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How discounters unsettling Australia's food sector

The rise of Aldi and Costco in Australia in recent years has shaken up the country's grocery retail sector. Brian Cook, group director for s...

Are consumers getting tired of consuming?

Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observatio...

More M&A likely at McCormick - editor's viewpoint

Just a week after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. announced the acquisition of Australian chilled herbs firm Botanic...

Should obesity influence firms' growth plans?

United Biscuits, the UK's largest biscuit maker, has set out how it believes the sector in the country can grow sales by GBP500m by 2020. Af...


How strategic priorities shaped PepsiCo leadership shake-up 1 Apr 2016

Katy Askew

News PepsiCo has reorganised its senior management team following the departure of Frito-Lay North America CEO Tom Greco prompted a flurry of speculation from as to whether the company is lining up a successor to chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi. However, Katy Askew suggests bringing the company's North American businesses under a single leader can also be viewed as a natural extension of PepsiCo's "power of one" strategy. 


The five pillars to a successful e-commerce strategy 22 Mar 2016

Keith Anderson, Profitero

To win online, packaged food manufacturers must put in place specific strategies to suit the channel. Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at e-commerce consultants Profitero, sets out what companies should do to build a thriving business in the growing digital sphere.


What could surprise UK sugar drinks tax mean for food industry? 17 Mar 2016

Ben Cooper

The UK government yesterday announced a surprise move to tax sweetened soft drinks. Ben Cooper examines the implications this latest move may have for the government’s child obesity strategy, expected later in the year, and for future food and health policy in the UK.


What has been impact of UK interest in home blending? 1 Mar 2016

Martin Wood, IRI

A number of fresh foods are feeling the benefit of rising consumer interest in the UK in home blending but there appears to be some pressure on beverage sales. Martin Wood, head of strategic insight for retail solutions and innovation at IRI, digs into the numbers.


How to capture the US e-commerce opportunity 24 Feb 2016

Keith Anderson, Profitero

E-commerce is becoming a channel upon which food manufacturers are placing increasing amounts of attention - and resources. In the first of a regular column on just-food, Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at e-commerce consultants Profitero, analyses the online opportunity for businesses, sets out how they can harness the growth in the channel and illustrates how some smaller brands are gaining an edge.


Hain Celestial confident but cognisant of domestic challenges - comment 2 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Irwin Simon, the founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial, often comes across as one of the more forthright chief executives in the US food industry, with a firm belief in his company and its prospects. With Hain Celestial's domestic business facing challenges and investor scrutiny intensifying, Simon this week set out how the company will improve its performance in the US and why he believes the group can thrive amid increasing competition - but there were signs he acknowledges the need to adapt to meet the challenge.


Why Campbell's move on GMOs is savvy 14 Jan 2016

Ben Cooper

The decision by Campbell Soup Co. to back nationwide mandatory labelling of the genetically modified ingredients in food on sale in the US, Ben Cooper writes, is more about the merits and importance of greater transparency than it is about the pros and cons of GM itself.


New private-equity giant L Catterton will stir interest in M&A circles 6 Jan 2016

Dean Best

A striking transaction has been announced in the private-equity world, with US buy-out house Catterton to join forces with the investment arm of luxury goods group LVMH - and right along the consumer-facing parts of the food sector companies will be watching closely.


The food industry in 2016 - Don't give up on Europe 3 Jan 2016

José Carlos González-Hurtado, president, IRI International

Europe's recent economic woes may have dampened enthusiasm for the region but IRI believes there are numerous ways to grow for food manufacturers. 


Why General Mills' home discomforts raise strategic questions 21 Dec 2015

Dean Best

General Mills' latest numbers have put the US food giant under scrutiny once more. Last week, the company reported lacklustre second-quarter sales and cut its forecasts for annual sales and earnings. The group's domestic business, which has been under pressure for a number of years now, saw sales fall, leading industry watchers to ponder what lies ahead in 2016 and beyond for the company. Dean Best reports.


The food industry’s vital role in realising COP21 vision 17 Dec 2015

Ben Cooper

The COP21 agreement marks the start of a huge concerted effort in which the food industry will have a leading role to play, Ben Cooper writes.


Muller Quaker Dairy did not stand out in US yoghurt crowd 11 Dec 2015

Dean Best

Just three years after PepsiCo and Muller launched their bid to capture part of the US yoghurt market, the companies have thrown in the towel. Dean Best believes the companies did not create distinct enough products to succeed in a competitive category.


How US foodservice is getting more ethnic flavour 7 Dec 2015

David Henkes, Technomic

The broader tastes of younger consumers is fuelling the expansion of chains focused on ethnic food in the US. David Henkes, vice president at foodservice analysts Technomic, looks at which types of outlet are on the rise and hints at the trends to watch.


Why there is a ceiling to discounter growth 1 Dec 2015

José Carlos González-Hurtado, president, IRI International

Discount retailers are a major force in grocery retailing in a number of European markets, forcing supermarkets to adapt and prompting suppliers to revise their strategies in a number of areas. However, in a guest column for just-food, José Carlos González-Hurtado, the former Carrefour chief commercial officer who is now president of international at IRI, outlines why there could be limits to the growth of the discounters.


Why Pinnacle Foods faces work on Boulder Brands 30 Nov 2015

Dean Best

There has been more consolidation in the US food industry, with another big player largely focused on stagnant categories moving for a business in a growing area of the sector. Pinnacle Foods, the business behind the Birds Eye brand in the US, as well as products like Duncan Hines baking mixes and Wish-Bone salad dressings, has struck a deal to buy Boulder Brands - a business in gluten-free but one that has struggled in recent quarters. Dean Best reports.


What could be the benefits of US approval of GM salmon? 30 Nov 2015

Ben Cooper

The US Food and Drug Administration's decision to approve AquaBounty Technologies' AquAdvantage salmon for consumption in the country sees the collision of two highly controversial subjects, namely aquaculture and genetic modification.


How Kellogg's tone on cereal is sounding soggier 4 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Kellogg has this week insisted its struggling US cereal division is showing signs of improvement. However, despite recent innovation and an attempt to reposition Special K, Kellogg posted yet another period of declining domestic cereal sales in the third quarter. And Hannah Abdulla suggests there are signs Kellogg's expectations for its US cereal business are becoming more subdued.


Why fast casual is about to get serious in UK 30 Oct 2015

David Henkes, Technomic

Fast-casual outlets are a small part of the UK's restaurant trade - but the sector is growing rapidly, with sales growth outpacing the number of locations opening. Technomic's David Henkes argues fast casual is set to take off in the country.


Why industry should engage after Public Health England sugar report 27 Oct 2015

Ben Cooper

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's report on sugar. Ben Cooper highlights ways manufacturers could show positive engagement.


Why decision on US dietary guidelines is missed opportunity 12 Oct 2015

Ben Cooper

The US Dietary Guidelines of Americans are reviewed every five years because they are expected to evolve in response to scientific progress and recent years have seen fundamental changes in how the sustainability of the food supply and diet is viewed. Environmental criteria are too important to be ignored. Ben Cooper argues the US government has erred by not including environmental factors in the latest advice.


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