Supermarkets in trouble, says Waitrose boss

Manufacturing is ‘supermarket Armageddon saviour’

By Nicholas Robinson

Supermarkets with their own food manufacturing facilities have a better chance of price war survival, city analysts have claimed, after the boss of Waitrose warned Britain’s biggest retailers would be wiped out by continued price cutting.

Morrisons has grown its market share for the first time since 2011

Morrisons boasts largest sales growth of big four

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons boss David Potts has boosted the ailing retailer’s sales and market share for the first time since December 2011, after heading the business for just four months.   

Dalton Philips’ £1M cash bonus was ‘severely out of line’ with shareholders’ experience: ISS

Morrisons may face revolt over Dalton Philips’ bonus

By Michael Stones

Morrisons could face a shareholders’ revolt at its annual general meeting (agm) later this week over its decision to pay former ceo Dalton Philips a £1M bonus, after a share advisory group slammed the decision “as severely out of line”.

Shoppers at Tesco were more likely to vote Conservative than those frequenting other retailers

Election 2015

UKIP voters most likely to shop at Sainsbury’s stores

By Rod Addy

Tesco and Sainsbury shoppers are most likely to vote Conservative, Asda and Morrisons customers favour Labour and the UK Independence Party (UKIP) has the highest support among Sainsbury’s shoppers.

Food industry people on the move

Food industry people on the move – in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

Morrisons, Iglo Group, Leatherhead Food Research and Assured Food Standards were all left searching for new bosses this month as the current incumbents announced their decisions to step away from their roles.

Dalton Philips received £2.1M. But did he earn it?

Ditched Morrisons’ boss gets £1M bonus

By Michael Stones

Former Morrisons’ ceo Dalton Philips – ditched by the retailer in January – has received a £1M bonus, taking his total pay for last year to £2.1M, according to the retailer’s Annual Report.

Rachel’s makes a range of organic dairy-based foods

Tesco supply cull hits jobs at Rachel’s

By Rod Addy

Rachel’s is facing job losses as a result of the organic dairy producer losing a contract with Tesco amid the multiple’s drive to cull 30% of its stock keeping units (SKUs).

David Potts has now been at the helm of Morrisons for over a month

Morrisons ‘warned’ to stick with manufacturing

By Nicholas Robinson

Food manufacturing is essential to the future success of Morrisons, this website’s readers have ‘warned’ the retailer’s boss David Potts, following conflicting advice from City analysts.

Morrisons' new boss could 'galvanise' the troubled retailer, said Shore Capital

Morrisons boss ‘could galvanise’ the retailer

By Michael Stones

Morrisons new boss David Potts “could galvanise” the troubled retailer, according to City analysts less than two weeks after he took over the role of chief executive from Dalton Philips.

Morrisons ceo David Potts wants the top team to 'listen hard' to customers and store colleagues

Morrisons boss tells HQ team to work on shop floor

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ boss David Potts has told his head office staff to work on the shop floor this Easter – in a bid to persuade them to “listen hard” to customers and store colleagues. 

Morrisons revealed pre-tax profits down 52%

Morrisons posts plunging pre-tax profit – down 52%

By Michael Stones

Beleaguered supermarket chain Morrisons has posted pre-tax profit down 52% to £345M for the full-year to February 1 and axed 380 jobs with the closure of 23 convenience stores.

Ocado's growth will continue to outpace the online grocery market, predicted its boss

Ocado to grow ahead of online grocery market

By Michael Stones

Online retailer Ocado will continue to grow ahead of the online grocery market, predicted its boss Tim Steiner, as it posted group sales up by 19.2% for the 12 weeks to February 22.

Morrisons boss David Potts has a new to-do list

What Morrisons’ new boss should do next

By Michael Stones

In case Morrisons’ new ceo David Potts was looking for inspiration to revive the flagging fortunes of the Bradford-based retailer, an article in The Telegraph has helpfully suggested a to-do list.

Food manufacturers remain in the firing line, warned Business Leaders' Forum chair Paul Wilkinson

Business Leaders’ Forum

Supermarket price wars in focus at business forum

By Michael Stones

The impact of the supermarket price war on food and drink manufacturers, politics and the prospect of a food tax all featured in Paul Wilkinson’s summary of 2014 at the Business Leaders’ Forum in central London.

Morrisons' results were hit by falling food volumes and stagnant price inflation

Analysts' view

Morrisons’ Christmas results ‘disappointing’

By Rod Addy

Morrisons is the UK’s “most undernourished” supermarket, according to a leading analyst commenting on the retailer’s Christmas trading statement, in which it unveiled the departure of ceo Dalton Philips.

Top food manufacturing news of the year

Top food manufacturing news of the year

By Laurence Gibbons

An article revealing the identity of Britain’s most popular chocolate bar was the most widely read on this site during 2014.

Morrisons underestimated the demand the promotion would generate

Morrisons wine offer scores own-goal

By Rod Addy

A Morrisons wine promotion provoked outrage from shoppers after it failed to meet the demand it had created, provoking a reprimand from the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Morrisons faced 'a Goodnight Irene' challenge if like-for-like sales fall in the fourth quarter, warned Shore Capital

Morrisons’ trading a worry in ‘un-investable sector’

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ trading remains a worry, as the retailer enters a critical quarter in a currently “un-investable” British retail sector, warns City analyst Shore Capital, ahead of the firm’s third-quarter results to be posted this week.

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.

Morrisons has reported half-year profits down by more than 30%

Morrisons’ interim results: analysts react

Morrisons progress in limbo, say analysts

By Rod Addy

Morrisons’ business strategy is balanced on a knife edge, with financial experts divided over its merits.

Food suppliers could learn powerful lessons from discounters such as Aldi

Food suppliers must learn from discounters

By Rick Pendrous

Food and drink suppliers should use insights from the success of hard discounters Aldi, Lidl and Poundland to boost their own retail prospects, a category management specialist has claimed.

Morrisons is speeding up fresh produce processing and distribution and improving chilling

Morrisons pumps £19M into fresh produce supply

By Rod Addy

Morrisons is investing £19M to speed up the supply of fresh produce and keep it cooler for longer in a bid to keep ahead of competition from discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Mendham: 'delighted'

Dragons’ Den winner to supply 400 Morrisons stores

By Rod Addy

Dragons’ Den winner Barenaked Foods has clinched a deal to supply 400 Morrisons stores with its range of low-carb, gluten-free products, securing a thumbs up from the retailer’s grocery buyer.

Morrisons' new chairman faces a tough challenge in reviving the retailer's fortunes, said Shore Capital

High hopes rest on Morrisons’ new chair

By Michael Stones

High hopes have been pinned on the ability of Morrisons’ new chairman elect Andrew Higginson to revive the fortunes of Britain’s fourth largest supermarket chain.

Morrisons on top form: the first graduates of the retailer's leadership and logistics course at Hull University have completed their studies

Morrisons staff complete new leadership course

By Michael Stones

A Morrisons-sponsored degree course in leadership and logistics, designed for the retailer’s own staff, has yielded its first graduates at the University of Hull.

Morrisons will give cash rewards to new customers

Morrisons gives out cash to tempt online customers

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons is trying to turnaround poor sales and boost its slow-starting online business by giving cash to customers in conjunction with third-party rewards platform Quidco.

Up to 50 new jobs will eventually be created at the depot

Morrisons announces 50 jobs at new facility

By Nicholas Robinson

Morrisons has announced it will invest a “sizeable” amount of money to open a new 8,825m² distribution centre alongside its existing Bridgwater manufacturing site.

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.


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