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CHINA: Sun Art Retail looks online for further growth

16 August 2013 | Katie Smith

Chinese retail giant Sun Art Retail Group is to launch a home delivery service in the fourth quarter, as part of efforts to capture further growth in the world's biggest food and grocery market.... read more

The verdict from the City: Analysts react to Ocado's H1 results

26 June 2012 | Katie Smith

UK online retailer Ocado revealed mixed half-year results today, with sales up but pre-tax profits flat and a fall in operating profit. While some analysts tried to look for positives, the numbers were described as "poor" in some quarters in the City, with concerns over the outlook for Ocado and its shares fell by more than 20%.... read more

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

23 December 2011 | Katie Smith

This week, UK retailers Thorntons and Ocado issued profit warnings, while US food giant General Mills revealed a fall in quarterly profits. Meanwhile, in Europe, Italian retailer Conad acquired German retailer Rewe's 43 Billa stores in the country.... read more

UK: United Biscuits launches savoury biscuits range

5 December 2011 | Katie Smith

United Biscuits is to launch bize-sized savoury biscuits in an echo of Nestle's Rowntree's Randoms confectionery range.... read more

AUS/NZ: Murray Goulburn joins Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade site

1 December 2011 | Katie Smith

Australian dairy co-op Murray Goulburn has today (1 December) confirmed that it will sell lactose on Fonterra's commodity auction platform GlobalDairyTrade.... read more

US: Lindt adds to Excellence range

21 November 2011 | Katie Smith

Lindt & Sprungli has expanded its premium Excellence range in the US with the addition of a cranberry bar.... read more

UK: Ocado launches supermarket app

15 November 2011 | Katie Smith

UK online retailer Ocado has launched its first supermarket app for Blackberry phones.... read more

UK: Waitrose Q3 sales "outshine the industry"

11 November 2011 | Katie Smith

UK grocery retailer Waitrose said it has "continued to outshine the industry" after booking a rise in third-quarter sales.... read more

UK: Waitrose extends myWaitrose scheme

25 October 2011 | Katie Smith

UK retailer Waitrose has expanded its myWaitrose scheme by launching a card for customers.... read more

US: Tyson Foods relaunches Weaver chicken roll

24 October 2011 | Katie Smith

US meat giant Tyson Foods has relaunched its Weaver Chicken Roll brand after consumers demanded its return.... read more

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

24 October 2011 | Katie Smith

This week, two of the world's biggest retailers Wal-Mart and Carrefour were in the spotlight. Wal-Mart is facing questions over its business in China and Carrefour, after a series of profit warnings, is under pressure from one of its investors. Meanwhile, the world's dairy sector gathered in Italy to discuss the challenges facing the sector, including its impact on the environment.... read more

UK: PepsiCo launches Sakata rice crackers in UK

17 October 2011 | Katie Smith

PepsiCo has introduced its Japanese rice cracker brand Sakata in the UK.... read more

UK: French's launches Smooth & Spicy sauce in UK

11 October 2011 | Katie Smith

Owner of French's mustard brand, Reckitt Benckiser has launched its new Smooth & Spicy sauce in the UK.... read more

GLOBAL: Arla Foods relaunches House of Castello brand

4 October 2011 | Katie Smith

Arla Foods has decided to relaunch its House of Castello cheese brand in a move that the company hopes will "reinvent" the cheese category.... read more

UK: Waitrose opens Acton warehouse

3 October 2011 | Katie Smith

Upmarket UK retailer Waitrose will open its 'dark store' in Acton, London tomorrow (4 October).... read more

US: Ahold launches Peapod online service for Giant chain

29 September 2011 | Katie Smith

Ahold has expanded its home delivery operations in the US with the launch of a service for shoppers to its Giant stores through online arm Peapod.... read more

AUS: Woolworths hires Winn as multi-channel director

9 September 2011 | Katie Smith

Australian retailer Woolworths Ltd has announced the appointment of Penny Winn to the newly-created role of multi-channel director.... read more