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Private Label Business Elite to Meet, Greet in Amsterdam Private Label Business Elite to Meet, Greet in Amsterdam
Frozen food buyers and sellers are among more than 14,000 visitors from over 110 countries preparing to attend the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) 2018 World of Private Label

UK Waits to See if Government OKs Sainsbury’s-Asda Deal UK Waits to See if Government OKs Sainsbury’s-Asda Deal
The latest United Kingdom grocery market share figures, published by Kantar Worldpanel for the 12 weeks through April 22, 2018, reveal a market share of 15.9% and 15.5% for Sainsbury’s and Asda,

Save Cold Cash by Buying Frozen Foods, Says Iceland Study Save Cold Cash by Buying Frozen Foods, Says Iceland Study
Want to shave off almost £2,000 a year from the grocery bill? This should be no problem for folks in the United Kingdom who shop supermarket freezer aisles regularly and replace fresh food

EG Group Acquires Kroger's Convenience Stores in USA EG Group Acquires Kroger's Convenience Stores in USA
The Blackburn, England-headquartered EG Group has entered into a definitive agreement with The Kroger Co., the third largest grocery retailer in the world, to buy its 762-unit convenience store

Kevin Holt Named CEO of Newly Formed Ahold Delhaize USA Kevin Holt Named CEO of Newly Formed Ahold Delhaize USA
Zaandam, the Netherlands-headquartered Ahold Delhaize has announced the creation of Ahold Delhaize USA, to be effective on January 1, 2018. It will be the parent company for all of Ahold Delhaize's

SuperValu Seals Deal to Buy Associated Grocers of Florida SuperValu Seals Deal to Buy Associated Grocers of Florida
Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu has completed the purchase of Associated Grocers of Florida, Inc. (AG) in a transaction valued at approximately $193 million. This marks its second

Pacinelli Heads Schwan’s Private Label and Co-Packing Unit Pacinelli Heads Schwan’s Private Label and Co-Packing Unit
Schwan’s Company has launched Schwan’s Strategic Partner Solutions, a new division focused on growing the Marshall, Minnesota, USA-headquartered frozen food company’s private label and contract

UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years UK Grocery Prices Rising at Fastest Rate in Four Years
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks through November 5, 2017, show supermarket sales have increased in value by 3.2% year on year in the run

Iceland Foods’ Store Count Rises to 900 in United Kingdom Iceland Foods’ Store Count Rises to 900 in United Kingdom
The Deeside, Wales-headquartered Iceland Group is now operating 900 supermarket outlets in the UK. The milestone was reached last week with the opening of the 53rd of its larger format stores doing

Retail Realignment in USA Will be Hot Topic at PLMA Show Retail Realignment in USA Will be Hot Topic at PLMA Show
Amazon’s recent acquisition of Whole Foods Markets and the long-anticipated rollout of stores by German discounter Lidl are expected to set off far-reaching changes that will boost store brands

Discounter Lidl Now Seventh Largest UK Supermarket Chain Discounter Lidl Now Seventh Largest UK Supermarket Chain
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, covering a three-month period ending August 13, 2017, show Lidl has increased its market share to a new record high of 5.2% – up 0.7

Resignation of SuperValu CFO Bruce Besanko Imminent Resignation of SuperValu CFO Bruce Besanko Imminent
Minneapolis, Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu has announced that Bruce Besanko will resign his positions as executive vice president, chief operating officer and chief financial officer

Grocers Brace for Impact as Amazon Swallows Whole Foods Grocers Brace for Impact as Amazon Swallows Whole Foods
Online commerce giant Amazon is poised to take over Whole Foods Market, Inc. in a $13.7 billion deal that will include net debt obligations of the Austin, Texas-headquartered retailer, which bills

Aldi Gears Up Expansion as Lidl Debuts in United States Aldi Gears Up Expansion as Lidl Debuts in United States
With newcomer Lidl poised to open doors at its first stores in the USA on June 15, well-established discount grocery chain and arch-rival Aldi has announced a $3.4 billion capital investment to

Private Label Trade Show Kicks Off May 16 in Amsterdam Private Label Trade Show Kicks Off May 16 in Amsterdam
“Helping Consumers” is the focus of the Private Label Manufacturers Association’s (PLMA) two-day “World of Private Label” show, which runs from May 16-17 at the RAI Exhibition Centre in Amsterdam.

SuperValu to Acquire Unified Grocers in United States SuperValu to Acquire Unified Grocers in United States
Eden Prairie, Minnesota-headquartered SuperValu Inc. announced on April 10 that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to purchase Commerce, California-based Unified Grocers. The

Strong Growth for Lidl, Aldi and Iceland Chains in UK Strong Growth for Lidl, Aldi and Iceland Chains in UK
The latest United Kingdom grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published on April 4 for the 12 weeks ending on March 26, 2017, show supermarket sales increased in value by 1.4%

Is an IPO in Future for French Frozen Food Chain Picard? Is an IPO in Future for French Frozen Food Chain Picard?
Rothschild & Co has been engaged to review strategic options, including the possible sale, of Fontainebleau, France-headquartered Picard Surgelés, according to a Reuters report. The frozen food

Countdown Shortens for Opening of First Lidl Stores in US Countdown Shortens for Opening of First Lidl Stores in US
Plans are said to be ahead of schedule for Lidl, the Neckarsulm, Baden-Württemberg, Germany-headquartered discount grocery chain, to open as many as 100 stores in the Unites States within a

Aldi Becomes Fifth Largest Grocer in United Kingdom Aldi Becomes Fifth Largest Grocer in United Kingdom
The latest grocery market share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, reflecting the 12-week period ending January 29, 2017, show Aldi is now Britain’s fifth largest supermarket. With year-on-year sales

Iceland vs. Iceland: Government Sues Retailer Over Name Iceland vs. Iceland: Government Sues Retailer Over Name
After peacefully coexisting since 1970, the Republic of Iceland has taken legal action against UK supermarket operator Iceland Foods in an attempt to force the chain, which specializes in frozen

PLMA Store Brands Jamboree Extends Chicago Celebration PLMA Store Brands Jamboree Extends Chicago Celebration
The Chicago Cubs’ World Series Victory Parade, which attracted an estimated five million fans cheering their champion baseball team last Friday, is over. But the band will soon play on in the Windy

Private Label Growth Continues in US, Says 2016 Yearbook Private Label Growth Continues in US, Says 2016 Yearbook
Store brands sales reached $118.4 billion in the United States during 2015, an all-time record and an increase of $2.2 billion over the previous year. In the past two years alone, annual sales are

UK Grocery Market Posts 0.3% Gain; Iceland Foods Up 6.3% UK Grocery Market Posts 0.3% Gain; Iceland Foods Up 6.3%
The latest United Kingdom grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published on September 20 for the 12-week period ending September 11, 2016, show that despite continued deflation of 1.1%,

Ahold Delhaize Merger Brings New Visual ID to Retailer Ahold Delhaize Merger Brings New Visual ID to Retailer
The iconic Delhaize lion is now wearing the Ahold crown, following the $29 billion merger of the two food retailing giants that was approved by the United States Federal Trade Commission (FTC) on...

Top Private Label Buyers and Sellers Bound for Amsterdam Top Private Label Buyers and Sellers Bound for Amsterdam
Sales teams from leading frozen food companies and major buyers are making ready for the largest trade fair for private label products, the “World of Private Label,” which will run from May 24-25

Canadian Frozen Food Chain Re-brands as M&M Food Market Canadian Frozen Food Chain Re-brands as M&M Food Market
After 35 years creating and selling frozen food products to Canadians under the M&M Meat Shops banner, the brand is changing its name to M&M Food Market. But, the change goes well beyond

Which? Names Iceland Chain Britain’s Best Online Store Which? Names Iceland Chain Britain’s Best Online Store
Iceland has come out on top as Britain’s most highly regarded online store in the annual supermarket survey conducted by Which?, the independent Consumer’s Association magazine circulated in the

Iceland Hires Star Chefs to Develop Own Label Products Iceland Hires Star Chefs to Develop Own Label Products
Iceland Foods, the Deeside, Flintshire, Wales-headquartered frozen food retail chain, has created a new product development team for its own brand with the appointment of Neil Nugent to the

ConAgra Private Label Sale Excludes Gelit Frozen Pasta ConAgra Private Label Sale Excludes Gelit Frozen Pasta
ConAgra Foods, Inc. has completed the sale of its private label assets to TreeHouse Foods for $2.7 billion in cash, excluding transaction-related expenses. The deal, subject to

Whole Foods Settles New York City Overcharging Dispute Whole Foods Settles New York City Overcharging Dispute
Whole Foods Market Inc. (WFM), coping with unwholesome publicity after the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) in June accused the upscale grocery chain of overcharging shoppers at...

Eric Claus New Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot Eric Claus New Chief Executive Officer of Save-A-Lot
Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA-headquartered SuperValu Inc. on December 2 announced that Eric Claus has been named the new chief executive officer of Save-A-Lot, its hard-discount grocery operat...

Brait Buys Majority Stake in Iceland Foods Retail Chain Brait Buys Majority Stake in Iceland Foods Retail Chain
The heat of competition may soon be dialed up even further in the United Kingdom frozen food retail sector, following Brait SE’s purchase of majority ownership in the Deeside, Wales-headquartered...

Tesco Sells Homeplus Chain in Korea for Almost $6 Billion Tesco Sells Homeplus Chain in Korea for Almost $6 Billion
Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England-headquartered Tesco Plc on September 7 announced an agreement to sell its Homeplus supermarket chain in South Korea to a group of investors led by MBK Partners Ltd.,...

‘Power of Frozen’ Lifts Iceland Store Sales to 3.4% Gain as Overall Retailer Growth in UK is Slow and Prices Fall ‘Power of Frozen’ Lifts Iceland Store Sales to 3.4% Gain as Overall Retailer Growth in UK is Slow and Prices Fall
The latest grocery share figures from Kantar Worldpanel, published for the 12 weeks ending August 16, 2015, show continued sluggish growth in the British grocery market, which rang up an increase in...

Aryzta Now Owns 49% of Picard, with Option for More Aryzta Now Owns 49% of Picard, with Option for More
Zurich, Switzerland-based Aryzta, one of the world’s foremost suppliers of frozen baked goods, has acquired 49% ownership of Fontainebleau, France-headquartered Picard Surgelés S.A.S., a frozen food...

SunOpta to Buy Frozen Fruit Specialist Sunrise Growers SunOpta to Buy Frozen Fruit Specialist Sunrise Growers
Brampton, Ontario, Canada-headquartered SunOpta Inc. has signed a definitive agreement to acquire Sunrise Holdings, Inc. from an investor group led by affiliates of Paine & Partners LLC. Its...

ConAgra to Exit Private Label Sector, Divest some Brands ConAgra to Exit Private Label Sector, Divest some Brands
Private label is out and a heightened emphasis on enhancing the profile and sale of name brand products is in at ConAgra Foods. The Omaha, Nebraska, USA-headquartered company announced during a June...

Whole Foods Denies Charges of Overpricing at NYC Stores Whole Foods Denies Charges of Overpricing at NYC Stores
New York City Department of Consumer Affairs (DCA) Commissioner Julie Menin has announced that the high-end Whole Foods Market supermarket chain is the subject on an ongoing investigation after the...

First Quarter Sales Decline for Sainsbury and Iceland First Quarter Sales Decline for Sainsbury and Iceland
As German discount retailers Aldi and Lidl continue to gain market share in the United Kingdom’s increasingly price competitive grocery market, the “Big Four” and other long-established operators are...

Press Reports Say Ahold and Delhaize Have Urge to Merge Press Reports Say Ahold and Delhaize Have Urge to Merge
Brussels-based food retailer Delhaize and Zaandam, Holland-headquartered supermarket operator Royal Ahold NV are engaged in serious discussions about a possible business merger, according to recent...

Moody's Downgrades Iceland Foods, but Outlook is Stable Moody's Downgrades Iceland Foods, but Outlook is Stable
Moody's Investors Service has downgraded the corporate family rating (CFR) of Iceland VLNCo Limited to B2 from B1, and its probability of default rating (PDR) to B1-PD from Ba3-PD. Concurrently, it...

Delhaize to Sell Bottom Dollar Food Stores in US to ALDI Delhaize to Sell Bottom Dollar Food Stores in US to ALDI
The Brussels, Belgium-headquartered Delhaize Group announced on November 6 that it has signed an agreement to sell its 66 Bottom Dollar Food stores in the United States to discount grocery retailer...

Loblaw Wants President’s Choice Consumers to ‘Crave More’ Loblaw Wants President’s Choice Consumers to ‘Crave More’
Crave MoreTM is the rallying cry as Loblaw Companies Limited ushers in a new era for President's Choice, Canada's number-one consumer packaged goods brand, according to Nielsen’s Market Track sales...

Marks & Spencer Ready to Roll Out Frozen Dinners Range Marks & Spencer Ready to Roll Out Frozen Dinners Range
After two years of research and development, multi-channel retailer Marks & Spencer (M&S) will introduce a new line of frozen ready meals at its stores in the United Kingdom on September 30....

Karl Albrecht, Discount Chain Aldi Co-founder, Dies Karl Albrecht, Discount Chain Aldi Co-founder, Dies
Karl Hans Albrecht, co-founder of the Aldi supermarket chain, passed away at the age of 94 last Wednesday in Essen, Germany, though it was not reported to the press until July 21, the day of the...

Delhaize Names US Boss; Changes in Store for Belgium Delhaize Names US Boss; Changes in Store for Belgium
Kevin Holt as has been hired as the new chief executive officer for Delhaize America, which operates 1,358 food stores under the Food Lion, Bottom Dollar and Hannaford banners. The former president...

Dirk Van den Berghe is New CEO at Walmart Canada Dirk Van den Berghe is New CEO at Walmart Canada
Mississauga, Ontario-headquartered Walmart Canada has announced the appointment of Dirk Van den Berghe as its new president and chief executive officer, effective August 1. He will report to Shelley...

Iceland Keeps its Cool in Tough UK Retail Market Iceland Keeps its Cool in Tough UK Retail Market
While an ongoing price war in the highly competitive British retail market has resulted in a dip in profits for frozen food retailer Iceland, group turnover rose by 2.7% to £2,716m during the 52-week...

Soft Retail Sales, Private Label Woes for ConAgra in Q4 Soft Retail Sales, Private Label Woes for ConAgra in Q4
Omaha, Nebraska, USA-headquartered ConAgra Foods, a manufacturer and marketer of diversified product lines ranging from refrigerated hot dogs and shelf-stable ketchup to frozen dinners and french...

Iglo Sales Suffer as Private Label and Deep Discounters Gain Iglo Sales Suffer as Private Label and Deep Discounters Gain
The Iglo Group may be down, but it’s not out – far from it. Europe’s leading branded frozen food marketer saw net sales fall overall by 2.8% in 2013, as its businesses in Italy and Belgium were...

ConAgra Foods Lowers Near-term Earnings Outlook ConAgra Foods Lowers Near-term Earnings Outlook
ConAgra Foods, Inc. on February 11 issued a revised financial outlook for fiscal 2014, based in part on realization that it will take longer than anticipated to achieve profitability in the private...

Sobeys Recalls Stir-Fry Vegetables in Canada Sobeys Recalls Stir-Fry Vegetables in Canada
Canadian retailer Sobeys Inc. is recalling Compliments Stir-Fry Style Vegetables from the Ontario market due to possible Listeria contamination, reported the Ottawa-headquartered Canadian Food...

Aldi Plans $3 Billion, 650-Store Expansion in USA; Will Soon Debut SimplyNature Private Label Line Aldi Plans $3 Billion, 650-Store Expansion in USA; Will Soon Debut SimplyNature Private Label Line
Aldi, the international discount supermarket chain headquartered in Germany, aims to add more than 650 stores to its roster in the United States over the next five years. Plans call for the Batavia,...

IRI Report Says Retailers Re-assess Quality of Private Label Ranges as Shoppers Focus on Value Instead of Price IRI Report Says Retailers Re-assess Quality of Private Label Ranges as Shoppers Focus on Value Instead of Price
Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) market and shopper intelligence firm IRI on November 14 issued its annual special report about the private label market in Europe and the United States.  The...

Sainsbury Private Labels Fuel Growth and Strong Performance, As Retail Chain Outperforms Rivals in Value-driven UK Market Sainsbury Private Labels Fuel Growth and Strong Performance, As Retail Chain Outperforms Rivals in Value-driven UK Market
Increased demand for private label products among bargain-minded shoppers in the United Kingdom helped lift pre-tax profits 9.2% for the J Sainsbury supermarket chain during the 28-week period week...

Shopping Study Shows American Consumers Still Purchasing Private Label Products as Much as Previous Year Shopping Study Shows American Consumers Still Purchasing Private Label Products as Much as Previous Year
An ongoing shopper behavior study conducted by The Integer Group® and M/A/R/C Research in the USA shows that shoppers seem to be keeping their private label shopping habits consistent with last year....

Private Label Market Share of Retail Food Sales in India and China  Expected to Reach 25-30% by 2030, According to Rabobank Report Private Label Market Share of Retail Food Sales in India and China Expected to Reach 25-30% by 2030, According to Rabobank Report
The expectations for private label growth in Asia are high. In a new report, Rabobank estimates that by 2030 India and China, the main Asian food retail markets, will have closed in on the private...

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