Christine Tacon warned against widening her remit

Grocery Code Adjudicator warns against widening powers

By Noli Dinkovski

The adjudicator responsible for good retailer practice has claimed any extension of the code to include suppliers would require a “totally different scale of job” that was impossible to achieve under her present remit.

Last year 100 million tonnes of food was wasted according to European consumer rights group BEUC.

France's food waste law scrapped on a technicality

By Niamh Michail

A law that would have forced French supermarkets to donate unsold food to charity has been scrapped on a legal technicality – but supermarkets are being urged to adopt it voluntarily and some have already pledged to do so.

Olive oil prices paid to producers more than doubled during 2014 after a perfect storm of factors devastated European and North African olive crops

Dutch supermarkets delist major brands after pricing row


Dutch supermarkets Jumbo and C1000 have boycotted Bertolli olive oil and products from Ferrero and Douwe Egberts following a pricing row – although Douwe Egberts products returned to shelves last week after it reached an agreement with the retailers.

Faltering online confectionery sales no major impact now, but perhaps in the future. Manufacturers must pressure retailers to enliven online confectionery presentations, says Kantar

E-tail trends

Confectionery omitted from most UK online shopping baskets

By Oliver Nieburg

The majority of UK consumers who admit to regularly buying confectionery in-store do not purchase confectionery online, according to research by Kantar Media, which says confectionery has huge growth prospects on the web.

Private label chocolate quality improving all the time, says Ashbury Chocolates CEO

Industry Voices: Private label purveyor

Ashbury Chocolates chief spells out trends in private label chocolate

By Oliver Nieburg

Private label chocolate is no longer a cheap replica of branded products and regular audits from supermarkets are helping quality grow, according to the CEO of UK private label chocolatier Ashbury Chocolates.

Hybrid Consumer: Basic spending on groceries but room for luxury goods, says Rabobank

Premium, value or bust, says Rabobank

By Oliver Nieburg

Confectioners must position themselves in the premium or value segment or face sales meltdown as consumers alter spending habits, according to Rabobank.

Darrell Lea seals IGA supermarket supply deal

Darrell Lea seals IGA supermarket supply deal

By Oliver Nieburg

Australian confectioner Darrel Lea’s new owners have wasted little time in getting a foothold in the national commercial channels having secured a deal for 1,400 Independent Grocers of Australia (IGA) supermarkets to stock its confections.

Hershey hits Tesco store shelves in UK

Hershey hits Tesco store shelves in UK

Products from US chocolate giant Hershey will be a fixture on Tesco store shelves in the UK as the supermarket launches dedicated US sweet and snacks bays.

Time for a fair trade

Monday comment

Time for a fair trade

The UK government must introduce a compulsory new supermarket code
ofconduct if it is to make up for past mistakes and save the food
industryfrom a spiral into anti-competitive practices.

No-go zone for check-outs?

No-go zone for check-outs?

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.