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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.


Deal or no deal: Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant? 22 Jul 2015

Column: Deal or no deal

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green Giant and Bonduelle's existing business is a natural one and the move would significantly step up the French group's presence in North America. However, Green Giant has seen lacklustre sales and its market share decline. Would Bonduelle move for a turnaround story? Katy Askew investigates.


Consuming issues: Why UK must act in wake of SACN report 20 Jul 2015

Column: Consuming issues

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has recommended halving the official guidance on the consumption of free sugars. Attention now turns to how the country's politicians will respond. Ben Cooper argues the UK government should act - but some policies are more likely than others.


Editor's viewpoint: The impact of China's slowdown 17 Jul 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the impact of China's recent economic slowdown is affecting companies in our sector.


BRICs and beyond: How Russia's embargo affects domestic firms 6 Jul 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Russia recently extended its ban on various food imports from Western countries including the US and EU. The move provides Russian food makers with an opportunity to gain market share but it also presents those operating in the market with a number of challenges. Sam Skove reports.


In the spotlight: What Grexit could mean for the food industry 3 Jul 2015

Column: In the spotlight

This Sunday, Greece will decide whether to accept a proposal from its creditors following the breakdown of negotiations over its EU1.6bn debt repayment with the International Monetary Fund. If voters reject the proposal, Greece risks exiting Eurozone. Concerns over what this will mean for the food industry are rife and food manufacturers have started taking measures to prepare for the worst.


On the money: Can General Mills improve US sales through innovation? 3 Jul 2015

Column: On the money

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the group's largest revenue stream, this has weighed on the group's overall results and addressing these issues is a priority for the Cheerios maker. But are General Mills' product innovation and renovation plans enough to get the top line moving in the US? Katy Askew investigates.


On the money: ConAgra private-label exit is about growth 1 Jul 2015

Column: On the money

ConAgra Foods announced that it will sell off its loss-making private label business yesterday (30 June) in a move that, the company said, will help unlock value for its shareholders. But selling off private brands is about more than offloading an asset that is a challenging turnaround story. New CEO Sean Connolly insists it is about putting ConAgra back on the road to growth. Katy Askew reports.


IRI's inside track – How manufacturers must respond to range optimisation 30 Jun 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

It is time for food manufacturers across Europe to take a more sophisticated approach to range optimisation, Stephanie Augier, European analytics and shopper account director at IRI, argues.


BRICs and beyond: Dairies meet Mexican challenge through diversification 29 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Dairy producers in Mexico have turned to product diversification to boost sales in the face of rising costs, weak purchasing power within lower income consumer groups and growing competition for the favour of more affluent consumers. Elizabeth Machuca reports.


Consuming issues: Battle against antimicrobial resistance just beginning 26 Jun 2015

Column: Consuming issues

The use of antibiotics in the rearing of animals has been a much discussed issue in recent weeks, with regulatory and corporate moves across a number of countries. Ben Cooper examines recent events in the context of the widespread concern over antimicrobial resistance.


M&A Watch - ConAgra should divest its Commercial Foods division 25 Jun 2015

Column: M&A Watch

The investment in ConAgra's shares by hedge fund Jana Partners has prompted speculation that the group will sell one of its divisions, in order to better realise shareholder value. While the emphasis seems to be so far on ConAgra's troubled Private brands business, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisory Glenboden believes that the Commercial foods unit should be the divestment priority.


In the spotlight: What lies behind Ferrero's move for Thorntons? 23 Jun 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Italian confectioner Ferrero has made a surprise move for UK chocolate maker and retailer Thorntons. One cannot ignore the fact Thorntons has had some challenges, not least in recent quarters with sales to UK multiples under pressure. What could be behind Ferrero's decision? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Sustainability Watch: Mars aims to support farmers with new fund 19 Jun 2015

Column: Sustainability Watch

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.


In the spotlight: What the Vega buy means for WhiteWave Foods 18 Jun 2015

Column: In the spotlight

WhiteWave Foods' deal to buy of Canadian firm Vega last week will mean the US group adds plant-based nutritional powders and snack-bars to its range, products industry watchers expect to show promising growth in the near future. But low awareness among mainstream consumers of plant-based proteins could prove a challenge. Hannah Abdulla reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Waitrose's personalised promos will stir industry 17 Jun 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

UK grocer Waitrose has got industry watchers talking this afternoon (17 June) with the launch of a promotional programme that lets consumers choose which products they want to buy on offer. Rivals and suppliers will be watching very closely.

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