M&S aims at 100% double-bagging of whole chickens

M&S moves to 100% double-bagging of whole chickens

By Paul Gander

With the November test report on campylobacter highlighting levels of contamination on whole chickens in UK retail averaging 70% over six months, at least one retailer said it was on-track to have all its birds wrapped in an ovenable roast-in bag to avoid...

A shortage of HGV drivers will affect the food industry

Stinging HGV crisis to hit supermarkets

By Nicholas Robinson

Food firms are set to feel the sting of the worsening road haulage crisis, as industry leaders call for more action to stem the heavy goods vehicle (HGV) driver shortage.

Shoppers can make significant savings off the back of the supermarket price war

Sainsbury and Asda launch price offensive

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury and Asda have announced massive price cuts less than a week into the New Year as the traditional supermarkets continue to feel the menace of discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Sainsbury is set to announce its strategic review on November 12

First six Sainsbury Netto stores to open imminently

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury will open the first six stores in its joint venture with Netto on November 6, but the supermarket chain’s proposition needs serious thought, according to a leading food analyst.

More convenience stores could help the big four fight off competition from the discounters

Big four should hit discounters with c-stores

By Laurence Gibbons

The big four retailers should launch more convenience stores on the doorstep of their rival discounters to fight the competition, according to a leading professor from Aston Business School.

Asda's market share rose to 17.3% in the 12 weeks ending October 12, said Kantar Worldpanel

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

By Rod Addy

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

Price war pressure was limiting investor activity

Supermarket price war to sting M&A activity

By Nicholas Robinson

Mergers and acquisitions (M&A) in the food and drink manufacturing sector will be stung by the worsening supermarket price wars, a leading analyst has warned.

Aldi bosses Roman Heini (left) and Matthew Barnes (right) celebrate a 65% increase in profits

Aldi’s caviar plan to catch wealthy shoppers

By Nicholas Robinson

Aldi will attack the premium end of the food market by targeting wealthy consumers this Christmas, bosses have said, after announcing a 65% increase in its UK profits to £260.9M.

Morrisons is working hard to close the price gap between traditional supermarkets and discounters

Supermarkets target fresh food to fight discounters

By Rod Addy

Fresh food is the first battleground as traditional supermarkets such as Tesco and Sainsbury fight against stiff competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading food analyst.

Asda announced plans to create 12,000 jobs in the UK over five years

Tesco and Sainsbury likely to follow Asda price cuts

By Rod Addy

Tesco and Sainsbury will likely follow Asda’s cost- and price-cutting lead to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to food industry commentator Clive Black, responding to Asda’s latest results.

Morrisons has announced 2,600 store management job losses

Morrisons' job losses unlikely to be last in sector

By Rick Pendrous

Bad news continues to dog supermarket chain Morrisons, with the announcement last month that 2,600 store managers were likely to lose their jobs as part of a review of its retail operations.

The discounters are likely to face increased costs: Rick Pendrous

Discounters' costs will increase as they grow

By Rick Pendrous

News that supermarket chain Sainsbury had entered into a £25M joint venture (jv) with Dansk Supermarked to establish 15 Netto stores across the UK was further evidence that the major multiples recognised they needed to do more to address the inexorable...

'Morrisons is already in more than enough trouble,' says analyst

Morrisons denies Netto revival threat

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has denied claims it will suffer from Netto’s re-entry onto the British supermarket scene, despite analyst claims it could prove vulnerable to a renewed round of price cutting.

Tags Crisps founder John Tague plans to become a snacks magnate

Crisp boss wants 10% of the market

By Nicholas Robinson

Founding a brand is easy, John Tague tells Nicholas Robinson, but getting into the multiples is difficult.

David Jones (left) and Jonny Bingham have previously worked for high profile manufacturers (Photo©Sacha Ferrier)

Bakkavor and Greencore rivals join forces

By Rod Addy

Former food industry rivals Jonny Bingham and David Jones have joined forces to form Bingham & Jones, a firm advising major manufacturers and retailers on product development.

A supermarket price war, which could follow Morrisons' recent price pledge, could damage supermarkets more than their suppliers, said Black

Supermarkets were ‘totally and utterly’ complacent

By Michael Stones

Britain’s big four supermarkets have been “totally and utterly complacent”, in failing to keep pace with key developments in retailing and are now paying the price, warns a leading City analyst.

Food manufacturers fear for margins as a price war looms

Food firms could pay for supermarket price wars

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny suggestions it is preparing to slash suppliers’ prices, in a bid to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl, as top analysts predict food manufacturers could fall victim to a supermarket price war.

Tesco, Sainsbury and Asda will be forced to respond to Morrisons’ lower prices

Morrisons’ price cut strategy signals supermarket war

By Michael Stones

A supermarket price war is likely to follow Morrisons’ pledge to cut its prices, in a bid to combat discounters Aldi and Lidl, after the retailer posted a loss of £176M last week, according to leading analysts.  

Morrisons and Tesco gave Shore Capital analysts cause for concern, after recent market share losses revealed by Nielsen data

Morrisons and Tesco ‘give cause for concern’: City analyst

By Michael Stones

Morrisons and Tesco were “the clear laggards” among the four big supermarkets, while discounters and premium sellers continued to do well, according to City analyst Shore Capital, commenting on recent Nielsen market share data.

Justin King, 'a truly exceptional leader', is to step down from his role as ceo Sainsbury in July

Justin King to quit Sainsbury after 10 years

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury ceo Justin King – who is widely credited with reviving retailer’s once flagging fortunes – is to quit the supermarket this July, after 10 years at the helm.

Morrisons saw sales fall again in its third financial quarter

Morrisons: ‘the heat is on’

By Rod Addy

The heat is on for Morrisons in its fourth financial quarter (Q4), according to Shore Capital analyst Darren Shirley as Q3 sales continued to fall.

Echo Falls is championing the wine in pouches format

Second bite of the grape for wine in pouches

By Paul Gander

After a false start in the three years to 2010, it looks as if wine in pouches could be back for a second ‘bite of the grape’, with retailer Asda and brands Echo Falls and Arniston Bay championing the format.

Threadgold says increased exports will create UK jobs at Amy's Kitchen

Amy’s Kitchen eyes export opportunities

By Gary Scattergood

Vegetarian and vegan food maker Amy’s Kitchen has ambitious European and Asian export plans in the wake of its 300% year-on-year sales growth in the UK.

Strong Sainsbury results showed the retailer had outperformed its supermarket rivals in a tough market

Sainsbury dodges horsemeat to post strong Q4 results

By Mike Stones

Supermarket chain Sainsbury has dodged the worst impact of the horsemeat scandal and posted better than expected financial results for its fourth quarter and year to March 16, driven mainly by non food items.

Strain will replace Pennycook as finance director of Morrisons

Morrisons appoints new finance director

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons has appointed Trevor Strain as its new finance director, following Richard Pennycook’s decision to stand down from the role in June 2013.

Shopping with confidence. Prices and promotions should be fair and meaningful, said the OFT

OFT price promotions plan ‘doesn’t go far enough’

By Mike Stones

Consumer watchdog Which? says the Office of Fair Trading’s (OFT’s) clarification to retailers on how to correctly advertise and promote discounted prices for food and drink doesn’t go far enough.

Paramount Foods has announced another 41 redundancies

Paramount Foods job losses rise to 173

By Lorraine Mullaney

A further 41 redundancies were made last week (Friday October 26) at Paramount Foods’ pizza-making facility in Deeside, North Wales.

Don't miss our selection of the best IGD conference tweets

IGD conference: big food retail and manufacturing themes – in Tweets

By Mike Stones

Hundreds of food and drink industry leaders packed The Lancaster Hotel in London this week for the grocery think-tank IGD annual convention. Thronging the conference hall were some prolific tweeters. Here, we bring you a selection of their best Tweets....

Paramount Foods has made more than a quarter of its workforce redundant

Paramount axes 118 jobs after losing Morrisons contract

By Mike Stones

One of the UK’s largest manufacturers of chilled and frozen pizzas, Paramount Foods, has made 118 workers − more than 25% of its workforce − redundant after losing a key contract to supply Morrisons.

Retailers have been criticised for the lack of clarity in promotions

Asda attacks its rivals' price promotions

By Rick Pendrous

Supermarket promotions look set to be an increasingly contentious subject over the autumn and in the run-up to the busy Christmas grocery trading period.

Morrisons' results are likely to reflect sharper competition from its competitors - particularly Asda

Morrisons’ results ‘to suffer from Asda’s Netto acquisition’

By Mike Stones

Asda’s acquisition of Netto stores will prove a key factor in Morrisons’ announcement of difficult first-half trading for 2012/2013, when it reports interim results on September 6, predicts Shore Capital analysts Clive Black and Darren Shirley.

Suppliers said Morrisons had traditionally behaved 'more gentlemanly'

Morrisons puts suppliers under strain

By Rick Pendrous

Morrisons has come under fire from a number of its suppliers over the past month. They have accused the supermarket of "aggressive" and heavy handed attempts to force over 200 of them to accept price cuts of up to £500,000 each and impose improved...


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