25 November 2013
Last week saw the latest in our series of just-food interviews, with Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney talking horsemeat, the ups and downs of M&A attempts and expansion in the US. The last five days also saw Burton's Biscuit Co. sold and more underwhelming results in the US with Campbell Soup Co.'s profit warning.
19 November 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has cut its forecast for annual sales and profits after a "disappointing" first quarter.
1 November 2013
Amazon has added a range of grocery products to its online range in Canada.
28 October 2013
US baby food producer Plum Organics is to launch three of its ranges into the UK for the first time.
16 October 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has appointed the head of the emerging markets business of personal care group Beiersdorf to lead its operations in Asia Pacific.
2 October 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has signed a deal to sell some of its European assets to private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners.
20 September 2013
Ferrero has become the latest food company operating in the US to sign up to the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an industry self-regulatory programme on marketing to kids.
5 September 2013
Campbell Soup Co. is partnering with Green Mountain Coffee Roasters to give US consumers the chance to brew its soup via Keurig home coffee machines.
2 September 2013
Last week saw a story that has dominated our pages apparently laid to rest when it emerged that Fonterra's botulism recall was, in fact, a false alarm.
29 August 2013
Acquisitions boosted full-year sales but dented net profit at US soup-to-snack group Campbell Soup Co.
19 August 2013
Fonterra again dominated the headlines as it grappled with the fall-out of the botulism scare. Import bans mounted and a senior executive resigned. Elsewhere, Heinz announced its first cuts since the takeover of the business, Campbell Soup Co. announced talks to sell a clutch of European assets and US group Pinnacle Foods snapped up Unilever's Wish-Bone dressings business.
16 August 2013
Campbell Soup Co. and the American Heart Association (AHA) have been sued for allegedly making false claims on the company's Healthy Request soup labels.
13 August 2013
Campbell's talks to offload a clutch of European assets fits its recent strategy of focusing on more rapidly growing sectors and markets, writes Dean Best.
12 August 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has said it is in talks to sell some of its European assets to private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners.
25 July 2013
A renewed focus on consumer insight and innovation seems to be at the heart of Campbell Soup Co.'s attempt to stabilise its core business and the group aims to strengthen its relationship with its loyal customer base while also broadening its appeal through product development.
25 July 2013
Campbell Soup Co. expects its growth to "accelerate" in 2014 as it performs against the "dual mandate" of strengthening its core business and expanding into higher growth areas.
18 July 2013
Nestle has set out a clear growth trajectory. Across its global operations, the world's largest food group aims to deliver 5-6% organic revenue growth. At the same time, Nestle has targeted improved operating margins and higher underlying earnings. And key to the "Nestle Model" is the fact that the company believes it can achieve this year-in, year-out, for the foreseeable future. Katy Askew spoke to Nestle group chief executive Paul Bulcke to find out how.
17 July 2013
The UK organic food market has experienced some ups and downs in recent years but organic baby food producer Organix has remained consistent in its approach to delivering high-quality organic products. Michelle Russell met up with managing director Anna Rosier to find out how the company is driving growth and find out more about the opportunities it see at home and abroad.
17 July 2013
For three weeks in May, the industry's M&A spotlight shone brightest on the organic baby food sector.
17 July 2013
The Campbell Soup Company's recent acquisition of organic baby food maker Plum Organics must be viewed in the context of the group's aim to drive its top line by increasing its exposure to high-growth categories and markets. The deal opens the door to the rapidly expanding organic baby food sector, where growth is significantly outpacing conventional sales. And, moving forward, it is likely that Campbell will hope to leverage the strengths of each group to step up the pace of growth. Katy Askew reports.
17 July 2013
Danone's deal to acquire over 90% of US organic baby food firm Happy Family is a first for the French food giant in the category and appears to strengthen its fast-growing infant-nutrition division. Michelle Russell takes a look at the move.
10 July 2013
Fonterra, the New Zealand dairy giant, has named ex-Nestle executive Lukas Paravicini as CFO - and appointed former Campbell Soup Co. executive Jacqueline Chow to a new brands role.
10 July 2013
US baby food business Plum Organics has expanded its product line with the launch of a toddler snack range in its domestic market.
8 July 2013
The story of the week centred around China's probe into the alleged fixing of infant formula prices in China, an investigation that has taken in the likes of Nestle and Danone. Elsewhere, consumer goods giant PZ Cussons has decided to move further into food with its acquisition of Australian baby food business Rafferty's Garden. And our latest executive interviews included Australian free-from business Freedom Foods Group and UK baker Finsbury Food Group.
8 July 2013
Last week saw just-food following China's investigation into the alleged fixing of infant formula prices, which has involved Danone, Nestle and Mead Johnson. We also spoke with a number of company executives about their growth plans including the MD of Australia-based Freedom Foods Group, Rory McLeod, who outlined the company's plans and explained why gluten-free needs to focus more on taste. We also spoke with Finsbury Foods CEO John Duffy about the potential the company sees in bread. Elsewhere, Ocado released its first-half results and FMCG giant PZ Cuzzons struck a surprise deal to buy Australian baby food business Rafferty's Garden.
4 July 2013
Danone has expanded its line of Cow & Gate baby food in the UK with the launch of a range of 100% fruit pouches.
1 July 2013
Pepperidge Farm, the bakery business of Campbell Soup Co., has confirmed plans to close its bakery in South Carolina, with the loss of 115 jobs.
24 June 2013
The leading story this week was clear: the UK's announcement of what the new front-of-pack nutrition label will look like and crucially, which companies have signed up - and which haven't. The Australian government also put forward plans for a front-of-pack label, although the country's food industry was less than happy. Elsewhere, M&A dominated, with Archer Daniels Midland admitting it was in talks to sell its cocoa business, Chinese dairy giant Mengniu looking to buy local infant formula firm Yashili and Campbell Soup Co. making another acquisition outside the soup sector.
21 June 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has gone on quite the acquisition spree of late as it looks to rebalance its portfolio. From US chilled foods firm Bolthouse Farms, and organic baby food maker Plum, to this week's deal to acquire Kelsen, Campbell is trying to boost its presence in high-growth categories and high growth markets. At the same time, the firm is making continued progress in revitalising its core US operations. Katy Askew reports.
20 June 2013
Pepperidge Farm, the baked snack unit of Campbell Soup Co., has extended its range of Goldfish crackers with the addition of a Mac & Cheese line.