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2016 preview - the outlook for the BRICs, part two

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in...

How brands are eyeing their own retail presence

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the on...

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jan 2016

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in store for the packaged food industry over 2016.

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2015

Italian confectioner Ferrero has made a surprise move for UK chocolate maker and retailer Thorntons. One cannot ignore the fact Thorntons has had some challenges, not least in recent quarters with sales to UK multiples under pressure. What could be behind Ferrero's decision? Hannah Abdulla explores.

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.

Ben Cooper | 22 Jun 2015

In the fifth part of just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing, Ben Cooper examines how consumer demand for certified sustainable cocoa has fostered corporate action to improve the living standards of their agricultural suppliers and make their raw material supply chains more sustainable.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 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.

Dean Best | 31 Jan 2011

Ferrero, the Italy-based confectionery giant, first entered the UK back in 1966 and has steadily built a business generating GBP200m sales a year. However, under local managing director Christian Walter, the group is planning an offensive on this side of the English Channel. For this month's just-food interview, Dean Best met Walter to discuss Ferrero's plans.

Latest News

Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.

Dean Best | 8 Mar 2016

Greenpeace has insisted there is "a considerable amount of work to be done" before consumer goods companies can say no deforestation takes place in their supply chains in a report critical of FMCG giants including PepsiCo.

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jan 2016

Ferrero is to invest at its plant in Brussels, a move expected to create 50 new jobs.

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Oct 2015

Ferrero has confirmed it is ramping up production at its  facility in India.

Dean Best | 16 Oct 2015

Ferrero expects to add up to 700 jobs at its manufacturing site in Hangzhou in south-eastern China.

Stuart Todd | 6 Jul 2015

French retailer E.Leclerc is to contest a decision by the Paris Appeal Court ordering it to reimburse EUR61.3m to 48 of its suppliers.

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jul 2015

Ferrero has launched its Tic Tac Mixers product in the UK.

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jun 2015

This week, members of The Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ferrero made a bid to acquire UK confectioner Thorntons. Nestle appointed a new CFO to replace Wan Ling Martello and First Milk chairman, Sir Jim Paice, resigned. Here is the week in quotes.

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

This week has been bumper for food sector M&A. Ferrero announced that it is gobbling up UK chocolate maker Thorntons. JBS is taking control of Moy Park from heavily indebted Brazilian meat group Marfrig. Grupo Bimbo also announced it has purchased parts of Spanish baker Panrico. Meanwhile, in the world of retail, Delhaize and Ahold revealed plans to combine. Here is just-food's top news and insight coverage from this week.

Katy Askew | 22 Jun 2015

Italian confectioner Ferrero has launched a takeover bid to buy UK chocolate group Thorntons, in a deal valuing the business at just under GBP112m.

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.

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Jun 2015

Hershey today (19 June) announced plans to cut 300 jobs as part of fresh efforts to improve productivity and make the company "more flexible". It also cut its 2015 sales forecast for the second time this year - and its earnings guidance for the first time - amid continued challenges in China. Elsewhere this week, we kicked off our latest management briefing, which look at the sustainability of agricultural supply chains. And Ferrero found itself under fire from a French government minister, who claimed the way the company sourced ingredients for Nutella was hurting the environment.

Stuart Todd | 18 Jun 2015

Ferrero has taken a small French company, Noiseraie Productions, to court over one of its products, Nuté+, an organic palm oil-free chocolate spread, claiming its name contravenes fair competition.

Stuart Todd | 17 Jun 2015

France's environment minister, Ségolène Royal, has appealed to consumers to stop eating Nutella to help protect the Earth's eco-systems.

Dean Best | 19 May 2015

Ferrero has launched a Tic Tac mint in the US that changes flavour in the mouth.

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Mar 2015

Ferrero has reported a 14% increase in annual pre-tax profits after sales were lifted by good performance of its Kinder range globally.

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

We spoke to Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan this week to discuss the takeover talk surrounding the UK meat-free business and his plans for 2015. Elsewhere, Russia admitted it could ease its ban on food imports from the EU, while it was revealed in New Zealand there had been threats to poison infant formula.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Mar 2015

Confectionery giant Ferrero has indicated it is set to build a plant in China.

Dean Best | 27 Feb 2015

Ferrero and Spain-based olive oil group Deoleo have seen products delisted by Dutch retailer Jumbo Supermarkten following a dispute over price.

Dean Best | 25 Feb 2015

Croatia-based food and beverage company Atlantic Grupa saw sales and profits rise in 2014, with its top line helped in part by a deal to distribute Unilever products in regional markets.

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Feb 2015

This week, Danone reported its full year numbers with a rise in organic sales but lower earnings on a reported basis. Elsewhere Mondelez acquired free-from snack maker Enjoy Life. The Consumer Analyst Group of New York also took place and featured presentations from Kellogg, PepsiCo and Mead Johnson. Here is the week in quotes

Katy Askew | 16 Feb 2015

Michele Ferrero, owner of Italian confectioner Ferrero, died at his home in Monaco on Saturday (14 February) at the age of 89.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 18 Feb 2015

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.

Michelle Russell | 3 Sep 2013

Unilever and Ferrero have become the latest firms to come under fire for launching controversial advertising campaigns.

Company research

Ferrero SpA in Packaged Food (Italy)

Ferrero SpA in Packaged Food (Italy)

Ferrero is committed to the sustainable sourcing of its hazelnuts and palm oil, the two main raw materials used in the manufacture of its core product, the chocolate based spreads brand Nutella....

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Ferrero Deutschland GmbH in Packaged Food (Germany)

Ferrero Deutschland GmbH in Packaged Food (Germany)

Ferrero Deutschland GmbH is not expected to make significant changes regarding its strategic direction over the forecast period, as the current approach shows very positive results....

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Ferrero Group in Packaged Food (World)

Ferrero Group in Packaged Food (World)

Ferrero has performed well with its core brands. Although the company is perhaps still too focussed on Western Europe, it has made gains in fast developing markets such as Brazil and China. An area of...

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