With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green G...
General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the...
| 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.
| 17 Jun 2015
A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.
| 12 Jun 2015
The move from General Mills and Sodiaal to expand Yoplait into China is a significant step for the yoghurt brand. The potential of the Chinese yoghurt market and its growth profile makes it a tempting prize for any yoghurt manufacturer. But, Katy Askew asks, have General Mills and Sodiaal taken the best route to expansion in the market?
| 14 May 2015
California is, in its own words, "facing one of the most severe droughts on record" and food and beverage companies are under scrutiny. The situation has served to bring a serious issue facing the industry to wider attention - and that may spark more companies into action in an area where environmental advocates say its record is mixed.
| 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.
| 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.
| 24 Jul 2015
The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.
| 21 Jul 2015
French vegetable processor Bonduelle is said to be preparing a takeover bid for General Mills' frozen and canned vegetable business Green Giant, in conjunction with private equity group Centerview Partners.
| 16 Jul 2015
General Mills today (16 July) announced plans to close two more plants in the US, the latest consequences of the Cheerios owner's review of its manufacturing network in North America.
| 10 Jul 2015
General Mills-owned natural and organic food group Annie's has expanded its range with the addition of five macaroni & cheese varieties.
| 3 Jul 2015
This week, McCormick & Co. highlighted China as a strength in its first half numbers. Valio made a commitment to halve sugar in its dairy snacks and the Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving global food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ebro Foods acquired French sandwich maker Roland Monterrat. Here is the week in quotes.
| 3 Jul 2015
ConAgra said that it will sell its private brands business after reporting losses. We asked whether General Mills' plans to turn around US sales will work and took a detailed look at what Grexit would mean for the food industry in Greece. Here are this week's highlights on just-food.
| 1 Jul 2015
General Mills has conceded that the performance of its US brands weighed on full-year sales and earnings in a 12 month period that the company described as “mixed”.
| 30 Jun 2015
US cereal group Kellogg aims to tap into what it said were the "hottest trends" in the US with the launch of more than 40 products.
| 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.
| 23 Jun 2015
General Mills has said it will remove artificial colours and flavours from its remaining cereal lines in the US.
| 19 Jun 2015
ConAgra Foods said that it is “looking forward” to engaging with Jana Partners after the activist investment vehicle disclosed a 7.2% stake in the food group.
| 12 Jun 2015
General Mills has taken the plunge in China's yoghurt market, this week launching Yoplait in Shanghai. The row over Nestle's Maggi noodles in India continued, with the food giant contesting the nationwide ban in court. And there were a flurry of stories in the US - Campbell Soup Co. and WhiteWave Foods snapped up smaller businesses, while Boulder Brands announced its co-founder and CEO Steve Hughes had resigned.
| 10 Jun 2015
General Mills has axed Nibblr, its subscription snack service that was launched 18 months ago.
| 8 Jun 2015
General Mills today (8 June) announced the launch of the Yoplait yoghurt brand in China.
| 1 Jun 2015
Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.
| 21 May 2015
General Mills has launched a Greek yoghurt and fruit snack to respond to the growing trend of Australians seeking "tasty and nutritious treats".
| 11 May 2015
This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.
| 5 May 2015
General Mills has announced plans to cut the level of sugar in its original Yoplait yoghurt in the US by 25%.
| 29 Apr 2015
General Mills, which has announced plans to close a number of plants in North America in recent months, is to expand production at a site in the US.
| 27 Apr 2015
General Mills has sought to add gluten-free credentials to its Nature Valley snack bar brand in the US.
| 23 Apr 2015
Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.
| 22 Apr 2015
Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded product has been named as the best-selling new food and beverage line in the US during 2014, according to an annual poll by IRI.
| 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.
| 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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