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Pricing, productivity pay off for Mondelez

Actions taken on pricing and moves to improve productivity appear to be paying off for Mondelez International....

Focus: Can Mars gain share in Indian chocolate?

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominat...

CAGNY: Mondelez emphasises growth plans

Katy Askew | 18 Feb 2015

Mondelez International has pursued an aggressive cost-cutting agenda that has seen it maintain profits in the face of growth-limiting macroeconomic headwinds. Even as the company said it expects margin expansion to be the primary profit driver in 2015, it would appear that Mondelez is shifting its focus to long-term growth initiatives. Katy Askew reports.

Mondelez results: 10 Things to Learn

Dean Best | 12 Feb 2015

Mondelez International's shares rose on the back of a fourth-quarter earnings beat but the company's performance, particularly on its top line, was mixed in 2014. We list the key points from the Cadbury maker's results and its guidance for 2015.

Cost-cutting regime paying off for Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Nov 2014

Mondelez International's work on costs looks to be paying off with the snacks giant seeing its margins improve and lifting its forecast for annual earnings this week. The Cadbury owner is seeing some pressure on sales - particularly in Europe - after lifting prices to offset higher commodity costs but analysts are generally upbeat about the US group's prospects.

BRICs and beyond: Malaysia, Thailand eye halal

Jens Kastner | 11 Jul 2014

The global market for halal food is expected to grow from US$698bn in 2012 to reach US$830bn in 2016, according to Malaysia's department of Islamic development, and manufacturers in its country and neighbouring Thailand are competing to service this demand. Jens Kastner reports.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Enjoy Life Foods on Mondelez takeover

Dean Best | 17 Feb 2015

Privately-owned US free-from snacks group Enjoy Life Foods has joined the likes of Cadbury and Oreo in the global giant's portfolio. Joel Warady, Enjoy Life's chief sales and marketing officer, has been at the business since it was set up in 2001. He speaks to Dean Best about why Enjoy Life was looking for a "partner", what Mondelez's ownership means for the business and the fledgling firm's growth ambitions.

R&R Ice Cream adjusts to UK challenges

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2015

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.

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Premier eyes older consumer with Cadbury Hot Cakes

Katy Askew | 28 Sep 2015

Premier Foods plc is launching Cadbury Hot Cakes in a bid to extend the brand into "after dinner" desserts in the UK and increase its appeal to older consumers and two-person households.

Mars price-fixing charge dropped in Canada

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

Mars has escaped charges of price fixing in Canada after the country's Public Prosecution Service dropped its case, two years after accusing the Snickers maker of conspiring with Nestle and Hershey. 

Cadbury moves into Australia's "premium" segment

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

Mondelez International is looking to take Cadbury into Australia's "premium" chocolate market with a new brand, Coco.

Mondelez opens line at Poland chocolate plant

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Mondelez International has opened a chocolate production line at its site in Skarbimierz in south-west Poland.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Just Mayo

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

A deal for Green Giant could be nearing with claims US group B&G Foods is in advanced talks to buy the business from General Mills. Elsewhere, eight companies have expressed interest in Australia's Brownes Dairy, while one sale that was announced this week was the acquisition of European snack bar maker VSI by US co-packer Hearthside Food Solutions. And one story that caught your attention was upstart US egg-free mayo maker Just Mayo coming under fire from the country's food watchdog.

Mondelez adds to Dairy Milk range in South Africa

Dean Best | 25 Aug 2015

Mondelez International has added to its Cadbury Dairy Milk range in South Africa with the launch of the "premium" line Silk.

Mondelez CEO Rosenfeld defends moves on costs

Dean Best | 24 Aug 2015

Mondelez International chief Irene Rosenfeld has stood behind the snacks giant's moves on costs amid speculation the Cadbury and Oreo owner could face pressure to work harder to improve profitability.

Warren Buffett cools Kraft Heinz, Mondelez talk

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Warren Buffett today (10 August) appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Kraft Heinz Co. making a move for Mondelez International in the near term.

Food industry news of week - Mondelez, Nakd, Maggi

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

Activist US investor Bill Ackman got the market talking this week with the disclosure he has invested in Mondelez International. Could he be betting on an eventual bid for the Cadbury owner from the new Kraft Heinz Co.? Meanwhile, the row over the Maggi continued, with India's food safety watchdog brushing off tests that appeared to clear Nestle's noodles. And three UK snacks businesses hit the headlines. The owners of Nakd owner Natural Balance Foods are weighing up their options, Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods is looking at ways to expand internationally - which could involve investment in the business. And crisp firm Tyrrells snapped up an Australian snack maker.

Activist Ackman takes US$5.5bn stake in Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Aug 2015

Activist investor William Ackman has built a stake valued at around US$5.5bn in Oreo owner Mondelez International.

Premier Foods, Mondelez in cake-bites launch

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Premier Foods plc has announced its debut in the UK "nibbles and bites sector" with the launch of a Cadbury Amaze Bites.

Premier Foods adds to Cadbury desserts line

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Jul 2015

Premier Foods plc is adding to its line of Cadbury desserts in the UK with the launch of individual and twin pot ambient offerings.

Food industry quotes of week: Arla, Premier Foods

Hannah Abdulla | 26 May 2015

This week, Arla Foods struck a notable deal in Egypt, with plans for a local venture with Juhayna Food Industries. Elsewhere, Unilever announced CFO Jean-Marc Huet would step down from his post and Thorntons said CEO Jonathan Hart had decided to leave the business. Premier Foods announced its annual results and CEO GavinDarby said the UK group would continue to focus on revamping its range.

Cadbury to cut Australian jobs

Katy Askew | 22 May 2015

Mondelez International chocolate unit Cadbury has cut 80 manufacturing jobs in Australia, according to union sources.

UPDATE: Mondelez to appeal US$92m India tax bill

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2015

Mondelez International has confirmed it will appeal a US$92m tax bill in India over what is alleged to be a "phantom factory".

Mondelez hit with US$92m India tax bill

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Apr 2015

Mondelez International is reportedly planning to appeal a US$92m tax bill in India over what is alleged to be a "phantom" factory.

Mondelez launches soft-centred Dairy Milk

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

Mondelez International has added to its Cadbury Dairy Milk range in the UK with the launch of a range of tablets containing soft-centred, flavoured fillings.

Food industry quotes of week: Kraft-Heinz, ConAgra

Katy Askew | 27 Mar 2015

The mega-merger between HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group took the US sector by storm this week. Elsewhere, ConAgra's results continued to show the cracks and Fonterra lowered its outlook on milk pricing. Here is just-food's week in words.

Burton's eyes US$100m US sales

Katy Askew | 11 Mar 2015

UK-based biscuit group Burton's Biscuit Co. is eyeing accelerated growth in the US, where the company hopes to generate US$100m in sales in the "medium term".

CAGNY: Quote, unquote

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2015

The annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference in Florida is one of the key dates in the industry calendar in the US. And this year's event, held this week, could mark a watershed moment.

Mondelez buys US free-from snack maker Enjoy Life

Dean Best | 16 Feb 2015

Mondelez International has swooped for US free-from snack manufacturer Enjoy Life Foods in a bid to tap into rising consumer interest in their health.

Food industry news of week: Amira, Kellogg

Dean Best | 13 Feb 2015

Campbell Soup Co., ConAgra Foods and Kellogg all indicated they are finding the going tough in the US this week with cuts to financial forecasts. Away from the results, however, it was global rice supplier Amira Nature Foods that grabbed the headlines after being accused of corruption.

Latest blogs

Ferrero moves to dismiss sale rumours

Dean Best | 18 Feb 2015

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.

Hershey in Twitter backlash over Brit choco-ban

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jan 2015

US fans of British chocolate imports have taken to social media to vent their frustration after Hershey earlier this week reached a settlement with an importer to stop distributing British-made candy bars into the country.

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