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Sainsbury's on track to deliver cost savings

Sainsbury's, the UK's number two food retailer, has reported preliminary figures for the fourth quarter and full year 2002 which show that the company's programme...

Solid gains for Guyenne & Gascogne

French retail group Guyenne & Gascogne has reported a 4.7 per cent increase in sales for 2002 to €1.2 billion, pushing up operating profits by...

Kraft powder up for sale?

US food company Kraft Foods has put its powdered soft drink concentrate plant in Hyderabad, India up for sale, reports the Indian paper Financial Express....

Tesco rapped for organic advertising

Retailers in the UK are increasing their organic food offering all the time, especially as consumers become increasingly concerned about the safety of much of...

Metro bucks the trend with sales rise

German retail group Metro has reported a 4 per cent increase in sales for 2002 to €51.5 billion as it restructuring and expansion programme continued...

Hope for CAP

Decoupling would secure significant income gains for EU farmers, writes the European Commission this week. The comment on the link between production and subsidy -...

Metro launches new image campaign

Metro, the German group which is the world's fifth largest retailer, yesterday launched a new campaign designed to "sharpen the profile" of the company. The...

Light at the end of the tunnel for Jeronimo Martins

After a difficult few years involving the wholesale restructuring of the business, Portuguese supermarket retailer Jeronimo Martins appears to be on the road to recovery....

Safeway: four from five referred to Competition Commission

Four of the five bidders for the UK's fourth largest supermarket group have had their offers referred to the Competition Commission, it was revealed yesterday,...

Migros to add more brands

Migros, the Swiss co-operative retailer, has announced that it is to extend the range of branded food and non-food products it sells to include some...

Code of Practice 'makes no difference', claim suppliers

Farmers and growers supplying the UK supermarket sector believe that the Supermarket Code of Practice introduced a year ago has made no difference to the...

Morrisons strengthens its case for Safeway

Morrisons, the UK supermarket group which sparked off the bidding war for compatriot Safeway earlier this year, has announced full year results for 2002 which...

Carrefour continues to expand

Carrefour, the French retail giant which has operations in more than 30 countries, has increased its presence in Spain, one of its leading foreign markets,...

Delhaize hit by dollar dip

A decline in the value of the US dollar pushed down sales at Belgian retail group Delhaize in 2002. The company operates under a number...

Strong growth for 'virtual' Spanish supermarket

Two years after its launch, the 'virtual' Spanish supermarket capraboacasa.com, is going from strength to strength. The company, which is part of the Caprabo food...

Carrefour's foreign businesses progress

Centros Comerciales Carrefour (CCC), the Spanish arm of leading French hypermarket and supermarket operator, has reported operating profits of €301.8 million for 2002, a 12...

Food safety: upping the info

Making one's way around the European Commission website is a challenge at the best of times. CORDIS, the European Commission's research and development information service,...

Is Ahold right for Tesco?

Ahold's ongoing woes resulting from accounting irregularities in the US and Argentina have led to a barrage of speculation that some or all of the...

Casino improves despite Dutch problems

French retail Casino has reported a 17.5 per cent increase in net profits for 2002 to €445.2 million despite losses from its Dutch unit, Laurus....

Country of origin - the debate continues

New legislation to tighten the 'origin of labelling' for food products in the US continues to incite reactions with a coalition of consumer and agricultural...

Changing demand for sugar and sweeteners

As scientists warn the western world about the health implications of eating too much sugar, food manufacturers and food/beverage processors are reconsidering the additives they...

Ahold troubles continue as new CFO is appointed

The controversy over the accounting irregularities at Dutch retail group Ahold continued this week with revelations in the press that the company was aware of...

Tengelmann takes total control of Iberian units

Tengelmann, the German retail group, has taken 100 per cent control of its Spanish and Portuguese subsidiaries after acquiring a 40 per cent stake in...

The smooth approach

Silky smooth, high-fruit chews can now be produced in a new, no-cook process following a recent development from British Sugar, the company claims this week....

GM testing for baby food

Consumers in Europe are increasingly concerned about risks derived from genetically modified (GM) foods. New proposals tabled by the European Commission aim to meet these...

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