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What does Gen Z want from brands? IRI presents its view 19 Apr 18

Industry watchers IRI has published the findings of two studies in the US they claim can give an insight into the shopping patterns of those aged 21 and under - Gen Z...


The identity of the buyer of Tyson's Kettle business emerges 10 Apr 18

In February, we reported Tyson Foods had sold its Kettle business, one of a series of non-protein disposals at the US meat giant. But the company would not disclose the buyer. This week, the new owner of the asset disclosed the deal...


Leading French grocers eye buying "alliance" - and suppliers aren't happy 5 Apr 18

Buying partnerships between France's food retailers have been a feature of the country's grocery landscape for a number of years but this week came news of a potentially significant new tie-up - and suppliers have expressed their consternation...


just-food off for Easter 29 Mar 18

A point of admin: just-food is closed tomorrow (Good Friday) and on Easter Monday. It promises to be a wet public holiday here in the UK but we'll likely console ourselves in chocolate...


Amazon strikes deal with French retailer Casino 28 Mar 18

Amazon has announced another deal in the grocery sector, with the e-commerce titan teaming up with French retail giant Casino in and around Paris...


Are US retail giants Kroger and Target looking to team up? 26 Mar 18

In pre-market trading on Friday, shares in two US retail behemoths climbed on talk they were in discussions over a possible merger. One report subsequently cooled that idea but suggested another kind of partnership could be in the offing...


Sainsbury's pulls the price lever 21 Mar 18

Sainsbury's, the UK's second-largest grocer, has set out plans for lower prices on a range of products, a move announced amid signs of pressure on its market share...


The latest outcome of General Mills' portfolio "reshaping" 23 Feb 18

This week, General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening told an audience of investors and analysts in the US the "reshaping" of the Cheerios-to-Yoplait maker's portfolio would involve M&A and disposals - and be central to improving the growth profile of the business. Today, the US food giant made a significant move on that front...


Intermarche broke rules with Nutella promo, French watchdog says 23 Feb 18

The pandemonium in stores of Intermarché as shoppers scrambled to grab jars of cut-price Nutella went viral - but the country's competition watchdog has announced the French retailer broke rules on selling below cost...


Big Food in investor spotlight this week at CAGNY 19 Feb 18

The senior management of a number of the major food manufacturers operating in the US will be in Florida this week for a key date on investor calendars...



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