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‘Damaged supply chain’ biggest loser in price war

By Michael Stones

The UK’s “damaged food supply chain” has proved the biggest casualty of supermarket price war, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor, as it notes stability returning to the struggling UK grocery sector and their food and drink manufacturing...

Supermarkets to blame for downfall

Big four retailers ‘dug their own grave’

By Laurence Gibbons

The big four supermarkets have “undoubtedly” dug their own grave and contributed to the “crisis” in the retail industry,  according to Clive Black of Shore Capital.

Tesco has posted another big profit fall

Tesco posts 55% slump in first-half profit

By Michael Stones

Tesco has posted a 55% slump in first-half underlying profit to £354M from £779M last year, the day after its boss Dave Lewis pledged to standardise payments to its suppliers.

Results reveal nearly 50% drop of £126M in first-half profits before tax

Morrisons results prove ‘no quick fix’: analysts

By Alice Foster

The latest results from Morrisons, revealing a nearly 50% drop to £126M in first-half profits before tax, show that there is “no quick fix” for the troubled retailer, according to leading analysts.

Graze boss Anthony Fletcher has led the firm into bricks and mortar retail

‘Guilt lane’ abolition is prime target for food firms

By Nicholas Robinson

Manufacturers should prime themselves to take advantage of the supermarkets’ abolition of ‘guilt lanes’ by making healthy alternatives to chocolates and sweets to stock at checkouts, like the online snack manufacturer Graze has done, its boss has said.

Morrisons is reportedly close to selling its convenience stores

Morrisons said to be close to convenience store sale

By Michael Stones

Morrisons is close to agreeing the sale of its M-Local convenience stores to investment group Greybull Capital, according to press reports, as Shore Capital warned the supermarkets’ convenience business had “reached its zenith”.

Nobody expected the online sales explosion when FIC was first mooted

Online sales cause FIR compliance headaches

By Rick Pendrous

Explosive growth in internet sales of food and drink is causing big problems for manufacturers and regulators when it comes to ensuring compliance with the European Food Information for Consumers (FIC) regulation, also known as FIR in the UK, a senior...

David Potts continues to rebuild Morrisons top management team

Morrisons adds to top team with another Tesco exec

By Michael Stones

Morrisons boss David Potts has continued to rebuild the retailer’s senior management team, after the exit of more than half the previous board, with the appointment of former Tesco executive Gary Mills as group retail director.

Food strengths are key to retailer survival

Top retailers should exploit food strengths

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons must make more of what they do best with food and drink in their fight back against the discounters Aldi and Lidl, a leading analyst has claimed.

Online grocery sales are clicking with more British shoppers

UK is biggest online grocery market after China

By Michael Stones

The UK’s online grocery market – valued at £9.57bn a year – is the globe’s second largest after China and is poised for further rapid growth, predicts the grocery think tank IGD.

Iceland's sales have been hit by a triple whammy

Iceland’s sales hit by triple whammy

By Laurence Gibbons

Frozen food retailer Iceland’s sales were hit by a triple whammy of  intense competition from Aldi and Lidl, food price deflation and “changing consumer habits” over the past year, it claimed.

Left to right: Jakobi and Metcalfe

Metcalfe’s Skinny and Itsu to form separate firms

By Rod Addy

Metcalfe’s Food Company aims to split in half, forming separate businesses for its Metcalfe’s Skinny popcorn and Asian food-to-go brand Itsu Grocery to enable greater focus on each.

Elements For Life decided not to supply its products to Waitrose

Why small food firms should shun major retailers

By Laurence Gibbons

Small food and drink businesses should shun the big four supermarkets and consider other routes to market that might be more suitable for their product, according to a number of firms.

Poundworld Retail operates the Poundworld and Bargain Buys fascias

New Poundworld owner to invest in new stores

By Rod Addy

Poundworld Retail’s store expansion drive will accelerate in the wake of its acquisition by private investment firm TPG, according to a statement by the new owner.

Sainsbury buyer James Curtis offered expert advice on how entrepreneurs should deal with buyers

How to impress food buyers and get listed

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink start-ups must understand their market and competition and prove their product could disrupt it and bring benefits for retailer before approaching a buyer, according to Sainsbury.

Campylobacter control should not be compromised by supermarket price war: Jeremy Hall

Supermarket war ‘blunts campylobacter control’

By Michael Stones

The battle against campylobacter, Britain’s leading cause of food poisoning, has been compromised by the big four supermarkets’ price war against discount stores Aldi and Lidl, warns Bernard Matthews group technical director Jeremy Hall.

Greggs' 'strong' results were welcomed by analysts

Greggs’s ‘strong’ results praised by analysts

By Michael Stones

High street baker Greggs has posted own-shop like-for-like sales up by 5.9% in the first four months of the year, in “a strong” set of results, according to the analyst N+1 Singer.

'Dodgy' supermarket pricing tactics could cost shoppers millions: Which?

Supermarket pricing ‘misleads’ shoppers: Which?

By Michael Stones

Supermarkets’ ‘misleading pricing policies’ have been referred to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) in the form of ‘a super complaint’ by the consumer pressure group Which?

The Empire Strikes Back: supermarkets have started to fight back against discounters

Supermarket Empire ‘strikes back’

By Laurence Gibbons

The empire strikes back: that’s the verdict of City analyst Shore Capital on supermarkets’ bid to repel the market share gaining hard discounters Aldi and Lidl. But concerns remain about Sainsbury.

Sainsbury will build a new technology hub in Covenry

Sainsbury to create 480 online jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Sainsbury will bolster its online retailing capabilities by creating 480 ‘specialist’ jobs in response to rising consumer demand for more convenient and intuitive ways to shop.

More consumers are prepared to pay a premium for food and drink, say Delisanté co-founders John Pearson (left) and Charles Coleman (right)

Premium boom is a big opportunity for posh SMEs

By Nicholas Robinson

More high-end food and drink start-ups are taking advantage of a boom in sales of premium products in supermarkets and rising sales in posh retailers such as Waitrose.

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.

UK's top 20 fastest growing retailers

Aldi and Waitrose top list of fastest growing retailers

By Michael Stones

Discounter Aldi and posh supermarket Waitrose have topped a new list of the UK’s top 20 fastest growing retailers, supplying further evidence of the increasing polarisation of the grocery market.

Cocoa prices shot up at the tail end of last year

Thorntons takes £7.7M hit as retailers reduce orders

By Rod Addy

Thorntons took a £7.7M hit to UK commercial sales in the first half of its financial year after two major accounts significantly reduced orders, although international sales partially offset the damage.

Invest in your structures to stay ahead of the convenience curve, says Eaton

Invest to win from convenience – Geoff Eaton

By Nicholas Robinson

The recovery among high street retailers and increased consumer demand for convenience shopping should prompt manufacturers to invest in and change their ranges and operations, an industry veteran has urged.

Ocado has championed online sales of organic food, according to the Soil Association

Organic food rides retail storm to drive growth

By Rod Addy

Organic food firms are seizing the opportunities offered by online retailers and caterers to drive growth, suppliers attending the launch of the Soil Association’s (SA’s) 2015 Organic Market Report heard.

Online sales will save the superamrkets

Online is price war saviour for big four

By Nicholas Robinson

Online retail will be the salvation of the big four supermarkets, which faced a battering in the run up to Christmas as a result of increased pressure from the discounters, experts have said.

Food and drink business deals have been largely fuelled by intense competition in the retail sector

Food and drink M&A driven by retail market

By Laurence Gibbons

Food and drink manufacturing mergers and acquisitions (M&A) have been mainly driven by intense competition in the UK retail sector, according to analysis from Grant Thornton.

Coveney: 'Consumers have built habits of multiple kinds'

Business Leaders' Forum

Greencore ceo: profit collapse a top industry trend

By Rod Addy

A “catastrophic collapse” in retail profitability was one of five top food industry trends highlighted by Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney at Food Manufacture’s Business Leaders’ Forum on January 20.

M&S's food sales rose by 2.8% in Q3, but overall sales were poor

Food can’t boost M&S’s ‘dismal’ performance

By Nicholas Robinson

Marks and Spencer’s “dismal” performance was lessened by strong food sales, but the posh retailer’s weak online business could be troublesome, city analysts have warned.

Tesco boss Dave Lewis said the retailer was taking 'the first important steps in the right direction'

Tesco reveals sales fall and big cost-cutting plan

By Michael Stones

Tesco has unveiled another fall in like-for-like sales (LFL) and a major cost-cutting programme, including the closure of 43 stores, in financial results covering the 19 weeks to January 3.

The FSA should highlight the need for better hygiene in the home, said Clive Black

FSA’s campylobacter policy slammed

By Michael Stones

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) policy of naming and shaming supermarkets by ranking their fresh chicken according to its contamination with campylobacter was ill-conceived and counterproductive, Clive Black, head of research at City analyst Shore Capital,...

Happy Cashmas: shoppers are expected to spend £6.5bn at supermarkets in the fortnight before Christmas

Christmas sales strongest for 25 years

By Michael Stones

Britain’s beleaguered retailers are experiencing their strongest pre-Christmas sales for 25 years, with grocery sales showing the sharpest rises.

The US Black Friday shopping craze is sweeping across the UK

US Black Friday shopping craze hits UK

By Michael Stones

The US shopping craze Black Friday is sweeping Britain today, with the police called to quell supermarkets disturbances as shoppers jostled for the best buys, while some retailers slashed food and drink prices.


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