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Safeway treads water

The takeover of Safeway by Morrisons cannot come soon enough, it seems, with the continuing delays having a significant impact on the company's already fragile...

Ahold sees further sales decline

Ahold seems to be living in its own particular time zone at the moment. Just three weeks after the publication of its 2002 full-year results,...

Stores incensed by stamp duty hike

Changes to the stamp duty laws in the UK have been bitterly criticised by retailers there, who have warned of job losses and the further...

Monsanto oil to cut the trans fat content

Commercially savvy and biotech rich company Monsanto is waging a war on the waist, with impeccable timing. Following hot on the heels of new FDA...

Retailers retaliate in Spanish price spat

The government's list of producer and retailer prices for a variety of foodstuffs does not tell the real story, claims Spanish retail association Asedas. According...

GMOs with a kick

Can the trend for foods with added health benefits turn the tide of consumer cynicism towards genetically modified foodstuffs? US researchers hypothesise that shoppers might...

From dyes to deer

Contamination warnings from the UK food agency highlights yet another food product containing the illegal dye Sudan 1 and issues a follow-up warning about eating...

Safeway stores up for sale already

Safeway, the UK food retail chain, has put 53 stores up for sale in advance of the expected takeover of the chain by Wm Morrison....

Good Q3 for Toupargel

Toupargel, the French food retail group which specialises in home delivery, has reported a 2 per cent improvement in third quarter sales, helped by solid...

Carrefour loses interest in Brazilian bid

Carrefour has pulled out of the bidding race for the Brazilian assets of the troubled Ahold group, preferring instead to pursue its own new store...

Casino's relentless growth continues

Carrefour may be the pace setter in the French food retail market, but Casino is more than capable of keeping up with its larger rival,...

Ireland backs CAP and welcomes competition

A settled policy environment is in store for Irish farmers following reform to the EU's Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and imminent decoupling, said Jim Flanagan...

Delhaize to quit Singapore?

Belgian retail group Delhaize has had a troubled year, with poor sales at its US operations in particular weighing heavily on its results. The chain...

Sweeteners vs. sugar in the battle of the palate

Which do we prefer - the light or full-on version? Food scientists investigating sweeteners in soft drinks find the consumer palate might be perverse, preferring...

Co-op says no to GM

With the ink still wet on the latest revelations about genetically modified crops in the UK, one of the nation's biggest farmers and retailers has...

Green still interested in Safeway?

Philip Green, the retail entrepreneur has been particularly quiet about a potential bid for the Safeway chain in the UK in recent weeks, but he...

Sustaining the coffee world

As trading nations get to grips with globalisation in the 21st century the issue of sustainability is increasingly compounded for commodities on today's market. Nowhere...

Threshers pushes petrol station business

With legislators clamping down more heavily than ever on drink driving in the UK, the news that leading drinks retailer Threshers is to open more...

Major price cuts at Albert Heijn

Albert Heijn, the flagship store chain of the embattled Ahold group, is to slash the prices of a wide range of food products from today....

CAP: securing the future

With the European Union soon to represent 450 million consumers, which common agricultural policy will best serve an enlarged Europe? "A single CAP that serves...

Irish innovation gains from network in food arena

Results from an ongoing Irish initiative to boost product innovation - new ingredients and finished food and drink products - unveiled at an industry food...

First Indian store for Metro

Metro is one of Europe's most adventurous retail groups, often among the very first operators in a number of key growth markets. The German cash...

Ahold losses deepen under US rules

When Dutch retailer Ahold reported losses of around €1 billion for 2002 earlier this month, it warned that the figure would almost certainly fall deeper...

Carrefour seeks closer Thais

After a relatively quiet period, focusing on maintaining and growing underlying sales at a time of extreme fluctuations in exchange rates, Europe's biggest retail group...

WTO investigates protected products

Global tugs of war continue in the trade zone with the the WTO agreeing to demands from the US and Australia to examine Europe's rules...

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