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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.


Editor's viewpoint: Upheaval in the US

Dean Best | 16 Feb 2015

It was a bumper week of 2014 financial results, particularly from the US, but a flurry of announcements - including some surprise admissions - from across the pond on Thursday perhaps best served to underline the challenges facing mainstream food manufacturers in the country.

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.

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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.


Hain Celestial buys remainder of poultry JV

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jul 2014

Hain Celestial has taken control of its Hain Pure Protein venture from partner Pegasus Capital Advisors in a US$40m deal.


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

Katy Askew | 12 May 2014

This week a swathe of quarterly results were accompanied by strategic announcements. Mondelez International said it is stepping up its work on margins and increasing its focus on snacks, separating its coffee business. Tyson Foods insisted it remains well-placed to pursue M&A in the US and internationally. And Hain Celestial updated us on the progress it has made following its recent acquisition spree.


Hain Celestial shares rise on sales, earnings

Katy Askew | 8 May 2014

Shares in Hain Celestial rose almost 7% in New York this morning (8 May), as the US natural and organic group booked an increase in sales and earnings.


Hain Celestial makes acquisition in gluten free

Katy Askew | 29 Apr 2014

Hain Celestial has agreed to acquire US organic and gluten-free bakery group Rudi's Organic Bakery from Charterhouse Equity Partners for US$61.3m.


Bernard Matthews poaches Hain Celestial UK CEO

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Apr 2014

Turkey firm Bernard Matthews has appointed Rob Burnett, the CEO of the UK arm of Hain Celestial, as its chief executive.


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Katy Askew | 10 Feb 2014

Wal-Mart, the world's largest retailer, caused a stir when it lowered its full-year forecasts this week due to pressure on US sales. Retail sales in the country have entered an upward trajectory and close competitor Target Corp has been hit by a data breach scandal - but Wal-Mart has apparently failed to capitalise. Likewise, Kellogg missed market expectations when it reported fourth-quarter numbers due to an accelerating decline in North American revenues. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

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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