While Walmart stole the spotlight in Mexico this year with the controversy over alleged bribes of government officials, on the other end of the spectrum, many top-of-the-line grocers were quietly winning over consumers with fresh produce, imports and other premium products.
As recession, austerity measures and inflation played havoc with household budgets throughout much of Europe in 2012, individual grocery chains tried various strategies to promote sales and maintain profits.
Price, however, was a common denominator in those strategies, with coupons, promotions, a q
Retailers in the United Kingdom face formidable challenges as they struggle to keep sales on pace amid food inflation and economic uncertainty, but some indicators suggest the worst might be over.
In general, discounters and discounting have come on strong as the U.K.
The heavy competition among retailers is moving north to Canada.
As more U.S. retail channels battle for American consumers' limited grocery dollars, the leading chains are expanding north of the border, where fewer players have served the market.
As a major food-producing nation, Brazil doesn't need to look outside its borders for groceries. Brazilian food companies launched 15,000 SKUs in 2010, the U.S. Agricultural Trade Office in Sao Paulo reports.
U.K.-based Tesco Plc, the world's third-largest grocer after Walmart and France's Carrefour, landed in the United States with a bang in late 2007, launching its much-anticipated Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Market stores in California, Arizona and Nevada.
Higher commodity prices, fueled by strong global demand and adverse weather conditions, are presenting food companies and grocery retailers worldwide with a formidable challenge, say analysts and industry insiders.
Food companies of all sizes are concerned about commodity inflation and the subseque
Regional tastes and cultural differences have dictated in the past where multinational food manufacturers and retailers aimed to grow, with many companies purposely overlooking markets deemed too foreign.
But all that is changing as increasingly the world becomes a melting pot, with cons