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Dean Best | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Dean Best | 6 Aug 2013

In ten days time, Hong Kong retail-to-energy conglomerate Hutchison Whampoa will reportedly consider any offers that have come in for ParknShop, its supermarket chain. However, any interested parties need to consider the challenges facing ParknShop, operating in the saturated Hong Kong market and so far not enjoying significant inroads on the mainland.


Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2013

Australian wholesaler Metcash will champion branded suppliers and "sustainable" independent retail businesses as the country's largest retailers drive down prices through a focus on own label.

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Dean Best | 2 Aug 2013

UK snacks firm New York Delhi has secured a listing with Australia's largest retailer Woolworths Ltd but the company insists it is aiming to grow without "selling out" to the large supermarket chains.


Dean Best | 24 Apr 2013

Discount clothing chain Primark again grabbed the headlines for Associated British Foods as it booked higher half-year profits and sales - and saw its shares hit a record high. But what about ABF's grocery business? Dean Best spoke with CEO George Weston about the performance of and prospects for the UK group's food operations.

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Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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. 


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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. 


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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.


Katy Askew | 20 Oct 2014

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


Dean Best | 3 Sep 2014

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


Dean Best | 24 Mar 2014

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


Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

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


Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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.


Dean Best | 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".


Dean Best | 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.


Dean Best | 26 Nov 2013

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


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 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.


Katy Askew | 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


Katy Askew | 1 Nov 2013

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


Dean Best | 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.


Katy Askew | 21 Oct 2013

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

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Dean Best | 3 Apr 2014

Days after Parmalat announced it had acquired Australian dairy and fruit juice firm Harvey Fresh comes news of a deal of another sort for the Lactalis-owned Italian dairy giant.

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