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Consuming issues: The hunger-obesity paradox 26 Aug 2014

Column: Consuming issues

It may seem cruelly ironic the UK faces what is frequently dubbed an "obesity epidemic" while hospital admissions for malnutrition have risen by 19% over the past year. Ironic perhaps, but not surprising. Ben Cooper argues food education and cooking skills would be a simple measure to tackle the issue.


Shopper trends: FMCG sales under pressure despite economic green shoots 22 Aug 2014

Column: Shopper trends

There are signs of economic recovery across much of Europe but grocery sales remain under pressure. IRI's Tim Eales analyses why and suggests how retailers and manufacturers can try to drive growth.


On the money: Hain Celestial eyes distribution gains, NPD for growth 20 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even as it laps tough comparables - by expanding distribution and leveraging its innovation pipeline in the US and internationally.


On the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers 19 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers in the sector.


Deal or no deal: Chiquita in play as investors bet on higher offer 18 Aug 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Chiquita Brands International has rejected a takeover approach from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group in favour of a prior agreement to merge with Ireland's Fyffes. However, the share price reaction suggests investors are betting a higher offer will come in for the US produce group. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Flowers looks to soothe market after forecast cut 13 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Shares in US bakery group Flowers Foods sank yesterday after it cut its earnings forecast for 2014 - but the company immediately sought to soothe investor concerns by looking to its longer-term prospects.


In the spotlight: What could be impact of Russia's embargo? 11 Aug 2014

Column: In the spotlight

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Confident the country can be self-sufficient, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have urged local producers to take advantage of the opportunity, and get their products on supermarket shelves. But are they up to the task? And what does this mean for global exporters to Russia? Hannah Abdulla reports.


What the analysts say: Nestle H1 cheers market 7 Aug 2014

Column: What the analysts say

Shares in Nestle closed up today (7 August) after the world's largest food maker reported underlying sales that beat analyst expectations. Nestle's stock would have been helped by news of a share buyback but analysts were broadly positive about the company's performance.


On the money: Where will acquisitive Saputo find its next M&A target? 5 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Canadian dairy group Saputo is continuing to examine further M&A opportunities even as it digests recent acquisitions including Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and the Atlantic Canada fluid-milk business of Scotsburn Cooperative Services. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: How Mexico's obesity fight has turned to advertising 4 Aug 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Land of the minnows 4 Aug 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to battle. However, could large food companies be losing some of the advantage gained from their size?


On the money: Kellogg still struggling with cereal 1 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Breakfast is still proving to be a challenge for Kellogg, which cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after reporting lower revenues and profits for the second quarter.


On the money: Pricing, promos pinch Kraft results 1 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Kraft Foods Group's moves to up prices on certain products - and a step-up in its promotional activity in other areas - combined to put pressure on the US food company's results in the first half of the year.


On the money: India's ITC sets out FMCG ambition 31 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Indian conglomerate ITC this week reported losses from its FMCG arm, as well as a slowdown in sales, but the company's has big ambitions for its consumer goods business.


Sustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


On the money: Unilever NPD shifting food into category growth spots 25 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of its mature categories.


On the money: Hershey CEO: NPD pipeline will offset pricing volume drag 25 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Hershey has expressed confidence its planned innovation pipeline will deliver growth in the longer term, even if its latest price increase may hit volumes initially.


On the money: Steady as she goes as Danone denies strategy overhaul 25 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

French dairy giant Danone has insisted it is not mulling a radical overhaul of strategy as it battles issues at its European dairy and Asian early life nutrition businesses.


Shopper trends: The World Cup - a victory for retailers? 25 Jul 2014

Column: Shopper trends

Now that the football World Cup has come and gone, Tim Eales, director of strategic insight at IRI, examines whether it provided a much-needed boost to UK retailers and food manufacturers, or if England’s early demise meant they lost out too.


On the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery 24 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has predicted improvement in the second half.


In the spotlight: Progress but Campbell faces critical questions 23 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Campbell Soup Co., the US-based food group, is a business that has, in recent years, attempted to reshape its portfolio more towards faster-growing categories. And, with growth from its core operations still below the company's targets, the signs are it is ready to take more action. However, with further expansion comes choices, Dean Best writes.


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: Editor's viewpoint

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.

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