Tesco’s bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer’s moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International’s regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär’s UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.
Tesco sets out stall for fresh UK offensiveThe UK’s largest grocer, still struggling to revitalise its domestic sales, pledges to speed up its programme of revamping stores and to focus more resources on convenience and online.
Gulfood 2014just-food headed to Dubai for this year’s Gulfood trade expo to speak to multinationals and SMEs about their businesses – and ambitions – in the Middle East.
The just-food interview part one: Arla builds solid base in EuropeScandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods is growing apace outside Europe. In contrast, it is facing sluggish consumer sentiment and a highly promotional environment within Europe, where the company remains focused on growing ahead of the dairy category while also expanding its milk supply in the region. In part one of a two-part interview, Arla CFO Frederik Lotz spoke to just-food about the group’s priorities in its core European markets.
just the answer – Dr Schar UK MD Bob TriceGluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schär is the world’s largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär’s UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.
EUROPE: Heinz to close two plantsHeinz has announced plans to close two plants in Europe as the US food giant continues to restructure its business after last year’s sale to 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway.
US: Added sugars, serving sizes targets of new label plansThe US government today (27 February) set out plans to change the Nutrition Facts labels on food and beverages sold in the country.
US: PepsiCo board backs CEO, rejects Trian split callPepsiCo’s board of directors has thrown its weight behind CEO Indra Nooyi and once again rejected calls from Trian Partners to split into two companies.
IRELAND/US: Greencore buys c-store supplier Lettieri’sIreland-based private-label group Greencore has moved to expand its business in the US with the acquisition of food-to-go supplier Lettieri’s.
PORTUGAL: Grocers criticise new promo lawPortugal’s retailers have warned a controversial new law restricting supermarket discounts will harm consumers, food suppliers and retailers.
BELGIUM: Delhaize: We could not achieve Bulgaria “leadership”Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group has said it decided to quit Bulgaria after concluding it could not secure a “leadership position” in the country.