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In the spotlight - US private-label consolidation heats up 1 Jun 2012

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Private label was slower to gain a foothold in the US compared with some European countries but the market has expanded in recent years and manufacturers are keen to jump on this wave through acquisitions, Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight - General Mills' two-pronged approach to austerity 25 May 2012

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US food giant General Mills, which has suffered amid increasing input costs and a stagnant domestic market, this week announced it was cutting 850 jobs to improve efficiency and allow it to re-invest in other parts of its business. Just two days later, it announced a deal to buy Brazilian food manufacturer Yoki. Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight - Kellogg could need more than brand "refresh" 17 May 2012

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Kellogg's namesake brand is one of the world's oldest but, this week, the cereal giant announced a relaunch of the 106-year-old label. The US group is operating in a tough domestic cereal market and it is facing challenges in Europe. Analysts have argued Kellogg is trying to breathe fresh life into a brand facing stiff competition, including increasingly from own label. Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight - Sainsbury's success points to position of strength 11 May 2012

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Sainsbury's full-year profits came in ahead of City forecasts this week. Dean Best takes a look at how the UK retailer believes it can withstand fresh competition and how its success in the downturn means it is now in a position of strength.


In the spotlight: Hard work ahead for new Weetabix owner Bright Food 3 May 2012

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Ambitious Bright Food, the Chinese state-backed food group, missed out on previous Western targets like United Biscuits and Yoplait but it has planted a flag in Europe with the acquisition of a majority stake in UK cereal manufacturer Weetabix. The deal could give Bright Food some Western expertise to apply to its domestic business but, as Dean Best reports, its faces a challenge in building the brand in China, where it remains early days for breakfast cereal.


In the spotlight: Nestle's Pfizer buy offers long-term baby food boost 23 Apr 2012

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Nestle has won through in the battle to acquire Pfizer's baby food business, securing an US$11.85bn deal that will see the world's largest infant nutrition group extend its lead in this fast-growing category. However, with a hefty price tag attached, the deal has not been warmly welcomed by investors. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Indian Adelie takeover adds spice to M&A debate 17 Apr 2012

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The rise of the emerging markets of the East has led some M&A watchers to believe companies in markets like India and China could be more regular buyers of businesses in the West.


In the spotlight: Supervalu's long hard slog 12 Apr 2012

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US retailer Supervalu saw its sales and gross profit fall yet again in its last financial year although CEO and president Craig Herkert insists progress is being made. Analysts acknowledge the company is on the right track but argue it could be years before it yields the full benefits of its moves to revitalise the business. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Kraft's North American grocery unit 5 Apr 2012

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The spotlight fell on Kraft's North American grocery unit this week, when the firm released some details on the shape the business will take after it is spun-off from the group's international snacks division later this year. Katy Askew reports.


In the spotlight: Food makers still face commodity pressure 27 Mar 2012

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We are just days away from the end of the first quarter of 2012, a year in which manufacturers were hoping the pressure of last year's commodity inflation would ease significantly. However, those hopes may not materialise as quickly as many manufacturing giants expect.


In the spotlight: UK organic sector bemoans downbeat retailer view 22 Mar 2012

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The Soil Association's Organic Market Report 2012 points to a lack of support from multiple retailers as a primary reason why organic sales continue to fall in the UK, while other countries are showing growth.


In the spotlight - Uncertainty surrounds Premier Foods despite debt deal 15 Mar 2012

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News this week that Premier Foods plc has secured a debt refinancing deal that could secure its future has followed a year of turbulence and uncertainty over the direction of the UK food giant. However, as Michelle Russell writes, the City remains unsure about the company's future.


In the spotlight - Likely sale of Dairy Crest's "crown jewels" surprises City 9 Mar 2012

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The news that Dairy Crest is mulling the future of St Hubert, its branded spreads business in France, has garnered a mixed reaction from the City.


In the spotlight: Industry welcomes EU-US organic trade agreement 1 Mar 2012

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With the organic food sector, in many markets, in a state of exponential growth, the industry is hopeful that a new trade deal between the US and EU could significantly boost sales in both markets. MJ Deschamps reports.


In the spotlight: Analysts look beyond Danone 2012 caution 20 Feb 2012

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Danone, the French food giant, came to the market this week in cautious mood. It may be watching the horizon carefully, and it may face challenges in the fresh dairy sector, but investors and analysts, even if some have immediate concerns, are confident about Danone's medium-term prospects.


In the spotlight - PepsiCo's plans beg more questions 10 Feb 2012

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After six months of criticism and speculation, PepsiCo has drawn up plans it believes will drive growth at the company. However, as Michelle Russell writes, although key questions have been answered, the measures have led to more being put to the US food and beverage giant.


In the spotlight - Question marks over Unilever's food unit return 3 Feb 2012

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Unilever's food division has been under the microscope in recent months, with a series of disposals and growth in many categories slow, lagging behind its more buoyant non-food businesses As Michelle Russell writes, this week, as Unilever reported its 2011 results, the scrutiny returned.


In the spotlight: Kraft puts "lean, mean machine" in motion 20 Jan 2012

Column: In the spotlight

Kraft Foods, which plans to split in two by the end of the year, this week outlined the first impact of the move when it announced plans to cut 1,600 jobs in North America. Analysts believe the split allows the US food giant to accelerate efforts to cut costs and boost margins from the new grocery business. Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight: Cloetta and Leaf merger lauded by analysts 19 Dec 2011

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"This transaction makes industrial and strategic sense." So said Leaf International CEO Bengt Baron when on Friday he announced the Swedish confectioner's plans to merge with local rival Cloetta. The initial reaction from analysts is much the same. As Sam Webb reports, industry watchers believe the combined company will benefit from the increased number of markets in which it operates and a greater ability to deal with volatile commodity costs.


In the spotlight: Stevia set for sweet success in Europe 28 Nov 2011

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Stevia, the plant-based intense sweetener, was approved for use in foods and beverages in the EU this month. Ben Cooper looks at what stevia has to offer and just why people are so excited about its potential in Europe.


In the spotlight: Walnuts crack Diamond 4 Nov 2011

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Some of Diamond Foods' lustre has been wiped away by an announcement that its much-lauded purchase of Pringles has been delayed over an investigation into crop payments.


In the spotlight: Hain Celestial swoops for Daniels to rouse UK business 27 Oct 2011

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Hain Celestial, the US food maker, is hoping its acquisition of UK chilled foods firm Daniels Group will galvanise its existing business on this side of the Atlantic. The company sees the deal benefiting its operations in Europe and in the US but it is in the UK where it is most likely to be hoping for the greatest impact. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Can dairy feed the world? 18 Oct 2011

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This week representatives from dairy companies around the world are gathered at the World Dairy Summit in the Italian city of Parma to discuss the role dairy can play in feeding a rapidly growing global population, while limiting the impact the industry has on the environment.


In the spotlight: Logistics maps route for further Hershey, Ferrero JVs 7 Oct 2011

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Confectionery makers Hershey and Ferrero are to work together on logistics in North America and there are hints they could one day take this partnership into other markets. However, as Sam Webb reports, industry watchers believe the venture could be the first stage of a wider relationship in the future.


In the spotlight: Tesco's measured move to regain initiative 23 Sep 2011

Column: In the spotlight

There was much talk in the UK food industry this week that Tesco was about to launch a major offensive on price. There were fears among some investors - and no doubt suppliers and rival retailers - that the country's largest retailer would make savage price cuts and spark something of a price war. Yesterday, Tesco announced its Big Price Drop and, although the move is likely to hit some suppliers and its rival retailers, the initiatives are more measured than expected. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Is Carrefour's latest game plan a winner? 2 Sep 2011

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You can take your pick of French apothegms: "Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose," or, more succinctly: "Déjà vu." Either way, industry analysts casting their critical eye over Carrefour's latest strategic revamp could be forgiven for thinking they've been here before, writes Richard Woodard.


In the spotlight: Nutrition key to Glanbia's long-term health 26 Aug 2011

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Glanbia, the Irish dairy and nutrition group, this week reported a jump in first-half profits and, notably, upped its forecast for annual earnings after growth across the business. However, questions remain over its domestic dairy operations and, in the longer term, the prospects for its nutrition business look stronger. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Bright Foods reveals global ambitions with Manassen deal 19 Aug 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Bright Foods announced the acquisition of Australian manufacturer Manassen Foods this week. With speculation that it has shown interest in a number of other international players hints at the scale of its plans. What exactly are Bright Foods' ambitions? Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Valeo could look to UK after Jacob Fruitfield deal 10 Aug 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Valeo Foods Group's acquisition of Irish rival Jacob Fruitfield Food Group has highlighted the company's ambition to lead consolidation in Ireland's food sector. But is the move likely to signal ambitions further afield? Michelle Russell reports.


In the spotlight: Kraft split revives Cadbury's belief in focus 5 Aug 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Kraft Foods' decision to split itself in two has surprised industry watchers, not least because the US food giant believes the two companies - a North American grocery business and a global snacks maker - will benefit from greater focus. However, as Dean Best writes, we have had that argument before - when Cadbury tried to fend off Kraft's takeover bid in 2009.

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