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DATA: The just-food international basket - Q2 2014 16 Sep 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

In association with IRI, the just-food international basket shows the cost of a typical range of goods in eight markets every quarter. The data also outlines trends in branded and private-label pricing, as well as the volume sold on promotion.


Shopper trends: Signs of confidence but promotions centre stage 16 Sep 2014

Column: The just-food international basket

There is a sense across a number of markets that consumer confidence is improving and the latest data from the just-food international basket, compiled exclusively by IRI, shows the total cost of a shop is, on average, increasing. However, consumers are buying more products on deal and the price gap between brands and own label is shrinking. IRI's Martin Wood crunches the numbers.


Shopper trends: Signs of confidence but promotions centre stage 16 Sep 2014

Column: Shopper trends

There is a sense across a number of markets that consumer confidence is improving and the latest data from the just-food international basket, compiled exclusively by IRI, shows the total cost of a shop is, on average, increasing. However, consumers are buying more products on deal and the price gap between brands and own label is shrinking. IRI's Martin Wood crunches the numbers.


Editor's viewpoint: US health food in play - but could be pricey 11 Sep 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.


In the spotlight: General Mills turns to M&A to bolster US business 9 Sep 2014

Column: In the spotlight

The US accounts for the bulk of General Mills' business and, with its operations at home under pressure, the food giant has got out the chequebook to snap up local natural and organic food maker Annie's. But is it the right move? Dean Best investigates.


BRICs and beyond: International ambitions underpin BRF, Lactalis dairy deal 9 Sep 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

The proposed sale of BRF's Brazilian dairies unit to Lactalis-owned Parmalat looks set to be a win-win for both companies. BRF is focusing on improving the performance of its core meat operations and the group would leave the transaction better positioned to step up its expansion into international protein markets. Meanwhile, Lactalis will strengthen its hand in the promising Brazilian dairy sector, leaving the company well-placed as a global dairy powerhouse. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: City has faith in UK meat firm Hilton 9 Sep 2014

Column: On the money

Shares in Hilton Food Group, the UK meat supplier, took a hit today (9 September) after the company issued a note of caution about its near-term outlook. However, in the main, City analysts believe in Hilton's fundamentals.


Consuming issues: Elliott puts FSA back in the spotlight 8 Sep 2014

Column: Consuming issues

Amid the headlines about the UK's plan to set up a food crime unit, Professor Chris Elliott's full report into the UK supply chain has reignited what was a fierce debate - the role of the Food Standards Agency, writes Ben Cooper.


Deal or no deal: Will United Biscuits owners float or sell? 5 Sep 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question on everyone's lips is whether the business will be floated or sold. Katy Askew reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Do not expect huge change at Danone 4 Sep 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Looking at Danone's share price yesterday, one is left with the impression there is an expectation of changes at the French food group now Frank Riboud is to step down as CEO. However, those expecting wholesale change at Danone should perhaps not be so hasty. The executive moves at the top of the yoghurt maker suggest Riboud will still be central to the company's overall strategy.


On the move: Market hopes for refocused Danone under Faber 3 Sep 2014

Column: On the move

Shares in Danone rose as the market reacted to the announcement of a change at the top of the French food group. After 18 years at the helm, Franck Riboud is to step down as CEO. Analysts believe his replacement, deputy CEO Emmanuel Faber, need to give Danone a renewed sense of focus to take the business to the next stage.


On the money: Mengniu brushes off concerns with "star" brand focus 28 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

China's largest dairy manufacturer China Mengniu Dairy has shrugged off investor concerns over margin pressure, insisting its strategy to raise investment behind "star" and growth brands will improve the group's long-term profitability profile. Katy Askew reports.


Sustainability Watch: How will US biogas push affect food industry? 28 Aug 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

An initiative launched under the auspices of President Obama's Climate Action Plan will see the government foster a major expansion of biogas use. Ben Cooper looks at the implications of the US government's Biogas Opportunities Roadmap for US food manufacturers.


BRICs and beyond: Fonterra, Beingmate partnership formula for success 28 Aug 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and Chinese baby food maker Beingmate are to form a joint venture to try to capitalise on the exponential growth of the Chinese infant formula sector. With each partner bringing something very different to the table, Katy Askew suggests the new entity is well-placed to leverage the strengths of both.


Consuming issues: The hunger-obesity paradox 26 Aug 2014

Column: Consuming issues

It may seem cruelly ironic the UK faces what is frequently dubbed an "obesity epidemic" while hospital admissions for malnutrition have risen by 19% over the past year. Ironic perhaps, but not surprising. Ben Cooper argues food education and cooking skills would be a simple measure to tackle the issue.


Shopper trends: FMCG sales under pressure despite economic green shoots 22 Aug 2014

Column: Shopper trends

There are signs of economic recovery across much of Europe but grocery sales remain under pressure. IRI's Tim Eales analyses why and suggests how retailers and manufacturers can try to drive growth.


On the money: Hain Celestial eyes distribution gains, NPD for growth 20 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even as it laps tough comparables - by expanding distribution and leveraging its innovation pipeline in the US and internationally.


On the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers 19 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers in the sector.


Deal or no deal: Chiquita in play as investors bet on higher offer 18 Aug 2014

Column: Deal or no deal

Chiquita Brands International has rejected a takeover approach from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group in favour of a prior agreement to merge with Ireland's Fyffes. However, the share price reaction suggests investors are betting a higher offer will come in for the US produce group. Katy Askew reports.


On the money: Flowers looks to soothe market after forecast cut 13 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Shares in US bakery group Flowers Foods sank yesterday after it cut its earnings forecast for 2014 - but the company immediately sought to soothe investor concerns by looking to its longer-term prospects.


In the spotlight: What could be impact of Russia's embargo? 11 Aug 2014

Column: In the spotlight

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imposition of sanctions on Russia. Confident the country can be self-sufficient, Putin and Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev have urged local producers to take advantage of the opportunity, and get their products on supermarket shelves. But are they up to the task? And what does this mean for global exporters to Russia? Hannah Abdulla reports.


What the analysts say: Nestle H1 cheers market 7 Aug 2014

Column: What the analysts say

Shares in Nestle closed up today (7 August) after the world's largest food maker reported underlying sales that beat analyst expectations. Nestle's stock would have been helped by news of a share buyback but analysts were broadly positive about the company's performance.


On the money: Where will acquisitive Saputo find its next M&A target? 5 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Canadian dairy group Saputo is continuing to examine further M&A opportunities even as it digests recent acquisitions including Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory and the Atlantic Canada fluid-milk business of Scotsburn Cooperative Services. Katy Askew reports.


BRICs and beyond: How Mexico's obesity fight has turned to advertising 4 Aug 2014

Column: BRICs and beyond

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.


Editor's viewpoint: Land of the minnows 4 Aug 2014

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to battle. However, could large food companies be losing some of the advantage gained from their size?


On the money: Kellogg still struggling with cereal 1 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Breakfast is still proving to be a challenge for Kellogg, which cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings after reporting lower revenues and profits for the second quarter.


On the money: Pricing, promos pinch Kraft results 1 Aug 2014

Column: On the money

Kraft Foods Group's moves to up prices on certain products - and a step-up in its promotional activity in other areas - combined to put pressure on the US food company's results in the first half of the year.


On the money: India's ITC sets out FMCG ambition 31 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Indian conglomerate ITC this week reported losses from its FMCG arm, as well as a slowdown in sales, but the company's has big ambitions for its consumer goods business.


Sustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 2014

Column: Sustainability Watch

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


On the money: Unilever NPD shifting food into category growth spots 25 Jul 2014

Column: On the money

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of its mature categories.

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