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For US and European companies exporting products to Russia, the operating environment has been challenging to say the least. Recent comments...

What the analysts say: Cranswick FY

UK pork group Cranswick this morning (20 April) booked an increase in adjusted annual earnings and in sales. Profits exceeded analysts' expe...

Katy Askew | 5 Dec 2012

The UK pork sector hit the headlines when Dutch food group Vion announced plans to exit the market. The sudden withdrawal of a major player highlights the challenges pork processors are grappling with, including rising input costs and tough pricing negotiations. Nevertheless, as the sector embarks on a process of consolidation and capacity is taken out of the category, the balance of power could be shifting down the pork supply chain. In part one of our two part Category Crunch, Katy Askew examines some of the issues facing the sector.

Katy Askew | 5 Dec 2012

The UK pork sector is in a state of flux. Pig meat prices have been forced up by a number of factors - ranging from higher input costs to constricting supply and pending European animal welfare regulations. Cost increases are therefore being passed down the chain as retailers look to balance the need to secure supply against the pressure of operating in a constrained consumer environment. In part two of our Category Crunch, Katy Askew looks at the different strategies that pork processors are employing to grow revenues.

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Katy Askew | 28 Oct 2014

Danish Crown is grappling with a world meat market marked by the Russian import ban and weaker European demand. In response, the Danish co-operative plans to use its global footprint, on the one hand, while capitalising on growth areas such as increasing consumer interest in organics, on the other. Katy Askew spoke to Henrik Biilmann, MD of Danish Crown's organic arm Friland, to find out more.

Katy Askew | 6 Nov 2013

Tulip, the UK arm of pork giant Danish Crown, is most associated closely with its bacon products. However, over the past three years the group has evolved into a more broad-based food company. Jonathan Barbet, commercial manager at Tulip UK, talks to just-food about this development, the benefits that it brings and where Tulip sees future growth.

Latest News

Dean Best | 25 May 2016

Danish Crown, the Denmark-based meat co-operative, has reported a fall in half-year earnings, with new chief executive Jais Valeur pointing to pressure on retail prices.

Hannah Abdulla | 12 May 2016

Danish Crown's UK arm Tulip has announced it is creating 100 jobs at its King Lynn site in Norfolk.

Dean Best | 12 Apr 2016

Danish Crown has announced the departure of the executive in charge of the meat co-operative's operations in the UK, citing a "disagreement" over strategy.

Dean Best | 1 Apr 2016

Speculation is mounting over the ownership of Dunbia, the UK meat processor, after fresh reports in the UK and Ireland.

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Mar 2016

Danish Crown has announced it is to axe 121 jobs at a Tulip site in the UK.

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Jan 2016

This week, in the US, Campbell Soup Co. announced it would back proposed plans for blanket GMO labelling in the country, while General Mills announced its second acquisition in recent weeks, this time of meat snacks firm Epic Provisions. The industry also reacted to the release of the new Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Elsewhere, Ukraine hit back on a product embargo enforced by Russia, Danish Crown said jobs could be lost in the UK and we spoke to Urban Fresh Foods about its sale to Lotus Bakeries.

Dean Best | 8 Jan 2016

General Mills this week announced another acquisition, following up its move for Brazilian yoghurt maker before Christmas with a deal for US meat snacks firm Epic Provisions. Ahead of the holiday period, speculation emerged UK company 2 Sisters Food Group was seeing what interest there is in the market for its biscuits unit Fox's, although the talk was cooled this week. Elsewhere, Danone said it would end production at two plants in Russia, PepsiCo was upbeat about the prospects for Doritos in India and the US reacted to the release of the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

Katy Askew | 6 Jan 2016

Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, has confirmed 430 jobs are at risk at its cooked meat operations in Bodmin. 

Dean Best | 6 Jan 2016

Hormel Foods has indicated it has "bold growth plans" for peanut butter brand Skippy in the UK as the US group announced a change of distributor for the product in the country.

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Nov 2015

Danish Crown has delivered an increase in annual profits for the year despite challenges in the European pork market.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Nov 2015

Tican has agreed to sell the shares of its pig slaughtering and meat processing business to German food company Tonnies.

Katy Askew | 6 Nov 2015

TreeHouse Foods confirmed that it will acquire ConAgra's private brands business for US$2.7bn. Kellogg revealed further declines at its US cereal business. The Kraft Heinz Co. reported its first results as a combined group – and detailed further job cuts. Here are the highlights from just-food this week. 

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Nov 2015

Danish Crown has called off its merger with Tican, it announced today (2 November).

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2015

Arla Foods executive vice president Jais Valeur has been appointed as the new chief executive of Danish meat co-operative Danish Crown.

Dean Best | 13 Aug 2015

Danish Crown, the Denmark-based meat co-operative, has announced job cuts at a domestic abbatoir will not be as severe as it first announced.

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

A merger between Danish meat co-operatives Danish Crown and Tican could hit local competition, the European Commission has warned.

Katy Askew | 29 May 2015

US poultry group Sanderson Farms posted higher half-year sales and profits, although there was some concern on Wall Street about the near-term outlook for the business. Barilla announced its results for 2014, which included an increase in revenue and earnings.

Dean Best | 27 May 2015

Denmark-based meat co-operative Danish Crown is to acquire a majority stake in Swedish slaughterhouse Dalsjöfors Slakteri.

Katy Askew | 28 Apr 2015

Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, aims to grow its presence in discount, independent and wholesale channels through its Plumrose canned meat and meals range.

Katy Askew | 24 Mar 2015

Danish Crown and Westfleisch are forming West Crown, a joint venture for the boning and sale of sow meat.

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2015

Last week, just-food was live at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference, where some of the largest industry names including Nestle, Strauss and Danone provided business updates. Elsewhere, Mars confirmed plans to invest in a Snickers production plant in India. Rumours were also rife General Mills was looking to offload its Green Giant business. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Mar 2015

Danish Crown has announced plans to cut capacity at a facility in Denmark, a move that is likely to affect 280 staff.

Dean Best | 27 Feb 2015

France's competition watchdog this week confirmed an announcement on its three-year long probe into allegations of a price fixing in the country's yoghurt sector is imminent. Elsewhere, US companies affected by the dispute on West Coast ports said the backlog would take weeks to clear.

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