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Sumptuous Sellafield salmon sarnies?

Radioactivity checks on farmed salmon from Scotland and Northern Ireland exposed to Sellafield radiation show that there is no cause for concern from eating these...

Wal-Mart mulling Ahold acquisition

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retail group, could be about to cement its reputation as the most international of US-based retailers with the possible acquisition of...

Health claims, getting it right

By all accounts, the new European proposals on nutrition and health claims have provoked a mixed reaction across the board. Raymond O'Rourke, a food lawyer...

Carrefour adds discount units

The growing importance of the discount food retail format for France's leading supermarket groups was underlined today with the announcement of an agreement between Carrefour ,...

Marketing boost helps Toupargel

A concerted marketing effort, the late timing of Easter and the acquisition of Unilever's rival business, Agrigel, all helped boost sales at French frozen food...

Casino stresses underlying growth

A recovery in international sales, coupled with further growth in its domestic market, helped French supermarket group Casino post good organic growth in the first...

Sainsbury still has a mountain to climb

Sir George Bull took the helm at UK supermarket group Sainsbury five years ago when the company was in something of a downward spiral. Five...

Bon appétit hit by retail price wars

Swiss group Bon appétit saw its sales fall in the first half as its smaller stores suffered at the hands of rapidly-expanding rivals and a...

Mixed first half for Carrefour franchisees

The two leading franchise holders for the French Carrefour group have reported mixed sales performances for the first half of 2003. While Guyenne & Gascogne...

Russia, E Europe head list of retail growth markets

The strengthening of economies in eastern Europe, and the much publicised troubles in many Latin American countries, mean that retailers looking to expand their business...

M&S leads the market in food sales growth

Marks & Spencer has reported food sales growth ahead of the market for the first quarter of the year, boosted by excellent like-for-like sales growth...

Light at the end of the tunnel for Carrefour?

Carrefour posted its first quarterly sales increase in six quarters last week, despite a negative impact of 5.1 per cent related to exchange rates. Turnover...

Spar plunges deeper into the red

Restructuring costs at Spar, the German food retailer owned by France's Intermarché group, pushed the group further into the red in 2002. Net losses for...

CSM expands in UK

Dutch food group CSM has acquired UK-based Readi-bake from the US group Country Home Bakers for €28 million. With annual sales of approximately €22 million,...

Shoppers vote for Asda in Safeway takeover tussle

Four retail companies are currently fighting it out for the right to buy the Safeway supermarket group in the UK. According to a recent consumer...

'Satisfactory' Q1 for Big Food Group

The Big Food Group , which owns the Iceland and Booker food retail and wholesale chains, has reported 'satisfactory' results for the first quarter of 2003...

Safeway survives turbulent times

Safeway , the British food retailer, has spent the last six months in limbo while the regulators rule on which of five potential bidders will be...

Sustainability needs an ethical dimension

As European politicians make hesitant steps towards sustainable agriculture through reforms to the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), scientists assert that the main focus of agricultural...

Ahold facing criminal charges

Ahold , the embattled Dutch retail chain, has said it will co-operate fully with the public prosecutor as it faces a criminal investigation in its home...

Thresher to sell food with booze

Thresher, the UK-based drinks retailer, is continuing its move upmarket with the acquisition of the gourmet meal business Leapingsalmon.com, which will allow it to sell...

Yoghurt industry body calls for changes

The US Food and Drug Administration announced that a petition has been filed by The National Yogurt Association (NYA) requesting that the agency revoke a...

Somerfield seeks to quicken pace of recovery

Somerfield , the UK supermarket group, is pleased with its recovery but wants to increase the pace of development for its new store formats to consolidate...

FoE turns its guns on Wal-Mart

Friends of the Earth (FoE), the UK-based lobby group, has been among the most vociferous critics of UK supermarket group Tesco as it extends its...

Further evidence of fraud at Ahold

Ahold , the Dutch retail group at the centre of a major accounting scandal, has completed its internal probe - and discovered yet more irregularities. The...

Understanding meat labels

Today marks the entry of strict EU rules on the labelling of meat-based products that aim to provide consumers with clearer information on the meat...

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