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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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?


In the spotlight: stevia, the intense sweetener 24 Sep 2010

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With the pull of consumer demand for diet or low-sugar foods and the push of regulatory pressure to reformulate products, food and beverage manufacturers are increasingly looking to intense sweeteners - and the new kid on the block, at least in key markets like the US and Europe - is stevia.


In the spotlight - Heinz Q1 3 Sep 2010

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HJ Heinz reported a rise in first quarter profits this week as sales in developing markets soared.


In the spotlight - A new chairman for Marks and Spencer 23 Aug 2010

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Marks and Spencer's shares climbed 6.1 pence, or 1.8%, to GBP339p in London today (23 August) on the announcement that the retailer has appointed Robert Swannell to replace Sir Stuart Rose as chairman next year.


In the spotlight – Sara Lee 13 Aug 2010

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There has been much speculation in recent weeks about the future US food group Sara Lee. Plans to sell its North American bread business have been rumoured, a move some believe would herald a break-up of the business. This week, chairman and CEO Brenda Barnes stepped down after illness and the company issued its annual results, as well as an outlook for the first quarter of its next fiscal year that disappointed some analysts.


In the spotlight - the sale of UK organic dairy firm Rachel's 29 Jul 2010

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As a business proud of its Welsh roots, it is unlikely the Stars and Stripes were ever hoisted above the Rachel's dairy farm in Aberystwyth.


In the spotlight: Lance and Snyder's – a "formidable" duo 23 Jul 2010

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US snack maker Lance is to merge with rival Snyder's of Hanover to create what analysts expect will be a "formidable" company in the snack foods business.


In the spotlight - Tesco invests in Ireland 16 Jul 2010

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In something of a surprise move, Tesco this week announced plans to open more stores in Ireland, one of the European economies most affected by the downturn.


In the spotlight - Tate & Lyle's sweet exit from sugar 1 Jul 2010

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For nostalgia lovers, this morning's (1 July) news that a so-called 'iconic' UK food brand is set to end up in US hands meant the day would have started with a sour note.


In the spotlight - Danone's overseas pragmatism 18 Jun 2010

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Danone has taken some knocks with its forays into the world's emerging markets but has again taken the plunge with a deal with Russia's Unimilk. Will this one work? Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - Sodiaal's pursuit of Entremont 4 Jun 2010

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Could we, after almost a year, be set to see Sodiaal acquire French dairy peer Entremont Alliance - and, as a consequence, create one of Europe's largest dairy processors?


In the spotlight: Tate & Lyle looking for sweet spot 28 May 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Delivering a 77% drop in net profit yesterday (28 May), Tate & Lyle's new chief executive Javed Ahmed outlined his strategic vision for the business. The group will increase its focus on value-added ingredients while hanging on to its bulk commodities units. Ahmed also plans to radically overhaul its business systems and processes. Will this new strategy help the iconic sugar firm hit a sweet spot? Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: Metro ramps up expansion 21 May 2010

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German retailer Metro Group has unveiled plans to increase its investment in international expansion and is targeting high-growth markets in Asia to help offset weakening sales in Europe. With Metro eyeing long-term gains, Katy Humphries asks if the time is ripe for a major expansion drive.


In the spotlight: UK discount retailer Poundland 5 May 2010

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For those of you who thought the discount retail bubble had burst in the UK, think again.

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