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General Mills posted video to explain how to use capsulesComment: General Mills could find it hard to brew growth with Keurig NPD

17 April 2014

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and a focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.

US: General Mills develops oatmeal for Keurig coffee machines

17 April 2014

General Mills has become the latest US food manufacturer to develop a product designed to be cooked with a Keurig coffee machine.

Editor's viewpoint: US consumer chill lingers

17 February 2014

Read the financial statements and listen to the conference calls from US food manufacturers in recent days and it is clear: companies operating there are still facing tough conditions and cautious consumers.

US: Campbell Q2 profits up, maintains forecasts

17 February 2014

Campbell Soup Co. has reported a fall in underlying half-year profits - but an increase in second-quarter earnings and the maintenance of the group's forecasts boosted its shares.

US: Campbell names DiSilvestro CFO

24 January 2014

Campbell Soup Co. will promote Anthony DiSilvestro to the position of chief financial officer following the retirement of Craig Owens in May.

UK: Plum launches "super-nutritious" toddler snack pouches

20 January 2014

Plum Inc is launching what it has described as a "super-nutritious" organic snack pouch for toddlers in the UK.

US: Industry passes pledge on calorie reduction - study

9 January 2014

Sixteen food manufacturers operating in the US who pledged to cut 1.5 trillion calories from their products by next year have exceeded their target by over four times, an independent study has claimed.

just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

6 January 2014

M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.

just-food's review of 2013: Food firms eke out growth in down environment

6 January 2014

Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.

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

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.

US: "Disappointing" Q1 prompts Campbell profit warning

19 November 2013

Campbell Soup Co. has cut its forecast for annual sales and profits after a "disappointing" first quarter.

CANADA: Amazon to offer grocery products

1 November 2013

Amazon has added a range of grocery products to its online range in Canada.

US/UK: Plum Organics launches baby food lines into UK

28 October 2013

US baby food producer Plum Organics is to launch three of its ranges into the UK for the first time.

US: Beiersdorf emerging markets boss to lead Campbell Asia-Pac unit

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.

US: Campbell agrees European asset sale to CVC Capital Partners

2 October 2013

Campbell Soup Co. has signed a deal to sell some of its European assets to private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

US: Ferrero signs US industry ad pledge

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.

US: Keurig home coffee machines to dispense Campbell soup

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.

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

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.

US: Campbell Soup Co. sees FY earnings slide on acquisition costs

29 August 2013

Acquisitions boosted full-year sales but dented net profit at US soup-to-snack group Campbell Soup Co.

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

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.

US: Campbell faces lawsuit over Healthy Request soup

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.

Comment: European sale shows Campbell focus on faster growth

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.

US: Campbell nears European asset sale to CVC Capital Partners

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.

Focus: Campbell renews focus on consumer insight for NPD

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.

US: Campbell to "accelerate growth" in 2014

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.

The just-food interview part one: Nestle CEO Bulcke upbeat on "sustainable" growth

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.

just the answer - Anna Rosier, Organix Baby Food

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.

Organic baby food: Corporates M&A flurry in growing segment

17 July 2013

For three weeks in May, the industry's M&A spotlight shone brightest on the organic baby food sector.

Organic baby food: Campbell looks to leverage Plum

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.

Organic baby food: Danone builds on infant nutrition success with Happy Family buy

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.

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