Confectionery under pressure for Nestle

Nestle on China, candy, nutrition - analysis

Delivering its first-half numbers yesterday (18 August), Nestle reported a stronger operating performance but a sluggish organic growth rate...

Food companies should welcome emphasis on reformulation over fiscal measures

England child obesity plan should cheer industry

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health...

Hain Celestial shares tumbled after Monday's (15 August) announcement

Hain accounting issue rounds off problem year

Shares in Hain Celestial nose-dived yesterday (16 August) as Wall Street responded to a surprise announcement on Monday late afternoon US ti...

US industry association GMA has labelled QR codes 'a good solution'

US companies gain crucial concession on GM labels

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the nece...

Tyrrells has long been at top of Amplify's strategic target wishlist

What lies ahead for Tyrrells and Amplify?

Amplify Snack Brands, the US snack maker, this week announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy private-equity-owned UK crisp f...

Kellogg said revenue growth management improved results from Cheez-It

Kellogg on new targets, ZBB and Q2 - analysis

Kellogg last week announced mixed second-quarter results, with growth in underlying operating profit above analyst expectations but reported...

Australia's Woolworths touts progress, UK discounter Poundland sold - retail round-up, July 2016 9 Aug 16

In July, Woolworths, Australia's largest retailer, saw its shares jump the most in a single day for 20 years after it announced more initiatives to improve its performance. The month also saw UK discount chain Poundland accept a takeover offer from South African retailer Steinhoff.

McDonald's US sales disappoint, Bloomin' Brands makes Middle East push, Starbucks' Italian investment - foodservice focus, July 2016 8 Aug 16

July saw McDonald's announce slowing sales growth in the US, hitting the fast-food operator's shares. US casual dining group Bloomin' Brands announced two deals that gave a flavour of its international strategy. And Starbucks invested in bakery chain Princi to supply its fledgling upmarket concepts Roastery and Reserve.

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Mondelez buys rest of Vietnam snacks business

John Shepherd | 24 Aug 16 Acquisition gives Mondelez ownership of snacks unit

Vietnamese food group Kido Corp., formerly Kinh Do Corp., has sold the remaining 20% of its snacks business to Mondelez International for a reported VND2 trillion (US$90m).

Murray Goulburn profits rise, hits revised target 

Katy Askew | 24 Aug 16 Devondale maker hits profit target

Embattled Australian dairy processor Murray Goulburn today (24 August) booked a jump in annual profits, despite a difficult 12 months that saw the company cut payments to its farmer-owners, issue a series of profit warnings and announce the departures of its MD and CFO.

Hügli expands in foodservice with Bresc stake

Katy Askew | 24 Aug 16 Hügli expands in foodservice sector via M&A

Hügli Group has acquired an 80% stake in Dutch foodservice supplier Bresc, in a deal that expands the Swiss company's geographical reach and scales up its foodservice operations. 

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Cloetta CEO David Nuutinen stands down 

Biostime positive despite challenges in H1

Bega Cheese CEO Aidan Coleman to leave

US FDA extends comment period on salt reduction

Fonterra to invest in Australia spreads plant

US Westminister Foods acquires H Fox & Co

Infant formula lifts A2 Milk Co. sales

Scandi Standard H1 sales up but profits pressured

Organto Foods CEO Peter Gianulis sets out stall for Canadian organic group - interview 10 Aug 16

Katy AskewOrganto CEO Gianulis: 'I don't think we have any competitors trying to do what we are trying to do'

Organto Foods, a Canada-based fresh-cut organic produce specialist, has ambitious plans to develop its business into the world's leading organic produce brand. Katy Askew spoke to Peter Gianulis, president and CEO of the farm-to-fork produce group to find out how it intends to deliver.

How Wessanen plans to grow Mrs Crimble's – interview 13 Jul 16

Katy AskewPatrick Cairns wants to grow Mrs Crimble's in the UK and beyond

European natural and organic food group Wessanen entered into an agreement to acquire UK gluten-free baker Mrs Crimble's last week. Patrick Cairns, CEO of Wessanen's UK arm, speaks to just-food about the group's plans to accelerate growth at the business. 

Why Icelandic Provisions believes skyr could be the next big thing in US yoghurt – interview  5 Jul 16

Katy AskewIcelandic Provisions chairman upbeat on prospects for skyr in North America

Icelandic Provisions is a company formed by investors from the US and Iceland to bring traditional skyr yoghurt to the US. Icelandic Provisions chairman Einar Sigurðsson believes that skyr has the potential to be the next growth area in US yoghurt, in much the same was that Greek yoghurt brought explosive growth to the category in the 2000s. Sigurdsson speaks to just-food about what he believes skyr brings to the category. 

Hain Celestial ends week with sign of optimism over Orchard House deal in UK

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 19 Aug 16

After starting the week with a surprise stock exchange announcement that hit its shares and called into questions its accounting practices, Hain Celestial could be set to receive a boost in the UK.

The sluggishness of FMCG in Europe laid bare

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 17 Aug 16

An indication of how tough trading conditions are in much of Europe emerged today (17 August) with figures from Nielsen suggesting in the second quarter of the year the region's FMCG sector had grown at the slowest rate since 2008.

WhiteWave Foods sets date for vote on Danone sale

John Shepherd, just-food editorial team John Shepherd | 16 Aug 16

US-based WhiteWave Foods has set a date for its shareholders to seal the deal on the planned US$12.5bn takeover of the group by French dairy giant Danone.

Fighting obesity in children

Fighting obesity in children

The UK government has published a "plan of action" to tackle the issue in England, while senior medical professionals in the US have published guidelines on the consumption of added sugars by children.

Hain Celestial's problems mount

Hain Celestial's problems mount

The US group has capped a challenging 12 months with news the company may not hit its annual forecasts and an admission it needs to review its internal financial controls

Amplify Snack Brands set to take over Tyrrells

Amplify Snack Brands set to take over Tyrrells

The UK crisp firm is set for another owner after US group Amplify Snack Brands announced it had struck a deal to buy the business.

Unilever's drive to boost efficiency and innovation

Unilever's drive to boost efficiency and innovation

Unilever revealed a fresh efficiency drive and provided detail on how it is using innovation to shift its portfolio to more attractive areas of the sector.

How Brands Are Making Our Food Healthier

How Brands Are Making Our Food Healthier

This report, exclusive to just-food examines how packaged food manufacturers are responding to regulatory pressure and consumer demand for healthier products... Read more

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