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Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

Why Kellogg believes it is on the road to recovery

Kellogg reported a second quarter of declining profits and sales but on a conference call with investors yesterday, the management team insi...

Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

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.

Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

Ben Cooper | 17 Jun 2015

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.

Kellogg positive but questions remain

Dean Best | 6 May 2015

There were some cautiously positive noises coming out of Kellogg yesterday (5 May) as the US food group announced its first-quarter results - but a number of questions still hang over the Special K and Pringles maker.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Quorn CEO focuses on further growth

Dean Best | 13 Mar 2015

There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.

Interview: United Biscuits international chief

Andrew Don | 7 Aug 2014

While speculation over the future ownership of United Biscuits intensifies, the UK snack maker is making strides beyond its domestic market, with a significant proportion of its growth coming from developing economies – Africa, the Middle East, India and China in particular. Jeff van der Eems, chief executive of UB's international business, speaks to Andrew Don about the company's international ambitions.

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Industry news of week - Nomad Foods, Kellogg

Dean Best | 21 Aug 2015

Acquisitive Nomad Foods, which has snapped up one frozen food business in Europe and is set to buy another, this week confirmed it is eyeing possible deals in the sector in the US. Meanwhile, in emerging markets, Hershey is to go it alone in Brazil and Kellogg is to invest in R&D in India.

Food industry quotes of week: Emmi, Petra Foods

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Aug 2015

This week, Emmi reported a rise in first half profits on the back of stronger margins while Petra's profit suffered as a result of a slowing economy in Indonesia. We also took a look at what the easing of trade sanctions in Iran could mean for international food makers. Here is the week in quotes.

Kellogg eyes India growth, plans R&D facility

Katy Askew | 20 Aug 2015

US cereal-to-snacks group Kellogg has confirmed it plans to open a new research and development facility in India as the group works on its aim of "tripling" its sales in the country.

Lotus Bakeries buys 67% of Natural Balance

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Lotus Bakeries, the Belgium-based biscuit maker, has bought a majority stake in Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.

Lotus in "advanced talks to buy Natural Balance"

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Belgium-based biscuit maker Lotus Bakeries is reportedly in advanced talks to buy Natural Balance Foods, the UK firm behind snack bar brands Nakd and Trek.

Kellogg unveils new Kashi offerings in US

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Aug 2015

Kellogg has added five products to its Kashi portfolio in the US in a bid to get round the challenges the brand is facing in the country.

Warren Buffett cools Kraft Heinz, Mondelez talk

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Warren Buffett today (10 August) appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Kraft Heinz Co. making a move for Mondelez International in the near term.

Food industry news of week - Mondelez, Nakd, Maggi

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

Activist US investor Bill Ackman got the market talking this week with the disclosure he has invested in Mondelez International. Could he be betting on an eventual bid for the Cadbury owner from the new Kraft Heinz Co.? Meanwhile, the row over the Maggi continued, with India's food safety watchdog brushing off tests that appeared to clear Nestle's noodles. And three UK snacks businesses hit the headlines. The owners of Nakd owner Natural Balance Foods are weighing up their options, Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods is looking at ways to expand internationally - which could involve investment in the business. And crisp firm Tyrrells snapped up an Australian snack maker.

Food industry quotes: Fonterra, Kellogg, Tyrrells

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Aug 2015

This week, Fonterra said it was reducing capital expenditure plans to mitigate pricing pressure in dairy. Kellogg announced its first half-results and committed to plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from its branded cereals in North America by 2018. Elsewhere, Tyrrells acquired Yarra Valley Snack Foods in Australia and Unilever came under fire in India. Here is the week in quotes

Kellogg announces push on artificial ingredients

Dean Best | 5 Aug 2015

Kellogg has outlined plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from its branded cereals in North America.

Kellogg posts Q2 sales beat but H1 results down

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Kellogg today (4 August) reported underlying second-quarter sales that beat analyst forecasts and insisted trends in its US cereal business were improving - but the Special K maker posted declining half-year revenue and profits.

Natural Balance Foods investors mulling options

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Natural Balance Foods has confirmed its shareholders are "considering options" for the business in the wake of speculation it has received takeover bids for the business.

Kellogg, Union strike cereal plant agreement

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Kellogg and union officials have signed an agreement on employment conditions at four plants in the US that will see the sites remain open, months after the Special K owner said there could be closures.

Nakd sale "attracts Burton's, Hain, Kellogg"

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Aug 2015

Burton's Biscuit Co., Kellogg and Hain Celestial have all declined to comment on media speculation they have submitted bids to acquire Natural Balance Foods, the maker of Nakd and Trek health food bars.

Kellogg, McCain rejected by India food safety body

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Aug 2015

Kellogg and McCain Foods are reportedly on a list of firms that have seen some of their products rejected for approval by India's food safety watchdog.

Kellogg launches Be Natural snacks

Katy Askew | 17 Jul 2015

Kellogg has launched a sweet and savoury snack range under the Be Natural brand in Australia and New Zealand.

Food industry news of week - ConAgra, JBS

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

ConAgra said that it will sell its private brands business after reporting losses. We asked whether General Mills' plans to turn around US sales will work and took a detailed look at what Grexit would mean for the food industry in Greece. Here are this week's highlights on just-food.

Kellogg eyes trends with product launches

Katy Askew | 30 Jun 2015

US cereal group Kellogg aims to tap into what it said were the "hottest trends" in the US with the launch of more than 40 products.

Kellogg launches branded porridges, muesli

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2015

Kellogg is rolling out a number of new cereal products in the UK.

Kellogg settles Kashi 'all-natural' case

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Jun 2015

Kellogg has agreed to a settlement fee of US$3.99m in a class action lawsuit against its 'all natural' claims for its Kashi product in Florida.

General Mills axes Nibblr

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2015

General Mills has axed Nibblr, its subscription snack service that was launched 18 months ago.

Heinz in "communication" with Indian officials

Katy Askew | 9 Jun 2015

HJ Heinz, the US ketchup maker, has stressed its products on sale in India meet local regulations as the company confirmed it is in "ongoing communication" with Indian food quality regulators.

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Yildiz "eyes silver" in global snacks

Katy Askew | 19 Mar 2015

Yildiz Holding reportedly wants its snacks business to overtake Kellogg and become the world's second-largest snack manufacturer.

Kellogg under fire for "staggering" sugar levels in cereal bars

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Mar 2015

Kellogg has been criticised for having "staggering" levels of sugar in its cereal bars in the UK.

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