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In the spotlight: France's big step to uniform FOP labels 17 Apr 2015

Column: In the spotlight

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-coded front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme. The debate this has sparked, Ben Cooper writes, mirrors closely that seen in the UK, with food manufacturers sternly opposed to the use of colours.


Editor's viewpoint: Too early to call Unilever food revival 16 Apr 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Today was a positive day for Unilever in some ways. The FMCG giant's first-quarter sales beat expectations and its shares rose steadily in London. Broadly, however, it is too soon to say whether Unilever can enjoy sustained growth from its food business.


What the analysts say: Danone lifted by sales beat, concerns linger 15 Apr 2015

Column: What the analysts say

Shares in Danone edged up in Paris today, reflecting a cautiously optimistic response from the market and the hope the French group could finally have come to grips with some of the challenges that weighed in 2014. However, the verdict on Danone's fresh dairy business was mixed and concern over the struggling unit lingers.


In the spotlight: Aryzta's surprise investment in French retailer Picard 1 Apr 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Bakery giant Aryzta got the market speculating over its next move when, just a week ago, it announced plans to sell shares in Ireland-based agribusiness Origin Enterprises. But what has been the reaction to its planned investment in French frozen food retailer Picard?


M&A Watch: Where could pure-play Wessanen pounce? 31 Mar 2015

Column: M&A Watch

After selling US drinks business American Beverage Corporation earlier this month, Dutch food group Wessanen has completed its plans to be a pure-play healthy and sustainable foods group. Our M&A columnist Stefan Kirk says Wessanen has the balance sheet to make more acquisitions in food and surveys the market for targets.


Editor's viewpoint: Why Heinz-Kraft merger could herald more deals 30 Mar 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet new consumer habits. There have already been signs some are turning to M&A - think of the sales of Bolthouse, of Annie's and even Krave jerky last month - and the Kraft/Heinz mega-merger suggests deal-making could accelerate.


On the move: The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO 27 Mar 2015

Column: On the move

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challenges lie ahead for CEO-elect Sean Connolly and he will need to find answers to big picture questions – particularly surrounding the group's private label unit – in the weeks and months to come. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Can Mars challenge Mondelez, Nestle dominance in Indian chocolate? 27 Mar 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


IRI's inside track: The challenge of digital marketing and ROI 26 Mar 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

Digital media is becoming the marketing method of choice for FMCGs, Carl Carter of industry analysts IRI writes. But can manufacturers truly measure if digital media is helping drive shoppers on the path to purchase?


Consuming issues: Living by a (grocery) code 26 Mar 2015

Column: Consuming issues

Codes governing the relationships between retailers and manufacturers have made headlines in the UK and Australia. However, recent headlines in the UK have shone a spotlight on dealings between manufacturers and their suppliers - and Ben Cooper mulls whether the scrutiny could move towards that part of the supply chain.


Editor's viewpoint: Faber-led Danone gets realistic 19 Mar 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

At the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London, Danone's recently-appointed CEO Emmanuel Faber gave a presentation to the investors and analysts in the audience that gave a sense of seriousness, of realism at the French food giant.


Sustainability Watch: McDonald's antibiotics move could be seminal moment 19 Mar 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Campaigners have welcomed McDonald's announcement on antibiotic use in chickens but are concerned that the move is confined to the US. Ben Cooper discusses whether the fast-food operator's decision could spur more action on both sides of the Atlantic.


In the spotlight: Green Giant talk underlines pressure at General Mills 16 Mar 2015

Column: In the spotlight

General Mills is reported to be considering putting its canned and frozen vegetable business Green Giant on the block. The US food group has refused to comment but, given its sales are under pressure and with US consumers turning away from more processed foods, it seems plausible the company would be weighing up a sale. Dean Best reports.


Deal or no deal: Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat 10 Mar 2015

Column: Deal or no deal

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.


IRI's inside track: The varied trends for FMCG sales in Europe 9 Mar 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

The economic performance of markets in Europe was mixed in 2014 and signs of recovery are hard to find in a number of countries. The impact on FMCG sales has been suitably varied. IRI's Tim Eales crunches the numbers to pull out the key trends and suggests some optimism of stronger volumes in 2015.


Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge 26 Feb 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and other aspects of sustainable packaging has been highlighted in a new report published by campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ben Cooper reports.


M&A Watch: Where next in eastern Europe could Maspex pounce? 25 Feb 2015

Column: M&A Watch

Poland-based food and drink group Maspex has grown to become one of the sector's largest companies in central and eastern Europe. A move in December for parts of local peer Agros Nova's business pushed Maspex's turnover above EUR1bn. In his latest M&A Watch column, Stefan Kirk of advisory firm Glenboden, looks where Maspex could swoop next.


Consuming issues: Why US Dietary Guidelines report deserves praise 24 Feb 2015

Column: Consuming issues

With a call for nutrient taxes and linking the impact of diet on the environment, the advisory committee's recommendations for the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans has been met with criticism by parts of the food industry. Ben Cooper argues the committee deserves praise.


On the money: Can Danone build growth in fresh dairy? 20 Feb 2015

Column: On the money

Danone's fresh dairy sales struggled throughout 2014. Nevertheless, as the world's largest dairy manufacturer, the company believes it can lead the category back to growth in stagnant markets like Europe and the US. Katy Askew reports.


What the analysts say: Nestle's solid finish to 2014 19 Feb 2015

Column: What the analysts say

Nestle revealed today (19 February) that full-year earnings rose on one-time gains and improved margins. Net sales were down due to the impact of currency exchange but the company booked organic sales growth of 4.5%. The sales performance met consensus expectations but came in below the "Nestle Model" that targets organic growth of 5-6% in the medium term. Shares in the Swiss food giant remained relatively flat this morning, reflecting the market's lukewarm response to Nestle's outlook - with sales expected to grow by "around 5%" in 2015 - and concerns over currency exchange.


Editor's viewpoint: Upheaval in the US 16 Feb 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

It was a bumper week of 2014 financial results, particularly from the US, but a flurry of announcements - including some surprise admissions - from across the pond on Thursday perhaps best served to underline the challenges facing mainstream food manufacturers in the country.


On the money: No quick wins for Kellogg 13 Feb 2015

Column: On the money

Kellogg appeared to be getting real yesterday and slashed long-term sales targets, following yet another set of disappointing numbers that suggested the road to recovery for its core cereal category could be a long one.


On the money: PepsiCo managing its way through "volatile market" 11 Feb 2015

Column: On the money

With its exposure to volatile currencies and growing instability in developing countries, PepsiCo saw macro-economic issues weigh on its top-line performance in 2014. Conditions are expected to remain challenging in 2015 but the group remains confident it can continue to manage its way through such headwinds in the year to come. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Hain Celestial: We feel more upbeat than ever 4 Feb 2015

Column: On the money

Hain Celestial CEO Irwin Simon said today (3 February) the US group had never been so optimistic about its prospects, insisting the company's portfolio can benefit from consumer interest in what they eat.


Shopper trends: The growth opportunities for stagnating private label 2 Feb 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

Private label is now a mature market - one that has grown quickly over recent years to a position of some strength in the European FMCG industry. A force to be reckoned with, traditionally private label has helped consumers reduce their weekly shopping bills and provide retailers with an extra opportunity to boost sales and grow margin.


Sustainability Watch: Dave Stangis, Campbell Soup 30 Jan 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

In the first Sustainability Watch of 2015, Dave Stangis, vice president of public affairs and CSR at Campbell Soup Co., speaks with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability and the recognition it has brought.


On the money: Lacklustre sales see Hershey turn to snacking 30 Jan 2015

Column: On the money

"Snacking... and portable snacking is not just short term, this is really a trend and it's becoming a habit," Hershey CEO John Bilbrey said yesterday as the US company announced its full-year results and its move to buy meat jerky brand Krave.


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.


Briefing: Emerging market e-commerce: Online can build despite Russia's challenges 27 Jan 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

High demand for home grocery deliveries in large Russian cities and the success of such services in Western countries are helping create a buzz around online grocery retailing in Russia. But complexity and high cost of operating this model in Russia means few retailers have so far launched online sales channels. Online grocery stores that do exist tend to limit their deliveries to Moscow or St Petersburg, and emphasise their offline locations.


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.

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