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Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant?

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...

Focus: Can General Mills improve US retail sales?

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the...

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.

Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

Ben Cooper | 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.

Has Yoplait adopted best strategy for China?

Katy Askew | 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?

It's tough but industry needs to act on water

Dean Best | 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.

Latest Interviews

"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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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.

Food industry news of week: Yoplait, Maggi

Dean Best | 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.

General Mills axes Nibblr

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2015

General Mills has axed Nibblr, its subscription snack service that was launched 18 months ago.

Yoplait launched in China

Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2015

General Mills today (8 June) announced the launch of the Yoplait yoghurt brand in China.

RSPO palm oil standards get industry criticism

Dean Best | 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.

General Mills launches Greek yoghurt in Australia

Hannah Abdulla | 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".

Food industry quotes of week: Dean Foods, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

General Mills cuts Yoplait sugar by 25%

Katy Askew | 5 May 2015

General Mills has announced plans to cut the level of sugar in its original Yoplait yoghurt in the US by 25%.

General Mills to expand production at US site

Dean Best | 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.

Nature Valley gets gluten-free push in US

Dean Best | 27 Apr 2015

General Mills has sought to add gluten-free credentials to its Nature Valley snack bar brand in the US.

IRI Product Pacesetters 2014: the top 10

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Apr 2015

Kraft Foods Lunchables Uploaded has topped IRI's poll of the top NPD launches in the US during 2014.

Kraft's Lunchables Uploaded tops IRI NPD poll

Hannah Abdulla | 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.

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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