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In the spotlight: Campbell continues to rebalance portfolio 21 Jun 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Campbell Soup Co. has gone on quite the acquisition spree of late as it looks to rebalance its portfolio. From US chilled foods firm Bolthouse Farms, and organic baby food maker Plum, to this week's deal to acquire Kelsen, Campbell is trying to boost its presence in high-growth categories and high growth markets. At the same time, the firm is making continued progress in revitalising its core US operations. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Sobeys joy but questions for Safeway 14 Jun 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Canada's second-largest grocer Sobeys has swooped to buy the local business of US supermarket giant Safeway. Sobeys has paid a full price for Safeway's Canadian arm but, writes Dean Best, the market was broadly positive and agreed with the company's optimism. For Safeway, however, the sale does leave some questions.


In the spotlight: PepsiCo, Muller must beware promo intensity in US yoghurt 6 Jun 2013

Column: In the spotlight

PepsiCo and Muller this week opened their US yoghurt plant with much fanfare. Demand for yoghurt has increased in recent years, per capita consumption is relatively low and the companies believe they can benefit. However, the new facility has added to the already increasing capacity in the sector, which is now seeing only sales of Greek yoghurt grow and an intensification in promotional activity.


In the spotlight: Hurdles ahead for Shuanghui Smithfield takeover 30 May 2013

Column: In the spotlight

The surprise news that the board of US pork group Smithfield Foods has unanimously backed a takeover bid from Chinese group Shuanghui International highlights the ever-increasing importance of China on the global stage - both as a market for products and as an outward investor actively participating in M&A. However, with regulatory and political hurdles ahead, the transaction is far from a done deal. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Wrigley wins FDA plaudits amid caffeine scrutiny 16 May 2013

Column: In the spotlight

At first it appeared the villain of the piece with the launch of its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which prompted an FDA review of caffeine in foods. However, Wrigley was subsequently praised by the regulator for showing "leadership" when it halted production. So far, however, no other food companies have shown that level of support for the FDA's move. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight: Danone to build on baby nutrition success with organic buy 14 May 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Danone's deal to acquire over 90% of US organic baby food firm Happy Family is a first for the French food giant in the category and appears to strengthen its fast-growing infant-nutrition division. Michelle Russell takes a look at the deal.


In the spotlight: Carrefour ups heat with price cuts 23 Apr 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Competition in the French retail scene could be about to heat up, with market leader Carrefour reporting an improvement in its domestic operations. Carrefour says it has been encouraged by the results of its pricing initiative and, if the world's second largest retailer really has pulled its socks up at home, life could become tougher for its competitors.


In the spotlight: Infant formula prices drive Chinese consumers overseas 15 Apr 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Retailers are rationing the amount of infant formula consumers can buy in markets including Hong Kong, Australia and now the UK. The move has been prompted by the huge demand for infant formula in China, with consumers buying products overseas and shipping them home. While you might think that rationing comes in response to supply shortages, in actual fact it is more likely an attempt to protect the power to price the same product differently in different markets. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Chobani UK case highlights provenance issue 4 Apr 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Chobani's failure to win a court case in the UK over the labelling of its yoghurts as Greek resulted in an injunction against the firm last week. The result, however, now raises questions as to the importance of the provenance of Greek yoghurt for consumers and whether this could lead to similar cases and, in turn, more formal EU regulation.


In the spotlight: Boparan continues M&A march with Vion buy 5 Mar 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has continued its drive to rapidly expand its footprint with the announcement that it has acquired the remaining Vion meat businesses in the UK. Katy Askew takes a look at how ambitious 2 Sisters hopes to succeed in a market where Vion struggled.


In the spotlight: Australian Dietary Guidelines target added sugar 27 Feb 2013

Column: In the spotlight

While the emphasis on physical activity included in the recently published Australian Dietary Guidelines has been welcomed by food industry advocates, the inclusion of a recommendation to limit foods containing added sugars was less enthusiastically received. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight: Heinz's prospects under 3G and Buffett 15 Feb 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Heinz stunned the global food industry with news it had agreed to a US$28bn takeover offer from Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway fund and private-equity firm 3G Capital - purported to be the largest-ever deal in the sector. Dean Best looks at what could lie ahead for the US food giant.


In the spotlight: Report ignites food waste debate 18 Jan 2013

Column: In the spotlight

A report published last week by the Institution of Mechanical Engineers suggesting that up to 50% of food produced globally is not consumed has attracted significant media attention. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight: Horse meat scandal: What's at stake? 16 Jan 2013

Column: In the spotlight

News of horse DNA in the economy beef burger ranges of some major retailers raises serious questions around corporate food governance, government monitoring and the implications for public confidence.


In the spotlight: Hilton extends reach with Woolworths Ltd JV 11 Jan 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Hilton Foods announced yesterday (11 January) it has reached an agreement with Australian grocer Woolworths Ltd to operate a joint venture company. The move will mark Hilton's first foray into the Australian market and could point to further expansion plans in the region. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight - Arca takes bigger bite of snacks market with double-deal 4 Jan 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Arca Continental's decision to acquire US-based Wise Foods and Ecuadorian snacks firm Inalecsa could come as a surprise, given that the Coca-Cola bottler's interests are primarily in the beverage sector. However, Michelle Russell suggests, the Mexican firm is likely to use the acquisitions to take its Mexican brands into new markets while also leveraging the capabilities of Wise and Inalecsa to boost its Mexican snacks presence.


In the spotlight: Barry Callebaut believes in pricey Petra deal 13 Dec 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Increased exposure to emerging markets? Tick. Boost portfolio with more in-demand products? Tick. Barry Callebaut tried to outline the benefits of its move to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients arm but the market winced at the price paid. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - William Jackson takes on challenge of Abel & Cole 18 Oct 2012

Column: In the spotlight

The deal by William Jackson Food Group (WJFG) to purchase organic food group Abel & Cole has garnered a mixed reaction from industry watchers, some of whom were surprised by the deal and others more confident of the fit.


In the spotlight: Zetar aims for sweeter future with Germany's Zertus 12 Oct 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Zetar's decision to accept a bid from Germany's Zertus raised eyebrows but the UK confectioner and snack firm, frustrated at not being able to grow as quickly as it wanted, sees the sale as a way to fulfil its European ambitions.


In the spotlight: Manufacturers continue uphill battle in developed markets 1 Oct 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Last week brought further evidence of the difficulties facing food manufacturers as they look to grow their businesses in the developed markets of the US and Europe.


In the spotlight: China a factor in Itochu interest in Dole 14 Sep 2012

Column: In the spotlight

A chunk of Dole Food Co.'s business could end up in the hands of one of Japan's largest trading houses it was announced this week - and China appears to be central to the potential deal.


In the spotlight: Frustration at coy Carrefour CEO Plassat 31 Aug 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Robust, single-minded and colourful were three words that sprung to mind as Carrefour CEO Georges Plassat discussed his plans for the French retail giant yesterday (30 August). However, some were frustrated at the lack of detail, arguing it will be difficult to judge whether Plassat's strategy will succeed in turning around the world's second-largest retailer.


In the spotlight: Orkla praised for Rieber deal despite high price 22 Aug 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Orkla, the Norwegian conglomerate with interests in aluminium and finance as well as pizza and chocolate, wants to focus on consumer goods. This week, Orkla agreed to buy local food group Rieber & Son and, although analysts expressed misgivings at the price it paid, they believe it is a sensible move from the company. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Analysts welcome Chiquita turnaround plan 10 Aug 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Chiquita Brands International's plans to pursue a new strategic direction with a focus on driving profits in its core businesses garnered a positive reaction from analysts this week.


In the spotlight: Hilton eyes growth despite challenges 19 Jul 2012

Column: In the spotlight

UK-based meat packer Hilton Food Group has once again indicated it plans to drive organic growth by expanding in new and existing markets. However, Hilton is facing a number of headwinds this year. Rising materials costs, a constrained consumer environment and currency exchange all look set to weigh on full-year profits.


In the spotlight: Dairy Crest firm on pricing as it looks to cap costs 18 Jul 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Dairy Crest has insisted it will not consider reversing cuts to the price it pays farmers for milk as it struggles to return its dairies division to an "acceptable" level of profitability. While challenges in the liquid milk market and the collapse of bulk cream prices mean the company has its work cut out, careful margin management looks set to result in improved results as the year progresses. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Dairy farmers lay down gauntlet over pricing 11 Jul 2012

Column: In the spotlight

UK dairy farmers have warned they are prepared to take action if processors push through recently announced price cuts. However, Katy Askew writes, it seems likely their demands will carry little sway with processors and retailers.


In the spotlight: Nestle move on child labour broadly welcomed 4 Jul 2012

Column: In the spotlight

An investigation by the Fair Labor Association (FLA) into Nestle's cocoa supply chain in Ivory Coast has uncovered numerous breaches of its supplier code and most crucially extensive use of child labour. Ben Cooper examines the FLA findings and their implications.


In the spotlight: Hershey's international ambition 29 Jun 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Hershey this week outlined what some saw as its clearest vision for international markets. The US confectioner still generates the bulk of its sales and profits overseas but wants to expand abroad. Can it succeed? Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Rio+20 22 Jun 2012

Column: In the spotlight

This week world leaders and government representatives convened in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, taking place 20 years after the 'Earth Summit' of 1992. Ben Cooper reflects on Rio+20.

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