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The proposed combined ChiquitaFyffes will be the worldEditor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

17 March 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

UPDATE: US/IRELAND: Chiquita, Fyffes outline benefits of scale

10 March 2014

An extended geographic presence, a wider product portfolio and a broader supply base are among the benefits from the merger of Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes, the produce giants said today (10 March).

US/IRELAND: Banana suppliers Chiquita, Fyffes to merge

10 March 2014

Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes are to merge, the banana suppliers have announced this morning (10 March).

IRELAND: Fyffes points to organic growth as profits rise

10 March 2014

Produce group Fyffes, which has agreed to merge with US rival Chiquita Brands International, saw sales and profits rise in 2013.

US: Chiquita enters frozen aisle with Quirch Foods deal

20 February 2014

Produce giant Chiquita Brands International has moved into the US frozen category.

US: Chiquita narrows Q3 net loss

8 November 2013

Chiquita Brands International narrowed its net losses in the third quarter but warned of challenging conditions ahead.

US: Trident Seafoods to build plant in Georgia

16 August 2013

US processor Trident Seafoods is to invest US$41m in a new seafood processing plant in Georgia, creating 175 jobs.

US: Lower costs boost Chiquita profits

8 August 2013

Lower costs have helped a fall in sales and drive half-year profits at produce giant Chiquita Brands International.

US: Chiquita claims progress after Q1 profit

7 May 2013

Chiquita Brands International today (7 May) claimed it was continuing to see the benefit of its restructuring after it booked a first-quarter profit.

The week ahead - Sainsbury's FY results, Tyson H1, Mondelez Q1

3 May 2013

First-quarter results continue to come in next week, with Cadbury owner Mondelez International among the companies reporting numbers to the end of March. Elsewhere, US meat giant Tyson Foods will file half-year figures and UK grocer Sainsbury's will report annual numbers.

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

18 March 2013

Morrisons last week announced firmer plans for an online food service - and the UK retailer could join forces with specialist Ocado. Larger rival Tesco, meanwhile, launched its own price-comparison scheme to lure in customers. Tesco, however, attracted more headlines on horsemeat with another recall. On a separate note, an Irish meat firm was said to know its beef was contaminated a year ago. Dole Food Co., Chiquita and Diamond Foods were among companies announcing results and, on the M&A front, UK firm Burton's Biscuit Co. could soon be up for grabs.

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

18 March 2013

Food prices - or the prospect of inflation - was a hot topic last week. A vote by the European Parliament to extend sugar quotas to 2020 was criticised, while proposed US changes to country-of-origin labelling were also argued to be set to lead to higher prices. Meanwhile, a drought in Spain is causing concern over global olive oil prices.

EU: Dole to take competition fine case to EU's top court

15 March 2013

Dole Food Co. has said it will appeal at the European Court of Justice over the EU's decision to fine the fresh produce giant for anti-competitive practices.

On the money: Chiquita looks to further cost savings to drive growth

13 March 2013

US produce giant Chiquita Brands International has said it is beginning to see the results of its restructuring but will continue to drive costs down in a bid to be more competitive.

US: Chiquita in red as charges hit bottom line

12 March 2013

Chiquita Brands International has booked an annual loss of over US$400m after impairment charges and other expenses hit the company's bottom line.

US: Chiquita CFO Kocher set for new COO role

5 December 2012

US produce giant Chiquita Brands International has appointed CFO Brian Kocher to the newly-created position of COO as it looks to restructure the business.

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

26 November 2012

just-food last week spoke with UK Secretary of State for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs Owen Paterson on his return from China where he spearheaded a mission to develop the UK's presence in the market. He spoke to just-food about the UK government's vision to grow overseas food sales. Elsewhere, Sainsbury's chief executive Justin King outlined the retailer's progress to date on its 20 by 20 sustainability targets, while Hostess Brands revealed it had been given the green light by the US Bankruptcy Court to wind-down its operations.

just the answer: Wouter Van Cauwenbergh, Chiquita Brands

20 November 2012

Fresh produce companies are increasingly looking to develop their value-added offering in order to boost margins and Chiquita Brands International is no exception. Wouter Van Cauwenbergh, senior sales manager for the company's operations in the EMEA region, spoke to just-food about the company's ambition to develop a value-added consumer focused business.

US: Chiquita Brands Q3 loss doubles

8 November 2012

Chiquita Brands International has said its third-quarter net loss more than doubled amid falling sales and restructuring charges.

US: Chiquita appoints Lonergan CEO

3 October 2012

Chiquita Brands International has appointed a CEO to replace Fernando Aguirre who announced his decision to step down amid a company revamp in August

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

13 August 2012

Nestle reported its half-year results last week and said innovation was vital to growth in developed markets, where doing business at the moment is, it said, "no walk in the park". Produce giant Chiquita's first-half numbers included plans for a new strategy, while at US dairy group Dean Foods, it announced a move to list its soy and organics unit alongside its figures. In the retail sector, UK grocer The Co-op announced chief executive Peter Marks was to retire.

In the spotlight: Analysts welcome Chiquita turnaround plan

10 August 2012

Chiquita Brands International's plans to pursue a new strategic direction with a focus on driving profits in its core businesses garnered a positive reaction from analysts this week.

US: Chiquita to change CEO as new strategy unveiled

8 August 2012

The CEO of Chiquita Brands International is to step down from his position as the US produce group revamps its business to boost profits.

US: Lower sales, sourcing costs hit Chiquita in H1

8 August 2012

Chiquita Brands International has swung to a first-half loss as a drop in sales and higher sourcing costs hit profits.

US: Chiquita makes Q1 loss

9 May 2012

US produce group Chiquita Brands International has slipped to a net loss in the first quarter of the year as lower banana prices in key markets hit sales.

US: Chiquita FY profits remain flat

22 February 2012

US produce group Chiquita Brands International has posted flat profits for fiscal 2011 but said it plans to expand its Fresh Express business this year by growing its organic business.

US: Chiquita appoints Kocher to replace Sims as CFO

22 February 2012

US produce group Chiquita Brands International has appointed a CFO to succeed Michael Sims who has left to join AdvancePierre Foods.

US: Chiquita to move HQ to Charlotte

30 November 2011

US produce group Chiquita Brands International is to move its headquarters over 400 miles from Cincinnati to Charlotte.

Best bits: Firms tackle economic gloom

7 November 2011

There's been a sense of boldness from the world of food this past week, with companies making interesting moves into new products, acquisitions and territories.

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

7 November 2011

It's financial results season this week, with Kraft and Tate & Lyle performing strongly, while Chiquita and Whole Foods faltered. Diamond Foods' deal to buy Pringles from Procter & Gamble was delayed, prompting consternation among stockholders, and Portuguese retailer Jeronimo Martins announced extensive investments in Latin America. Click on the headlines for more.

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