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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.


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: Shopper trends

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.


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.


M&A Watch: Who could be on 3G Capital's radar? 12 Jan 2015

Column: M&A Watch

Given 3G Capital's industry focus, its background of partners and track-record, the next big takeover target for the co-owner of Heinz is almost certainly a legacy branded business in the FMCG world. But which companies other than PepsiCo and Campbell Soup Co. could or should be on that big-ticket target list? We tip Kellogg and, lower-hanging in terms of rationale, General Mills.


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: Asia to see slowing China, buoyant SE Asia 2 Jan 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The - relatively speaking - sluggishness of the Chinese economy has been a subject of debate in recent months and the country looks set to see GDP growth slow in 2015, which will only intensify competition in an already tough market. However, the prospects for India look brighter and a number of countries in south-east Asia offer opportunities. Dean Best reports.


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.

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