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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.

Retailers in Japan raise convenience to an art. Well-trained clerks at the local konbini restock displays daily with everything from fresh fruit to clothing.

China soon will have more mouths to feed. Its Communist Party signaled willingness to further relax a one-child policy dating to 1979 under Chairman Mao Zedong.

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

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.

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.

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.

Some say the world is getting smaller as geographic borders fade and multinational companies set up shop in emerging markets. But U.S. retailers and consumer packaged goods companies seeking fast-growing markets need look no farther than their own backyards.

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.

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