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ConAgra Foods announces split - what could happen next? 26 Nov 2015

Column: In the spotlight

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly, fresh from securing the sale of the US group's own-label business, has made another strategic move - splitting the business in two. A largely branded business, Conagra Brands, and a frozen potato products supplier, Lamb Weston, are set to be created. Dean Best analyses what could lie ahead for both companies.

Will Belvita win at breakfast in China? 18 Nov 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mondelez International has taken its breakfast biscuit concept, Belvita, to China in a bid to capture the attention of the young, time-poor consumer on the hunt for convenience. But with different tastes and habits at breakfast, can the Chinese consumer be convinced to take on Belvita as an alternative? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Snyder's-Lance sees qualified analyst praise for Diamond deal 29 Oct 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Distribution synergies and access to a wider better-for-you portfolio are two of the reasons industry experts have backed the move from Synder's-Lance for fellow US snacks group Diamond Foods. However, with Diamond having had a challenging few years financially, is the US$1.91bn cash-and-shares deal all Snyder's-Lance has made it out to be? Hannah Abdulla reports.

Why industry should engage after Public Health England sugar report 27 Oct 2015

Column: Consuming issues

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's report on sugar. Ben Cooper highlights ways manufacturers could show positive engagement.

Nestle's sales miss - 10 things to learn 16 Oct 2015

Column: On the money

Nestle missed analyst expectations for its sales growth today (16 October), when the world's largest food maker reported sales of CHF64.8bn (US$73.8bn) for the nine months to the end of September. The 2% decline was steeper than analysts had expected, with consensus forecasts predicting a sales dip of 0.8%. The closely watched organic growth rate also failed to meet expectations, with analysts predicting a 4.7% gain versus Nestle's organic growth of 4.2%. Here are 10 key points to take away from Nestle's year-to-date performance.

Unilever's sales are up, will margins follow? 15 Oct 2015

Column: On the money

Unilever beat market expectations with a stellar third-quarter sales update this morning (15 October). However, with growth driven by its lower margin refreshments unit, could this put pressure on Unilever's group margin? Katy Askew reports. 

Why decision on US dietary guidelines is missed opportunity 12 Oct 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The US Dietary Guidelines of Americans are reviewed every five years because they are expected to evolve in response to scientific progress and recent years have seen fundamental changes in how the sustainability of the food supply and diet is viewed. Environmental criteria are too important to be ignored. Ben Cooper argues the US government has erred by not including environmental factors in the latest advice.

How Unilever's Grom deal shows brands eyeing own retail presence 6 Oct 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the only manufacturer working to expand its branded retail presence, particularly in "treat" or gifting categories. Katy Askew looks at the benefits branded retailing offers food manufacturers. 

Why Lactalis could move for Dairy Crest 5 Oct 2015

Column: M&A Watch

Earlier this month, with the UK's Competition and Markets Authority's decision on the disposal of Dairy Crest's milk business on the horizon, M&A adviser Stefan Kirk looked at why the group could become a takeover target - and which companies could be interested.

The consistent inconsistency of European promotions 5 Oct 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

Are promotions leading to increased sales in Europe's major grocery markets? IRI's Jacques Dupré analyses how discounts are affecting sales, finding a mixed picture, and warns manufacturers of the dangers of sustained high levels of promotion.

Who could swoop for Diamond Foods?  1 Oct 2015

Column: Deal or no deal

Diamond Foods side-stepped market talk it has put itself up for sale and even suggested it would be open to broadening its own portfolio during a conference call with analysts this week. However, this does not mean the US snacks group's management is closed to the idea of the company shopping itself. Katy Askew takes a look at the possibility of a deal and who could be interested in a punt for the Kettle Chips maker.

How latest trans fat studies show complexity of health debate 29 Sep 2015

Column: Consuming issues

Two pieces of research in Europe on trans fat underline the complexity of dietary science and, therefore, the formulation of product development strategies and public health messages. Ben Cooper reports.

Kellogg eyes long-term benefits of Africa investment 17 Sep 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

US cereal giant Kellogg announced earlier this week it has entered into a joint venture agreement to step up its presence in Africa. Kellogg has partnered with Tolaram Africa, the local arm of Singapore-based conglomerate Tolaram Group. While the deal will not provide an immediate lift for Kellogg's struggling sales, it positions the company for long-term growth in a region of increasing importance for consumer goods companies. Katy Askew reports.

Why Quorn Foods auction promises to be competitive 8 Sep 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The starting gun on the race for Quorn Foods is to be fired this week and interest in the UK meat-free business is likely to be high.

B&G Foods' plan to breathe life into Green Giant 4 Sep 2015

Column: In the spotlight

The speculation over Green Giant was this week confirmed with US group B&G Foods announcing it had struck a deal to buy the the canned and frozen vegetables business from General Mills. Green Giant's sales are under pressure but B&G believes it can reinvigorate the business. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Greek crisis - The impact on shopper behaviour 28 Aug 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

The economic turmoil in Greece has been one of the biggest business stories of the year. But what kind of effects has the crisis had on the ground? How have shoppers reacted? IRI's Panagiotis Boretos investigates.

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy? 26 Aug 2015

Column: M&A Watch

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal for much of Findus Group's assets. The UK-listed company is eyeing opportunities in the US. Stefan Kirk, just-food's M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, puts forward some possible targets for Nomad.

How soda is drawing fire from food in Mexico obesity battle 24 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks at the effect the parallel tax on calorie-dense foods has had on consumers and on food companies.

What the Dave's Killer Bread deal means for Flowers Foods 20 Aug 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the organic bread space and extends its geographic reach in the US, two things it has had on its wish list for some time. Hannah Abdulla explores.

How attractive could Iran be for food majors? 19 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with access to a population of 80m consumers, a majority of which is under 35 and increasingly on the lookout for branded goods. However, establishing a foothold is unlikely to be straightforward. Hannah Abdulla reports.

Kraft Heinz sales do not wow but earnings outlook bright 17 Aug 2015

Column: On the money

Kraft Heinz Co. last week gave some indication of the financial performance of its constituent parts when the newly-formed company published second-quarter numbers for the former Kraft Foods and HJ Heinz, the last periods as independent entities before the merger closed in July. Lacklustre sales trends remain but the group is also positioned to meet its long-term margin potential and could emerge a beneficiary of potential sector consolidation. Katy Askew reports.

BRICs and beyond: How the Vietnam-EU trade deal will benefit food makers 14 Aug 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

A free trade agreement initialled between the European Union and Vietnam last week, is set to stimulate trade for both the European and Vietnamese processed, packaged and branded food industries. Mandy Kovacs and Lee Andendorff investigate who stands to gain and why.

Sustainability Watch - Smithfield Foods on new targets 11 Aug 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Smithfield Foods, the US meat group, has set out a new tranche of goals on sustainability, building on targets it laid out in 2010. Ben Cooper spoke with Stewart Leeth, vice president of regulatory affairs and sustainability, about the company's progress over the past five years and the launch of the new targets.

On the money: Buoyant WhiteWave Foods has some challenges in US 10 Aug 2015

Column: On the money

WhiteWave Foods raised its full-year earnings forecast after reporting growth across the majority of its businesses. However, the outlook for the Earthbound Farm and Silk owner's packaged fresh and premium dairy businesses in the US appears somewhat challenging.

On the money: Hershey stands firm as China woes laid bare 10 Aug 2015

Column: On the money

That China is central to Hershey's challenges at the moment was underlined on Friday after the US confectioner booked a second-quarter loss of almost US$100m following an impairment charge on local subsidiary Shanghai Golden Monkey.

Consuming issues: The war on child labour in cocoa is far from won 5 Aug 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The rise in the incidence of child labour in west African cocoa production detailed in last week's report from Tulane University is a disappointment to all those working to address the issue, including food companies. While the statistics reveal some relative improvements and give ground for optimism, Ben Cooper writes, the abiding message has to be that more must be done.

On the money: Pricing, productivity pay off for Mondelez 31 Jul 2015

Column: On the money

Actions taken on pricing and moves to improve productivity appear to be paying off for Mondelez International.

M&A Watch - Campbell Soup Co. should be more acquisitive - but avoid fresh 27 Jul 2015

Column: M&A Watch

Campbell Soup Co. has looked to inject growth into its business through acquisitions in recent years and the indications are this is likely to continue. But where should the US giant look to do deals? Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, weighs up the group's options.

On the money: Mead Johnson wrestles with "irrational" China market 24 Jul 2015

Column: On the money

Mead Johnson's business in China has come under pressure and was a factor in the US infant formula group's profit warning earlier this month. Low dairy costs and downbeat consumer sentiment have sparked fierce competition on price and Mead Johnson is uncertain when conditions will ease. But it insists it is investing for long-term growth in the country.

On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing 24 Jul 2015

Column: On the money

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential in emerging and developed markets.