Feeling the squeeze
Annual review of the UK’s top 150 food and drink companies (2008)Tuesday 06 May 2008
Whose turn is it in the sun? With the economic cycle swinging full circle, we are seeing a realignment of the retail scene.
As the cost of living rises and daily news reports continue to flood us with glum tales of inflation in the price of food, fuel and interest rates, good news is certainly at a premium. A new report though shows reason for optimism. The Grocer/OC&C Index, an annual look in detail at the fortunes of the UK’s top 150 food and drink manufacturers, brings with it a definite modicum of hope.
There is an eternal truth that should reassure all those currently feeling the pressure of rising costs: all cycles turn and economic cycles are no different. One day soon, victims currently at the sharpest end of the crisis will have their turn in the sun.Read publication
Hitting a BRIC wall
With growth in Europe static and fmcg groups struggling to find their stride in emerging markets, they’re eyeing up opportunities in the dark continent
Land of the giants
The fight for survival rages on in food & drink. And this year’s OC&C Top 150 reveals that the UK’s biggest manufacturers are standing tall
New drinks, old tricks
Judging by the hundreds of new products launched every year, the beverage companies are an inventive lot. Yet, many of these new products are mere line extensions and few are breakthrough innovations
Only the strong thrive
It’s been a turbulent year for the top 150 suppliers, with inflation and recession both hitting manufacturing hard. The big brands are rising to the challenge, but own label and smaller branded companies are struggling