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just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo East 2015

The natural products sector has waived in a seismic shift in the mainstream shopping habits of American consumers. This has attracted the at...

B&G Foods' plan to breathe life into Green Giant

The speculation over Green Giant was this week confirmed with US group B&G Foods announcing it had struck a deal to buy the the canned and f...

Challenges for General Mills with The Good Table

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Aug 2015

General Mills launched a "mealtime solution" brand, The Good Table, in the US last week, targeting the millennial consumer on the look-out for less processed, cleaner foods. However, there is a perception among some of those consumers that Big Food is not the place to turn for such products. How likely is this brand from a major US company to succeed? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Why investors are concerned about water risk

Ben Cooper | 27 Aug 2015

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water risk in their own operations and in their supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy?

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 26 Aug 2015

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal for much of Findus Group's assets. The UK-listed company is eyeing opportunities in the US. Stefan Kirk, just-food's M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, puts forward some possible targets for Nomad.

Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant?

Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2015

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green Giant and Bonduelle's existing business is a natural one and the move would significantly step up the French group's presence in North America. However, Green Giant has seen lacklustre sales and its market share decline. Would Bonduelle move for a turnaround story? Katy Askew investigates.

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"Transparency" vital in popcorn's growth

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2014

Americans consume 16bn quarts of popcorn annually, with 70% of popcorn eaten at home. Capturing a share of this is all about keeping it simple and being honest with consumers, Angie Bastian, co-founder of popcorn firm Angie's Artisan Treats tells just-food's Hannah Abdulla.

SIAL 2014: Greek yoghurt firm Fage targets Europe

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2014

Greek dairy manufacturer Fage is eyeing growth in Europe as the Greek yoghurt craze in the US loses steam. Katy Askew caught up with the company at the SIAL exhibition in Paris to find out more.

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Hershey joins PFS to support African development

Katy Askew | 5 Oct 2015

Hershey has signed-up to non-profit organisation Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) to support efforts to strengthen Africa's food system. 

Industry news of week - Quorn, Mondelez, Kellogg

Dean Best | 2 Oct 2015

Quorn Foods' sale to Monde Nissin was the stand-out story this week got you clicking. News of a potential transaction also caught your interest, with speculation Mondelez International may be looking to offload its European cheese and grocery business.

Rhodes Food Group buys Gen Mills S African unit

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

Rhodes Food Group will acquire a General Mills South African unit that supplies frozen and dry-mix bakery products to the convenience sector.

US food CEOs call for action on climate change

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

The CEOs of some of the US's largest food companies - including Mars Inc, General Mills and Kellogg – have called on world leaders to forge "robust international agreements" on climate change at upcoming intergovernmental talks on the issue in Paris. 

Green Giant sale to hit General Mills jobs in US

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2015

Jobs at a General Mills plant in the US are to be affected once B&G Foods buys the group's Green Giant business.

General Mills launches Progresso stocks

Katy Askew | 30 Sep 2015

General Mills is launching a line of "premium" cooking stocks under its Progresso brand in the US.

General Mills confirms closure of Chicago site

Dean Best | 28 Sep 2015

General Mills has said it will shut a plant in west Chicago, affecting around 500 jobs.

Food industry quotes of the week

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell was this week sentenced to 28 years in jail over a fatal salmonella outbreak in the US seven years ago, prompting debate over how different outbreaks are viewed. In Russia, the country's deputy PM said Moscow would ban the use of GMOs in food production. And ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly explained the company's approach to its brands after seeing some progress in recent weeks.

Food industry quotes of the week - Kellogg, KitKat

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Sep 2015

This week, Kellogg announced plans to increase its exposure in Africa through a joint-venture with local player, Tolaram Foods. Elsewhere, Tyson Foods was once again in the spotlight over animal abuse allegations. Nestle lost its battle to trademark its KitKat product in the European Court of Justice Midamar pleaded guilty to allegations it mislabeled products for export as halal.

General Mills launches organic soup line

Katy Askew | 16 Sep 2015

General Mill's natural food business Annie's is launching a line of certified organic soups.

Quotes of week - Mondelez, Nomad Foods, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

This week, the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference took place in Boston with presentations from Mondelez International and Tyson Foods. Nomad Foods also presented and indicated plans to focus on cost-cutting with funds re-invested in the business for growth. Elsewhere, Flowers Foods announced its second acquisition in under a month in organic bread and McCormick & Co. pledged to increase the number of organic and Non-GMO products it sells in the US over the next year. Here is the week in quotes. 

General Mills pulls gluten-free Chex Oatmeal in US

Hannah Abdulla | 8 Sep 2015

General Mills is to stop selling gluten-free Chex Oatmeal in the US after sales missed expectations.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Quotes of the week - Green Giant; Arla in Africa

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.

B&G to acquire Green Giant from General Mills

Katy Askew | 3 Sep 2015

US group B&G Foods is entering the frozen food category through the acquisition of the Green Giant and Le Sueur brands from General Mills for around US$765m in cash.

Hershey to sell Ice Breakers through Amazon Dash

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Hershey has become the latest FMCG company to look to sell a brand through Amazon Dash, the e-commerce giant's at-the-touch-of-a-button re-ordering service in the US.

General Mills confirms greenhouse gas goal

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

General Mills, the Cheerios-to-Yoplait maker, has finalised a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain.

Quotes of week - Just Mayo, Mengniu, VSI

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Sep 2015

US egg-free spread Just Mayo hit the headlines this week after the country's food watchdog said it had broken labelling rules. Among a number of M&A deals, European nutrition bar maker VSI was sold to US group Hearthside Food Solutions and Mengniu Dairy, one of China's largest dairy processors, insisted the prospects for the sector in the country remained strong.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Just Mayo

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

A deal for Green Giant could be nearing with claims US group B&G Foods is in advanced talks to buy the business from General Mills. Elsewhere, eight companies have expressed interest in Australia's Brownes Dairy, while one sale that was announced this week was the acquisition of European snack bar maker VSI by US co-packer Hearthside Food Solutions. And one story that caught your attention was upstart US egg-free mayo maker Just Mayo coming under fire from the country's food watchdog.

B&G Foods "front-runner for Green Giant"

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Aug 2015

US group B&G Foods is reportedly in advanced talks to buy General Mills' Green Giant frozen and canned vegetable business.

General Mills to work on artificial ingredients

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2015

General Mills is targeting the removal of artificial flavours and colours from its fruit-flavoured snacks on sale in the US by the end of 2017.

General Mills granted stay in PHO lawsuit

Katy Askew | 21 Aug 2015

A federal judge in California agreed to stay a class action lawsuit over General Mills' use of partially hydrogenated oils (PHOs) until the US Food and Drug Administration decides whether its recent ban on the synthetic ingredient leaves room for its use as an additive in food products.

Latest blogs

UK Labour "plans junk food ad watershed"

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jan 2015

There is speculation in the UK the Labour Party is planning a 9pm watershed on junk food advertising if it wins power at the country's General Election in May.

Nestle gluten-free cereal gets prime shelf-space

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Nov 2014

Nestle has secured prime-shelf space in the UK for its gluten-free cereal appeasing a growing army of gluten-free dieters.

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