Thursday, December 8, 2011

Sainsburys - food industry company news

Sainsbury's - food industry company news

Lunchbox Loaves will be available in two variants - original malt loaf and banana UK: McCambridge adds to Soreen range

8 December 2011

McCambridge Group has expanded its Soreen range with the launch of its mini malt loaves.

EU: UK food makers, retailers pledge not to use caged eggs

7 December 2011

UK food manufacturers have pledged not to use caged eggs from Europe, amid concerns that egg producers on the continent will fail to comply with a ban that starts next month.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's ramps up promos in November

7 December 2011

Sainsbury's intensified its promotional activity in November, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

UK: Big Price Drop hits Tesco's market share - Kantar

6 December 2011

Tesco's Big Price Drop promotional campaign has hit its share of the UK grocery market, according to the latest data from Kantar Worldpanel.

UPDATE: UK grocers fend off "misleading promo" claims

5 December 2011

UK supermarkets have today (5 December) fended off accusations that their promotional offers are misleading.

UK: Supermarket promo deals "misleading"

5 December 2011

Promotional offers used by UK supermarkets are misleading and could even raise consumers' shopping bills, according to an investigation by the BBC.

UK: Gu extends desserts range

5 December 2011

Noble Foods' UK desserts brand Gu has launched a range of "festive" sweets in time for the Christmas period.

UK: Matalan owner "to help fund Walker's Iceland bid"

1 December 2011

The founder of UK retailer Matalan has reportedly pledged to help fund Iceland Foods chief executive Malcolm Walker's bid for the frozen food retailer.

Logistics - the role of the logistics service provider

30 November 2011

Logistics companies, far from being simple hauliers, have adapted to meet the increasingly complicated and specialised needs of customers in the food manufacture and retail spheres, such as tracking and traceability and flexible volumes. In the second part of his feature on logistics, Stuart Todd gains insight from major logistics providers about this fascinating industry.

UK: WWF cautiously praises UK firms on palm oil

22 November 2011

UK food and drink companies are buying more certified sustainable palm oil than ever before, according to environmental charity WWF.

UK: Spar targets Tesco in price-comparison scheme

18 November 2011

Spar stores in the UK have rolled out a marketing campaign that compares its prices with those in Tesco's convenience outlets.

UK: Morrisons, Whole Foods list Graham's The Family Dairy products

18 November 2011

UK dairy firm Graham's The Family Dairy's has secured listings with Morrisons and Whole Foods Market.

Talking shop: Costcutter faces supermarket might

16 November 2011

Bibby Line hailed the convenience retail sector as a "great opportunity" in the wake of its acquisition of major player Costcutter. However, can Costcutter stand up to the will and spending power of supermarkets, which have also recognised the opportunities c-stores offer? just-food explores the issue.

UK: Iceland confirms debt finance talks, coy on Blackstone

15 November 2011

The management of Iceland Foods is in talks with debt finance companies over its attempt to acquire total ownership of the business, but has not yet lined one up, according to a source.

Best bits: EU approves stevia; Russia set to join WTO

14 November 2011

Two potentially significant policy developments emerged last week - the EU approved the use of the sweetener stevia in food and drink products, while Russia moved nearer to finally joining the WTO.

UK: Asda to relaunch SmartPrice own-label line

14 November 2011

UK retailer Asda has revealed plans to relaunch its SmartPrice own-label range next year.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

14 November 2011

This week food firms continued to release financial results amid the increasingly uncertain economic environment, including UK retailer Sainsbury's and rival Morrisons. The European Commission formally approved stevia sweeteners for use within the European Union for the first time. Meanwhile, looking to expand, PepsiCo acquired Brazilian biscuit manufacturer Mabel after reports circled last week.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

14 November 2011

Another week dominated by results, notably Marks and Spencers, Associated British Foods and Barry Callebaut. A story that broke late this week and could have severe repercussions is the approval of sweetener stevia for use in the EU. Meanwhile, floods hit food producers in Thailand and the death toll sadly continues to rise in the US listeria outbreak. Click on the headlines for more.

On the money: Morrisons ready for growth, coy on Iceland

10 November 2011

Morrisons chief executive Dalton Philips said its offering to cash-strapped consumers and the "professional shopper" is behind the supermarket chain's third-quarter growth.

On the money: Sainsbury's aims to shed price perception

9 November 2011

Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King today (9 November) heralded the company's work to alter consumer's perceptions of the supermarket's position on price - but admitted there is still work to do.

UK: Sainsbury's forecast Christmas cheer after positive H1

9 November 2011

The head of Sainsbury's is positive about the remainder of the year after the UK retailer posted strong first-half profits, despite economic uncertainty.

UK: Supermarkets reach price detente

8 November 2011

The 'big four' supermarkets have reached a deadlock with their "aggressive" pricing, according to the latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, released today (8 November).

Talking tech: Self-service checkouts and beyond

3 November 2011

Self-service checkouts have been a feature of food retail stores for a decade or more but their use remains a subject of debate. The UK is a market where the technology is well-established and now Waitrose has decided to use the tills across its estate. Dean Best talks to Ed Brindley, marketing director for Waitrose self-checkout supplier Wincor Nixdorf, about the deal, the technology and where self-service could be heading.

Promo Tracker: Retailers split on promotions in October

2 November 2011

Tesco and Ocado stepped up their promotional activity in October but the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker showed a split among retailers.

Sustainability Watch - local sourcing

31 October 2011

In a two-part Sustainability Watch, Ben Cooper looks at what might be the most intractable of sustainability challenges for major food retailers.

UK: Online shoppers more brand loyal, says Unilever

21 October 2011

Consumers are more brand loyal when shopping online, giving food manufacturers the chance to exploit the growth of the channel, according to Unilever.

UK: Hain Celestial expands Linda McCartney range

19 October 2011

Hain Celestial has added four products to its Linda McCartney vegetarian range in the UK.

UK: Tesco and Sainsbury's in lettuce spat

18 October 2011

Sainsbury's has accused rival UK supermarket giant Tesco of making misleading claims in its advertising.

Comment: Price remains centre stage as grocers gather to discuss future

17 October 2011

"Breakthroughs" was the title of this year's IGD Convention, the annual gathering of the UK grocery trade, a fitting recognition that in the face of wilting consumer confidence and increasingly paralysed governments, it was up to the trade to drag its own backside out of the current economic gloom.

UK: Price "losing its competitive advantage" in UK grocery - Sainsbury's

17 October 2011

Price is no longer a competitive advantage in the UK grocery sector, according to Sainsbury's commercial director Mike Coupe.