Is the ingredients information on your website FIR compliant?

Online food information could fail new FIR rules

By Nicholas Robinson

Food and drink firms could lose millions of pounds in online grocery sales in the run up to Christmas, if their products do not comply with Food Information for Consumers (FIR) regulations for distance selling.

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.

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.

Darby: 'We need to make sure we have the right skills and abilities to drive online'

Premier Foods boss develops c-store, online sales

By Rod Addy

C-stores and online retailers offer Premier Foods considerable growth potential and the maker of Mr Kipling cakes is working on bespoke products for those channels, according to ceo Gavin Darby.

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to quit the business over the financial mis-reporting scandal

Tesco in crisis

Tesco chairman to quit as pre-tax profit falls 90%

By Michael Stones

Tesco chairman Sir Richard Broadbent is to quit the business, as the troubled retailer admitted overstating first half profits by £263M and posted pre-tax profits more than 90% down.

Adverse financial actions include county court judgements worth more than £5,000 over three months

Three supermarkets faced financial action in Q3

By Rod Addy

Three national supermarkets faced adverse financial actions in the past quarter as food retailers showed the sharpest increase in ‘significant’ financial distress of all sectors monitored by Begbies Traynor.

Consumers want lower prices not special offers, according to IGD research

IGD convention 2014

Boost declining sales with lower prices, retailers told

By Nicholas Robinson

Supermarkets must work on lowering prices instead of relying on promotions, if they are to boost their declining sales, delegates at IGD’s annual Convention were told yesterday (October 7).

Retailer Morrisons' turbulent year - in pictures

Morrisons’ interim results: past year’s challenges

Morrisons’ year in pictures

By Laurence Gibbons

After Morrisons revealed a 30% drop in first-half profits today (September 11), we look back at the challenges and some of the successes faced by the business in the past year.

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.

Shoppers are now visiting four different retailers a month

Retail loyalty a thing of the past

By Laurence Gibbons

Store loyalty is diminishing as more shoppers are using four different retailers on average each month, according to grocery think-thank IGD.

Food sales are at their lowest since records began

Food suffers deeper retail decline

By Laurence Gibbons

Pressure on food industry profits looks set to continue as cash sales keep dropping, according to experts.

Kerry Foods makes a range of consumer brands

Changing face of retail hits Kerry Group

By Rod Addy

Consumer food sales took a hit at Kerry Group from the fragmenting retail market, despite UK brands holding up well, and overall sales growth, the firm said in its interim management report.

Previous FSA surveys had indicated that up to two thirds of raw poultry could be contaminated with campylobacter

Packaging may cut campylobacter contamination

By Rod Addy

Non-leak packaging may be key to cutting transmission of the food poisoning bug campylobacter found on fresh shop-bought chickens, according to the latest Food Standards Agency (FSA) figures.

Is the adjudicator Christine Tacon doing enough to stop supermarkets abusing their power? Take part in our survey to find out

Supermarket abuse needs more action

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers remain unconvinced that the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon is doing enough to stop the big supermarkets abusing their power.

More than 2,000 people were expected to be made redundant originally

Asda announces 1,360 redundancies

By Nicholas Robinson

Asda’s 1,360 redundancies will help it adapt to the intense changes faced by UK retailers, ceo Andy Clarke claims, and follows a similar announcement made by Morrisons last month to cut 2,600 jobs.

One of Greggs’s new-look stores

Greggs ‘on front foot’ as strategy pays off

By Rod Addy

Greggs’s strategy is paying off, according to Sahill Shan, analyst at N+1 Singer, as the food-to-go chain disclosed strong half-year (H1) figures, ahead of interim results next month.

Waitrose boss Mark Price presenting at the Consumer Goods Forum 2014 in Paris


Waitrose boss Mark Price defends traditional retail

By Rod Addy

Waitrose boss Mark Price hit back at critics of traditional ‘bricks and mortar’ retailing at the Consumer Goods Forum's Global Summit in Paris yesterday (June 19), while claiming retailers should evolve.

£100 worth of Amazon vouchers are up for grabs for one lucky person who completes the online survey

National food and drink manufacturing survey opens

By Rod Addy

How will your company fare in 2014 in areas such as filling skills gaps, handling rising costs and profit growth? Now’s your chance to have your say and find out what your peers think.

Discounters such as Aldi have adapted to changing times, while the big four supermarkets had been 'asleep at the wheel', said Clive Black

Retail turmoil due to ‘complacency’ not discounters

By Michael Stones

Turmoil in the British retail market is due more to the complacency of the big four major supermarkets than the popularity of the hard discount stores Aldi and Lidl, according to a leading City analyst.

Taplin predicts more logistic partnerships will be formed by retailers

Distribution partnerships a growing trend

By Laurence Gibbons

Distribution partnerships where retailers and food manufacturers share truck space with competitors will become a growing trend, predicts Roly Taplin, vice president of agrifood at DHL Supply Chain.

Morrisons owns around 90% of its estate, compared with Tesco and Sainsbury’s 65% to 70% ownership

The 'Morrisons effect' hits UK retailers

By Michael Stones

Morrisons’ £176M loss for the year to February 2 - the latest in a series of lacklustre financial reports from the UK’s major supermarkets - has focused attention on Britain’s changing retail landscape.

The food supply chain needs to boost efficiencies ahead of the prospect of a retail price war

Boost supply chain efficiencies to beat retail price war

By Laurence Gibbons

The prospect of a supermarket price war – leading to lower supplier prices – makes it even more important to boost food and drink supply chain efficiencies, according to the European Food and Farming Partnerships (EFFP).

BP Retail was named as one of Iceland's potential distribution partners

Iceland to share transport with another retailer

By Rick Pendrous

Food retailer Iceland is expected later this year to start sharing spare capacity on its trucks with another independent retailer. The move follows the success of a similar ‘backhauling’ arrangement between BP Retail and Nisa and their suppliers facilitated...

Ocado's business model will not work, claimed Shore Capital analysts

Ocado ‘doesn’t deliver earnings’: City analyst

By Michael Stones

Online grocery business Ocado “doesn’t work” when measured by its ability to deliver earnings, City analyst Shore Capital has concluded, after the business delivered its interim business statement for the 12 weeks to February 23.

Greencore ceo Patrick Coveney told this website the firm had targeted US sales of $0.5bn by 2019

Greencore benefits from UK convenience and US sales

By Michael Stones

Strong UK convenience store sales and surging US growth have helped chilled food manufacturer Greencore achieve revenue of £320.5M for the 13 weeks to December 27 2013, up by 7.2% on the previous year.

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.

The line between in-store and online sales is becoming more blurred

Packaging for the changing face of retail

By Paul Gander

The changing face of retail is forcing food and drink manufacturers to reconsider their packaging options, according to the Faraday Centre for Retail Excellence.

New research to be published next week is expected to confirm smart phones are revolutionising the way consumers shop

Smartphones to revolutionise supermarket shopping

By Rick Pendrous

Smartphones are revolutionising the way consumers shop and both retailers and their food and drink suppliers need to recognise this if they are to take advantage of it, new research being released today (Monday October 7) is expected to reveal.


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