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Unilever is rumoured to be looking for a buyer for RaguUS: Hormel, Hillshire linked to Unilever's Ragu

25 March 2014

Speculation is mounting over the potential suitors for Unilever's Ragu brand, with the likes of Hormel Foods and Hillshire Brands touted as would-be acquirers alongside Post Holdings and Mizkan.

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

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

GERMANY: Lidl boss quits, group cites "irreconcilable" views

20 March 2014

Lidl has announced the resignation of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland citing "irreconcilable views".

UK: Heinz launches chilli sauce range

17 March 2014

Heinz is launching a new range of Heinz Thick Chilli Sauce products in the UK.

UK: Heinz launches Amoy meal kits

10 March 2014

Heinz is launching a range of Amoy Asian meal kits in the UK.

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

6 March 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

UK/NETHERLANDS: Unilever silent over Ragu disposal claims

3 March 2014

Unilever has refused to comment on reports it is looking to sell off its Ragu pasta sauce brand.

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

3 March 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

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

3 March 2014

Tesco this week outlined plans for a fresh offensive to try to revitalise UK sales. Meanwhile, The Co-operative Group, which has faced its own issues in recent months, announced it was considering the sale of its farm business as CEO Euan Sutherland looks to reshape the mutual. In the US, PepsiCo once again reiterated it is not keen on splitting the company in two, while Hershey, Mars and Nestle breathed a sigh of relief after the price-fixing case it was tied up in was kicked out of court. Here is the week in quotes.

just-food's research round-up: dairy in the Gulf, stevia, kosher in the UK

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.

EUROPE: Heinz to close two plants

26 February 2014

Heinz has announced plans to close two plants in Europe as the US food giant continues to restructure its business after last year's sale to 3G Capital and Berkshire Hathaway.

just-food's research round-up: sports nutrition in Europe, dairy food in China

21 February 2014

The European market for sports nutrition, the development of the dairy foods sector in China and outlook for own label are featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

UK: Peter's launches Heinz Big pies and pasties

17 February 2014

UK group Peter's Food Service will extend the range of Heinz branded products it produces under licence to include Heinz Big on-the-go pies and pasties.

just-food's research round-up: targeting ageing consumers, snacks in the US, spotlight on Heinz

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.

just-food's 2014 outlook: M&A activity, valuations on upward journey

30 January 2014

Last year surprised commentators with the relatively subdued levels of M&A in the food sector. While 2013 did include the largest ever food industry deal by value - the move to take Heinz private - the number of transactions completed came in somewhat below the expectations of M&A advisers. 2014, we are told, is likely to be a different story as deals work their way through the sector's pipelines and valuations continue their upward march. Katy Askew reports.

US: Heinz Leamington tomato growers to get $1.8m payout

28 January 2014

H.J Heinz Co. has announced it will compensate 43 tomato growers that supplied its Leamington plant following last year's announcement of the plant's closure.

just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

6 January 2014

M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.

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

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.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read comment

19 December 2013

just-food's team of journalists and columnists took on a range of issues in 2013 - and their views on subjects including Tesco's moves to revitalise its UK business, the speculation of a possible merger between PepsiCo and Mondelez International, the GM debate and the outlook for Heinz under new owners won your attention.

FRANCE: Heinz launches frozen sauces

3 December 2013

Heinz has launched a range of frozen sauces in France under its namesake and Bénédicta brands.

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

25 November 2013

Canadian pension fund Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan made another investment in the UK with the acquisition of Burton's Biscuit Co. In Australia, grocery retailing giants Woolworths and Coles signed up to a code of conduct governing their relationship with suppliers. And we ran our latest just-food interview, with Patrick Coveney, CEO of private-label convenience food group Greencore.

GLOBAL: Nestle, Heinz to work on "responsible" plant-based plastics

19 November 2013

Nestle, Danone and Heinz are among a number of FMCG companies that have pledged to work on the "responsible" development of plant-based plastics.

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

18 November 2013

All three bidders for Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory tabled revised offers this week - with the takeover target still backing Canada's Saputo. Meanwhile, Mexican food group Sigma has made a move for Spanish meats firm Campofrio. And our latest just-food interview saw Orkla CEO Age Korsvold talk about the Nordic group's plans for FMCG.

US: Heinz cuts continue with three plants facing axe

15 November 2013

Heinz is to close three plants in North America as the changes at the ketchup giant continue under its new private-equity owners.

Comment: All eyes on Saputo as Bega shows hand on WCB

14 November 2013

Two of the bidders for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory have this week made fresh offers for the Australian dairy. The focus now moves to the third suitor - Canadian dairy giant Saputo, which has long coveted an entry into the market and is eyeing the business as a way into Asia.

just-food's research round-up: baby food, dairy in Australia, confectionery in the UK

18 October 2013

This week's selection of key industry intelligence available in the just-food store includes global baby food prospects, dairy in Australia, and sugar confectionery in the UK.

US: Heinz insider traders reach US$5m settlement

11 October 2013

Two Brazilian brothers have agreed to pay almost US$5m to settle allegations that they were responsible for "suspicious trading in call options" for HJ Heinz the day before the announced acquisition of the firm private equity investors.

UK: Heinz unveils Big canned meals line

10 October 2013

Heinz is hoping to "reinvigorate" the UK canned meals category through the launch of a Chilli Con Carne range under its 'Big' brand.

UK: Heinz unveils premium soups for "upmarket" consumer

27 August 2013

Heinz is hoping to appeal to the "upmarket" and younger consumer with the launch of a range of premium soups in the UK.

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

27 August 2013

After Lindt & Sprungli reported higher solid first-half results last week, just-food interviewed the Swiss chocolate group's CEO Ernst Tanner to discuss its growth in mature markets and its patient strategy in developing economies. New Zealand's dairy sector continued to be in the spotlight after another recall of ingredients headed in China. Elsewhere, Heinz's new owners continued their plans to streamline its business, US food firm JM Smucker made a notable move in gluten free with the acquisition of Enray and we spoke to the creator of Powerful Yogurt, a product initially devised for men in the US and now looking at broadening its consumer base and expanding overseas.

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