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10 April 2017
IGD's Chief Economist, James Walton, offers his take on how a productive supply chain can help businesses to create material value for shareholders.   IGD's Chief Economist, James Walton, offers his take on how a productive supply chain can help businesses to create material value for shareholders.   The scale option In February 2017, the US-based grocery company Kraft Heinz offere...
07 March 2017
Thought of the week: Alex looks at the new food for later trend in the UK In the last week, we’ve heard the news that Hello Fresh has opened its first physical store in London. The pop-up store will be in place for four weeks, selling meal boxes for two, priced at £10 each. This is an interesting development for the previously online-only pure player, and the opening represents a significant ...
06 March 2017
Following its 2016 results, Kroger remains focused on its long term strategy of investing in its people, the business and technology to deliver for its customers. Sales driven by acquisitions Despite the operating environment being more challenging than expected, Kroger achieved sales of $115.3bn for 2016, up 5% on 2015 or 1% on a like-for-like basis.The deflationary conditions have driven lo...
03 March 2017
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27 February 2017
Carrefour has signed a distribution contract with Supergroup and announced new initiatives to support farmers in France. Carrefour signs supply contract with Supergroup According to reports in LSA, Carrefour France’s central buying office has reached a negotiation and supply deal with Supergroup. Supergroup is a subsidiary of distributor Logista and is involved in wholesaling to proximity ret...
22 February 2017
Thought of the week: Suzannah thinks about the possibilities of food waste power Waitrose has unveiled trucks that run on biomethane. This renewable fuel is made from food waste, and can cover 500 miles before needing refuelling – over one and a half times their previous distance of 300 miles. I’ve seen buses that can go short distances on recycled chip fat, but this sort of thing has always ...
25 January 2017
Alan Hayes considers how supply chains operate on a fine balance between efficiency and performance. Many food and grocery retailers, and high street retailers have reported increased sales in the important Christmas trading window. However, the Financial Times wrote earlier this month that many have also been “...coughing and muttering something about lower margins.” One commentator h...
23 November 2016
The Coca-Cola Company has refranchised its bottling operations in China, with COFCO and Swire to acquire The Coca-Cola Company's Bottling Investments Group China (BIG). Focusing on building brands Under the agreement, all Coca-Cola Company-owned bottlers, including the Coca-Cola Company's Bottling Investments Group, will be refranchised into two partners: COFCO (China National Cereals, Oils a...
16 November 2016
The Co-op has extended a contract with XPO logistics. Servicing over 1000 stores XPO Logistics will continue to manage the Co-op’s food transport operations from its facilities in Andover and Avonmouth to Co-op’s 1000 plus stores in the South of England and Wales. XPO’s regional planning centre will also service both distribution centres. 100 million cases Under the agreement, XPO Logist...
08 November 2016
Müller Milk & Ingredients has announced plans to invest £60m to upgrade capabilities and operational efficiencies. Improving operations Müller’s investment will be spent on upgrading its processing facilities at Severnside and Foston, with enhancements being made to its Droitwich, Manchester and Bridgwater dairies. As part of ongoing plans to create a modern, efficient fresh milk and ingredi...