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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.


Hershey Q1 results, outlook and latest M&A - the top takeaways 27 Apr 2016

Column: On the money

Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts to forecasts for 2016 and upped its cost savings targets from 2017. The company's results were hit by continued pressure in China and challenges in North America. Hershey, however, announced the acquisition of snacks brand BarkThins and, on a conference call with investors, the Reese's owner appeared confident it was taking the right steps to improve its performance.


Are consumers getting tired of consuming? 26 Apr 2016

Column: Consuming issues

Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observations by the head of sustainability at Ikea, signify slowing demand for consumer goods.


McCormick & Co. has appetite for deals - editor's viewpoint 20 Apr 2016

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Just a week after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian chilled herbs firm Botanical Food Co. When the US herbs and spices giant's interest in Premier emerged, McCormick said it had a "pipeline" of targets and industry watchers expect the company to continue to look to M&A for growth.


How Danone is winning "key battles" en route to 2020 aims 19 Apr 2016

Column: On the money

Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The French food maker flagged higher sales from its US dairy business in the first quarter of this year and predicted ongoing improvements from its European dairy operations. Danone also insisted the fundamentals of its Chinese infant nutrition business are solid despite recent challenges. Katy Askew reports.


Does competition hinder co-operation on sustainability? 6 Apr 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

Major corporations have joined with market researchers to form Paragon Partnerships which aims create an open-access information hub to support actions addressing the UN Global Goals for Sustainable Development. Ben Cooper examines the aims behind the Unilever-led initiative and asks where companies draw the line between sharing sustainability information for the greater good and retaining insights that might offer competitive advantage.


Should the obesity issue influence companies' growth strategies? 4 Apr 2016

Column: Consuming issues

United Biscuits, the UK's largest biscuit maker, has set out how it believes the sector in the country can grow sales by GBP500m by 2020. After hearing how the Yildiz Holding-owned business plans to increase the size of the category, Ben Cooper wonders whether the issue of rising obesity should inform how food manufacturers shape their drive for growth.


The potential M&A in niche dairy products in the UK 30 Mar 2016

Column: M&A Watch

just-food M&A columnist Stefan Kirk looks at the possible M&A candidates in more niche dairy categories in the UK - and suggests three potential targets.


What could surprise UK sugar drinks tax mean for food industry? 17 Mar 2016

Column: Consuming issues

The UK government yesterday announced a surprise move to tax sweetened soft drinks. Ben Cooper examines the implications this latest move may have for the government’s child obesity strategy, expected later in the year, and for future food and health policy in the UK.


Mondelez International's European cheese and grocery unit - weighing up possible interest in business behind Philadelphia 23 Feb 2016

Column: M&A Watch

With continued speculation over the future of Mondelez International's European cheese and grocery business, just-food's M&A columnist Stefan Kirk weighs up what kind of interest there could be in the asset, which features the Philadelphia brand.


RSPO Next - What has been the reaction to the new palm oil standards? 23 Feb 2016

Column: Sustainability Watch

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was, in its early days, hailed as a model of inter-stakeholder collaboration but has faced mounting criticism as the years have gone by - not least in a stinging letter from a number of food companies last summer. The organisation has a new set of criteria - RSPO Next - that it says strengthen standards. But, as Ben Cooper reports, the new benchmarks have attracted disapproval.


Nestle's 2015 results and 2016 outlook - what the analysts say 18 Feb 2016

Column: What the analysts say

Nestle's shares fell today (18 February) after the world's largest food maker missed analyst expectations on sales and trading operating profit - and disappointed with its guidance for this year. Here's a flavour of how analysts have viewed the KitKat-to-Maggi owner's numbers.


Flowers Foods: is it time to reappraise strategy at the US bakery group? 12 Feb 2016

Column: On the money

Flowers Foods' share price fell almost 20% yesterday (11 February) after the US bakery group booked fourth-quarter earnings that failed to hit analyst expectations. Sales softness and pending litigation prompted some to question whether the firm is overreaching. The real concern, however, is Flowers is pursuing a fundamentally flawed strategy. Katy Askew reports.


Kellogg seeing progress on US cereal but snacks in doldrums 12 Feb 2016

Column: On the money

Kellogg's US business weighed on its results in 2015 but the company insisted its troubled US cereal business was seeing signs of improvement. However, the group's domestic snacks arm is under pressure. Hannah Abdulla reports.


Mondelez International's 2015 results and outlook for 2016 - 7 things to learn 4 Feb 2016

Column: On the money

Mondelez International's shares took a tumble yesterday on the back of its 2015 numbers and its forecasts for 2016 - and were down again today. Chairman and CEO Irene Rosenfeld called the last 12 months "a year of very strong results" and, although conceding volumes would again be under pressure, forecast further improvement in profitability. What should we take away from the figures and from its outlook for the months ahead? Dean Best investigates.


Hain Celestial confident but cognisant of domestic challenges - comment 2 Feb 2016

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Irwin Simon, the founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial, often comes across as one of the more forthright chief executives in the US food industry, with a firm belief in his company and its prospects. With Hain Celestial's domestic business facing challenges and investor scrutiny intensifying, Simon this week set out how the company will improve its performance in the US and why he believes the group can thrive amid increasing competition - but there were signs he acknowledges the need to adapt to meet the challenge.

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