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Challenges for General Mills with The Good Table

General Mills launched a "mealtime solution" brand, The Good Table, in the US last week, targeting the millennial consumer on the look-out f...

Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

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.

Focus: Can General Mills improve US retail sales?

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the group's largest revenue stream, this has weighed on the group's overall results and addressing these issues is a priority for the Cheerios maker. But are General Mills' product innovation and renovation plans enough to get the top line moving in the US? Katy Askew investigates.

Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

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.

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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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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.

Quotes of week - Just Mayo, Mengniu, VSI

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Aug 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 | 28 Aug 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.

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.

Industry news of week - Nomad Foods, Kellogg

Dean Best | 21 Aug 2015

Acquisitive Nomad Foods, which has snapped up one frozen food business in Europe and is set to buy another, this week confirmed it is eyeing possible deals in the sector in the US. Meanwhile, in emerging markets, Hershey is to go it alone in Brazil and Kellogg is to invest in R&D in India.

General Mills launches meals brand The Good Table

Katy Askew | 18 Aug 2015

General Mills has launched a dinner-focused brand, The Good Table, in the US.

Warren Buffett cools Kraft Heinz, Mondelez talk

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Warren Buffett today (10 August) appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Kraft Heinz Co. making a move for Mondelez International in the near term.

Supervalu to move Wild Harvest to cage-free eggs

Katy Askew | 6 Aug 2015

US retailer Supervalu has said that it plans to move its Wild Harvest private label brand to 100% cage-free eggs by the end of the year.

General Mills to close South Africa, Taiwan sites

Dean Best | 5 Aug 2015

General Mills' moves to review its production network is to take in markets outside the US, with plans to shut plants in South Africa and Taiwan.

General Mills' Annie's expands cookie range

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2015

General Mills' US unit Annie's Inc has added to its cookie range in the US.

Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 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.

Bonduelle "preparing bid for Green Giant"

Katy Askew | 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.

General Mills to close another two US plants

Dean Best | 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.

General Mills adds to Annie's Mac & Cheese range

Katy Askew | 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.

Food industry quotes of week: McCormick, Valio

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

Food industry news of week - ConAgra, JBS

Katy Askew | 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.

US performance weighs on General Mills

Katy Askew | 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”.

Kellogg eyes trends with product launches

Katy Askew | 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.

News of the week – Ferrero & Thorntons

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.

General Mills to cut artificial colours, flavours

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

General Mills has said it will remove artificial colours and flavours from its remaining cereal lines in the US.

ConAgra to engage with activist Jana

Katy Askew | 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.

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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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