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Editor's viewpoint: Land of the minnows

Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to ba...

Chobani spreads wings amid pressure in yoghurt

With its latest new products, Chobani has signalled its ambitions - but the moves into categories like desserts and oatmeal could also sugge...


Comment: Chobani wise to consider stake sale

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2014

Chobani is the leading US manufacturer in the lucrative, high-growth Greek yoghurt sector. But with rising competition from the larger dairy majors - and Chobani's own growth aspirations globally - the company could well be wise to consider ways to secure a cash injection, Katy Askew suggests.


just-food's review of 2013: Food firms seek growth

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 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.


Determined Gen Mills faces fierce yoghurt rivalry

Katy Askew | 27 Jun 2013

General Mills, criticised over its US yoghurt business, is stepping up its activity in the sector, with an NPD drive in the next 12 months. However, the company faces rivals also on the front foot, writes Katy Askew.


PepsiCo, Muller must beware promo intensity in US

Dean Best | 6 Jun 2013

PepsiCo and Muller this week opened their US yoghurt plant with much fanfare. Demand for yoghurt has increased in recent years, per capita consumption is relatively low and the companies believe they can benefit. However, the new facility has added to the already increasing capacity in the sector, which is now seeing only sales of Greek yoghurt grow and an intensification in promotional activity.

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Powerful Yogurt pushes on as protein fight deepens

Dean Best | 7 Nov 2014

In 2012, around the height of the Greek yoghurt boom in the US, Powerful Yoghurt launched with a high-protein product tailored for men. The business has carved out a foothold in a tough market, one that has become more competitive as consumer demand for protein-enriched foods rises. Dean Best caught up with Powerful Yogurt founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez to find out how the company is faring.


SIAL 2014: Greek yoghurt firm Fage targets Europe

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2014

Greek dairy manufacturer Fage is eyeing growth in Europe as the Greek yoghurt craze in the US loses steam. Katy Askew caught up with the company at the SIAL exhibition in Paris to find out more.

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IRI Product Pacesetters 2014: the top 10

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.


Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded tops IRI NPD poll

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Apr 2015

Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded product has been named as the best-selling new food and beverage line in the US during 2014, according to an annual poll by IRI.


Monde Nissin expands in Australia through M&A

Katy Askew | 13 Mar 2015

Philippines-based Monde Nissin is expanding its presence in Australia through the acquisition of Menora Foods as part of its drive to become a "significant food and beverage player" in Asia Pacific.


Chobani rolls out pouch Oats line in Australia

Dean Best | 9 Mar 2015

US-based yoghurt group Chobani has launched its Chobani Oats line in Australia in a pouch format.


Chobani launches Tots infant range

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2015

Yoghurt maker Chobani has launched a range targeting children aged one to two in the US.


Monde Nissin "to acquire Menora"

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jan 2015

Filipino conglomerate Monde Nissin is reportedly set to acquire Australian food group Menora Foods.


Food industry news of week: Tesco, General Mills

Dean Best | 9 Jan 2015

Tesco this week claimed it wanted to "regenerate" its relationship with suppliers, with a strategy that looks set to cut the number of SKUs on sale in stores. Meanwhile, speculation emerged Brazilian private-equity firm and Heinz co-owner 3G Capital is looking at further acquisitions in the food industry.


Food industry quotes of week: Tesco, Chobani

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 2015

This week, Chobani refuted claims its CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is being pushed out of his position. Elsewhere, Tesco outlined a new strategy expected to have a profound impact on the companies that supply the retailer. Findus acquired Nestle's Spanish frozen food business La Cocinera and HKScan announced it was axing 95 jobs across two of its sites in Denmark. Here is the week in quotes


CEO Ulukaya not being pushed out, insists Chobani

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jan 2015

Chobani has denied suggestions chairman and CEO Hamdi Ulukaya is being pushed out of the company, with the yoghurt maker insisting its founder is leading the search for a new chief executive.


Danone, General Mills, Chobani "mislead parents"

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

Danone, General Mills and Chobani have been accused of "misleading parents" looking for healthier foods into buying yoghurts "loaded with sugar and containing a myriad of questionably safe artificial sweeteners, colours and emulsifiers".


Food industry quotes of week: BRF, UB, Raisio

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Nov 2014

This week, we published interviews with senior executives from Brazilian food giant BRF as it embarks on international expansion. Elsewhere, staff at United Biscuits' Aintree factory in Liverpool pushed forward with strike action and Finnish group Raisio secured control of Benecol in the UK, Ireland and Belgium.


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

Dean Best | 6 Oct 2014

Our latest management briefing went live this week, focusing on India's dairy sector and the promise - and pitfalls - of operating in a fast-growing but developing market. We interview the head of Chobani's business in Australia to find out about the US yoghurt group's performance in there and in south-east Asia. And we analysed FrieslandCampina's European operations after two significant announcements this week.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Oct 2014

This week, PepsiCo and Mondelez International announced the launch of new facilities in the Middle East. Elsewhere, Nestle formed a new business unit in a bid to leverage its scale. just-food's Dean Best interviewed Chobani Australia MD Peter Meek who said the yoghurt firm's ambitions in the country and in south-east Asia. We also shone the spotlight on the Indian dairy sector in our monthly management briefing. Here is the week in quotes.


Chobani confident of opening new SE Asia market

Dean Best | 2 Oct 2014

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, expects to enter another market in south-east Asia by the end of the year.


Chobani launches organic Gippsland Dairy range

Dean Best | 3 Sep 2014

Chobani has added to its Gippsland Dairy yoghurt range in Australia with the launch of an organic line.


Chobani rebuked over US ad

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2014

Yoghurt group Chobani has been censured for a US advert that compared the ingredients used in its products with rival lines.


Chobani confirms Malaysia listings

Dean Best | 1 Aug 2014

Chobani has confirmed it has secured listings in Malaysia, the US-based yoghurt group's latest market in Asia.


Chobani bid for fresh UK appeal rejected

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2014

Chobani's request for another appeal against a ruling in the UK that forbid the US yoghurt maker from using the term "Greek yoghurt" has been refused by the country's Supreme Court.


Chobani defends labelling in cane juice suit

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jun 2014

Chobani has denied it is trying to hide the amount of sugar in its yoghurts, a claim which has been brought against the US firm in a class action lawsuit.


Chobani faces lawsuit on "trying to hide" sugar

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jun 2014

US yoghurt firm Chobani has had a class action lawsuit filed against it for allegedly "trying to hide" the amount of sugar in its yoghurt product.


General Mills pulled up over Yoplait,Chobani claim

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2014

The US advertising watchdog has issued a split decision on marketing claims made by Greek yoghurt giants Yoplait and Chobani.


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

Dean Best | 28 Apr 2014

Chobani, the yoghurt maker that has grown to a business generating US$1bn in sales in under a decade, grabbed the headlines this week with news it had secured investment for further growth from private-equity firm TPG Capital. Elsewhere, the trademark spat between Mars and Hershey remained popular among you throughout the week, while Unilever admitted it is weighing up its options over Slim.Fast and its North American pasta sauces unit.

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Chobani brushes off Yoplait US ad offensive

Dean Best | 23 Jan 2014

Chobani has led the boom in US demand for Greek yoghurt in recent years but its success has attracted rivals - including those with deep pockets - to the category. One, General Mills, has targeted Chobani in taste test ads for its Yoplait brand. Chobani has brushed off the move.

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