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.
3 March 2014
Unilever has refused to comment on reports it is looking to sell off its Ragu pasta sauce brand.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
3 December 2013
Heinz has launched a range of frozen sauces in France under its namesake and Bénédicta brands.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
22 August 2013
Over 200 Heinz workers in the UK and Ireland could lose their jobs as the ketchup maker's new owners set out more plans to streamline the business.
19 August 2013
A selection of quotes and insight from last week's news.
19 August 2013
Fonterra again dominated the headlines as it grappled with the fall-out of the botulism scare. Import bans mounted and a senior executive resigned. Elsewhere, Heinz announced its first cuts since the takeover of the business, Campbell Soup Co. announced talks to sell a clutch of European assets and US group Pinnacle Foods snapped up Unilever's Wish-Bone dressings business.
14 August 2013
Heinz has announced the first significant job cuts since the Warren Buffett / 3G Capital takeover only last year. Given 3G's track record with previous investments, the news the ketchup and soup company is "streamlining" its business should not be a huge surprise, writes Dean Best.
13 August 2013
Heinz is to lay off 600 workers across the US and Canada - with over half the cuts at its HQ in Pittsburgh.