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In the spotlight: Why ABF's George Weston is making bread better-for-you 1 May 2015

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Associated British Foods this week announced the launch of a high-protein bread from its Australasian arm George Weston Foods. The company looks to be weighing up options to increase sales in the highly pressured bakery sector. Is its move into the better-for-you category in New Zealand one that will pay off? Hannah Abdulla explores.


In the spotlight: France's big step to uniform FOP labels 17 Apr 2015

Column: In the spotlight

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-coded front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme. The debate this has sparked, Ben Cooper writes, mirrors closely that seen in the UK, with food manufacturers sternly opposed to the use of colours.


In the spotlight: Aryzta's surprise investment in French retailer Picard 1 Apr 2015

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Bakery giant Aryzta got the market speculating over its next move when, just a week ago, it announced plans to sell shares in Ireland-based agribusiness Origin Enterprises. But what has been the reaction to its planned investment in French frozen food retailer Picard?


In the spotlight: Green Giant talk underlines pressure at General Mills 16 Mar 2015

Column: In the spotlight

General Mills is reported to be considering putting its canned and frozen vegetable business Green Giant on the block. The US food group has refused to comment but, given its sales are under pressure and with US consumers turning away from more processed foods, it seems plausible the company would be weighing up a sale. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Why Post is increasing its exposure to cereal 27 Jan 2015

Column: In the spotlight

Since it span off from Ralcorp Holdings three years ago, Post Holdings has followed an aggressive M&A strategy. Deal-making has focused on diversifying its portfolio to gain access to on-trend categories. Given this drive, perhaps yesterday's (26 January) announcement of Post's acquisition of MOM Brands - a move that will deepen its exposure to the struggling US cereal category - could seem a curious tactic. Katy Askew investigates.


In the spotlight: Hershey's Allan Candy buy lends international stability 8 Dec 2014

Column: In the spotlight

As The Hershey Co expands in international markets, attention has focused on high-growth opportunities such as China and Latin America. However, with macroeconomic factors weighing on its international performance this year, the company is wise to also pursue expansion in more stable overseas markets, such as Canada. While relatively small, last week's Allan Candy Co acquisition is a solid move from the US Reese's Pieces maker. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Can BRF deliver on its aggressive growth strategy? 20 Nov 2014

Column: In the spotlight

BRF, the Brazilian meat giant, is undergoing significant change. The company has initiated a massive behind-the-scenes restructuring drive to streamline its operations and build a structure that will deliver stable returns. BRF has now turned its attention to expansion, setting out an ambitious growth agenda. Can it deliver? Katy Askew investigates.


In the spotlight: Will Danone return to growth in fresh dairy? 17 Oct 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Danone has faced myriad issues at its fresh dairies business. The group has been squeezed by weak consumer sentiment in its largest markets, on the one hand, and rising input prices, on the other. Management believes that a focus on improving its mix in developed markets will boost its profit profile. All the while it has been positioning itself to drive the top line in emerging markets. But these efforts are yet to show themselves in the unit's results. Could Danone's fresh dairy business be preparing to turn a corner? Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: FrieslandCampina moves to shore up Europe prospects 3 Oct 2014

Column: In the spotlight

FrieslandCampina this week made two major announcements in Europe, with a plan to close a plant in Belgium but also deals to buy two Italian cheese firms. The Dutch dairy giant has, like many of its peers, struggled for growth in Europe and is busy looking to right-size its business in the region for the future.


In the spotlight: Fonterra's strategy to weather enduring dairy volatility 26 Sep 2014

Column: In the spotlight

After reporting a slump in Fonterra's annual profits this week, CEO Theo Spierings was at pains to tell the market the global dairy market will remain erratic. However, the head of the world's largest dairy exporter also outlined how the group plans to ride out changes in supply of and demand for milk.


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.


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.


In the spotlight: Progress but Campbell faces critical questions 23 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Campbell Soup Co., the US-based food group, is a business that has, in recent years, attempted to reshape its portfolio more towards faster-growing categories. And, with growth from its core operations still below the company's targets, the signs are it is ready to take more action. However, with further expansion comes choices, Dean Best writes.


In the spotlight: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy 17 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first purchase for 16 years and one in a developed, rather than emerging, market. However, Lindt believes it would be have been foolish to pass on the opportunity and expansion in developing markets is still on the cards. Hannah Abdulla finds out what prompted Lindt to dust off its chequebook.


In the spotlight: Why TreeHouse is well-placed after Flagstone deal 3 Jul 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Since the inception of TreeHouse Foods in 2005, the US private-label group has snapped up businesses supplying the centre of the store. Now, the company has used M&A to secure a foothold in the perimeter - with the potential for further deals.


In the spotlight: UK examining more radical levers to cut sugar intake 26 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

The UK government's policy on high sugar foods has once again been placed front and centre as new research argues the advice for the recommended intake of added sugar should be halved. Government agency Public Health England has responded with a pledge to further probe measures to support sugar reduction, including tightened controls around advertising and promotions - as well as "fiscal levers" such as a sugar tax. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: The Free From Food Expo 2014 10 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Free-from, once the preserve of the health food fanatic, is moving into the mainstream and growth in the sector is gathering steam. Here are some highlights from last week's Free From Food Expo.


In the spotlight: Tyson pays the piper to secure Hillshire 10 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Tyson Foods has won through in the bidding war to acquire Hillshire Brands with an improved US$63 per share offer for the for the Jimmy Dean maker. But, at 16.7x EBITDA, is the lofty price of US$8.55bn overly inflated? Katy Askew investigates.


In the spotlight: Nestle hopes to thaw Lean Cuisine sales chill 6 Jun 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Nestle has conceded that it is facing some significant challenges in the US frozen category. However, comments at the firm's investor day this week would seem to suggest that the world's largest food company has set out a roadmap for how to "fix" lacklustre brands such as Lean Cuisine. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Mizkan furthers global ambitions with Ragu, Bertolli buy 22 May 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Japanese condiments maker Mizkan Group has set out a clear growth agenda to grow overseas sales and globalise its operations in order to offset soft domestic consumption patterns. The company announced today (22 May) it has struck a deal to acquire the Ragu and Bertolli in North America from Unilever. While the move strengthens Mizkan's presence in North America, operating in the US pasta sauce category is not without its challenges. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Hillshire diversifies with Pinnacle deal 12 May 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Hillshire Brands has unveiled plans to acquire US peer Pinnacle Foods in a cash-and-shares deal worth US$6.6bn. The company argues the deal will bring operational benefits, competitive advantages and cross-selling opportunities. However, the high level of debt Hillshire will take on may raise some eyebrows. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern 4 Apr 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by the European Commission, writes Keith Nuthall.


In the spotlight: Nestle looks to combine nutrition, premiumisation 13 Feb 2014

Column: In the spotlight

After sales fell below the "Nestle Model" in 2013, the world's largest food maker intends to leverage its focus on health and wellness and a new drive that could see its stable of well-known brands adopt a more premium positioning to revitalise top-line growth.


In the spotlight: Hain Celestial must be wary of over-extending 7 Feb 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Hain Celestial has rapidly grown its business by expanding into new categories and markets through a series of acquisitions, notably in the UK. However, such rapid expansion has its challenges. Perhaps execution issues at Hain Daniels, the US group's UK-focused business, could be viewed as a warning to management that the group should be careful not to over-extend itself, Katy Askew suggests.


In the spotlight: Premier Foods aims to bring home bread with Hovis JV 29 Jan 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Premier Foods plc announced earlier this week that it will establish its bread business as a standalone joint venture, in which US private equity firm Gores Group will hold a majority stake. The company clearly hopes that - in conjunction with its new partner - it will be able to rejuvenate its the struggling bakery unit. Nevertheless, a number of challenges lie ahead for the heavily indebted UK food major. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Hain Celestial eyes US, global growth with Tilda acquisition 14 Jan 2014

Column: In the spotlight

Hain Celestial believes its acquisition of UK-based Basmati rice firm Tilda will work to the benefit of both businesses. The US group has identified a number of areas where it intends to drive Tilda's growth. Hain also intends to capitalise on Tilda's international presence by feeding its existing product portfolio into markets such as India and the Middle East. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Sigma looks to Europe with Campofrio bid 15 Nov 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Sigma Alimentos, the food arm of Mexican conglomerate Alfa, has launched a bid to acquire Spanish meat processor Campofrio. While Mexico's largest meat processor has been active in M&A in Latin America and the US in recent years, the move would mark the group's first foray into Europe. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Morrisons making positive strides, but LFL sales continue descent 7 Nov 2013

Column: In the spotlight

The UK's fourth largest supermarket, Morrisons, today (7 November) showed further signs that its sales are struggling amid tough competition in the marketplace. The grocer is continuing to make positive strides, but the questions over whether this is enough and whether Morrisons has its proposition right still linger. Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight: Wal-Mart brings investment focus home 17 Oct 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Wal-Mart Stores outlined its strategy for the coming fiscal year at its annual investment community meeting yesterday (16 October). The world's largest retailer raised its capital expenditure forecast in the US while scaling back its international investment plans. Significantly, the company said it would close under performing stores in Brazil and China and reduce store openings in Mexico and India - possibly reflecting concerns over the growth outlook in emerging markets. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Post adds pasta to breakfast cereals pantry 20 Sep 2013

Column: In the spotlight

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereals group, has been on an M&A spree in the last 12 months. Number three in a stagnant market, Post has added gluten-free cereals and granola to its portfolio. Last month, it snapped up a protein shake and supplement firm. This week, Post moved into pasta. Michelle Russell digests Post's recent deal-making.

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