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Nestle on China, confectionery challenge and nutrition slowdown – 5 things to learn  19 Aug 2016

Column: On the money

Delivering its first-half numbers yesterday (18 August), Nestle reported a stronger operating performance but a sluggish organic growth rate. Here are just-food's five takeaways from the company's results.


Why England child obesity plan is best industry could have hoped for 18 Aug 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.


Hain Celestial accounting issue rounds off problematic year - Editor's Viewpoint 17 Aug 2016

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Shares in Hain Celestial nose-dived yesterday (16 August) as Wall Street responded to a surprise announcement on Monday late afternoon US time from the Earth's Best baby food maker - and it was an announcement that capped an unsettling year for the business.


What could Tyrrells' sale to Amplify Snack Brands mean for both businesses? - analysis 12 Aug 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Amplify Snack Brands, the US snack maker, this week announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy private-equity-owned UK crisp firm Tyrrells, itself a business growing in part due to M&A. John Shepherd weighs up what could lay ahead for both companies.


Kellogg on new targets, zero-based budgeting, managing revenue and Q2 results - 5 Things to Learn 11 Aug 2016

Column: On the money

Kellogg last week announced mixed second-quarter results, with growth in underlying operating profit above analyst expectations but reported revenue missing forecasts on Wall Street and underlying sales declining. However, the Special K and Pringles maker lifted its forecast for underlying earnings per share for 2016 - and raised its target for underlying operating margin for 2017/18. Its shares closed up on the day. just-food provides the most important talking points from what was a detailed announcement.


The battle between brands and own-label in western Europe - analysis 2 Aug 2016

Column: IRI's inside track

Tim Eales, director of strategic insight at IRI, dips into the analyst firm's latest data on FMCG private label in western Europe and looks at how own-label is faring against national brands in the region.


Mondelez International on China, Hershey and Q2 results - 6 Things to Learn 28 Jul 2016

Column: On the money

Mondelez International yesterday (28 July) reported its second-quarter and half-year numbers, leading to the US snacks giant's shares sliding almost 3% in the New York. The Oreo maker's operating margins and underlying earnings per share beat analyst forecasts - but growth in revenues on organic basis was weak and the company is now less certain about its forecast for annual sales. There was also plenty for Mondelez to discuss beyond the financials, notably its push into chocolate in China and its interest in Hershey.


Where does further delay leave the UK child obesity strategy? 26 Jul 2016

Column: Consuming issues

Those waiting for the UK government's long-awaited child obesity strategy will have to wait a little longer. According to media reports last week, incoming prime minister Theresa May has decided to delay launching the Strategy until the autumn. 


What post-Brexit trade with the EU could look like 25 Jul 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Branded food manufacturers based in the UK face a risk that their exports to the European Union will attract duties now the UK government has confirmed it will push ahead with plans to leave the EU following the Brexit referendum result. These could be imposed after the two years of mandated talks on a future relationship with the EU following a UK decision to trigger Article 50 under the Treaty on European Union. just-food examines what the most likely duty scenarios are for UK food companies exporting to the country's largest overseas market.


What next for Nestle under new CEO Schneider? 20 Jul 2016

Column: On the move

Nestle appointed Ulf Mark Schneider, currently CEO of healthcare company Fresenius, as its chief executive officer last month. just-food takes a look at what could be on the executive's 'to do' list as he takes the helm at the world's largest food maker. 


Could Brexit foster a more joined-up approach to UK policymaking? 18 Jul 2016

Column: In the spotlight

The UK’s vote to leave the EU on 23 June triggered immediate political and economic uncertainty and has long-term implications for UK food manufacturers. Ben Cooper looks at how Brexit could impact on environmental and nutrition policy in the UK. 


PepsiCo performance wows with surprising sparkle 8 Jul 2016

Column: On the money

As PepsiCo's leadership team presented the group's results yesterday (7 July) they could have summed up their core message to investors with a blast from the past: "You've got a lot to live, and Pepsi's got a lot to give". That slogan from the early 1970s would be too tame for today's app hungry consumers and investors who demand infinite fizz in terms of products, ideas and healthy dollar returns. But the slogan did sum up the mood as PepsiCo reported second-quarter profit that beat analysts' estimates and the firm boosted its full-year forecast, helped by rising sales of snacks and soft drinks in North America.


How Danone and WhiteWave will benefit from combination 7 Jul 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Danone announced a deal to acquire WhiteWave Foods this morning (7 July) in a move that values the Alpro maker at around US$12.5bn. The large-scale acquisition ramps up Danone's presence in the US and enhances its exposure to on-trend categories. For its part, WhiteWave expects the deal will move it to "the next phase of growth". just-food looks at how each group stands to benefit from the business combination. 


Mondelez's bid for Hershey – 5 things to know  4 Jul 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Hershey turned down a takeover approach from Mondelez International last week (30 June). At US$107 per share, the cash-and-shares offer valued the Reese's Pieces maker at approximately US$22.83bn. Here is just-food's summary of what you need to know about the deal. 


General Mills to invest in "growth businesses" - will it boost sales? 30 Jun 2016

Column: On the money

General Mills is the owner of US legacy food brands that have been hard hit by sweeping changes to consumption. The company, which has tried break into growth areas such as natural and organic, revealed yesterday (29 June) it will start to prioritise its investment behind the 75% of its portfolio it has identified as "growth businesses". Will this approach prove effective? Katy Askew investigates. 


Brexit - Rabobank's early assessment of the impact on food 24 Jun 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Uncertainty is the watchword as the UK and the EU digest British voters plumping for Brexit in yesterday's (23 June) referendum. In an exclusive column, analysts at Rabobank set out how they think the UK's departure could impact certain parts of the food sector.


Kellogg uses Kashi to belatedly join the fray - Editor's Viewpoint 17 Jun 2016

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Kellogg has this week made its first acquisition in the US for over four years, snapping up fledgling snack bar maker Pure Organic. The deal is similar to those made by a number of Kellogg's US packaged food peers in recent months as some of the big names in the industry try to adapt to changing consumer trends in the country. Dean Best reflects on the move.


What does AmazonFresh's UK launch mean for sector? 16 Jun 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Amazon has launched its online grocery delivery business AmazonFresh in the UK, one of the most significant moves in the country's food retail sector for a number of years. The introduction of AmazonFresh in the UK is a further sign of the online giant's ambitions in grocery. Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at e-commerce consultants Profitero, reflects on what Amazon's latest offensive could mean for the industry.


Can Smucker revive food sales? - analysis 13 Jun 2016

Column: On the money

JM Smucker booked higher full-year earnings last week despite a drop in revenue from its food brands. With coffee and pet food outpacing Smucker's packaged food business, can the company lift the performance of its spreads-to-snacks brands? 


How could change at the top impact Lindt & Sprungli? 7 Jun 2016

Column: On the move

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli has been on something of a roll in recent years. The company has consistently grown its sales ahead of the wider chocolate market. It should come as little surprise then that in announcing chief executive Ernst Tanner is stepping down, the Lindor maker stressed "continuity" in naming financial chief Dr Dieter Weisskopf his successor.


Debate rages as US moves towards salt reduction 7 Jun 2016

Column: In the spotlight

The US government has announced plans to cut the country's salt intake, a move some in campaign circles have been urging for nearly 40 years. The Food and Drug Administration's voluntary targets attracted support from NGOs and parts of the industry, although, as Ben Cooper writes, the reaction was not entirely positive.


What potential does Myanmar offer food exporters? 6 Jun 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

With tourism supporting growing demand for branded foods in Myanmar, the growing market offers international food makers a growth opportunity. However, the country - which has infrastructure and regulatory challenges - can also be difficult to navigate. just-food spoke to industry experts on the ground to find out more.


Why halal offers opportunities in France grocery sector 1 Jun 2016

Column: IRI's inside track

Ramadan begins next week, a month when Muslims fast from dawn until sunset but outside those hours prepare meals with plenty of food. However, in many markets, the halal sector is in growth year-round. Jacques Dupré, director for insights at IRI, looks at manufacturers and grocers can serve a growing market for halal food in France, one of the countries with the highest Muslim populations in Europe.


Round Table on Responsible Soy looking for systemic solutions to drive progress - interview 26 May 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

In its bid to transform Europe into a "100% responsible soy" market by 2020, the Round Table on Responsible Soy has enlisted the help of Swiss-based management consultants Malik. Ben Cooper spoke with Lieven Callewaert, the RTRS’s European representative, to find out more.


How Hormel Foods can benefit from the acquisition of Justin's 19 May 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Hormel Foods is continuing to bolster its presence in the on-trend natural and better-for-you categories with its latest acquisition of nut-butter products maker Justin's. But how far will the elevated focus on these areas go to alleviating pressure in Hormel's refrigerated foods and pork units? Hannah Abdulla explores. 


Is enough being done to tackle infant formula fraud in China?  18 May 2016

Column: BRICs and beyond

A fresh scandal has brought the sale of fraudulent infant formula in China to the fore once again in recent weeks. Mark Godfrey examines what action is being taken to tackle the sale of fake products in the country's booming e-commerce market. 


UK advertising consultation is credibility test for self-regulation 17 May 2016

Column: In the spotlight

The UK’s Committee of Advertising Practice has launched a public consultation on new self-regulatory rules governing the advertising of food and drink to children through non-broadcast media. The extent to which non-industry views are reflected in the eventual rules, Ben Cooper writes, will have a direct bearing on their credibility.


Where in central Europe could Orkla look next for M&A? - analysis 9 May 2016

Column: M&A Watch

After a series of disposals in central Europe over the last nine years, Orkla has recently snapped up a food maker in the Czech Republic. just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at where in the region the Nordic food group could look next.


How Hain Celestial is refocusing amid growing competition - analysis 5 May 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Despite Hain Celestial lowering the top end of its forecasts for annual net sales and earnings yesterday (4 May), the US group earned praise from Wall Street for the steps it is taking to cut costs and zero-in on health and wellness trends in the US. On an investor call, Hain Celestial's management team talked at length about what it is taking to position itself for future growth. Hannah Abdulla reports.


How Nestle stands to benefit from Froneri ice cream JV with R&R 5 May 2016

Column: In the spotlight

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream have finalised plans to combine their ice cream businesses. The new joint venture brings a number of benefits and is likely to see an increased focus behind Nestle's ice cream brands. Katy Askew reports.

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