Grocery Store

Amazon looks set to develop its grocery activities in the UK as well as the US

Amazon expands into grocery stores

By Rick Pendrous

Amazon’s plans to acquire US organic retailer Whole Foods Market in a £10.8bn ($13.7bn) deal announced last month, has sent shockwaves through the grocery sector as it foreshadows further expansion of the online retailer into the UK multiples’ traditional...

Morrisons is 'prime taget for takeover' says analyst

Morrisons tops supermarket takeover talk

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has refused to confirm or deny reports it could be in buyout talks after its shares spiked by 5%, following speculation of a UK supermarket takeover by a South African businessman.

Cranswick will target the US

Cranswick to invest £28M after £1bn sales feat

By Nicholas Robinson

Cranswick will pump £28M into its pork manufacturing facilities to secure new US contracts and boost international sales after achieving revenues of £1bn this year, according to City analysts.

Sainsbury reported like-for-like Q4 sales down 1.9%

Sainsbury targets quality as results beat forecasts

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury is nailing product quality goals and plans to boost the rate of product improvements in the coming financial year, according to fourth quarter (Q4) results, which beat expectations.

Sainsbury said Q4 volume sales increased for the first time in more than a year

Sainsbury Q4 analysis

Sainsbury cuts discounters’ price lead

By Rod Addy

Sainsbury cut the price gap between it and discount retailers such as Aldi and Lidl in its fourth financial quarter (Q4), reflecting the discounters’ flagging momentum, a leading analyst has claimed.

Tacon may be hampered by the limitations of her office

GCA constrained over Tesco probe

By Rod Addy

Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon’s investigation of Tesco will be limited by a lack of cash and the period of time she can examine, one food industry commentator has warned.

Environment secretary Liz Truss said trade bodies should play a bigger role in exposing abuse of suppliers

Oxford farming conference

Trade bodies ‘should play bigger role’ on supplier abuses: DEFRA

By Michael Stones

Food industry trade associations should play a bigger role in helping to expose the abuses suffered by suppliers at the hands of supermarkets and other customers, said environment secretary Liz Truss at the Oxford Farming Conference this week.

Grocery market returns to growth, says Kantar

Pre-Christmas sales show Aldi, Lidl stay strong

By Rod Addy

The grocery market returned to growth in the 12 weeks to the end of December 7, with continued success for Waitrose and discounters Aldi and Lidl, according to Kantar Worldpanel data.

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 leading supermarkets’ Christmas sales were hit by a triple whammy, said Nielsen

Supermarket Christmas sales ‘hit by triple whammy’

By Michael Stones

Supermarkets’ Christmas sales were hit by a triple whammy – leading to the lowest sales growth for at least seven years – while discounters Lidl and Aldi boosted their takings, according to market research company Nielsen.

90% of UK consumers now use coupons

Food manufacturers need to target discounted offers

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturers need to target their products to be included in discounted offers because nearly all UK consumers would swap their regular supermarket to benefit from discounts, according to a new report.

“Teething problems” won’t scupper Amazon launch

By Elaine Watson

Significant “teething problems” notwithstanding,’s online grocery store has a good chance of success in the long-term, according to food manufacturers taking part in the launch.

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