24 May 2013
Campbell Soup Co. has struck a surprise deal to buy US baby food business Plum Organics.
22 April 2013
The elevation of China's State Food & Drug Administration (SFDA) to a ministry level entity will consolidate the oversight of food safety issues under one umbrella. The Chinese authorities are hoping that the move will convince consumers that the government is serious about tackling the country's food safety problems. Nevertheless, a number of challenges remain. David Green reports from Beijing.
8 April 2013
Switzerland's Hero Group and US Hispanic-owned food company Goya have teamed up to develop a new range of Hispanic baby foods under the Beech-Nut/Goya brands.
8 April 2013
China dominated our headlines in the first part of the week. Swiss firm Hero Group was forced to defend the safety of its infant formula in the country after allegations a local distributor mislabelled products. Wal-Mart, meanwhile, issued a statement to reiterate its expansion plans in China after it emerged it would close three stores there. Emerging markets continued to feature heavily, with news Qatar had bought a majority stake in Indian group Bush Foods Overseas. And we interviewed the CEO of ambitious Brazilian dairy group Vigor.
2 April 2013
Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has insisted its infant formula on sale in China is safe after reports a local distributor allegedly mislabelled some of the company's products.
31 May 2012
Hero Group has appointed Jeff Boutelle president of its baby food subsidiary in the US, Beech-Nut Nutrition.
3 August 2011
US baby-food firm Beech-Nut, an arm of Swiss food company Hero Group, has launched a range of co-branded baby food with apple sauce maker Mott's.
17 October 2010
Switzerland-based food maker Hero Group is to open a jam production factory west of Zurich next year.
13 August 2010
Nestle, the world's largest food maker, published its half-year figures this week, numbers that are often a barometer for the rest of the sector. The company's results were robust although it did issue some caution over rising commodity costs. just-food reported from Moscow about the Russian grain crisis and the impact it could have on food makers. Meanwhile, Sara Lee chief Brenda Barnes stepped down due to illness and we analysed what the future holds for the US food group.
9 August 2010
Swiss food manufacturer Hero has announced it will sell its French fruit-dessert business to Charles Faraud.
2 June 2010
US baby food producer Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp. has opened a US$124m production facility in upstate New York.
12 April 2010
As the UK economy recovers, albeit slowly, there are signs that consumer behaviour is returning to "normal". There are questions, however, over how the organic food sector will arrest a slump in sales.
7 April 2010
Swiss food maker Hero Group has hinted at plans to launch more products targeted at cash-conscious consumers in 2010.
25 March 2010
The world of infant formula attracted the attention of M&A commentators this week with the proposed sale of own-label group PBM to healthcare giant Perrigo Co. The downturn has made private label more popular but, as Dean Best finds, infant formula is dominated by big brands - and their power is unlikely dented too much by the sale of PBM.
24 March 2010
Swiss food maker Hero Group today (24 March) posted what it termed a "robust" sales performance for 2009 despite a fall in turnover.
6 March 2009
Hero Group, the Switzerland-based food maker, said today (6 March) that a rise in revenues from its infant nutrition arm boosrted sales in 2008.