 100 stores this year

13 Mar 2014

Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest supermarket group, has said that it plans to open 108 new stores during fiscal 2014.

AUS: Woolworths backs SPC Ardmona with fresh contract

11 Mar 2014

Australian group SPC Ardmona has won a A$70m (US$63m) five-year supply contract from Woolworths Ltd, the country's largest retailer.

AUS: Woolworths gains amid focus on price, range

28 Feb 2014

Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, said today (28 February) its core business had made gains in basket size and traffic in the first half of its financial year through a focus on prices and its product range.

AUS: Woolworths sales gain on price focus

6 Feb 2014

Woolworths Ltd has said its focus on delivering low prices through its supermarket business allowed Australia's largest retailer to grow sales during the first half of its financial year.

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

16 Dec 2013

The first impact of Kellogg's "efficiency and effectiveness programme" emerged this week with news the US food group will close plants in Australia and Canada. Elsewhere, initial findings from a Government-backed report into the UK food supply chain were announced and the EU's food watchdog announced rules on aspartame were "safe".

AUS: Aldi defends position on industry code of conduct

12 Dec 2013

Aldi has indicated it does support the idea of a code of conduct overseeing dealings between retailers and manufacturers in Australia after facing criticism for not signing up to a recently-introduced agreement.

AUS: Woolworths CFO Pockett to step down

26 Nov 2013

Woolworths Ltd CFO Tom Pockett is to step down as the Australian grocer's CFO in February.

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

25 Nov 2013

Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan made another investment in the UK with the acquisition of Burton's Biscuit Co. In Australia, grocery retailing giants Woolworths and Coles signed up to a code of conduct governing their relationship with suppliers. And we ran our latest just-food interview, with Patrick Coveney, CEO of private-label convenience food group Greencore.

AUS: Woolworths, Coles sign up to supply code

18 Nov 2013

Australia's largest supermarkets, Woolworths Ltd and Coles, have signed up to a new code of conduct governing food and grocery supplier relationships.

UK: Hilton Q3 remains on-track

5 Nov 2013

Meat firm Hilton Food Group has said its third-quarter trading performance was "in line" with expectations, with a recovery in the UK and good progress in Australia boosting the result

AUS: Woolworths sees "solid" Q1 sales gain

1 Nov 2013

Woolworths Ltd said it shrugged off "consumer uncertainty" and deflation to post "solid" first-quarter sales.

AUS: Simplot keeps veg plants - but issues warning

24 Oct 2013

US food group Simplot has decided to hang on to two plants in Australia it had said could close but warned costs would have to fall to keep them open in three years' time.

HONG KONG: Hutchison Whampoa takes ParknShop off the block

21 Oct 2013

Hong-Kong based retail-to-energy conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa has dropped plans to auction its ParknShop supermarket business.

AUS: Woolworths warehouse staff vote to strike

18 Sep 2013

Workers at four Woolworths distribution centres have voted to take strike action against the Australian retailer.

UK: Hilton Food Group H1 sales, earnings up

10 Sep 2013

UK-based meat processor Hilton Food Group has booked an increase in first-half sales and earnings despite depressed demand in key European markets.





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