5 December 2013
ConAgra Foods' move to step up innovation is a sensible response to disappointing first-quarter sales. But, as the innovation pipeline kicks in, will this be enough to retain consumers won over to the US food group's ready meals and meal solutions during the downturn?
5 December 2013
ConAgra Foods has announced the launch of 23 "restaurant-quality" meals and desserts in the US from its Bertolli and P.F. Chang's brands.
8 October 2013
ConAgra Foods, which last month issued a profit warning amid "challenges" in its consumer foods business, has added side dishes to its range of Marie Callender's products.
19 September 2013
ConAgra Foods today (19 September) confirmed the fall in first-quarter earnings it flagged last week, which prompted a profit warning for the year.
17 September 2013
Investment firm Brynwood Parters has acquired the frozen and refrigerated vegetarian food brand Lightlife from ConAgra Foods for an undisclosed sum.
12 September 2013
Boulder Brands is a business under a decade old but one now approaching annual sales of over US$450m. CEO Stephen Hughes set up an investment vehicle in 2005 that became Smart Balance in 2007 when it acquired GFA Brands, the owner of the Smart Balance brand. However, in the last two years, with the spreads sector under pressure, Hughes has brought balance to the business with moves into gluten free - and changed its name to reflect its wider portfolio. In part one of a two-part interview, Hughes discusses Boulder Brands' buoyant gluten-free business.
10 September 2013
US group ConAgra Foods has pointed to "difficult conditions" in some of its branded categories for a cut to its full-year earnings forecast.
14 August 2013
Sinagpore-based Del Monte Pacific has booked an increase in first-half profits, helped by revenues in the Philippines, its largest market for branded sales.
12 August 2013
Unilever said today (12 August) it had struck a deal to sell its Wish-Bone and Western dressings brands to US food group Pinnacle Foods for US$580m.
11 July 2013
Ebro Foods said it has no interest in acquiring Dakota Growers Pasta from Glencore Xstrata following reports linking the Spanish company to the US business.
4 July 2013
A group of states have reportedly jointed a federal anti-trust investigation into a joint venture agreement between Cargill, ConAgra Foods and CHS.
27 June 2013
Shares in ConAgra Foods jumped today (27 June) after the US food group booked higher annual sales and profits and lifted its long-term growth targets.
24 June 2013
US food groups General Mills and ConAgra Foods report their annual results next week. Meanwhile, US peer Hormel Foods holds its annual investor day.
11 June 2013
Shares in Singapore-based Del Monte Pacific have started trading in the Philippines, the second listing for the food and drinks group.
3 May 2013
ConAgra Foods has appointed Tom McGough to head up its consumer foods business following the resignation of current consumer foods president André Hawaux.
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.
25 April 2013
ConAgra Foods has launched a low-fat Orville Redenbacher's popcorn line in the US.
3 April 2013
Costs related to ConAgra Foods' acquisition of US peer Ralcorp Holdings hit its bottom line in the third quarter of its financial year - although the company insisted underlying profits were up.
2 April 2013
just-food's industry confidence survey for 2013 indicated an increased appetite for M&A this year after what some saw, globally, as a lacklustre year in the sector for deals. What lies ahead in the mergers and acquisitions arena over the next few months?
5 March 2013
ConAgra Foods, Cargill and CHS are to form a joint venture combining their flour milling capabilities in the US.
22 February 2013
A selection of quotes from this year's Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference.
19 February 2013
ConAgra Foods chief Gary Rodkin today (19 February) insisted the US food group's mix of consumer brands, own label and B2B businesses offered the company "significant growth opportunities".
19 February 2013
US food group ConAgra Foods has lifted its forecast for annual earnings on the back of its acquisition of private-label group Ralcorp Holdings - and "strong contributions" from the rest of its business.
14 January 2013
US group ConAgra foods has appointed General Mills executive Greg Schlafer as president of its Lamb Weston division.
4 January 2013
Ralcorp Holdings, the own-label group soon to be swallowed by ConAgra Foods, has confirmed it will close two manufacturing plants in New York state.
21 December 2012
ConAgra Foods yesterday (20 December) booked a jump in first-half profits and raised its full-year earnings forecast. The growth was a result of a series of small acquisitions made by the US group this year. Analysts gave an overall positive reaction to the results but some were cautious about the outlook for the company, particularly around its plan to buy private-label rival Ralcorp Holdings.
20 December 2012
US food group ConAgra Foods has booked an increase in first-half profits and raised its full-year earnings forecast.
19 December 2012
There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A activity rebounded in the food sector this year. However, a look at just-food's M&A coverage this year shows there have been few big-ticket, transformational deals.
18 December 2012
It's the time of the year when we look back at the 12 months just past to see what was getting you clicking on just-food. The ten most-read news stories of 2012 include UK grocers signing a code of conduct on promos and Tesco announcing it would put traffic-light labels on its food in the UK. Tesco's likely exit from the US also proved popular, as did a series of M&A stories, including major deals by Hain Celestial, R&R Ice Cream and Hershey.
5 December 2012
US snacks group Diamond Foods has indicated it can see "significant opportunities" to lower its cost base by reducing its overhead structure and tightening its supply chain.