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Brands use real time conversations to engage consumersInterview: Keys to brand's success on Twitter #engagement #relevance #realtime

17 April 2014

With over 200m regular users worldwide tweeting more than 500m times each day, the potential on offer for brands to reach consumers via microblogging site Twitter is self-evident. To succeed on Twitter, brands need to become a relevant, informative and amusing part of an evolving two-way conversation. Katy Askew spoke to Twitter UK sales director Dara Nasr about how food manufacturers and retailers can insert themselves into the dialogue.

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

7 April 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

UK: Court backs Nestle in Mondelez colour purple spat

4 April 2014

The UK's Supreme Court has refused to allow Mondelez International to appeal an earlier ruling preventing the group from trademarking the shade of purple used by the Cadbury brand.

INDIA: Mondelez re-introduces Bournville as "premium" brand

27 March 2014

Mondelez International has revamped its Cadbury Bournville offering in India in a bid to bolster its position as a "premium" brand in the country's confectionery market.

Confectionery: Why cocoa can only be sustainable without child labour

10 March 2014

Child labour is intrinsically linked to cocoa's broader sustainability challenges. If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, it will not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed, writes Ben Cooper.

US: Mondelez downbeat on 2013 results

13 February 2014

Mondelez International chief Irene Rosenfeld has admitted the Cadbury and Oreo owner is "disappointed" its 2013 results fell below expectations.

US: Mondelez shuts Philly factory, injects $130m into NJ, Virginia sites

7 February 2014

Mondelez International has announced the closure of its Philadelphia bakery which will see 350 staff let go as part of a wider restructuring programme.

INDIA: Mondelez to launch Chomp bar in February

31 January 2014

Mondelez International is set to launch chewy chocolate bar Chomp in India.

UK: Mondelez Bournville investment will mean job cuts

24 January 2014

Mondelez International's latest investment into its flagship UK Cadbury site will mean job cuts, the company has confirmed.

UK: Mondelez injects $124m into Cadbury factory revamp

23 January 2014

Mondelez International has announced a GBP75m (US$124m) investment into its flagship Cadbury production site in Bournville in the UK.

UK: Asda takes aim at discounters with price cuts

2 January 2014

Asda has set its sights on luring UK shoppers away from the discounters with moves to sell a range of household items for 50p.

Sustainability Watch - Piera Waibel, Lindt & Sprungli

2 January 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has just expanded its cocoa farmer programme in Ghana which will see the company give support to some 45,000 farmers between now and 2016. Sustainability manager Piera Waibel spoke with Ben Cooper about what the company is doing in Ghana and why it has decided not to have any of its brands certified under schemes such as Fairtrade.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read analysis

19 December 2013

Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.

Comment: Burton's set to accelerate growth with Ontario Teachers' backing

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.

UK: Ontario Teachers' fund to buy UK biscuit firm Burton's

18 November 2013

Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan is set to become the majority owner of Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels.

BRICs and beyond: Mondelez "optimistic" on China future

8 November 2013

Mondelez International has said it remains optimistic about the future of China and expects progressively improving sales from the region next year. Michelle Russell reports.

US: Mondelez lowers FY sales guidance

7 November 2013

Cadbury and Oreo owner Mondelez International has lowered its full-year sales guidance as it booked lower-than-expected revenues in the third quarter.

INDIA: Mondelez, Lotte square off in Choclairs TM dispute

6 November 2013

Mondelez International unit Cadbury India has been granted a temporary injunction to prevent Lotte Confectionery from using the brand name Choclairs in the Indian market.

India briefing: Foreign, domestic FMCG firms fight for share

31 October 2013

India presents significant potential to overseas FMCG firms - and some, like PepsiCo, Cadbury and United Biscuits have built big businesses in the market. However, India has its own domestic titans while there are smaller firms that can compete by offering products that are different to bigger foreign brands. Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.

UK: Burton's looks to grow Jammie Dodgers with licensing deals

21 October 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co. has confirmed it is actively seeking licensing partners in a bid to further grow its Jammie Dodgers brand.

Analysis: PE firm Bridgepoint should look at Burton's Biscuit Co.

16 October 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Maryland cookies and Jammie Dodgers, is up for sale. The first round of bidding has been completed and rumoured suitors include private-equity firms Apax Partners and CapVest, Canadian fund Ontario Teachers Pension Plan and Fox's biscuits owner 2 Sisters Food Group. Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden suggests another private-equity firm, Bridgestone, which has just bought a biscuit business in Poland, should look at Burton's, too.

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

7 October 2013

Two of the industry's heavyweights - Nestle and Unilever - were in the headlines last week. Nestle admitted it will offload some under-performing brands, while Unilever issued a sales warning amid a slowdown in emerging markets.

UK: Nestle wins Cadbury colour purple TM appeal

4 October 2013

Nestle has won an appeal in a trademark dispute with Mondelez International-owned Cadbury UK that looks set to allow the world's largest food group to use the colour purple to package chocolate products.

NZ: Mondelez takes Whittaker's trademark fight to court

3 October 2013

Mondelez International has decided to take its trademark battle with New Zealand confectioner Whittaker's to court.

CANADA: Chocolate giants settle price-fixing lawsuit

17 September 2013

Chocolate giants including Nestle and Mars have moved to settle a class action lawsuit accusing them of price fixing and price maintenance in Canada.

GLOBAL: Mondelez announces Twitter tie-up

16 September 2013

Mondelez International has signed a marketing deal with Twitter that will see the social network have dedicated teams working for the Cadbury owner in the UK, the US, India and Brazil.

UK: Burton's invests in cookie capacity, innovation

11 September 2013

Burton's Biscuit Co. is to increase cookie capacity at its Blackpool manufacturing facility as part of its GBP13.5m investment plan for 2013.

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

9 September 2013

European retail giant Delhaize this week named its new CEO - ex-Metro executive Frans Muller - but his appointment, combined with the departure of its US boss, hit the company's shares. In the US, Mondelez International gave more detail on its plans to shake up its plant network and use fewer suppliers. And an investor in Smithfield Foods insisted it had received interest from rival suitors for the US pork giant that could be better value than the current agreed takeover bid from China's Shuanghui International.

Focus: Mondelez details plant, supplier, SKU shake-up

4 September 2013

Oreo and Cadbury owner Mondelez International has revealed more details on its plans to boost margins, which will see it revamp its production network, do business with fewer suppliers and offer fewer SKUs.

UK: Burton's Biscuit Co. sees FY earnings jump

2 September 2013

UK firm Burton's Biscuit Co. has booked a near-doubling in annual pre-tax profits, driven by a strengthened product mix and cost savings.

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