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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
13 February 2014
Mondelez International chief Irene Rosenfeld has admitted the Cadbury and Oreo owner is "disappointed" its 2013 results fell below expectations.
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.
31 January 2014
Mondelez International is set to launch chewy chocolate bar Chomp in India.
24 January 2014
Mondelez International's latest investment into its flagship UK Cadbury site will mean job cuts, the company has confirmed.
23 January 2014
Mondelez International has announced a GBP75m (US$124m) investment into its flagship Cadbury production site in Bournville in the UK.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 October 2013
Mondelez International has decided to take its trademark battle with New Zealand confectioner Whittaker's to court.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.