Tesco struggled in Europe

Slow progress for Tesco as Sainsbury ploughs on

By Rod Addy

Supermarket Tesco’s interim results reflected a “pretty awful” performance in Europe according to one analyst as Sainsbury continued its unbroken run of like-for-like sales growth in its latest financial quarter.

The proposed business is expected to be create sales of £10bn

Tesco Chinese merger to create £10bn business

By Laurence Gibbons

Tesco has announced plans to combine its Chinese retail operations with consumer goods company China Resources Enterprise (CRE) in a bid to form the leading multi-format retailer in China.

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.

Food sales continue to outshine general merchandise at M&S

Food continues to star at Marks & Spencer

By Mike Stones

Food continues to outshine clothing at posh retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S), according to the firm’s first quarter results, covering the 13 weeks to June 29 2013.

Levi Roots scooped the overall catering product of the year

Frozen food pioneers celebrated at awards

By Gary Scattergood

Daregal Gourmet and Delice de France were the big winners at the British Frozen Food Federation's (BFFF's) awards at the London Hilton on Park Lane last month.

The report claimed retail directors don’t understand the complexity of the omni-channel

The retailer and the revolution

By Rick Pendrous

Senior retail bosses don’t understand the complex changes the ‘omni-channel revolution’ will require of the supply chain, according to delegates at the launch of a report on the topic.

Retailers denied operating double standards with regard to foreign objects in food

Retailers' food safety double standards

By Laurence Gibbons

Some retailers may operate double standards in demanding high levels of food safety from suppliers, while being unaware over the amount of products contaminated with foreign objects they sell.

Christine Tacon pledged to target kickbacks

Groceries Code Adjudicator to tackle illegal ‘kickbacks’

By Andrew Williams

The new Groceries Code Adjudicator, tasked with policing the multiple retailers, has pledged to clean up illegal “kickback” practices, whereby suppliers are forced to use third-party suppliers favoured by the supermarkets, rather than choosing their own.

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.

New Brakes chief executive, Ken McMeikan

Greggs boss to join Brakes

By Laurence Gibbons

High street baker Greggs has announced Ken McMeikan will stand down as chief executive to take up the same role at grocery and fresh food supplier Brakes.

Morrisons had 'upped its game' in a competitive market, said Shore Capital

Morrisons ‘ups its game’: City analysts

By John Woods

Morrisons appears to be upping its game after its “very disappointing” third quarter, according to Shore Capital analysts Clive Black and Darren Shirley.

Clarke called for a partnership spirit between retailers and manufacturers

Snooze and you lose digital cash cow

By Rick Pendrous

Retailers are gearing up their systems to meet an expected surge in consumer demand for online food and drink purchases, the UK's top grocery bosses have reported.

Guilty as charged? You decide

Asda boss in PR gaffe: when radio interviews turn nasty

By Mike Stones

A BBC Radio 4 Today programme interview took an unexpected turn this week after an Asda public relations boss admitted to presenter James Naughtie that two out of three Asda checkouts were “guilty” of tempting mums to buy sweets for children.

Top of the frozen food tree

Top of the frozen food tree

By Rick Pendrous

Hard discounter Aldi took the top prize for Retail Product of the Year, while McCain Foods won Catering Product of the Year at this year's British Frozen Food Federation's (BFFF's) Gala Dinner held in London last month.

The Queen set out the government's plans for a groceries code adjudicator in a speech before both Houses of Parliament

Grocery adjudicator’s success depends on referrals

By Mike Stones

The success of plans to appoint a groceries code adjudicator ― set out in the Queen’s speech today (May 9) ― will depend upon the adjudicator's ability to listen to third-party referrals and levy penalties, say food and drink manufacturers.

Premier Foods and Dairy Crest are among the firms under pressure from a tough retail market

Premier Foods and Dairy Crest hit by retailers' woes

By Dan Colombini

Premier Foods, Dairy Crest and Britvic are among a growing number of food and drink manufacturers under increasing financial pressure as a result of a struggling retail market, according to a new report.

Joanne Denney-Finch: Reformulating products to keep a price point is consumers'

Food quality is king, says IGD shopper survey

By Rick Pendrous

Shoppers have overwhelmingly rejected the re-engineering of foods to keep prices down as the cost of ingredients rises, according to the results of a survey conducted by the grocery think tank IGD.

M&S' Christmas hampers go on sale online tomorrow

M&S plans a bumper natural, novel Christmas

By Rick Pendrous

Marks & Spencer (M&S) is planning a bumper Christmas with novel food and drink products and ‘natural’ packaging design ideas sourced from around the world.

Every little helps. But food manufacturers are nervous about Tesco's £500M price cut plan

Who will pay for Tesco’s £500M price cuts?

By Graham Holter

Food suppliers have reacted nervously to Tesco’s announcement of £500M of price cuts, and warned that the grocery sector’s discount culture will cost more jobs.

Chilled and frozen meals are showing tasty growth

Ready meals demand boosts sales for Laila’s

By Rod Addy

Laila’s Fine Foods is reporting substantial growth in frozen and chilled ready meals as Mintel figures suggest the UK market is experiencing significant growth.

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

Syrup supplier celebrates direct action

By Rick Pendrous

Malmesbury Syrups, a supplier of flavoured coffee syrups, is witnessing impressive growth thanks to its online sales through Amazon.

Who’s afraid of the big bad grocery adjudicator?

Who’s afraid of the big bad grocery adjudicator?

By Ben Bouckley

BIS today published a draft bill to aimed at “giving teeth” to the groceries supply code that protects suppliers against excessive risks or unexpected costs in dealings with retailers, but the BRC has hit out at what it says is "ill judged"...

FDF worries grocery watchdog won't be on guard until 2013

FDF worries grocery watchdog won't be on guard until 2013

By Ben Bouckley

The Food and Drink Federation (FDF) says news that the Groceries Code Adjudicator may not start work until mid-2013 will harm innovation in the sector amongst small and medium-sized companies and reduce consumer choice.

Peter Thornton with copies of his book 'Thorntons - My Life in the Family Business'

Thorntons: far from chocolate heaven in 2011?

By Ben Bouckley

Former Thorntons chairman Peter Thornton says the firm's current woes are due to an unduly large shop chain, poorer product quality and "extremely bad" retail marketing.


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