Dutch retailer Ahold's efforts to streamline its business are
continuing apace, with yesterday's announcement that the US convenience store business
was to be sold followed today by news of a realignment at the
Whole Foods Market, the largest natural and organic food retailer
in the US, is to make its first entry into the UK with the
acquisition of Fresh & Wild, a London-based company which
operates a small chain of natural food stores.
The relationship between suppliers and retailers can frequently be
a difficult one, with the supermarkets traditionally being cast as
the villain, squeezing every penny of profit out of their put-upon
As if to confirm the Datamonitor report on organic food sales which
we reported on last week, the UK's Soil Association has this week
issued its own report showing that the British organic market is
alive and kicking, growing...
Organic food sales in the UK are set to grow by 12 per cent by
2007, reaching €2.6bn. But this is still half the size of the
German market, with further growth still hampered by the high
prices and dubious claims about the alleged...
The Food Commission has got the knives out for the UK supermarket
sector and confectionery manufacturers over the sale of sweets and
snacks at the checkout, which it claims is contributing to the
worsening health of the nation.
Spain is one of the biggest producers of organic food in Europe,
but the vast majority of its output is exported. Domestic shoppers
are put off by the high price of organic food and by the fact that
it is frequently hard to find,...
The organic food industry in Germany continued to grow last year,
despite a nitrofen contamination scandal. The Anuga food exhibition
in Cologne next month will feature thousands of organic food
products which show that there is still...
Mudgee Valley is to launch a range of Australian wines in
single-serve TetraPak cartons, just a few weeks after compatriot
Franklin Estates introduced its canned variant. But are these new
packs truly innovative, meeting increasing...
Europeans may be among the strongest opponents of GM foods, but
that does not mean that they are big supporters of organic food,
increasingly seen as an alternative to GM. Organic food sales
growth in western Europe is slowing, but...
Fun, convenience and health are the clear drivers of innovation in
the food industry, as the latest review of new products from
Mintel's Global New Product Database shows. Functional dairy and
confectionery products, fruit-flavoured...
Europe is a continent of snackers, and eating between meals is set
to grow there over the next five years. The challenge now for
manufacturers is to turn the oft-maligned snack into an integral
part of the daily diet as meal occasions...
A national promotional scheme has boosted sales of organic food in
the US, but sales in Europe were sluggish at best last year after a
high-profile scandal in Germany reduced consumer confidence,
according to a new report from Organic...