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Hershey results, outlook, M&A - the top takeaways

Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts...

2016 preview - the outlook for the BRICs, part two

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in...

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jan 2016

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in store for the packaged food industry over 2016.

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the impact of China's recent economic slowdown is affecting companies in our sector.

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

Compared to many food sector giants, Hershey's expansion on the international stage was relatively recent. Stepping up Hershey's presence overseas was seen as a way to unlock growth in rapidly-expanding markets and the company was bullish on its ability to translate the brand strength of its portfolio to new territories. But this path has proven challenging in 2015 and, last week, Hershey again lowered its sales forecast for the year, citing weakness in the key international market of China. Katy Askew examines whether Hershey's international drive has stalled.

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.

Latest Interviews

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2015

CSM Bakery Solutions came to life two years ago when Rhône Capital acquired the bakery supplies business of Dutch food and ingredients group CSM. At the time, Rhône Capital said it would invest in CSM's capacity to innovate and use its customer relationships to support global growth. Katy Askew spoke to CSM vice president of bakery products, Sebastian Siethoff, to find out more. 

Ben Cooper | 3 Apr 2013

Hershey has become the latest major chocolate company to make a bold public commitment to sustainable cocoa. Andy McCormick, Hershey's vice president, cocoa sustainability, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's 21st Century Cocoa Plan and its commitment to collective efforts to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector.

Latest News

Dean Best | 16 Jun 2016

Hershey is to close a factory in Canada manufacturing products under its Brookside brand.

John Shepherd | 2 Jun 2016

Hershey has appointed Michele Buck, the head of its business in North America, to the newly-created role of COO.

Katy Askew | 13 May 2016

Hershey is combining two of its iconic Reese's products with the launch of Reese's Pieces Peanut Butter Cups. 

Dean Best | 11 May 2016

Hershey, the US confectionery giant, today (11 May) pledged to use only sugar from "responsible and sustainable sources" by 2020.

Katy Askew | 3 May 2016

Hershey is introducing a new syrup in the US that contains "five simple ingredients".

Dean Best | 26 Apr 2016

Hershey has snapped up Ripple Brand Collective, the US firm behind the BarkThins snack brand.

Dean Best | 26 Apr 2016

Hershey has upped its target for annual cost savings in a bid to be able to invest in its brands while achieving its targets on earnings, the US confectioner said today (26 April) as the Reese's maker booked lower first-quarter sales and earnings.

Dean Best | 26 Apr 2016

Hershey today (26 April) lowered its forecasts for 2016 underlying net sales and earnings per share, citing a "modest trends" for the business and the wider candy, mint and gum category during the first quarter.

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2016

Hershey has said it hopes to reverse the declining sales it saw last year through a focus on innovation.

Katy Askew | 28 Jan 2016

Hershey's revenue in the fourth quarter continued the trends it had seen in the previous months but improved margins meant the US chocolate maker was able to beat Wall Street earnings expectations. 

Dean Best | 19 Jan 2016

Hershey is looking to increase the distribution of its protein-based snack brand SoFit in the US.

Dean Best | 21 Dec 2015

The creation of Kraft Heinz was the stand-out M&A story of the year, although there were plenty of other significant deals, including JBS's move for European meat group Moy Park, the sale of Quorn Foods to Philippines-based Monde Nissin and Nomad Foods' two transactions in European frozen food. Elsewhere, Nestle was rocked by the Maggi recall in India, while it and a number of other companies - including Hershey - suffered amid China's economic slowdown.

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Dec 2015

This week, McCormick & Co. announced the appointment of Lawrence Kurzius to the position of CEO. Post Holdings was reportedly eyeing the packaged food arm of Bob Evans Farms. Elsewhere, the CEO and chairman of The Greenery quit amid clashes with the supervisory board. And we published the second part of our interview with Ritter chairman Andreas Ronken. Here is the week in quotes

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 2015

More than 30 US food companies including the likes of ConAgra Foods, Smucker, Kellogg and General Mills have signed up to SmartLabel technology, committing to being more transparent about the ingredients that go into their products.

Katy Askew | 28 Oct 2015

Hershey has once again lowered its full-year sales forecast as third-quarter North American revenue came in below expectations and its Chinese arm continued to weigh on the business.

Dean Best | 23 Oct 2015

Hershey has outlined a series of new sustainability targets as part of its move to join the American Business Act on Climate Pledge, an initiative drawn up by the Obama administration to "demonstrate support for action on climate change".

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2015

CSM Bakery Solutions is working to grow sales ahead of its core markets in Europe and North America through insight-led innovation and branding, vice president of bakery products Sebastian Siethoff told just-food. 

Dean Best | 21 Oct 2015

Hershey is launching the "premium" Kisses Deluxe chocolates in the US, looking to target consumers wanting to buy "premium" chocolates as a gift.

Katy Askew | 5 Oct 2015

Hershey has signed-up to non-profit organisation Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) to support efforts to strengthen Africa's food system. 

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Russia this week reportedly ruled out the use of GMOs in its food production, a further stiffening of its position on the issue. In the US, meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans to halve food waste in 15 years. And, among a series of stories out of France, came news of raids from the country's competition watchdog on compote manufacturers.

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Sep 2015

The US court of appeals has upheld a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars Inc and Nestle.

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

Mars has escaped charges of price fixing in Canada after the country's Public Prosecution Service dropped its case, two years after accusing the Snickers maker of conspiring with Nestle and Hershey. 

Latest blogs

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Jan 2015

US fans of British chocolate imports have taken to social media to vent their frustration after Hershey earlier this week reached a settlement with an importer to stop distributing British-made candy bars into the country.

Katy Askew | 23 Dec 2014

Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.

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