Retailing Crisis

Tacon: 'I want to leave this role having achieved all I set out to do – and more'

Groceries Code Adjudicator to step down

By Rod Addy

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon is to step down from her role at the end of her current term in June 2020, delegates at the GCA Annual Conference heard.

The price of onions and other crops has soared due to inclement weather in 2018 hitting crop yields

Food prices hit by commodity costs and weather

By Helen Gilbert

Retail food costs have jumped by their highest rate in more than five years, according to latest figures from the British Retail Consortium (BRC)-Nielsen Shop Price Index.

The Asda and Sainsbury's merger is believed to be dead in the water following the Competition and Markets Authority's findings

Asda Sainsbury’s merger dealt ‘mortal blow’

By Aidan Fortune

The Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) provisional findings on the proposed Asda and Sainsbury’s merger have been described as a “mortal blow to the deal” by economists.

Hyman: ‘With current economic trends, the sector is stronger than it’s ever been’


Frozen food’s growth fuelled by consumer trends: BFFF boss

By John Hyman

The UK frozen food sector is currently the fastest growing retail category, but what’s behind its success? British Frozen Food Federation (BFFF) chief executive John Hyman explores the forces expected to drive the sector up to 2025 and beyond.

Sainsbury's and Asda may have underestimated the enormity of the investigation into their proposed merger

Sainsbury’s and Asda succeed in extending merger timetable

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury’s and Asda have won their appeal against the Competition and Markets Authority’s (CMA’s) timeline to respond to submitted evidence on their proposed merger, securing a further 11 days over Christmas to reply.

The 19 remaining stores and a production and distribution facility have been saved

240 jobs saved at Crawshaw after £1.4m deal

By Noli Dinkovski

The 19 remaining stores and a production and distribution facility owned by beleaguered butchery chain Crawshaw have been acquired by a newly formed company in a £1.4m deal, saving 240 jobs.

Aulds: the Renfrew, Kilmarnock, Irvine and Ayr stores have closed with the loss of 26 jobs

Aulds confirms store closures after liquidation

By Noli Dinkovski

Scottish baker Aulds has confirmed the closure of four of its stores, a week after placing its retail business into liquidation in a bid to protect 200 manufacturing jobs.

Tesco says its alliance with Carrefour will be governed by a three-year operational framework

Tesco asked to address Carrefour supplier concerns

By Noli Dinkovski

Tesco has been asked by a parliamentary committee to respond to concerns that its proposed strategic alliance with French retailer Carrefour would damage smaller UK-based food producers.

Black: ‘There is a very high chance the Sainsbury’s-Asda deal will get cleared’

Sainsbury’s-Asda deal bad for manufacturers: analyst

By Noli Dinkovski

The proposed mega merger between Sainsbury’s and Asda will create a “duopoly” that will seriously harm the interests of manufacturers and consumers, a leading City analyst has warned.