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Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

Imminent Hostess Brands sale would be surprise

The private-equity owners of Hostess Brands are, according to reports, mulling a sale, just a year after buying the US snacks business. Ther...

Focus: Mexico's obesity fight turns to advertising

Paula Krizanovic | 4 Aug 2014

Mexico is a country battling diet-related health problems. The nation's diabetes right is the highest among the members of the OECD. Last year, legislation was passed for a tax on high-calorie foods. Now, food manufacturers operating in Mexico have had restrictions placed on their advertising. Paula Krizanovic reports.

On the money: Bimbo forecasts US volume recovery

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2014

Bakery giant Grupo Bimbo, after seeing underlying sales volumes in the US come under pressure during the first six months of the year, has predicted improvement in the second half.

Focus: Canada Bread boosts Bimbo's global profile

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2014

Grupo Bimbo's acquisition of Canada Bread builds on a number of recent deals aimed at strengthening the Mexican baker's hand in North America, consolidates the group's position as the world's largest baked goods provider and increases its exposure to higher margin premium branded sales. Katy Askew reports.

Flowers confident on cakes ahead of Hostess return

Michelle Russell | 17 May 2013

US baker Flowers Foods has said it is "confident" its snack cake business will continue to thrive even as the new-look Hostess Brands returns to the market, with products including Twinkies.

Latest Interviews

just the answer: Barry Callebaut

Michelle Russell | 31 Jan 2013

Since selling its consumer units over the last few years, business-to-business chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has been treading a new path focused on its "core" business with industrial and artisanal customers. Michelle Russell caught up with Barry Callebaut marketing director for Western Europe, Sofie De Lathouwer at this year's ISM confectionery show in Cologne to find out more about its strategy for growth.

The just-food interview - Barry Callebaut

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2012

As the world's largest business-to-business cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, Barry Callebaut is at the forefront of innovation in the sector. In this month's just-food interview, R&D chief Hans Vriens spoke to Dean Best on the future of the chocolate market.

Latest News

Bimbo launches Minions cake range

Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2015

Grupo Bimbo is launching a Minions-themed cake range in Iberia. 

Grupo Bimbo reports 9M profit jump

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Oct 2015

Mexican bakery group Grupo Bimbo has reported a jump in profits for the first nine months of the year.

Bimbo revives Bony cake in Spain

Katy Askew | 18 Sep 2015

Mexican baker Grupo Bimbo has revealed that its Bony branded cake will return to the Spanish market after a social media campaign - #VuelveBony – was launched this summer.

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. 

Grupo Bimbo sets out "responsible" palm oil plan

Dean Best | 11 Sep 2015

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based bakery giant, has outlined fresh plans to source palm oil "responsibly".

Bimbo's New York Bakery Co. UK pretzel launch

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Sep 2015

Grupo Bimbo is adding a pretzel range to its New York Bakery Co. portfolio in the UK.

Food industry quotes of week: Unilever, Campbell

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Unilever was among the companies issuing second-quarter results this week - and, after a period of higher food revenues, said it is making targeted efforts to grow the business. Elsewhere Hain Celestial acquired Europe plant-based food and beverage maker Mona Group. just-food also interviewed Seabrook Crisps CEO Jonathan Bye about the management buy-out at the UK crisp firm and to US start-up Flapjacked's co-founder David Bacon about its ambitions.

Bimbo predicts 70% Europe sales jump post-Panrico

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jul 2015

Mexican baker Grupo Bimbo is banking on last month's acquisition of a clutch of assets from Spanish bakery group Panrico to propel its growth in Europe over the next three years.

Bimbo acquires Canada's Italian Home Bakery

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jul 2015

Grupo Bimbo has acquired Canadian bakery group Italian Home Bakery, the Mexican giant's latest purchase in the market.

Bimbo reports rise in H1 sales, earnings

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 2015

Mexico-based bakery giant Grupo Bimbo has reported an increase in half-year sales and earnings.

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.

Bimbo confirms deal for Panrico

Dean Best | 22 Jun 2015

Grupo Bimbo today (22 June) confirmed it has struck an agreement to buy parts of Spanish bakery company Panrico.

Bimbo "to buy Spanish baker Panrico"

Dean Best | 22 Jun 2015

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo has reportedly struck a deal to buy Spanish company Panrico.

Bimbo expands operations at US plant

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

Mexican bakery group, Grupo Bimbo, has announced a US$9.3m investment to expand operations at its plant in Orangeburg, South Carolina.

Food industry news of week: Applegate, Bel

Dean Best | 29 May 2015

Hormel Foods' latest move to inject more growth into its business - a move for US organic meats firm Applegate Farms - grabbed the headlines this week. In Europe, France's Groupe Bel struck a deal in Africa and is to take a majority stake in Moroccan dairy Safilait.

Bimbo opens Spanish bakery

Katy Askew | 27 May 2015

Grupo Bimbo has opened a new EUR50m (US$54.6) bakery in Azuqueca de Henares (Guadalajara), Spain.

Bimbo launches wholegrain options in US

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

Grupo Bimbo's US arm has announced the nationwide launch of whole grain breads under its Nature's Harvest brand.

Grupo Bimbo sales, earnings rise

Katy Askew | 27 Apr 2015

Mexican baker Grupo Bimbo booked higher first-quarter sales and earnings on the back of broad-based regional expansion and improved margins.

New York Bakery Co. launches thin bagels in UK

Dean Best | 21 Apr 2015

Grupo Bimbo's UK-based brand The New York Bakery Co. is launching a range of thinner bagels to tap into growing demand for what it called "sandwich alternatives".

Bimbo launches Healthfull bread line across US

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2015

Grupo Bimbo is rolling out Healthfull whole grain bread across the US.

Bimbo launches Takis snack brand in Spain

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2015

Grupo Bimbo has introduced spicy snacks brand Takis into the Spanish market.

Food industry news of week: Kraft-Heinz, Senagral

Dean Best | 27 Mar 2015

One story dominated the headlines this week - the plans by Heinz and Kraft Foods Group to join forces and create the world's fifth-largest food and drinks group. Elsewhere, French co-ops Agrial and Eurial said their plans to combine their dairy businesses had been put on hold. There was also sad news from the French food sector with news of a fatal explosion at desserts firm Senagral.

Latest blogs

Profits up, sales down at Canada Bread ahead of Grupo Bimbo sale

Hannah Abdulla | 2 May 2014

Ahead of its sale to Mexican bakery firm Grupo Bimbo, Canada Bread has reported a rise in profits for its first quarter of 2014, although sales came under pressire.

Scepticism over rumours linking Bimbo to Hovis

Dean Best | 11 Sep 2013

Premier Foods' shares were buoyed last week by talk Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo could be interested in the UK firm's Hovis unit. But not everyone in the City thinks a move from Mexico could be in the offing.

Company research

Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. (BIMBO) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Grupo Bimbo, S.A.B. de C.V. (BIMBOA) - Financial and Strategic SWOT Analysis Review

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Grupo Bimbo SAB de CV in Packaged Food (World)

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Grupo Bimbo continues its global expansion policy, as the world’s second largest bakery company and primary bread producer. Bimbo is now active in Latin and North America, Iberia and China, mainly in...

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