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.
21 October 2013
Results continued to pour in last week and we heard from multinationals such as Nestle and Danone.
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.
17 October 2013
Italian chocolate maker Ferrero Group has insisted it has not received a takeover approach from Swiss food giant Nestle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
10 September 2013
Ferrero has opened a plant in Turkey to produce Kinder and Nutella products.
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.
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.
23 July 2013
Italian confectioner Ferrero has confirmed plans to enter Myanmar with the launch of two of its products.
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.
23 May 2013
Italian confectioner Ferrero has said it is looking at development opportunities in Cameroon.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
28 September 2012
Hershey's passage into India has proved anything but smooth but clearly the US confectionery giant is a believer in perseverance.
6 September 2012
Ferrero has decided to produce its Kinder Surprise brand in Russia to meet increasing local demand for the product.
27 July 2012
Confectionery giant Ferrero is considering producing Tic Tac mints in South Africa as it ups investment in the country.
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.
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.
13 June 2012
Kraft Foods has remained tight lipped over reports it is looking to launch its Swiss chocolate brand Toblerone in India.
10 April 2012
Investing in emerging markets carries risk but FMCG companies need to act faster to gain a presence in what will be the economic powerhouses of tomorrow. And for all the uncertainty over Western markets - or perhaps because of it - food manufacturers continue to eye countries from China to Chile with interest.
10 April 2012
A potential merger combining Symington's and Premier Foods plc's brands was a hot topic for analyst speculation this week. Elsewhere, Australian wholesaler Metcash CEO Andrew Reitzer remained optimistic despite announcing 470 job cuts.