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Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarca...

Has Yoplait adopted best strategy for China?

The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chine...


Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.


Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.


What the analysts say: The verdict on Danone's Q1

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Shares in Danone edged up in Paris today, reflecting a cautiously optimistic response from the market and the hope the French group could finally have come to grips with some of the challenges that weighed in 2014. However, the verdict on Danone's fresh dairy business was mixed and concern over the struggling unit lingers.


Viewpoint: Faber-led Danone gets realistic

Dean Best | 19 Mar 2015

At the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London, Danone's recently-appointed CEO Emmanuel Faber gave a presentation to the investors and analysts in the audience that gave a sense of seriousness, of realism at the French food giant.

Latest Interviews

How Mars aims to support farmers with new fund

Ben Cooper | 19 Jun 2015

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.


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.

Latest News

Danone invests in Belgium yoghurt plant

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jun 2015

Danone has completed an EUR13.5m (US$15.3m) investment at its Rotselaar factory in Belgium to support the production of spoonable yoghurts.


Food industry news of week: Hershey, Nestle

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.


Danone issues warning for Nutrilon Pepti fakes

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jun 2015

Danone has issued an alert in the Netherlands on its Nutricia-branded Nutrilon Pepti infant formula over fears some of the products may have had their labels forged.


Danone-backed Brookside buys Uganda's Sameer

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

Danone-backed Kenyan dairy company Brookside Dairy has acquired Ugandan dairy company Sameer Agriculture and Livestock Limited.


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.


IFC to invest in Iraq unit of Al Safi Danone

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Apr 2015

The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the investment arm of the World Bank is pumping up to US$18m into the Iraq unit of Saudi Arabia-based dairy company Al Safi Danone.


UPDATE: Danone CEO upbeat on 2015 growth

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Danone has said its first-quarter sales support the conclusion the French food group is moving into a period of "profitable, sustainable growth" in 2015.


Danone Q1 sales beat, outlook confirmed

Katy Askew | 15 Apr 2015

Danone confirmed its full-year growth targets this morning (15 April) as it reported first-quarter top line expansion above market expectations.


Happy Family launches organic veg pouches

Dean Best | 13 Apr 2015

Happy Family, Danone's US organic baby food business, has added a line of vegetables sold in pouches to its range.


Yoghurts from Danone, Starbucks set for launch

Dean Best | 7 Apr 2015

Danone has confirmed the Greek yoghurts it has developed in tandem with Starbucks in the US will launch into the country's grocery retail channel next month.


Danone relaunches Gervais dessert as yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2015

Danone has marked the relaunch of its Gervais desserts in France as a yoghurt brand with a new advertising campaign.


Yashili turnover, profit slumps

Katy Askew | 26 Mar 2015

Chinese infant formula maker Yashili International Holdings revealed that full-year profit fell by 43% in 2014 amid declining sales and lower margins.


Food industry news of week: Nestle, Danone

Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.


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.


Danone CEO cool on "transformational" M&A

Dean Best | 17 Mar 2015

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber has insisted the French food giant - which has been rumoured to be eyeing US infant formula firm Mead Johnson Nutrition - does not need to make a "transformative" acquisition "to be successful".


Danone defends Yashili investment

Dean Best | 17 Mar 2015

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber has defended the French group's investment in Yashili International Holdings in the wake of the Chinese infant formula group's recent profit warning.


UPDATE: Nestle denies competition violation

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2015

Nestle plans to appeal against a decision from the Spanish competition regulator decision that found the company, alongside ten other dairies, guilty of price collusion in the market.


Danone, Nestle, Lactalis fined for price collusion

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2015

Danone, Nestle and Lactalis are among 11 dairy companies fined by the Spanish competition regulator over alleged collusion on pricing.


Food industry news of week: Dr Oetker, Hain

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2015

This week, the spotlight on the relationships between suppliers and retailers turned to Australia, where a new code of conduct is to be set up. Meanwhile, Spain's anti-trust watchdog fined 11 dairy companies over alleged price collusion. A series of M&A deals this week included Dr Oetker's move for European frozen cake maker Coppenrath & Wiese. And our latest management briefing analysed the opportunities for packaged food manufacturers in the US foodservice market.


Danone's Stonyfield launches layered yoghurt

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2015

Danone's US organic yoghurt unit Stonyfield is launching a layered yoghurt product, Oh My Yog!, in the market.


Danone sees sales rebound but earnings decline

Katy Askew | 20 Feb 2015

Danone increased organic sales in 2014 as a rebound at its infant nutrition business offset softness at its dairy unit. However, on a reported basis the group's earnings performance was down year-on-year.

Latest blogs

Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.


just-food at CAGE

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2015

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Tyson Foods are among the multinational consumer goods manufacturers presenting next week at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - of which just-food and sister site just-drinks.com are the exclusive media partners.

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