17 April 2014
Food manufacturers seem to be willing to take more risks on NPD, which is encouraging after seeing years of caution and focus on nostalgia or new packaging formats. However, for those operating in struggling categories, innovation may not solve the dilemma of how to reignite growth.
17 April 2014
General Mills has become the latest US food manufacturer to develop a product designed to be cooked with a Keurig coffee machine.
24 March 2014
just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.
21 March 2014
Danone believes it is well positioned in the competitive US yoghurt sector because it is the "only" company capable of meeting its customers' needs across Greek and traditional products, co-chief operating officer Emmanuel Faber has argued.
19 March 2014
General Mills today (19 March) confirmed a fall in underlying profits in its third quarter, with the Yoplait yoghurt and Old El Paso meal kits maker pointing to pressure on sales in the US.
14 March 2014
General Mills has warned third-quarter earnings are likely to miss market expectations as sales volumes declined 1% in the period.
13 March 2014
Chobani is the leading US manufacturer in the lucrative, high-growth Greek yoghurt sector. But with rising competition from the larger dairy majors - and Chobani's own growth aspirations globally - the company could well be wise to consider ways to secure a cash injection, Katy Askew suggests.
12 March 2014
Greek yoghurt products from Danone and General Mills were the best-selling new lines in the US food and beverage sectors, according to an annual poll from IRI.
11 March 2014
Privately-owned US yoghurt firm Chobani has reportedly approached trade buyers and private-equity firms over the possible sale of a minority stake in the company.
5 March 2014
General Mills has introduced a range of Green Giant vegetable purees in the US in a bid to get more Americans to introduce vegetables into their diets.
28 February 2014
Growing demand for dairy in the Middle East, the progress made by and prospects for stevia and the UK kosher food market feature in this week's research round-up.
25 February 2014
General Mills, the controlling shareholder of yoghurt business Yoplait, has started building a yoghurt plant in China.
24 February 2014
This week, the annual CAGNY investment conference took place in the US, with leading FMCG companies discussing their strategy and outlook for their businesses. One of those, PepsiCo, found itself in the spotlight again after activist investor Nelson Peltz called - not for the first time - for the group to split in two. Elsewhere, US beef jerky firm Jack Link's snapped up Unilever's meat snacks arm and Ian McLeod, the MD of Coles, said he would step down after a successful five years at Australia's number two grocer.
18 February 2014
General Mills has insisted it has the right strategy in place to improve the performance of its brands in the US market, where sales have come under pressure in key categories such as cereal and yoghurt.
7 February 2014
How to develop products for ageing populations in North America and Europe, how to spot NPD opportunities in more indulgent food categories and spotlights on Heinz and Danone are featured in this week's selection of research from the just-food store.
30 January 2014
Having witnessed an unprecedented level of discussion in the US over the past year or so, the labelling of genetically modified foods is set to become an even more hotly and frequently debated subject stateside in the coming year. Ben Cooper reports.
30 January 2014
Resource shortage and an understanding that "good business is good business" mean that the discourse around sustainability issues have entered the mainstream and will continue to demand the spotlight in 2014. Ben Cooper examines the key themes likely to emerge in the coming year.
28 January 2014
General Mills intends to capitalise on the growing demand for high-protein, high-fibre foods with the launch of Fiber One Protein.
17 January 2014
Non-GMO Grape-Nuts Original cereal will be available in US stores this month, Post Holdings has revealed.
6 January 2014
Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.
6 January 2014
Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.
3 January 2014
General Mills has implemented a number of changes in how it sources ingredients to make its Original Cheerios cereal classified as GM-free.
23 December 2013
Tesco and Hershey grabbed the headlines in the last full week before Christmas with potential moves to bolster their businesses in India and China respectively. Beijing, meanwhile, has announced plans to investigate the price of agricultural commodities to try to encourage stability in prices. Horsemeat hit the news again with arrests in France over claims horses tested on in labs have entered the food chain.
23 December 2013
Despite its recent struggles at home and abroad, Tesco this week indicated it had ambitions for growth with its application to run multi-brand outlets in India. Over in China, Hershey sought to further build its business with a deal to buy 80% of local confectioner Shanghai Golden Monkey. And horsemeat returned to the headlines with arrests in France after horses tested on in labs allegedly entered the country's food chain.
20 December 2013
General Mills is considering whether to convert part of the space at a facility in Iowa to production.
19 December 2013
Our discussion of Whole Foods' battle to see off newly-listed rivals Sprouts Farmers Market and Fairway, Unilever's ongoing moves to rationalise its portfolio, the impact Chinese demand was having on global infant formula supplies and the continued M&A in the sector were among the most popular analysis articles on just-food this year.
18 December 2013
US food group General Mills saw its shares fall today (18 December) after the Yoplait owner booked second-quarter earnings that were below Wall Street forecasts.
10 December 2013
Chobani has added to its range in the US with the launch of a 100-calorie Greek yoghurt.
10 December 2013
Chobani has decided to advertise during the Super Bowl for the first time as part of efforts to stave off increasing competition in the Greek yoghurt sector in the US.
4 December 2013
General Mills' Yoplait yoghurt business plans to launch its Liberté brand in France under a different name - Yopa - next year.