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In the spotlight: Uniq shows Greencore still has appetite for M&A 12 Jul 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Despite its bid for Northern Foods failing earlier this year, Greencore has not lost its appetite for M&A with the announcement of a bid for food-to-go and desserts manufacturer Uniq. But, with the many challenges facing Uniq, and the UK private-label sector on the whole, is it a good investment? Petah Marian reports.


In the spotlight: Premier Foods' credibility hit by profit downgrade 1 Jul 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Premier Foods plc seems to have lost what little credibility it had remaining among industry watchers this week as it issued yet another profit warning.


In the spotlight: Nestle shares dip on commodity warning 10 Jun 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Shares in Nestle dipped following the company's annual investor meeting in Vevey this week, reflecting investor concerns over spiking commodity prices. However, while the Swiss food giant did provide some candid commentary on the outlook for its input costs, it was also upbeat on its ability to continue to improve margins and drive revenues. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: Bolland at M&S - one year in 25 May 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Marc Bolland has completed a year at the helm of Marks and Spencer. He outlined the skeleton of his plans for the UK retailer in November last year, and has continued to add meat to the bones as the year progressed. With the retailer's full-year results yesterday (24 May), another layer was added to the body with Bolland outlining the retailer's European ambitions and its plans to segment its stores by demographic. How successful has Bolland's first year as chief executive been? And what do industry watchers make of his plans? Petah Marian reports.


In the spotlight: Liquid milk proves sour spot for UK dairies 20 May 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Two of the UK's largest dairy companies - Robert Wiseman Dairies and Dairy Crest - delivered their annual results this week and a comparison between the two makes for some interesting reading. Robert Wiseman reported a near 30% plunge in profits as its liquid milk business was hit by poor trading conditions, while Dairy Crest showed the benefits of being a broad-based dairy firm, delivering a 5% increase in profits. Katy Humphries takes a closer look.


In the spotlight: Sainsbury's faces margin worries 12 May 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Sainsbury's heralded its annual results yesterday (11 May) with claims that it "outperformed the market". In some quarters of the City, however, concerns remain that the UK's third-largest retailer, facing fierce competition and a weak consumer, is feeling pressure on its margins.


In the spotlight: Hain benefits from recovery in natural, organic 6 May 2011

Column: In the spotlight

US natural and organic food group Hain Celestial booked bumper third-quarter results this week. While sales were boosted by acquisitions, the company is also reaping the benefits of broader industry trends, including the rise of the natural and organic sector in the US and continued resurgence at the higher end of the market. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: Tesco reveals new objectives 20 Apr 2011

Column: In the spotlight

While in his presentation of Tesco's annual results yesterday, new CEO Philip Clarke emphasised he was not planning a "new strategy" for the retailer, he did talk through a number of "immediate objectives".


In the spotlight: Supervalu looks to move on after challenging year 15 Apr 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Supervalu Inc, one of the largest grocers in the US, has had a troubled 12 months - some would argue two years - but the company's management is looking to the new financial year with optimism. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: Diamond Foods goes global with Pringles buy 7 Apr 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Every now and then, a deal is done that significantly alters the direction of a business. Diamond Foods' agreement to buy the Pringles brand looks set to do just that, tripling the size of the US firm's snacks business and boosting the company's exposure to overseas markets. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight: M&S crosses the English Channel once more 1 Apr 2011

Column: In the spotlight

The move was speculated about in the autumn but today Marks and Spencer, one of the flagship names of the UK retail landscape, has announced it will return to France - a decade after it quit the market. CEO Marc Bolland is upbeat about his plans, although reaction from retail analysts was mixed. Petah Marian reports.


In the spotlight: Lactalis interest returns Parmalat to headlines 24 Mar 2011

Column: In the spotlight

In 2003, Parmalat grabbed Europe's business headlines after collapsing with a EUR14bn hole in its accounts. It was the continent's biggest bankruptcy. Now, following Lactalis's investment in the business, the Italian dairy giant is once again in the news.


In the spotlight: General Mills' pursuit of Yoplait 18 Mar 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Months of speculation were drawn to a close this morning (18 March) when it was confirmed that General Mills has entered into exclusive negotiations to buy a stake in French dairy brand Yoplait from investment fund PAI Partners.


In the spotlight: Boparan outfoxes Greencore in bid for Northern 11 Mar 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Ranjit Boparan looks set to seal control of Northern Foods next week, having trumped the merger offer made by Irish food group Greencore late last year. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight: What are Clarke's plans for Tesco? 3 Mar 2011

Column: In the spotlight

As new Tesco CEO Philip Clarke gets his feet under the table today (3 March) at the UK's largest grocer, just-food considers what his priorities may be in the coming months.


In the spotlight: comparing Nestle, Danone and Unilever 23 Feb 2011

Column: In the spotlight

To compare companies like Nestle, Danone and Unilever may appear a futile exercise to some - given the different categories in which the three food giants operate. However, analysts in Europe and the US do study and draw parallels from the financial performance of all three companies - as well as forecast how each will fare in the year ahead. Dean Best looks at how the firms performed in 2010 and how they may progress (or otherwise) in 2011.


In the spotlight – Defra and eco labelling 11 Feb 2011

Column: In the spotlight

A Defra-commissioned report into eco labelling for food was published on Monday while the government department has recently updated its Green Claims Guidance. Ben Cooper looks at how the UK government is approaching the complex issue of eco labelling for food.


In the spotlight: Big Bear a "good fit" for Raisio 4 Feb 2011

Column: In the spotlight

The announcement this morning that Raisio has purchased UK-based Big Bear Group, owner of brands like Sugar Puffs cereals, comes as no surprise, given that the deal has been rumoured for some time.


In the spotlight - Goodman Fielder faces uncertain future 24 Jan 2011

Column: In the spotlight

There are concerns over the future of Goodman Fielder, Australia's largest food group, after the company announced last week that CEO Peter Margin would be leaving the business.


In the spotlight - the spectre of rising food prices returns 14 Jan 2011

Column: In the spotlight

Global food prices are at a record high again, only two years or so after the last dramatic price spike sparked food riots and heightened the debate worldwide over food security. While there is alarm, analysts appear less worried about the current situation than they were in 2008. Food manufacturers, however, may beg to differ. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight - DSM's Martek buy a "strategic fit" 22 Dec 2010

Column: In the spotlight

DSM shares climbed yesterday (21 December), on news that the Dutch food ingredients group had struck a deal to buy US-based Martek Biosciences.


In the spotlight - the probiotics debate 17 Dec 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Probiotics, the food phenomenon sceptical campaigners love to hate, are back in the news.


In the spotlight - Kellogg to kick off 2011 with new CEO 7 Dec 2010

Column: In the spotlight

2010 has been something approaching an annus horribilis for Kellogg, with a massive product recall and fierce competition at home and abroad hitting sales - prompting a profit warning from the Frosties maker. And, this week, the cereal giant said it would start 2011 with a new CEO.


In the spotlight - What lies ahead for Del Monte Foods? 1 Dec 2010

Column: In the spotlight

After weeks of speculation, the senior management at Del Monte Foods said yes last week to a takeover bid for the company.


In the spotlight - The Greencore, Northern Foods merger 17 Nov 2010

Column: In the spotlight

The news this morning (17 November) that Irish ready-made meals supplier Greencore and Fox's biscuits group Northern Foods are to merge has been applauded by the City.


In the spotlight: the impact of Bimbo's Sara Lee deal 12 Nov 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Mexico's Grupo Bimbo has snapped up Sara Lee's fresh bakery operations in North America for a cool US$959m. Dean Best discusses the repercussions of the deal on both businesses and for the wider US bakery industry.


In the spotlight - Competition in the US cereal sector 29 Oct 2010

Column: In the spotlight

The US cereal industry has been highly price sensitive in recent years and, as the country's economy continues to stagnate, competition has intensified. How are Kellogg and General Mills faring in the battle for breakfast lovers in the US?


In the spotlight - Mars' global restructuring 22 Oct 2010

Column: In the spotlight

As the value of the global confectionery market looks set to grow by 14% from its 2009 level by 2013, and Kraft ploughs on with the integration of Cadbury, creating the world's biggest confectionery group, it is no surprise that Mars Inc has announced plans to restructure its global chocolate operations.


In the spotlight - Northern Foods' latest revamp 7 Oct 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Questions surrounding the future direction of UK food manufacturer Northern Foods intensified this week as the company confirmed a raft of job cuts as part of a major organisational restructure.


In the spotlight: Campbell Soup Co. - change at the top 1 Oct 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Today (1 October), Denise Morrison takes the job of COO at Campbell Soup Co. and a seat on the US food group's board. Her promotion is just a temporary step: in July, she is set to replace Doug Conant as chief executive. What lies ahead for the soup giant under its new leadership?

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