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By: Dean Best | 16 December 2013
The first significant impacts of Kellogg's plan to free up resources to boost its faltering business in mature markets (and invest in emerging economies) were revealed last week. However, the US food group may have to make bolder moves to shore up its long-term growth prospects.
By: Ben Cooper | 13 December 2013
The upbeat response to the most recent announcement concerning the sustainability of palm oil owes little to such cultural pre-programming or seasonal hyperbole. The commitment to the sustainable production and sourcing of palm oil made by Wilmar International is, quite simply, extremely good news, writes Ben Cooper.
By: Katy Askew | 12 December 2013
US gum sales have been in decline since 2010. The category is failing to attract what were once its key consumer group - young people. Mondelez International's move to extend its Sour Patch Kids brand into gum, teaming it with Stride, is a clear attempt to reach out to this demographic. However, Katy Askew is dubious about whether this will result in long-term sales lift.
By: Katy Askew | 9 December 2013
Pressure on household incomes in Ireland has been exacerbated by persistently high grocery inflation this year. As a result, price positioning has become absolutely key for retailers operating in what is a highly competitive market, Katy Askew suggests.
By: Dean Best | 9 December 2013
This coming March, Philip Clarke will have been Tesco CEO for three years. It has been a challenging period and, at least in the short term, there is unlikely to be any let up.
By: Katy Askew | 5 December 2013
ConAgra Foods' move to step up innovation is a sensible response to disappointing first-quarter sales. But, as the innovation pipeline kicks in, will this be enough to retain consumers won over to the US food group's ready meals and meal solutions during the downturn?
By: Dean Best | 20 November 2013
At last. The work the food industry has made on sustainability - from curbing carbon emissions and reducing waste to responsible sourcing and nutrition - should, even to its harshest critics, should be recognised. However, the time has come for the largest manufacturers and retailers - those with the marketing muscle - to start talking directly to consumers. And Unilever, the world's second-largest FMCG advertiser, has started to do just that.
By: Tim Eales, IRI | 20 November 2013
Across Europe - and in the US - private-label prices are, generally, continuing to rise. Consumers have yet to baulk at the increases. However, as IRI's Tim Eales notes, as the price gap with brands narrows, retailers must work harder to convince consumers of their own-label proposition.
By: Katy Askew | 19 November 2013
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan, the Canadian pension fund, has taken majority ownership of Burton's Biscuit Co., ending months of speculation over who would walk away with the UK firm. The news provides clarity over the likely direction Burton's will take - confirming a focus on power brands and international expansion, Katy Askew suggests.
By: Dean Best | 14 November 2013
Two of the bidders for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory have this week made fresh offers for the Australian dairy. The focus now moves to the third suitor - Canadian dairy giant Saputo, which has long coveted an entry into the market and is eyeing the business as a way into Asia.
By: Ben Cooper | 14 November 2013
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By: Richard Moule, IRI | 24 October 2013
By: Dean Best | 21 October 2013
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By: Katy Askew | 24 September 2013
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By: Rod Street | 22 August 2013
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