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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.


In the spotlight - Couponing becomes "necessary evil" for UK retailers 15 Jun 2012

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As retailer Morrisons announces it is to trial a voucher scheme in a handful of stores in the north-east of England and during a week in which Tesco CEO Philip Clarke conceded vouchering was a "necessary requirement", Michelle Russell takes a closer look at the growing trend of couponing and whether this is likely to continue.


In the spotlight: The possible wider impact of crisis at Doux 6 Jun 2012

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Just days before the first round of parliamentary elections, the new French government faces a domestic financial crisis that threatens to tear a gaping hole in the country's rural infrastructure, writes Peter Crosskey.


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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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.

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