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Food industry faces "higher level of risk than it has acknowledged", Food Forensics Alison Johnson saidFocus: EU funds international project in food fraud fight

8 April 2014

Participants within an EU-funded research project on fighting food fraud believe they can help rebuild consumer confidence in Europe's food sector, following last year’s horsemeat scandal, writes Andrew Byrne in Brussels.

FRANCE: Barilla to invest EUR30m at production plant

8 November 2013

Barilla is to invest EUR30m (US$40m) over three years at subsidiary company's Harry's bakery plant in Montierchaume, central France.

Interview: Boulder Brands CEO Stephen Hughes - part one

12 September 2013

Boulder Brands is a business under a decade old but one now approaching annual sales of over US$450m. CEO Stephen Hughes set up an investment vehicle in 2005 that became Smart Balance in 2007 when it acquired GFA Brands, the owner of the Smart Balance brand. However, in the last two years, with the spreads sector under pressure, Hughes has brought balance to the business with moves into gluten free - and changed its name to reflect its wider portfolio. In part one of a two-part interview, Hughes discusses Boulder Brands' buoyant gluten-free business.

US: Barilla launches gluten-free pasta

7 August 2013

Barilla is launching a gluten-free pasta line in the US in a bid to cash in on growing demand in the sector.

ITALY: Barilla records H1 sales increase

12 July 2013

Italian food group Barilla recorded an increase in first-half revenues, despite sales falling in its domestic market.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

17 June 2013

This week, just-food spoke with the CEO of Nestle Greater China, Roland Decorvet, who went into detail about the company's strategy in China and the challenges it faces there. We also garnered analysts' thoughts on Amazon's plans for its US grocery business and Carrefour's prospects for the African market. Elsewhere, JBS announced a deal to buy domestic poultry business Seara Brasil, Sobeys bought Safeway's Canadian operations, and B&G Foods snapped up Pirate Brands.

ITALY: Barilla eyes Russia, Asia growth

12 June 2013

Italian food group Barilla has its eye on expanding in Russia and Asia as it increases its focus on international markets to drive sustainable growth.

ITALY: Barilla FY profits slide

17 May 2013

Italian food group Barilla saw its profits slide in fiscal 2012 as continued economic uncertainty and rising raw material prices impacted earnings.

Gluten free: Germany, Canada, Australia among other growth markets

30 April 2013

Aside from the US and UK, where the gluten-free category is witnessing strong growth, there are a number of other gluten free markets look likely to develop elsewhere over the coming years.

CZECH: Agrofert: Lieken buy to open Germany to our products

16 April 2013

Czech group Agrofert Holding plans to use its acquisition of German baker Lieken to launch its own products into Europe's largest economy.

ITALY: Barilla to sell Lieken bakery unit to Agrofert

25 February 2013

Italian food group Barilla has signed a deal to sell its German bakery group Lieken to Agrofert, the Czech Republic's largest food maker.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

21 December 2012

In the final week before the Christmas and New Year break, just-food published its review of the year, which included lists of our most-read content and featured an in-depth look at the M&A, retail trends, sustainability initiatives and commodity volatility we have seen in 2012. Elsewhere, the founder of US yoghurt firm Chobani ruled out a sale of the business, Sainsbury's said talk chief executive Justin King could leave in February "pure speculation" and Italian food group Barilla outlined its plans for emerging markets.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

21 December 2012

As the week draws to an end and the industry prepares to take a Christmas break, Sainsbury's found itself responding to reports its chief exective Justin King may only be staying on in his role for a few months in the New Year. Elsewhere, yoghurt group Chobani dismissed reports it is looking at a listing, while Barilla spoke to just-food about its plans for expansion in Latin America.

ITALY: Barilla eyes Brazil in Latin American push

17 December 2012

Italian food group Barilla has revealed it is looking to invest in Brazil as part of a wider push into Latin America.

ITALY: Barilla opens Italy pasta sauce facility

9 October 2012

Italian food group Barilla has opened a EUR40m (US$51.7m) pasta sauce facility in Italy.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

25 June 2012

The top stories on just-food this week had a distinctly French flavour. Danone issued a profit warning, with Spain's problems affecting the Activia maker. Meanwhile, French retail giant Carrefour's new CEO Georges Plassat made his first public appearance since taking the job, with the industry keen to hear how he planned to revitalise the world's second-largest retailer.

ITALY: Barilla names Unilever veteran Colzani CEO

22 June 2012

Unilever executive Claudio Colzani is to become CEO of Barilla, the Italian food group.

ITALY/GERMANY: Barilla puts Lieken on the block

19 June 2012

Italian food group Barilla has put German baking business, Lieken, up for sale.

ITALY: Barilla reports mixed 2011 results

10 May 2012

Italian food manufacturer Barilla has reported mixed financial results for 2011, with higher raw material costs putting pressure on EBITDA but lower one-off costs meaning its bottom line improved.

ITALY: Heinz mulls appeal after court bans Barilla comparison ad

20 January 2012

HJ Heinz is considering whether to appeal a court ruling in Italy that has banned an advert that compared its products with those from rival Barilla.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

12 December 2011

There would have been weary sighs in retail boardrooms this week after India's government suspended plans to open up its retail sector to more overseas investment. It was, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee claimed, a "missed opportunity" for India. McIlwee, meanwhile, also faced questions about Tesco's UK operations, which reported another quarter of falling sales. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart, another retailer that could benefit from reform in India, raised eyebrows when it admitted it had opened an investigation into bribery allegations within its international operations.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

12 December 2011

India hit the industry headlines again this week after the country's government decided to suspend its plans to allow more foreign investment into the local retail sector. Meanwhile, here in the UK, Premier Foods plc, the country's largest food maker, continued its restructuring with the sale of its Brookes Avana division, while Kraft Foods announced plans to revamp its UK manufacturing network leading to a loss of 200 jobs at its Cadbury arm.

ITALY: Strategy clash leads to Barilla MD exit

6 December 2011

The MD of Italian pasta group Barilla has left his post over strategic differences with the three brothers who own the group.

GERMANY: Barilla to sell Kamps bakery chain

11 August 2010

Italian pasta group Barilla has entered into an agreement to sell its Kamps bakery chain in Germany to ECM Equity Capital.

BELGIUM: Lotus Bakeries profits up in 2009

15 February 2010

Belgian bakery group Lotus Bakeries today (15 February) booked a jump in annual profits thanks to lower financial costs and a gain from the sale of its Harry's Benelux business.

ITALY: Police “raid” pasta makers

16 December 2009

Italian police have reportedly raided the offices of a number of the county's leading pasta makers in connection with allegations of price fixing.

SWEDEN: Barilla plans Wasabröd overhaul

24 August 2009

Pasta giant Barilla is to spend SEK150m (US$21.3m) on revamping its Wasabröd crisp-bread production plant in Sweden.

US: Barilla's Wasa launches two crispbread products

19 August 2009

Crackerbread company Wasa, owned by Italy-based pasta group Barilla, has added two varieties to its crispbread range for the US market.

CZECH: United Bakeries denies sale reports

13 July 2009

Czech bakery group United Bakeries has denied local reports that it is for sale, insisting that it is instead seeking a strategic partner to build on its market leading position in Central Europe.

ITALY: Pasta makers fined for “price fixing”

27 February 2009

Italy’s competition authority has fined 26 pasta makers a total of EUR12.5m (US$15.9m) for allegedly taking part in a price-fixing scheme.

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