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General Mills posted video to explain how to use capsulesComment: General Mills could find it hard to brew growth with Keurig NPD

17 April 2014

Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and a focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.

Editor's viewpoint: US consumer chill lingers

17 February 2014

Read the financial statements and listen to the conference calls from US food manufacturers in recent days and it is clear: companies operating there are still facing tough conditions and cautious consumers.

US: Dean Foods shares sour after 2014 warning

12 February 2014

Shares in Dean Foods tumbled yesterday after the US dairy giant warned commodity prices would weigh on the business this year.

US: Baskin-Robbins ice creams set for grocery roll-out

11 February 2014

Baskin-Robbins ice creams are set to go on sale in US grocery stores, owner Dunkin' Brands has announced.

CANADA: Saputo Q3 sales, earnings jump

7 February 2014

Canadian dairy major Saputo has booked an increase in third-quarter sales and earnings, boosted by its acquisition of Morningstar Foods and a strong performance from the group's international businesses.

US: Court reinstates Dean Foods antitrust trial

6 January 2014

A court of appeals has reinstated antitrust proceedings being brought against Dean Foods by a consortium of retailers, overturning an earlier ruling that had dismissed the case.

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

18 November 2013

All three bidders for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory tabled revised offers this week - with the takeover target still backing Canada's Saputo. Meanwhile, Mexican food group Sigma has made a move for Spanish meats firm Campofrio. And our latest just-food interview saw Orkla CEO Age Korsvold talk about the Nordic group's plans for FMCG.

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

18 November 2013

This week saw a continued focus on M&A, as further evidence of the global trend towards consoidation in the sector emerged. The battle for Australia's Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory rumbled on and Mexico's Sigma launched a takeover bid for Spain's Campofrio.

On the money: Dean Foods confident savings will offset volume declines

13 November 2013

Dean Foods said an expected increased savings in the fourth quarter and into 2014 will help offset volume deleveraging from its lost business.

US: Dean Foods shares slide on Q3 results

12 November 2013

US dairy giant Dean Foods saw its share price fall today (12 November) as profits fell and sales remained flat in the third quarter.

US: WhiteWave profit slips, adjusted earnings up one-fifth

8 November 2013

WhiteWave Foods has booked lower third-quarter profits on one-time items. However, the US dairy group said adjusted earnings surged in the period.

Interview: Alpro reaps rewards of portfolio expansion

28 October 2013

Alpro has had three owners in four years but one executive that has been at the company throughout is CEO Bernard Deryckere. He talks to Dean Best about the success Alpro, now owned by US firm WhiteWave Foods, has had with the recent expansion of its product portfolio.

US: Dean Foods to close Robinson Dairy

29 August 2013

Dean Foods plans to shutter its Robinson Dairy milk plant in Denver, Colorado, and transfer production to a larger facility nearby.

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

12 August 2013

An ingredient recall from Fonterra kept the spotlight on safety in the infant formula sector. Meanwhile, the results of China's probe into the fixing of infant formula prices was published - with six companies fined.

On the money: Dean Foods eyes competitive advantages with efficiency drive

9 August 2013

Dean Foods has said its efforts to reduce costs and drive efficiencies, along with new business wins, will enable the US dairy firm to further extend its "competitive advantage".

US: WhiteWave H1 profit falls, raises lower end of guidance

9 August 2013

WhiteWave Foods raised the lower end of its full-year guidance today (9 August), despite recording a drop in first-half earnings.

US: Dean Foods swings to Q2 loss

8 August 2013

Shares in Dean Foods slumped today (8 August) as the US dairy company swung to a second-quarter loss and narrowed its full-year earnings guidance.

CANADA: Saputo Q1 earnings up, warns on tough FY

6 August 2013

Canadian dairy giant Saputo saw earnings climb in its first quarter but warned of a "challenging" year ahead.

US: WhiteWave sees Q2 sales, earnings jump

16 July 2013

WhiteWave Foods has booked an increase in second-quarter adjusted earnings and sales, driven by broad-based growth across all business segments.

just-food's research round-up: the CIVETS markets, packaged food in the US

17 May 2013

The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes emerging food and drinks markets, packaging for an ageing population and packaged food in the US.

On the money: WhiteWave looks to M&A, new categories for growth

10 May 2013

WhiteWave Foods has said that M&A and expansion into new categories will form part of its long-term "plot for value creation".

US: Morningstar sale boosts Dean Foods profits

10 May 2013

Dean Foods has booked a leap in first-quarter net earnings, boosted by proceeds from the sale of its Morningstar business.

US: WhiteWave Foods keeps adjusted profit forecast

9 May 2013

WhiteWave Foods has reaffirmed its full-year forecast for adjusted profits after first-quarter results that saw underlying earnings increase.

Deal or no deal: General Mills touted as WhiteWave suitor

3 May 2013

Dean Foods has formally given the green light for the spin-off of soy and organic business WhiteWave Foods - and analysts are setting out companies they believe could be interested in the Horizon Organic and Alpro owner.

The week ahead - Sainsbury's FY results, Tyson H1, Mondelez Q1

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.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

3 May 2013

M&A - as ever - was a hot topic on just-food this week. Some deals were done - Hain Celestial acquired UK organic baby food firm Ella's Kitchen and PAI Partners snapped European own-label giant R&R Ice Cream. Potential transactions were speculated about - the spin off of WhiteWave Foods prompted rumours over possible suitors and Unilever's ongoing problems in spreads led to talk it could one day sell the unit.

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

3 May 2013

Two UK-based firms were the subject of takeovers this week: R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream firm, changed hands after PAI Partners struck a deal to buy the business; and Hain Celestial snapped up UK organic baby food brand Ella's Kitchen.

US: Dean Foods moves forward with WhiteWave spin-off

2 May 2013

The board at Dean Foods has approved the US dairy group's plans to spin off WhiteWave Foods, the owner of brands such as Horizon Organic and Alpro.

US: Danone's Oikos Greek yoghurt tops IRI NPD poll

18 April 2013

Danone's Oikos Greek yoghurt was the top-selling new product in the US in 2012, according to IRI's annual poll of the best-performing lines.

US: Dean Foods to close Oak Farms plant, cut 170 jobs

2 April 2013

US dairy giant Dean Foods has confirmed plans to close its Oak Farms plant in Louisiana, cutting around 170 jobs.

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