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European focus pays off for Auchan

Auchan , the French retail group, has reported a 5.3 per cent rise in sales for 2002 to €27.6 billion, shrugging off the worst effects of...

Beneo programme to rival tapas

Consumers in Spain can now join their European neighbours in Belgium and Switzerland in enjoying a range of food products endorsed by the Beneo programme....

FSAI wraps knuckles over mislabelling

Irish consumers concerned about the presence of GM ingredients will be assured by the results of a recent survey commissioned by Food Safety Authority of...

Ahold struggles in first quarter

Dutch retail group Ahold has reported an 11.3 per cent decline in sales for the first quarter of the year to €17.4 billion, due mainly...

Retail pack sniffing round ailing Ahold

The large grocery retailing market could see significant movement over the coming few months, as Dutch group Ahold downsizes and a handful of others fight...

Safeway results reflect future uncertainty

Full year sales at Safeway , the British food retail group, increased by 1.3 per cent in 2002/03 to £9.5 billion (€13.4bn), a solid if less-than-spectacular...

Fischler convinces ministers over CAP?

Dr Franz Fischler, the leading light behind reform proposals to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), continued on his crusade to guarantee the quality of food...

US biotech WTO move knocked by EU

So, they went ahead and did it anyway. Despite imminent changes to the European legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), re-iterated by EU Trade Commissioner...

Miller finally quits over Ahold fraud

Jim Miller, the chief executive of the US Foodservice unit of Dutch retail group Ahold, has finally resigned after revelations of accounting fraud at the...

Tesco playing with the big boys

Tesco is now one of the top ten food retailers in the world, ranked number eight according to sales last year, and has grown faster...

Delhaize pleased despite tough first quarter

A first quarter period marred by declining exchange rates and exceptional charges relating to US store closures has taken its toll on Belgian retail group...

Continued recovery will increase Somerfield interest

Somerfield , the UK food retailer, has reported a slight upturn in like-for-like sales in the year to March, another step on the road to recovery...

Ahold accounting scandal worse than expected

Ahold , the troubled Dutch food retail group, has announced the results of an investigation of the accounts at its US Foodservice arm, and they do...

Safeway merger: supplier relations questioned

The UK Competition Commission has released an issues statement concerning its investigation into the proposed acquisition of the Safeway retail group. The Commission is currently...

Burning bridges...

Australian food ingredients company Burns Philp continued to slim down its newly acquired firm, Australian bakery giant Goodman Fielder, with the announcement on Tuesday that...

Introducing the non-drip lolly

The frustration of suffering the drip-drip effect of an ice lolly on a hot summer day may well be over as food ingredients giant Danisco...

First quarter confirms Jeronimo Martins recovery

After a turbulent few years and the wholesale sell off a number of businesses, Portugal's Jeronimo Martins retail group appears to be on the road...

Easter boost for French retailers

The Easter period - which this year fell in April - gave a major boost to sales at French supermarkets and hypermarkets, according to the...

The future of food retailing

Metro, the diversified German retail group, last week opened its first so-called Future Store near Duisburg, a move which it expects to be followed by...

Safeway rivals plead their causes

Four of the five potential bidders for UK supermarket chain Safeway have this week been presenting their cases to the Competition Commission. The heads of...

Metro gets off to a good start

Germany's retail group Metro has reported first quarter figures which show a clear improvement on the same period a year earlier, despite difficulties from exchange...

Ahold foreign sell off continues

Ahold, the troubled Dutch retailer which is facing a probe into accounting irregularities, has continued with the sale of its non-core foreign businesses. Early this...

Co-op sales boosted by ethical stance

At a period when trust in big business - especially in the food industry - is at an all-time low, companies which successfully promote themselves...

Somerfield rejects takeover offer

A proposed takeover bid for the UK retailer Somerfield was rejected yesterday by the company's board on the grounds that it undervalued the company. On...

Asda pledges support for British farmers

Asda, the UK's third largest food retail group, has unveiled a new programme designed to promote British food and drink products. The new Buy British...

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