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Why Heinz-Kraft merger could herald more deals

Dean Best | 30 Mar 2015

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet new consumer habits. There have already been signs some are turning to M&A - think of the sales of Bolthouse, of Annie's and even Krave jerky last month - and the Kraft/Heinz mega-merger suggests deal-making could accelerate.


Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat

Katy Askew | 10 Mar 2015

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.


Top 10 on-trend NPD at Natural Products Expo West

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Mar 2015

The Natural Products Expo West has become a key date in the US food industry calendar - and its significance has grown amid changes in consumer demand. Categories like free-from and organic are buoyant in the US and are attracting the attention of mainstream manufacturers searching for growth. In these ever-more competitive categories, innovation is vital and here is just-food's pick of the top ten on-trend products showcased at this year's event.


CAGNY: Hain CEO Simon sanguine about competition

Dean Best | 19 Feb 2015

Hain Celestial can deal with any increase in competition in the US natural and organic sector from the country's mainstream consumer packaged goods companies. That was the typically bullish message from Irwin Simon, Hain's founder and CEO, as he addressed the Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference this week.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview part one - Patrick Coveney

Michelle Russell | 22 Nov 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.


Alpro reaps rewards of portfolio expansion

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Alpro has had three owners in four years but one executive that has been at the company throughout is CEO Bernard Deryckere. He talks to Dean Best about the success Alpro, now owned by US firm WhiteWave Foods, has had with the recent expansion of its product portfolio.

Latest News

Ella's Kitchen targets older kids

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Aug 2015

Hain Celesial-owned Ella's Kitchen has announced the launch of a new range of snacks targeted at older children in the UK.


Hain Q4 profits, '16 outlook hit analyst estimates

Dean Best | 18 Aug 2015

Hain Celestial today (18 August) posted fourth-quarter earnings that met Wall Street forecasts, with the US group's outlook for its new financial year also within analyst estimates.


Lotus Bakeries buys 67% of Natural Balance

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based biscuit maker, has bought a majority stake in Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Lotus in "advanced talks to buy Natural Balance"

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Belgium-based biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.


Natural Balance Foods investors mulling options

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Natural Balance Foods has confirmed its shareholders are "considering options" for the business in the wake of speculation it has received takeover bids for the business.


Nakd sale "attracts Burton's, Hain, Kellogg"

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co., Kellogg and Hain Celestial have all declined to comment on media speculation they have submitted bids to acquire Natural Balance Foods, the maker of Nakd and Trek health food bars.


Hain Celestial buys plant-based food firm Mona

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Hain Celestial has announced the acquisition of plant-based food and beverages maker Mona, which operates facilities in Germany and Austria.


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.


Food industry news of week: Dr Oetker, Hain

Dean Best | 6 Mar 2015

This week, the spotlight on the relationships between suppliers and retailers turned to Australia, where a new code of conduct is to be set up. Meanwhile, Spain's anti-trust watchdog fined 11 dairy companies over alleged price collusion. A series of M&A deals this week included Dr Oetker's move for European frozen cake maker Coppenrath & Wiese. And our latest management briefing analysed the opportunities for packaged food manufacturers in the US foodservice market.


Food industry quotes of week: UB, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Mar 2015

A week of some small but notable M&A transactions included Hain Celestial's purchase of US fresh food group Empire Kosher Foods and the race for Egypt's Arab Dairy being won by investment fund Pioneers Holding. Elsewhere, our latest management briefing included a look at how packaged food groups in the US could tap into the country's food service channel.


Hain buys 100% of deli meats firm Empire

Katy Askew | 5 Mar 2015

US natural and organic food group Hain Celestial said it is expanding deli meat and fresh food offering by taking full control of Empire Kosher Poultry.


Food industry news of week: Enjoy Life, CAGNY

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2015

Mondelez International became the latest mainstream packaged food group to react to consumer trends in the US this week with a deal to buy free-from snacks maker Enjoy Life Foods. The acquisition came as many of the US industry giants were at the annual CAGNY investment conference in Florida to outline how they are trying to navigate the significant change in the sector.


CAGNY: Quote, unquote

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2015

The annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference in Florida is one of the key dates in the industry calendar in the US. And this year's event, held this week, could mark a watershed moment.


Food industry quotes of week: Tacon, Hain, Arla

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Feb 2015

This week, Tesco found itself in more deep water with the UK's grocery watchdog saying it suspects the UK supermarket has breached the code of practice governing dealings with suppliers. Elsewhere, Arla announced a joint venture in Australia which it hopes will multiply its business in the country significantly and Hain Celestial's CEO was upbeat about the US group's prospects.


Food industry news of week: Tesco, Fonterra, Mars

Dean Best | 6 Feb 2015

Tesco is to be the first UK retailer investigated for alleged breaches of the country's groceries code in the wake of its mis-statement of profits, it was announced this week. Elsewhere, a staff error led to Fonterra losing its licence to ship cheese to the US and Mars revealed it will close a chewing gum plant in Canada.


Hain Celestial cuts FY sales forecasts

Dean Best | 4 Feb 2015

Earth's Best baby food and Hartley's jam maker Hain Celestial today (4 February) lowered its forecast for annual net sales.


2014's most-read analysis on just-food

Dean Best | 16 Dec 2014

Our analysis of the key developments and trends in emerging markets - both within the countries and how local companies are eyeing expansion - attracted your attention in 2014.


Recall costs hit Hain Celestial earnings

Katy Askew | 6 Nov 2014

Hain Celestial has booked an increase in first-quarter sales and adjusted earnings but a butter nut recall weighed on the group's net result.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Aug 2014

This week, Russia eased off on its Western import ban, announcing a list of products it would allow into the country. Elsewhere, the takeover battle for Chiquita Brands International took a new twist when juice maker Cutrale Group called on the produce giant's shareholders to vote against its planned merger with Fyffes. Meanwhile, German food giant Dr Oetker struck a deal to buy McCain Foods' North American pizza business.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2014

Russia's food embargo still stands but this week it eased the ban to allow in some agricultural commodities to bolster its food production. The Chiquita takeover saga continued with bidders Cutrale Group and Safra Group appealing to the produce group's shareholders to vote against its merger with Fyffes. Elsewhere, we analysed the performance and outlook for Lindt & Sprungli and Hain Celestial, two companies enjoying robust growth.


Hain Celestial sees "record" FY sales

Katy Askew | 20 Aug 2014

Hain Celestial, the US food group, has booked an increase in full-year profits thanks to "record" sales in the period.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jul 2014

This week, Lindt & Sprungli announced it was stepping up its presence in the US with the acquisition of Russell Stover Candies. Hain Celestial bought the remaining share of the Hain Pure Protein joint venture and Grupo Bimbo revealed its plan to grow its presence in Ecuador with the acquisition of Supan. Elsewhere Mondelez announced it was splitting its cheese and grocery unit from the rest of the business. Here is the week in quotes.

Latest blogs

Hain Celestial highlights Earth's Best GMO-free status

Katy Askew | 2 Jun 2015

News that Abbott Laboratories launched a GMO-free version of its Similac infant formula caused quite a stir in the US over the past week. Not to be overlooked, Hain Celestial was quick to point out that it too offers an infant formula that is GMO-free under its Earth's Best Organic brand.


Hain Celestial CEO characteristically jovial

Katy Askew | 20 Aug 2014

Hain Celestial founder, president and CEO Irwin Simon is not one to maintain a stony face when discussing his company's performance. This morning's (20 August) conference call was no exception.

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