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Comment: Danone, PepsiCo caught in Russia backlash

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...

Category crunch: UK pork sector in state of flux

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.

Category crunch: pork processors focus on growth

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.

Latest Interviews

SIAL 2014: Danish Crown eyes organics sector

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.

Tulip's evolution from a "meat" to "food" company

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.

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Industry quotes of week - Boulder Brands, Unilever

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.

Danish Crown profits up despite Europe challenges

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Nov 2015

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

Tonnies strikes deal for Tican assets

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.

Food industry news – TreeHouse, Kellogg

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. 

Danish Crown pulls plug on Tican merger

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Nov 2015

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

Arla exec Jais Valeur named Danish Crown CEO

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.

Danish Crown to restore jobs at Ringsted abbatoir

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.

Danish Crown, Tican deal to hit local competition

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.

Food industry results: Sanderson Farms, Barilla

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.

Danish Crown to buy control of Swedish plant

Dean Best | 27 May 2015

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

Tulip targets discounters, independents

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.

Danish Crown, Westfleisch form JV

Katy Askew | 24 Mar 2015

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

Food industry quotes of week: Nestle, Premier

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.

Danish Crown to restructure Ringsted plant

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.

Food news of the week: yoghurt cartel, US ports

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.

Danish Crown, Tican propose merger

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2015

Danish Crown and Tican, two of Denmark's largest slaughterhouse co-operatives, have proposed merging their operations.

Tulip targets retail with Grillstock range

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2015

Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, hopes to grow its Grillstock brand in UK retail through the launch of a number of new BBQ meat products.

Tulip launches low-salt bacon offering in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jan 2015

Danish Crown's UK arm, Tulip, has launched a low-salt version of its Danepak bacon in the country.

Tulip plans shift changes, 78 jobs at risk

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jan 2015

Tulip, the UK arm of pork processor Danish Crown, is looking to change shift patterns at its plant in Tipton.

"Robust" Danish Crown shows flat profit

Katy Askew | 19 Nov 2014

Danish Crown said that it put in a "robust" full-year performance in the face of challenging market conditions, including the Russian import ban and its fallout.

Tulip enters charcuterie with Castellano buy

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Nov 2014

Pork processor Danish Crown's UK arm, Tulip, has acquired local charcuterie firm Castellano.

Food industry quotes of week: Danone, Chiquita

Katy Askew | 31 Oct 2014

A busy week for third quarter results, with several packaged food giants reporting profit pressure. Danone extended its tie-up with Mengniu in China and Premier Foods discussed international growth. Here is just-food's week in words.

Tulip injects GBP8m into sausage, scotch egg plant

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Oct 2014

Meat processor Tulip, the UK arm of Danish Crown, has announced a GBP8m (US$13m) investment at its Ruskington plant in Lincolnshire.

Danish Crown ships first pork batch to Nepal

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Aug 2014

Pork manufacturer Danish Crown has announced it has started exports to Nepal.

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