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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?


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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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


In the spotlight: Bond bows out as Asda boss 12 Apr 2010

Column: In the spotlight

In a shock announcement today (12 March), Wal-Mart revealed that Andy Bond is stepping down as chief executive of Asda. The news has raised many an eyebrow in the world of UK retail, as it comes hot on the heels of speculation that Asda is gearing up for a major acquisition and ahead of a highly-anticipated investor meeting. Bond's departure – and the appointment of his successor – will prove telling not only for Asda but also for the landscape of the UK's retail sector, Katy Humphries suggests.


In the spotlight - Tereos goes global 1 Apr 2010

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The lure of the world's emerging markets was demonstrated again this week when one of Europe's biggest sugar producers set out its stall to become one of the planet's biggest food ingredient suppliers.


In the spotlight: Ocado's pre-IPO obstacles 26 Mar 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Online grocery retailer Ocado reported a strong rise in sales this week and managed to narrow its losses. But as it contemplates a possible IPO later in the year, Ben Cooper writes, the UK firm will have to answer some tough questions about its profitability and most critically about its relationship with Waitrose.


In the spotlight: Metro's upbeat outlook 17 Mar 2010

Column: In the spotlight

German retailer Metro Group today (17 March) posted declining earnings for 2009. However, the company also unveiled a major shake-up of management at its wholesale unit and insisted that cost cuts and investment in emerging markets positioned it well for future growth. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight: China tries again on food safety reform 12 Mar 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Food safety in China has been placed centre stage this week as the authorities in Beijing once again look to ensure the security of the country's food supply. The challenge has been highlighted by numerous safety scares and there are safety issues with Chinese produced food from farm to fork. But, in such an extensive and segmented market, can regulators hope to overhaul food production practices at every point down the supply chain? Dominique Patton reports.


In the spotlight: Casino sees home challenge 5 Mar 2010

Column: In the spotlight

French retailer Casino posted a mixed set of results yesterday (4 March), with a strong performance overseas failing to offset weakness in its domestic market. While Casino is eyeing growth in Latin America and Asia to fuel its top-line, the group will nevertheless hope that some new initiatives will boost its performance at home in the year to come. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - Campbell's US soup business 26 Feb 2010

Column: In the spotlight

With much of the eastern parts of the US hit by the coldest weather for years in recent weeks, soup makers would appear well-placed to prosper.


In the spotlight - what lies ahead for Premier Foods? 17 Feb 2010

Column: In the spotlight

After a tumultuous few years, Premier Foods claims it is now ready to focus on organic growth. The UK food group, owner of brands like Hovis, Mr Kipling and Quorn, has drawn a line under years of restructuring and now wants to use its brands to drive sales and earnings growth. However, some industry watchers remain anxious about the future of the business. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - PepsiCo 12 Feb 2010

Column: In the spotlight

PepsiCo's pronouncements on plans for a health drive comes at an opportune time, with Michelle Obama this week launching her own campaign to tackle obesity. However, Indra Nooyi's comments on the business case for the company's strategy demonstrate a long-term commitment to portfolio change - rather than a short-term fix designed to combat NGO and campaigner criticism. Ben Cooper reports.


In the spotlight – Paul Polman's first year at Unilever 4 Feb 2010

Column: In the spotlight

A year on under the leadership of Paul Polman and Anglo-Dutch consumer giant Unilever has a lot to be happy about.


In the spotlight: Dalton Philips set for Morrisons top job 29 Jan 2010

Column: In the spotlight

The surprise appointment of Loblaw COO Dalton Philips as Morrisons chief executive has prompted a measured response in the market. Impressive CV aside, Philips remains a relatively unknown quantity in UK retailing, prompting analysts and investors alike to adopt a 'wait and see' approach. Nevertheless, the question on everyone's lips is whether Philips will usher in a new strategic direction at the UK's fourth-largest supermarket group. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - E.Leclerc leads way in France 22 Jan 2010

Column: In the spotlight

Carrefour and Casino may have reported some under-par domestic sales but E.Leclerc, France's largest retailer, is thriving amid the downturn. 2010 is looking to be just as challenging for French retailers as 2009 but, as Dean Best reports, Leclerc is well placed to continue to see off competition from its multinational competitors.


In the spotlight: Japanese food retail 8 Jan 2010

Column: In the spotlight

For many of Japan's largest food retailers, the current fiscal year has become the stage for a tale of woe. The weakness in the Japanese economy has translated into declining consumer spending in what elsewhere in the world has proven a relatively resilient sector – food. Nevertheless, there are those who have been able to buck the trend. Katy Humphries reports.


In the spotlight - TreeHouse Foods branches out 22 Dec 2009

Column: In the spotlight

TreeHouse Foods, a business not even five years old, has built a strong presence in the US private-label space. After a spate of acquisitions in 2006 and 2007, the downturn has fuelled the company's growth but, with the big brand-owners competing aggressively, TreeHouse has again reached for the chequebook. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - Kroger 11 Dec 2009

Column: In the spotlight

CEOs rarely publicly admit their mistakes but, this week, David Dillion, boss of US retail giant Kroger did just that after the company slashed its profit forecast and sent its shares tumbling. However, while Wall Street may be concerned that Kroger is cutting prices and investing in margin to stay competitive, some industry watchers believe that the retailer remains on the right track. Dean Best reports.


In the spotlight - Delhaize eyes top-line gains 3 Dec 2009

Column: In the spotlight

The launch of Delhaize's “new game plan” has been widely welcomed by the market and the Belgium-based retailer's share price has responded accordingly. The plan aims to drive sales growth by investing in pricing and expanding in new markets and low-cost formats, a strategy that is to be funded through the company's ambitious cost cutting programme. Katy Humphries reports.

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