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Christine Tacon: ‘The collaborative approach that I have promoted has been a real engine of change’

Complaints to Groceries Code Adjudicator fall

By Rick Pendrous

Far fewer food and drink suppliers are complaining of abuses from their big retailer customers, according to the results of the annual online survey published by the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) today (June 26).

Premium own-label sales revenue increased 13% (Flickr/Tesco PLC)

Premium own-label sales rise 13%

By Matt Atherton

Premium own-label food and drink sales revenue increased 13% in the 12 weeks to December 4, compared with the same period last year, Kantar Worldpanel has revealed.

The recovery in Tesco's fortunes is likely to put Sainsbury under pressure

Multiple retailers begin bounce back

By Rick Pendrous

Despite the persistence of deflation in the sector, the prospects for the UK multiple grocery market remain reasonably sound, according to a statement issued by investment firm Shore Capital towards the end of last month.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Range reviews point to more pain in store

By Rick Pendrous

Asda is the latest high street multiple to announce that it was conducting a “range review’’, wherein as much as 25% of its stock-keeping units (SKUs) will be removed from sale in some categories.

easyFoodStore is a new discount project from easyJet entrepreneur Stelios Haji-Ionnou

EasyJet founder launches 25p discount food store

By Michael Stones

EasyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou has opened a no frills, discount food store – called easyFoodstore store – to complement his cut-price airline and travel businesses.

Christmas food shop: where consumers plan to spend

Tesco to be ‘most visited retailer this Christmas’

By Laurence Gibbons

British consumers will fill Tesco with festive cheer this Christmas as it looks set to be the top choice among consumers for seasonal food and drink, according to e-commerce firm Webloyalty.

Tesco's brand guarantee replaces price matching vouchers

Tesco hots up supermarket war with price pledge

By Alice Foster

Tesco has opened a new front in the supermarket price war, by pledging to match branded prices at its tills, as analysts and Food Manufacture Group readers questioned the big four retailers’ focus on price matching. 

Big four retailers will never be the same again

Big four’s market share ‘gone for good’: analyst

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco, Asda, Sainsbury and Morrisons will never recover the market share they have lost to the discounters Aldi and Lidl, because they remain “too big and too slow” to react effectively, a leading analyst has claimed.

The discounters opened more stores than the Big Four last year

Discounters open more stores than big four

By Nicholas Robinson

The discounters, such as Aldi and Lidl, are opening twice as many stores as the big four, new research from the Local Data Company (LDC) has shown.

Tesco is changing is implementing better GSCOP practices

Tesco admits to Groceries Code breaches

By Nicholas Robinson

Tesco has admitted to a “number of probable breaches” to the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) in its annual results, leaving the retailer open to rebuke from the watchdog.

The grocery market is set to grow 13% to £200.6bn

Discounters remain key part in retail growth

By Laurence Gibbons

Hard discounters will remain a key feature in the UK grocery market, estimated to grow 13% to £200.6bn by 2020, despite predictions their growth could be about to fade.

Morrisons announced it would create 5,000 in-store roles

Major retailers pressed to secure shop floor jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Unite the union has pressed the UK’s biggest retailers to secure shop floor jobs, following a spate of major redundancies in response to mounting pressure from the discounters Aldi and Lidl.

Supermarkets are entitled to use a full range of promotional pricing tactics, says Miller

Supermarkets ‘right to fight’ super complaint

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets should defend themselves against the ‘super-complaint’ issued by consumer group Which? following an investigation into apparently misleading supermarket pricing practices.

David won round one but will he triumph this time? Unlikely, was Begbies Traynor's verdict

Food suppliers ‘devastated’ by supermarket price war

By Michael Stones

Supermarket price war continues to “devastate” small-scale food and drink suppliers, as they fight a David and Goliath style battle with the big retailers, warns business recovery specialist Begbies Traynor.

Living near a Little Waitrose can help house prices a lot, claims Lloyds Bank

Living near Waitrose boosts house prices

By Michael Stones

Houses near a Waitrose store are worth 12% – or £38,831 – more than those elsewhere, while proximity to an Aldi shop can cut their price by 3%, according to research from Lloyds Bank.

Lidl is increasing its number of UK stores

500 new Lidl distribution centre jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Lidl’s proposed 41,806m² new distribution centre would create up to 500 jobs and be the discounter’s 11th in the UK if plans were approved.

There are signs that Tesco's recovery is damaging some rivals

Tesco stirs again as incomes rise, says expert

By Rod Addy

Tesco is reawakening as incomes rise and volume sales start to rise in the UK grocery market, according to Clive Black, director and head of research at Shore Capital.

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.

Allan is chairman of Dixons and was a director at supermarket chain Fine Fare

Tesco’s new chairman has valuable background

By Rod Addy

Tesco’s new chairman John Allan’s background in retail, grocery and logistics will make him a great help to the retailer at this critical time, according to a leading industry analyst.

Rick Pendrous, editor, Food Manufacture

Expect to see seismic changes from retailers

By Rick Pendrous

Suppliers to the retail sector can expect seismic changes in their relationships with customers over the year ahead as the multiples attempt to fight back against the rise of the limited range discounters.

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.

Aldi ran similar ads in March 2014, which the ASA banned

Tesco crushes Aldi ad wooing supermarket shoppers

By Rod Addy

Tesco has quashed an Aldi marketing campaign aimed at poaching supermarket shoppers after complaining about its ‘Swap and Save’ adverts to the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA).

Tesco faces a second financial probe, this time by the Financial Reporting Council

Tesco finances face new probe

By Michael Stones

Troubled supermarket giant Tesco faces a fresh probe into its accounts by the Financial Reporting Council (FRC).

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.

More than four in 10 shoppers said they had bought, or planned to buy, pumpkins

Three in 10 to shop for scary treats in discounters

By Rod Addy

Supermarkets face a Halloween shock as three in 10 shoppers (29%) said they aimed to buy seasonally-themed products from high street discount retailers, according to the latest IGD research.

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.

Asda's market share rose to 17.3% in the 12 weeks ending October 12, said Kantar Worldpanel

Asda wins out as food market enters deflation

By Rod Addy

Asda headed the supermarket pack as the food market officially entered a period of deflation, although consumers were the real winners, according to the latest Kantar Worldpanel figures.

The discounters are less likely to break the code, says Tacon

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Discounters less likely to breach the Groceries Code

By Nicholas Robinson

Discount retailers, such as Aldi and Lidl, are less likely to breach the Groceries Supply Code of Practice (GSCOP) than the big four, the Groceries Code Adjudicator (GCA) Christine Tacon has claimed.

Sainsbury's results represented a watershed not just for the retailer but the whole grocery market, analysts said

Sainsbury results: the reaction

By Michael Stones

Sainsbury’s third consecutive quarter of falling like-for-like sales represents a watershed, not just for the beleaguered retailer but the whole fast-moving UK grocery sector, agreed most City and retail analysts. Here, we capture their verdict, at a...

Saunders: If your main customer is Tesco, you are the subject to its fortunes

Tesco's bungle could bash suppliers

By Michael Stones

Tesco’s embarrassing £250M accounting discrepancy, admitted last month, will punish shareholders not suppliers but underlines the dangers of over reliance on any one retailer, said retail analyst Conlumino.

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.

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