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Ferrero to begin hazelnut cultivation in SerbiaSERBIA: Ferrero invests in Serbian "centre for hazelnut production"

7 February 2014

Italian confectioner Ferrero Group is investing in hazelnut cultivation in Serbia in a bid to create a European "centre for hazelnut production" in the country.

NETHERLANDS: Greenpeace: Hershey must move beyond RSPO palm oil

20 December 2013

Greenpeace has insisted Hershey must advance its palm oil sourcing strategy and move away from supplies of the commodity certified by the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil.

Focus: Nestle likely to further streamline portfolio after Jenny Craig sale

8 November 2013

Nestle has announced a deal to sell-off the bulk of its Jenny Craig weight management business for an undisclosed sum. The move comes as the Swiss food giant looks to become a "more agile" organisation and it seems likely that further disposals could be on the horizon. Katy Askew reports.

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

21 October 2013

Results continued to pour in last week and we heard from multinationals such as Nestle and Danone.

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

21 October 2013

Last week saw a swathe of the industry's largest food companies updating their results. PepsiCo once again took a strong set of quarterly numbers as an opportunity to highlight the strengths of its strategy as a combined snacks and drinks business.

ITALY: Ferrero "categorically denies" Nestle takeover approach

17 October 2013

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero Group has insisted it has not received a takeover approach from Swiss food giant Nestle.

Consuming issues - Obama anti-obesity drive still moving

7 October 2013

Children's food advertising is no longer on the Obama policy agenda but the administration is still actively engaged on the issue, as last month's event at the White House demonstrates.

IRELAND: Mars sounds cocoa sustainability warning

30 September 2013

Confectionery and food giant Mars Inc has said the chocolate industry will be "under pressure" by 2020 if the issue of depleting cocoa supplies is not addressed.

MYANMAR: Nestle sets up local subsidiary

26 September 2013

Nestle has confirmed it has set up a subsidiary in Myanmar, an indication it could follow the likes of PepsiCo and Ferrero into the market.

US: Ferrero signs US industry ad pledge

20 September 2013

Ferrero has become the latest food company operating in the US to sign up to the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an industry self-regulatory programme on marketing to kids.

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

16 September 2013

Tesco finally drew a line under its failure in the US with a deal to offload its Fresh & Easy business to investment fund Yucaipa. The detail of the agreement, however, was a rather apt way to end the venture. UK rival Morrisons announced lower half-year sales and profits but a capex cut cheered the City. Elsewhere, we analysed New Zealand's attempt to restore the reputation of its dairy industry after the Fonterra botulism saga, while we interviewed the CEO of US gluten-free firm Boulder Brands.

TURKEY: Ferrero opens plant for Kinder, Nutella

10 September 2013

Ferrero has opened a plant in Turkey to produce Kinder and Nutella products.

FRANCE/GERMANY: France, Germany sign RSPO palm oil pledge

6 September 2013

All palm oil present in food products destined for France and Germany have to be sustainable by 2015, according to two new industry pledges.

GERMANY: Haribo marketing chief gets expanded role

1 August 2013

Confectionery giant Haribo has handed marketing director Felix Theato more responsibility as 90-year-old co-owner Dr. Hans Riegel recovers from medical treatment.

ASIA: Ferrero to enter Myanmar

23 July 2013

Italian confectioner Ferrero has confirmed plans to enter Myanmar with the launch of two of its products.

UK: Ferrero targets "after school" market with new Kinder bars

22 July 2013

Ferrero is targeting the kids "after school" market in the UK with the launch of a Kinder chocolate bar containing cereal pieces.

CAMEROON: Ferrero eyes Cameroon cocoa development

23 May 2013

Italian confectioner Ferrero has said it is looking at development opportunities in Cameroon.

Consuming issues - Cocoa's certification challenge

3 April 2013

Hershey's commitment to source 100% of its cocoa requirements from third-party-certified sources by 2020 has been broadly welcomed. However, what form that certification will take is unclear and is likely to remain so until the cocoa sector at large agrees sustainability standards and evolves the means to certify a huge amount of cocoa.

The just-food interview - Jonathan Hart, Thorntons

17 January 2013

UK confectioner Thorntons is undergoing something of a transformation. The chocolate and toffee producer, which has been hit hard by the consumer downturn, is midway through a strategic shift to close the bulk of its store network and focus on commercial sales. Since taking the helm in May 2011, Jonathan Hart has had a mountain to climb: rebalancing the portfolio while tackling weak consumer demand. Nonetheless, the chief executive tells Michelle Russell that the firm is now on the right road for its strategy re-think to deliver improved results.

FRANCE: National assembly commission rejects palm oil tax increase

23 November 2012

The French national assembly's social affairs commission has rejected a proposal to increase a special tax on palm oil from EUR100 (US$129) to EUR300 per tonne.

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

19 November 2012

The apparent end of US baker Hostess Brands grabbed the headlines last week after a nationwide strike prompted management to move to wind up the business. On a positive note, UK food manufacturers visited China to try to tap into the country's second-largest economy. Click on the headlines for more on our coverage of the major stories this week.

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

19 November 2012

Hostess Brands, one of the largest bakery groups in the US, last week moved to wound down the company, blaming striking workers. Elsewhere, Diamond Foods' CEO, once the boss of Hostess, insisted the Kettle Chips firm was heading in the right direction after a year of turmoil. In Europe, food giants insisted their move to harmonise nutrition labels would benefit consumers, while in the UK, exporters were urged to target China.

FRANCE: Ferrero defends palm oil use in newspaper ads

16 November 2012

Ferrero has today published a two-page ad in France's national press defending its use of palm oil in the recipe of its chocolate spread Nutella.

EU: Food majors sign GDA labels pledge

14 November 2012

Food manufacturers including Nestle, Mondelez International and Unilever have announced plans to "harmonise" the way they label the nutritional information for products sold in the EU.

BRICs and beyond: Hershey hopes for sweeter future in India

28 September 2012

Hershey's passage into India has proved anything but smooth but clearly the US confectionery giant is a believer in perseverance.

RUSSIA: Ferrero to start local Kinder Surprise production

6 September 2012

Ferrero has decided to produce its Kinder Surprise brand in Russia to meet increasing local demand for the product.

S AFRICA: Ferrero plans local Tic Tac production

27 July 2012

Confectionery giant Ferrero is considering producing Tic Tac mints in South Africa as it ups investment in the country.

BRICs and beyond: Kraft eyes taste of success in India with Toblerone launch

11 July 2012

US food giant Kraft Foods confirmed its much-speculated launch of Toblerone into India last week. Michelle Russell takes a look at why Kraft has introduced Toblerone into India, which brands it will compete against and the projected growth for the sector.

In the spotlight: Hershey's international ambition

29 June 2012

Hershey this week outlined what some saw as its clearest vision for international markets. The US confectioner still generates the bulk of its sales and profits overseas but wants to expand abroad. Can it succeed? Dean Best reports.

INDIA: Kraft coy over Toblerone launch talk

13 June 2012

Kraft Foods has remained tight lipped over reports it is looking to launch its Swiss chocolate brand Toblerone in India.

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