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21st April
Beiersdorf CEO 'Satisfied' With First Quarter Results
Beiersdorf CEO 'Satisfied' With First Quarter Results

The chief executive of Beiersdorf said this afternoon that he is satisfied with the Nivea maker's business over the first three months of the year. Speaking at the group's annual shareholders' meeting, CEO Stefan Heidenreich also confirmed the group's 2014 forecast for sales to rise between 4% and 6% and an EBIT margin slightly above the 2013 level of 13.2%. 

The Co-operative Group To Sell 60% Of Somerfield ...

The Co-operative Group plans to sell around 60% of the stores it acquired as part of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield. The retailer has stated it will concen [ ... ]

LeClerc Launches First Drive Facility At A French...

French retailer Leclerc has launched a new Drive facility at a motorway service store. The shopping collection point is located on the A8, between Frejus and C [ ... ]

Cocoa Prices Still Rising With High Demand For Cho...

European demand for chocolate remains high this Easter, according to chocolate sales figures across the continent, but challenges still lie ahead for producers. [ ... ]

Countdown To MedFEL 2014 Perpignan, France - May 1...

MedFEL, the international fruit and vegetable trade show, will take place in Perpignan, France from May 13-15. The event has grown in recent years to become an [ ... ]

Tesco’s Irish Division One Of Its Worst Performi...

Annual results released by supermarket giant Tesco show how its Irish division was one of its worst performing for the period. Total revenues dropped 5.7% to  [ ... ]

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esm_magazine LeClerc launches its first Drive facility at a motorway service store http://t.co/wa5Bbu3XDT #supermarket #supermarche #clickandcollect
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esm_magazine Demand remains high for #Eastereggs as cocoa prices keep rising http://t.co/BqxLEveof7 #supermarket #chocolate #retail #pricing #news
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Retail

 The Co-operative Group To Sell 60% Of Somerfield Sites The Co-operative Group To Sell 60% Of Somerfield Sites

The Co-operative Group plans to sell around 60% of the stores it acquired as part of the 2009 acquisition of Somerfield. The retailer has stated it w [ ... ]

Cocoa Prices Still Rising With High Demand For ChocolateCocoa Prices Still Rising With High Demand For Chocolate

European demand for chocolate remains high this Easter, according to chocolate sales figures across the continent, but challenges still lie ahead for  [ ... ]

Tesco’s Irish Division One Of Its Worst PerformingTesco’s Irish Division One Of Its Worst Performing

Annual results released by supermarket giant Tesco show how its Irish division was one of its worst performing for the period. Total revenues dropped [ ... ]

Co-op Boss Issues Stark Warning After £2.5Bn LossesCo-op Boss Issues Stark Warning After £2.5Bn Losses

Richard Pennycock, the interim chief executive of Co-op, has issued a stark warning about the group’s future following annual losses of £2.5 billio [ ... ]

Private Label

MDD Private Label Expo Starts TodayMDD Private Label Expo Starts Today

MDD's two day expo begins this morning in Paris, with the best and brightest in the world of retail descending on the French capital for what promises [ ... ]

Carrefour Hoping To Push Own Brand Carrefour Hoping To Push Own Brand "Reflets De France" Range In China

As Chinese President Xi Jinping begins his state visit to France today, the world's second largest retail chain Carrefour made the announcement that i [ ... ]

Waitrose To Expand 'Essential' Private-Label BrandWaitrose To Expand 'Essential' Private-Label Brand

Waitrose has announced plans to expand its essential Waitrose private-label range. Launched in March 2009, the essential Waitrose line now has 2,100  [ ... ]

Countdown To PLMA 2014 Countdown To PLMA 2014

Private-label manufacturers, retail and wholesale buyers, and other retail industry operators are eagerly awaiting this year’s PLMA World of Private [ ... ]

A-Brands

Post Said To Reach $2.5bn Agreement For Michael FoodsPost Said To Reach $2.5bn Agreement For Michael Foods

Post Holdings Inc. (POST) agreed to acquire Michael Foods Group Inc., the processing and distribution business controlled by Goldman Sachs Group Inc. [ ... ]

Danone Drops In Paris On Declining Fresh Dairy ShipmentsDanone Drops In Paris On Declining Fresh Dairy Shipments

Danone (BN) fell the most in six weeks in Paris after the French yogurt maker’s price increases weighed on the amount of dairy products sold in the  [ ... ]

Heinz Offers Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff Shunning CultureHeinz Offers Buyouts To Pittsburgh Staff Shunning Culture

HJ Heinz Co. is offering buyouts in Pittsburgh, the city it has called home for more than a century, as its new owners overhaul the company’s cultur [ ... ]

Reckitt Benckiser Says Its On Track To Meet GoalsReckitt Benckiser Says Its On Track To Meet Goals

Reckitt Benckiser Group Plc (RB/), the maker of Lysol disinfectants, said a separate stock listing is a “strong option” for its pharmaceutical bus [ ... ]

Fresh Produce

Countdown To MedFEL 2014 Perpignan, France - May 13-15Countdown To MedFEL 2014 Perpignan, France - May 13-15

MedFEL, the international fruit and vegetable trade show, will take place in Perpignan, France from May 13-15. The event has grown in recent years to [ ... ]

Freshfel Welcomes New Framework for EU Fresh Produce Promotion ProgrammesFreshfel Welcomes New Framework for EU Fresh Produce Promotion Programmes

Freshfel Europe, the European fresh fruit and vegetable association, has welcomed the European Parliament’s adoption of the new framework for promot [ ... ]

Total Produce Commits To 100% Sustainability By 2020Total Produce Commits To 100% Sustainability By 2020

Total Produce B.V. has committed to having 100% of its fresh fruit and vegetables sourced sustainably by the year 2020. The Sustainability Initiative [ ... ]

EU Commission Outlines New Organic Farming Rules EU Commission Outlines New Organic Farming Rules

The European Commission has published new proposals to improve organic food production and the labelling of organic products. It said the initiative  [ ... ]

Drinks

Remy Cointreau Says Earnings Slumped On Chinese SlowdownRemy Cointreau Says Earnings Slumped On Chinese Slowdown

Remy Cointreau SA (RCO), the maker of Remy Martin cognac, said it expects to report fiscal full-year earnings that slumped as much as 40% after sales  [ ... ]

Diageo Quarterly Sales Unexpectedly Fall On Emerging MarketsDiageo Quarterly Sales Unexpectedly Fall On Emerging Markets

Diageo Plc (DGE), the world’s biggest distiller, said weakness in emerging markets including China will weigh on growth this year after reporting th [ ... ]

Coca-Cola First-Quarter Results Soothe Soda Slowdown FearCoca-Cola First-Quarter Results Soothe Soda Slowdown Fear

Coca-Cola Co. (KO) Chief Executive Officer Muhtar Kent can exhale now. The world’s largest soda maker today showed signs of a rebound in the first  [ ... ]

LVMH Acquires First Burgundy Vineyard Clos Des LambraysLVMH Acquires First Burgundy Vineyard Clos Des Lambrays

LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton SA (MC), the world’s largest luxury goods company, bought the Clos des Lambrays vineyard to expand into Burgundy, a [ ... ]

Supply Chain

Sligro, Emté and Plus Sign Supply Chain DealSligro, Emté and Plus Sign Supply Chain Deal

Three of Holland's largest food service and retail operators have announced a new tie-up in order to try and synchronise their various logistics syste [ ... ]

Albert Heijn To Build New Logistics Centre For Fresh FoodsAlbert Heijn To Build New Logistics Centre For Fresh Foods

One of Europe's largest transport and logistics companies has teamed up with a leading grocery chain to build a new distribution centre, solely for fr [ ... ]

369m Tonnes Of Goods Makes Rotterdam Europe's Busiest Port369m Tonnes Of Goods Makes Rotterdam Europe's Busiest Port

According to the latest figures by Eurostat, the Dutch port of Rotterdam has once again handled the largest amount of goods in Europe during 2012. Wh [ ... ]

Horsemeat Imported From North And South America A Health Risk To French Consumers - L214 StudyHorsemeat Imported From North And South America A Health Risk To French Consumers - L214 Study

A French animal rights group has claimed that horsemeat, imported to the country from north and south America, comes from animals given a drug banned  [ ... ]

Technology

 LeClerc Launches First Drive Facility At A French Motorway Service Store LeClerc Launches First Drive Facility At A French Motorway Service Store

French retailer Leclerc has launched a new Drive facility at a motorway service store. The shopping collection point is located on the A8, between Fr [ ... ]

Total Produce Trial Total Produce Trial "SmartStands" In Ireland

This month will see Total Produce begin trials of NFC enabled fresh produce retail units, or “SmartStands” in Ireland. NFC, or “Near Field Comm [ ... ]

Target Breach Spurs Retail Rush To Accept Tougher Credit CardsTarget Breach Spurs Retail Rush To Accept Tougher Credit Cards

After last year’s massive security breaches at Target Corp. (TGT) and Neiman Marcus Group LLC, data-security professionals urged U.S. retailers to u [ ... ]

Click And Collect Set For ‘Explosive Growth’ Across Europe – Planet RetailClick And Collect Set For ‘Explosive Growth’ Across Europe – Planet Retail

The click and collect service is set to go through explosive growth over the next three years, according to a new forecast by Planet Retail. As part  [ ... ]

Packaging Design

Plastic Packaging Preferred By Consumers – New YouGov Survey Plastic Packaging Preferred By Consumers – New YouGov Survey

New research has revealed how consumers prefer tomato ketchup to be stored in plastic containers rather than glass bottles. Of those taking part in t [ ... ]

Ardagh Sells Six US Plants To Meet Terms Of VNA PurchaseArdagh Sells Six US Plants To Meet Terms Of VNA Purchase

The Luxembourg-base manufacturer of glass and metal packaging, the Ardagh Group, is to sell six US productions sites to comply with the terms of an ag [ ... ]

Tobacco Firms Prepare For Legal Battle On Plain PackagingTobacco Firms Prepare For Legal Battle On Plain Packaging

Tobacco manufacturers are preparing for legal battles in Britain following the health minister's decision on new regulations to enforce plain tobacco  [ ... ]

Tesco Reduces Food Waste With New Plastic Packaging For EggsTesco Reduces Food Waste With New Plastic Packaging For Eggs

British supermarket chain Tesco has introduced new recyclable plastic packaging to save more than a million eggs from going to waste each year. Follo [ ... ]