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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.


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.


Editor's viewpoint: Expect Campbell to follow Garden Fresh with more deals 15 Jun 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Campbell Soup Co. has again moved to inject growth into its business through M&A, snapping up US salsa-to-houmous maker Garden Fresh Gourmet. And the odds are more deals in categories like fresh food and snacks will follow.


BRICs and beyond: Has Yoplait adopted the best expansion strategy in China? 12 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chinese yoghurt market and its growth profile makes it a tempting prize for any yoghurt manufacturer. But, Katy Askew asks, have General Mills and Sodiaal taken the best route to expansion in the market?


BRICs and beyond: Should Bel follow Morocco deal with more M&A? 12 Jun 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

French cheese giant Bel Group has made a rare acquisition in an emerging market with a deal to buy a majority stake in Safilait, the third-largest dairy company in Morocco. Bel has not been as active as some rivals in expanding in the world's faster-growing dairy markets through M&A and Dean Best looks at whether the business should be doing more.


In the spotlight: Are Nestle's latest moves in frozen enough to win over consumers? 5 Jun 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Nestle has announced two changes in the last week to try and boost sales of its frozen business in the US. Both moves play into rising consumer trends of healthier eating and convenience. But with Nestle's frozen business still reeling from the effects of a consumer shift towards fresh due to perceptions of it having greater goodness, are the moves enough to win consumers back? Hannah Abdulla explores.


Deal or no deal: How Findus acquisition would benefit Nomad 4 Jun 2015

Column: Deal or no deal

Since Nomad Holdings announced it had acquired European frozen food firm Iglo Group, the market has been waiting for the investment firm's next deal to help its ambition of building a portfolio of "best-in-class" FMCG brands. Nomad confirmed yesterday (4 June) it is in "exclusive" negotiations over the acquisition of assets of Findus Group. The acquisition would strengthen Iglo's hand in the European frozen food sector but, in order to seal the deal, Nomad could have to pay the piper, Katy Askew suggests.


IRI's inside track - the pressures affecting chilled food 2 Jun 2015

Column: IRI's inside track

Falling prices in a number of European markets have dampened sales growth in chilled and fresh food. With consumer confidence on the rise in countries like the UK, there could be further pressure on sales, with shoppers looking to eat out more, while range reviews by retailers are also putting the squeeze on some segments. IRI's Sarah Pittock weighs up the outlook for the sectors.


In the spotlight: How the Applegate deal will benefit Hormel 29 May 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Hormel Foods swooped to acquire natural and organic meat processor Applegate Farms earlier this week in a US$775m deal. In financial terms, the deal does not bring much to the table. Industry experts, however, have reacted favourably due to the long-term growth prospects of the natural and organic meat category. Hannah Abdulla explores what the deal means for Hormel.


BRICs and beyond: Why Arla's Egyptian JV with Juhayna is shrewd 28 May 2015

Column: BRICs and beyond

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-operative poised for expansion in a promising emerging market. Expanding via a tie-up with a local company is a smart move from Arla as it works to grow in a market where competition is on the up and M&A valuations are high. Katy Askew reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Campbell working hard but challenges remain 27 May 2015

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Campbell Soup Co.'s third-quarter results included some positive news. Sales from the US group's baking and snacking arm grew solidly, while the company's profitability beat analyst expectations amid productivity savings and a pull back on promotional spending. However, Campbell's top line remains under pressure and it may have to turn to other measures to get sales growing.


M&A Watch - Could Cloetta be takeover target? 26 May 2015

Column: M&A Watch

With a new CEO at Cloetta, the European confectioner has already faced questions about its possible acquisition targets. However, Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at Glenboden, believes the company could itself be on the radar.


On the money: Why Dairy Crest needs to offload dairies 21 May 2015

Column: On the money

Dairy Crest chief executive Mark Allen said today (21 May) he is "confident" the group's disposal of its struggling dairies business to Muller Wiseman Dairies will gain competition approval. The group's full-year results, released earlier this morning, show exactly why this sale is vital to Dairy Crest's performance.


On the money: Premier to push on with range revamp 20 May 2015

Column: On the money

Rationalisation of SKUs and innovation will continue to form a big part of Premier Foods plc's focus for 2015, CEO Gavin Darby has said.

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