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On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum? 22 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes that a jump in the UK group's marketing investment and the roll-out of new products in the back half of the year will reverse its fortunes. Katy Askew reports.


On the move: What's in store from Tesco's new CEO? 21 Jul 2014

Column: On the move

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to step down from the UK retailer, with the announcement made this morning (21 July) alongside another profit warning. Clarke will be replaced by Unilever executive Dave Lewis in October. While investors have responded positively to the news, manufacturers doing business in the UK may be waiting with baited breath to see if Lewis will respond to Tesco's strategic problems by extending its price focus. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Steady as she goes at Cloetta 18 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

As the dust settles after Cloetta's merger with Leaf, the company does face a battle eking out growth in its key markets. However, it has set its sights on small, bolt-on deals in niche categories, rather than pushing the boat out and setting sail for growth in emerging markets.


In the spotlight: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy 17 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first purchase for 16 years and one in a developed, rather than emerging, market. However, Lindt believes it would be have been foolish to pass on the opportunity and expansion in developing markets is still on the cards. Hannah Abdulla finds out what prompted Lindt to dust off its chequebook.


Consuming issues: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit 14 Jul 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of sugar consumption and what government and food companies can do to mitigate them. Ben Cooper was there.


BRICs and beyond: Eyeing Egypt: Why firms are queueing up to invest 10 Jul 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

A new president and a revised investor law for Egypt appears to be restoring business confidence. Last month three food and beverage giants announced plans to invest in expanding operations in the country. But with a growing population and high levels of unemployment, plus a cut in fuel subsidies that could put pressure on the average citizen's pocket, is now really the right time to be eyeing Egypt? Hannah Abdulla explores.


BRICs and beyond: Carrefour exit highlights continued challenges in India 9 Jul 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Carrefour's move to exit India underlines the ongoing challenges international retailers and food manufacturers face in the market where restrictions on foreign direct investment and a lack of infrastructure are curbing the development of modern retail. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Why TreeHouse is well-placed after Flagstone deal 3 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Since the inception of TreeHouse Foods in 2005, the US private-label group has snapped up businesses supplying the centre of the store. Now, the company has used M&A to secure a foothold in the perimeter - with the potential for further deals.


Editor's viewpoint: Dairy Crest's appeal may grow after deals 3 Jul 2014

Column: Best bits

Strategically, Dairy Crest's deals with fellow UK dairy group Fayrefield Foods and New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra to serve the global infant formula market are astute moves. But the deals could also catch the eye of some of the world's larger dairy processors about Dairy Crest's new capabilities.


Shopper trends: Industry must rethink promo strategy 2 Jul 2014

Column: Shopper trends

Across Europe, the level of promotions in grocery stores continued to increase in 2013 - but without boosting sales volumes. IRI's Tim Eales says the sector needs to review how they promote in order to drive sales.


Editor's viewpoint: Nestle deserves praise for living wage 30 Jun 2014

Column: Best bits

Cynics will scoff a company the size of Nestle can easily afford to become a "Living Wage" employer in the UK. And perhaps there would be an element of truth in that. But the fact the world's largest food maker is willing to invest in its staff should be applauded - and the hope is some of its closest competitors - companies with vast resources of their own - will follow.


Consuming issues: Oxfam as industry's "critical friend" 30 Jun 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Oxfam's latest analysis of the food industry's efforts on to tackle climate change demonstrates how the NGO can partner with industry at time but still play a role in handing out stinging criticism where necessary, Ben Cooper believes.


BRICs and beyond: Is there still opportunity in China's biscuit market? 27 Jun 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

China's biscuit market has seen rapid growth in recent years. However, as the category matures the pace of expansion is slowing. With category leader Mondelez International struggling, is there still room for growth in the sector? Katy Askew reports.


Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word 27 Jun 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.


In the spotlight: UK examining more radical levers to cut sugar intake 26 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

The UK government's policy on high sugar foods has once again been placed front and centre as new research argues the advice for the recommended intake of added sugar should be halved. Government agency Public Health England has responded with a pledge to further probe measures to support sugar reduction, including tightened controls around advertising and promotions - as well as "fiscal levers" such as a sugar tax. Katy Askew reports.


Talking shop: Sainsbury's tries to shore up flank with Netto JV 24 Jun 2014

Column: Talking shop

In a surprise move, Sainsbury's has reacted to the continued growth of discount retailers in the UK with a venture to bring the Netto banner back to the country. Sainsbury's and Netto owner Dansk Supermarked will launch a clutch of stores on a trial basis but Netto, which struggled on its previous visit to the UK, faces even stronger competitors now. Dean Best reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Questions mount for ConAgra 19 Jun 2014

Column: Best bits

After three profit warnings in a year, it is little wonder the performance of US food giant ConAgra Foods is under scrutiny.


Editor's viewpoint: Premier feeling the pressure 18 Jun 2014

Column: Best bits

The City has welcomed Premier Foods' moves to spin off parts of its businesses into joint ventures but it is still the performance of the UK group's core brands that moves its shares - and that concerns investors.


BRICs and beyond: The long-term gluten-free opportunity in Russia 13 Jun 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Gluten-free is currently a bright spot of strong growth in the largely stagnant developed markets of the US and western Europe. However, as the category matures it is becoming an increasingly crowded space. As such, many forward-looking gluten-free specialists have an eye on fresh markets that will offer the next phase of growth for the sector. Russia is one such market. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: Brazil a tough nut to crack for gluten-free foods 11 Jun 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Brazil with its vast population and a growing middle class with increasing health concerns, has huge opportunities in the gluten-free sector. But legislation requiring each and every food and drink product in the nation to be labelled gluten-free or not gluten-free has posed significant difficulties for specialist gluten-free firms looking to break into the country and make their ranges stand-out. Is there a future for gluten-free specialists in Brazil? Hannah Abdulla explores.


In the spotlight: The Free From Food Expo 2014 10 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Free-from, once the preserve of the health food fanatic, is moving into the mainstream and growth in the sector is gathering steam. Here are some highlights from last week's Free From Food Expo.


In the spotlight: Tyson pays the piper to secure Hillshire 10 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Tyson Foods has won through in the bidding war to acquire Hillshire Brands with an improved US$63 per share offer for the for the Jimmy Dean maker. But, at 16.7x EBITDA, is the lofty price of US$8.55bn overly inflated? Katy Askew investigates.


In the spotlight: Nestle hopes to thaw Lean Cuisine sales chill 6 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Nestle has conceded that it is facing some significant challenges in the US frozen category. However, comments at the firm's investor day this week would seem to suggest that the world's largest food company has set out a roadmap for how to "fix" lacklustre brands such as Lean Cuisine. Katy Askew reports.


Shopper trends: Prices of own-label and brands converge 2 Jun 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

In a major consumer recession like the one we've experienced in recent years, one would expect own label to be 30-40% cheaper than brands. But retailers are allowing that price gap to close, writes IRI's Tim Eales.


Shopper trends: Prices of own-label and brands converge 2 Jun 2014

Column: Shopper trends

In a major consumer recession like the one we've experienced in recent years, one would expect own label to be 30-40% cheaper than brands. But retailers are allowing that price gap to close, writes IRI's Tim Eales.


The just-food international basket - Q1 2014 2 Jun 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

The latest data from the just-food international basket looks at the first three months of 2014 - and it shows the gap between own-label and branded prices is, broadly, closing.


Sustainability Watch: Bill Guyton, World Cocoa Foundation 30 May 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

The cocoa sector has arguably spawned more than its fair share of sustainability initiatives and programmes. Ben Cooper asks Bill Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation, what sets the recently-launched CocoaAction, a plan aimed at "building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector", apart from what has gone before.


Editor's viewpoint: Seeing the value in being lean 29 May 2014

Column: Best bits

With the bidding war for Hillshire Brands intensifying, it is pertinent to point out just how correct Sara Lee's management - and those on Wall Street that supported the split - were about the shareholder benefits of separating the old business.


Consuming issues: Why understanding food wastage is vital 28 May 2014

Column: Consuming issues

The considerable attention given to the topic of food wastage over the past couple of years has ensured the issue has grown both in public awareness and also as a priority for companies and policymakers seeking to make the global food system more sustainable.


Deal or no deal: Could more bids emerge after Pilgrim's play for Hillshire? 28 May 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

The hunter became the hunted yesterday (27 May) as Pilgrim's Pride made a hostile bid for Hillshire Brands. The news comes just days after Hillshire announced its own plans to acquire a third US food group, Pinnacle Foods. Pilgrim's play for the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages leaves that deal looking shaky and has set the market alight with rumours that further takeover bids for Hillshire could follow. Katy Askew reports.

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