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M&S to reward loyal customers

Loyalty cards are now widespread in the UK, with most of the major food and non-food retailers offering a range of rewards to loyal shoppers....

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The European Union might be a single market when it comes to the transfer of goods and services, but there are still huge differences in...

EU slams Australian trade attitude

In the run up to the WTO trade talks next week in Mexico, the European Union has called on the WTO to rule on the...

Laurus on the road to recovery

Moves by Dutch grocery retailer Laurus to lift itself back into the black appear to be working, with a leap back into profit in the...

Morrisons hoping to get Safeway on the cheap?

Wm Morrison , the supermarket group which is widely believed to be the leading candidate to acquire the UK's Safeway chain, may offer less for the...

German recession does little to boost Spar interims

Sluggish consumer demand in the German market coupled with its own ongoing restructuring programme pushed the Spar retail group into the red in the first...

Carrefour grows despite currency impact

First half sales at leading European food retailer Carrefour were ahead of the same period a year earlier, even after the negative impact of currency...

Supermarkets blamed for Spanish store wars

Small store operators in Spain have seen their share of everyday household good sales - including food and drink - drop by 50 per cent...

Trade 'distortion': impact on developing economies

Balancing liberalisation with a better deal for developing countries must be a priority for the World Trade Organisation as figures from a new report released...

Ahold sells US convenience unit

Ahold, the Dutch retail group, is continuing with the sale of its non-core assets as it tries to raise cash to offset the profit shortfall...

Safeway suitors warned by ratings agency

Two of the leading candidates to buy the British supermarket chain Safeway have been warned that such a deal could seriously damage their ability to...

Retailers, farmers talk about the weather

The hot weather which has affected most of western Europe during the last month has been a double-edged sword for the food industry. While many...

Metro pushes into Ukraine, India

Metro , the diversified German retail and wholesale group, has opened its first store in Ukraine, part of its concerted push into core eastern European markets....

Smaller stores to boost Polish market growth

Despite the fact that the number of retail outlets in Poland has doubled to almost 450,000 outlets over the last decade, the country is likely...

Danisco dusts off new technology

International ingredients supplier Danisco has developed a low-dust powder technology for food manufacturers aiming for an improved factory environment. Capable of reducing up to 98...

EU, US framework for WTO negotiations

With just three weeks remaining until the Cancun meetings, the EU and the US yesterday presented a joint framework to relaunch agricultural negotiations. Focusing on...

Competition commission delays Safeway decision

A last minute move by one of the potentials in the Safeway bidding race has led the UK competition body to delay its recommendations, which...

UK retailers await Safeway report

The UK retailing industry is bracing itself for perhaps the biggest event of the year, as it awaits the results of the Competition Commission's report...

ADM to increase US sorbitol production

Agribusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland yesterday announced it will increase its liquid sorbitol capacity by 60 per cent by the end of 2003 in order...

Petrol fuels food sales

Petrol station shops are becoming a progressively more important outlet within a growing and increasingly consolidated convenience retail market, according to the latest report from...

Strong times for Frutarom

A robust second quarter for Israel-based flavour and fragrances multinational Frutarom, announcing a rise for both sales and profits and completion of its acquisition of...

EC tightens aflatoxin controls

The European Commission has reviewed the measures it has taken to ensure aflatoxin-contaminated Chinese peanuts, Iranian pistachios and Turkish figs, pistachios and hazelnuts do not...

Brazil to welcome soy industry

With virtually all of the world's new soybean production expected to come from increased plantings in South America over the next five to ten years,...

Telling it like it isn't

The UK Consumers' Association (CA)'s honest food labelling campaign has revealed a range of confusing, and sometimes misleading labels on summer food products. The organisation...

Krispy Kreme aims high with Harrods debut

Krispy Kreme, the US-based doughnut manufacturer and retailer, has revealed the location of its first European outlet - inside the world's best known department store,...