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In the spotlight: Why Post is increasing its exposure to cereal 27 Jan 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Since it span off from Ralcorp Holdings three years ago, Post Holdings has followed an aggressive M&A strategy. Deal-making has focused on diversifying its portfolio to gain access to on-trend categories. Given this drive, perhaps yesterday's (26 January) announcement of Post's acquisition of MOM Brands - a move that will deepen its exposure to the struggling US cereal category - could seem a curious tactic. Katy Askew investigates.


On the money: Premier CEO expects to benefit from rebound at UK supermarkets 23 Jan 2015

Column: On the money

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has predicted the UK food group's brands will be the co-beneficiaries of a rebound at the country's largest supermarkets.


Consuming issues: Why US dietary guidelines should consider environment 22 Jan 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The possibility environmental criteria might form the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has provoked intense debate in the US, with the meat industry in strong opposition. The guidelines will be updated this year and politics may mean green issues are not considered. Ben Cooper argues ultimately that must change.


On the money: Unilever: We need to respond faster to consumer trends 20 Jan 2015

Column: On the money

Unilever must respond faster to emerging consumer trends if it is to grow its food brands in a low-growth environment, CEO Paul Polman suggested today (20 January).


What the analysts say: Unilever's mixed 2014 20 Jan 2015

Column: What the analysts say

Unilever today (20 January) reported sales that came in below expectations. The company's top line has been hit by macroeconomic factors, particularly in emerging markets, as well as ongoing category decline in margarine. However, a focus on productivity enabled the group to accelerate margin expansion during a period of higher input costs for raw materials such as dairy and chocolate. The City's response has been as mixed as Unilever's performance.


On the move: Marfrig stresses continuity as CEO Rial departs 16 Jan 2015

Column: On the move

Brazilian protein group Marfrig surprised the market yesterday (15 January) with the announcement CEO Sergio Rial will stand down. Rial was a chief architect behind Marfrig's "focus to win" strategy, which has left the group on the cusp of a return to earnings stability. With internal successor Martin Secco Arias to replace Rial, the company was keen to emphasise coherence as it calmed initial investor jitters. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: Morrisons to up focus on value after Philips exit 13 Jan 2015

Column: On the move

Morrisons has announced chief executive Dalton Philips is to leave the UK grocer, an apparent victim of the retailer's inability to compete against the likes of Aldi and Lidl. Philips tried to emphasise Morrisons' value credentials but early efforts do not seem to have paid off and the company has indicated a fresh push on value and costs under a new chief executive.


Editor's viewpoint: Plant closures point to pressure at General Mills 9 Jan 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

More General Mills plants look set to shut as the US food giant wrestles with falling domestic sales. The closures will help profitability but the company will likely have to turn again to M&A to get its top line growing again.


Briefing: 2015 preview: Shopper trends - Finding a path to growth in 2015 2 Jan 2015

Column: Shopper trends

In such a price-focused environment, manufacturers will need to find innovative ways to grow in 2015. Data, IRI's Anne Lefranc argues, will be central to these strategies.


On the money: General Mills "priority" categories see share improvement 18 Dec 2014

Column: On the money

General Mills has reported market share growth across its three "priority" categories in the US - cereal, yoghurt and snacks - but sluggish sector sales trends and continuing under-performance from struggling areas of its portfolio continue to hit the group's US retail business.


In the spotlight: Hershey's Allan Candy buy lends international stability 8 Dec 2014

Column: In the spotlight

As The Hershey Co expands in international markets, attention has focused on high-growth opportunities such as China and Latin America. However, with macroeconomic factors weighing on its international performance this year, the company is wise to also pursue expansion in more stable overseas markets, such as Canada. While relatively small, last week's Allan Candy Co acquisition is a solid move from the US Reese's Pieces maker. Katy Askew reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Why a sale of Unilever's spreads arm is unlikely to be imminent 8 Dec 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Unilever's move to internally spin off its spreads unit was seen by many company and industry watchers as a pre-cursor to a sale. However, an imminent sale in unlikely, with the business under-pressure and a paucity of suitors standing buy.


Deal or no deal: How restructuring at Unilever could lead to more portfolio adjustments 4 Dec 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Unilever is establishing a stand-alone unit for its spreads brands, prompting fresh speculation that the group could be preparing for a sale of the business. At the same time, this week's acquisition of Talenti Gelato & Sorbetto would suggest that the Anglo-Dutch FMCG giant is prepared to invest in growth areas in food. Could these changes spell further portfolio adjustments? Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Britannia's e-cookie and why competitors won't follow suit 3 Dec 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Britannia Industries last week claimed to be the first biscuit company in India to launch an online-exclusive product before it hit retail stores. With India's e-commerce market predicted to be worth US$70bn by 2020, none can fault Britannia for testing the online waters. It's also a great PR move. But there are some dangers the food industry might want to consider before it jumps online. Hannah Abdulla explores.


Editor's viewpoint: Why UK food firms must look to export 28 Nov 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Tough trading conditions in the UK can make it difficult for food companies to find the time and resources to build a presence overseas. However, Dean Best argues it is that market landscape that makes it imperative more companies look to exports for growth.


DATA: The just-food international basket - Q3 2014 27 Nov 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

Compiled exclusively for just-food by IRI, the data shows the cost of a typical basket of goods in eight markets every quarter. The numbers also outlines trends in branded and private-label pricing, as well as the volume sold on promotion.


Shopper trends: How more promotions can mean higher prices for consumers 27 Nov 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

A focus throughout Europe on offering high volumes of products on promotion is not making the average shopping basket any cheaper, and consumers are not necessarily getting a good deal on price and are ending up paying more for their average shop, according to IRI's Tim Eales.


Shopper trends: How more promotions can mean higher prices for consumers 27 Nov 2014

Column: Shopper trends

A focus throughout Europe on offering high volumes of products on promotion is not making the average shopping basket any cheaper, and consumers are not necessarily getting a good deal on price and are ending up paying more for their average shop, according to IRI's Tim Eales.


On the money: Transformed Post Holdings confident about prospects 26 Nov 2014

Column: On the money

Post Holdings has undergone significant change in the last two years through a spate of M&A. While there are questions about the outlook for some of the newly-acquired assets - and for its core cereal business - the US group this week expressed confidence about its outlook.


On the money: How Greencore is outperforming the UK food market 25 Nov 2014

Column: On the money

Over the last twelve months Irish food group Greencore outperformed the overall food market in UK, its largest market, on the back of its exposure to the faster-growth food-to-go segment and expansion in convenience channels.


Deal or no deal: How a frozen sale makes sense for Kerry 24 Nov 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredients unit but endured a lacklustre performance from the consumer foods side of the business. In this context, it makes sense for the Irish company to pare down peripheral and under-performing areas of Kerry Foods. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Can BRF deliver on its aggressive growth strategy? 20 Nov 2014

Column: In the spotlight

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has initiated a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive to streamline its operations and build a structure that will deliver stable returns. BRF has now turned its attention to expansion, setting out an ambitious growth agenda. Can it deliver? Katy Askew investigates.


Editor's viewpoint: Imminent Hostess Brands sale would be surprise 17 Nov 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The private-equity owners of Hostess Brands are, according to reports, mulling a sale, just a year after buying the US snacks business. There is speculation Apollo Global Management and C. Dean Metropoulos are planning for to sell Hostess early next year. However, that looks unlikely.


On the money: Cost-cutting regime paying off for Mondelez 7 Nov 2014

Column: On the money

Mondelez International's work on costs looks to be paying off with the snacks giant seeing its margins improve and lifting its forecast for annual earnings this week. The Cadbury owner is seeing some pressure on sales - particularly in Europe - after lifting prices to offset higher commodity costs but analysts are generally upbeat about the US group's prospects.


Editor's viewpoint: Milk sale makes Dairy Crest takeover target 6 Nov 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Shares in Dairy Crest shot up today (6 November) after the UK dairy group announced a deal to sell its most problematic and under-pressure division - liquid milk. However, it may just be the City was not just reacting to the exit (dependent of course on competition officials approving the transaction) of Dairy Crest from a sector struggling to make money but the fact there could be takeover interest in the leaner company.


Deal or no deal: Should Danone make a play for Mead Johnson? 6 Nov 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Rumours linking Danone to Mead Johnson have periodically surfaced over the past five years. Much of the rationale justifying such a significant move lies in Danone's strategy in key emerging markets such as China. Following a tie-up with Chinese infant formula maker Yashili International Holdings it would seem Danone is intent on developing strategic partnerships with local players to foster growth. But would a big-bang acquisition make more sense? Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Kellogg stands firm on cereal plans 3 Nov 2014

Column: On the money

"There is no quick fix in this business," Kellogg CEO John Bryant conceded last week after reporting another challenging quarter for the US group's breakfast cereal business. However, with sales still under pressure, analysts are asking why Kellogg should be investing more in cereal than it is in snacks.


Editor's viewpoint: United Biscuits sees Yildiz head West again 3 Nov 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Yildiz Holding today (3 November) announced it had won the race to buy UK-based biscuit maker United Biscuits. In doing so, the privately-owned Turkish food group has moved once more to buy a major Western food brand.


Sustainability Watch: Roberto Ciati, Barilla 29 Oct 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Large publicly-owned multinationals, such as Unilever and PepsiCo, are widely praised for showing leadership in corporate sustainability. In this month's Sustainability Watch, Roberto Ciati, sustainability director at Italian pasta, sauces and baked goods group Barilla, discusses how private, family ownership can inform a progressive approach to sustainability.


Editor's viewpoint: Short-termism decides Chiquita's future 27 Oct 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The imminent sale of Chiquita Brands International, the US produce giant, shows how different investment horizons can manifest on a company's share roster - and decide a business's future.

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