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Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarca...

Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen...

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.

Impact of how US views health and foodservice

Katy Askew | 6 Mar 2015

Profound adjustments in how consumers view health have been at the heart of a significant shift in consumption patterns in the US. Packaged and highly processed foods have fallen out of vogue. The country's largest food manufacturers have been left scrambling to catch up on trends like natural, gluten-free and protein-dense. Clean labelling has become a watchword and consumers are seeking out options free from artificial additives and GMOs. In the next instalment of the just-food briefing, we examine how this is playing out in the foodservice arena.

How can brands capitalise in US foodservice?

Katy Askew | 4 Mar 2015

There are increasing signs foodservice is gaining share from the grocery retail channel in the US. However, branded manufacturers face the thorny question of how to use their brand strength in conjunction with foodservice operators, many of whom have their own, equally strong, brand pulling power. In this installment of the just-food management briefing we look at how brands can be leveraged in foodservice.

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.

Latest News

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.

India "looking at Heinz, Kellogg" after Maggi row

Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2015

Indian food safety authorities are reportedly examining popular packaged foods manufactured by the likes of Heinz and Kellogg after a row erupted over Nestle's Maggi noodles.

Food industry quotes of the week: Divine Chocolate

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes

RSPO palm oil standards get industry criticism

Dean Best | 1 Jun 2015

Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.

Food industry quotes of week: Dean Foods, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

This week, Kellogg reported its first-quarter results and, despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. Elsewhere, Mondelez International took steps to bolster its e-commerce efforts, announcing a tie-up with technology firm ChannelSight. Dean Foods announced it was bringing its 31 milk brands under one label, a move we analysed to find out whether it could put the dairy maker back on the road to recovery after a string of loss-making quarters. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of week: Kellogg, Wessanen

Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2015

Kellogg reported its first quarter results and despite sales and profits being down, CEO John Bryant said the firm was on the right track. We took a look at the Chinese milk market which revealed the importance of international dairies in its future. Lactalis swooped to acquire a majority holding in Yildiz Holding's AK Gida. And we explored what UK supermarket Sainsbury's latest loss and plan to cut prices would mean for suppliers. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Kellogg CEO: sales trends are improving

Dean Best | 5 May 2015

Kellogg today (5 May) reported lower underlying net sales and operating profit for the first quarter of 2015 - but CEO John Bryant claimed the trend behind the US food group's top line was improving.

Kellogg to close Clearfield frozen facility

Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

Cereal giant Kellogg has confirmed plans to shut its frozen food facility in Clearfield, Utah.

Kellogg to adopt "health star" labels in Australia

Dean Best | 20 Apr 2015

Kellogg has set out plans to use the health star rating labels jointly developed by the Australian government and industry on cereals on sale in the country.

UPDATE: Kellogg plays down UK tax concerns

Katy Askew | 7 Apr 2015

Kellogg has insisted there is "no link" between its tax situation in the UK and a warning in its annual report changes to tax regulations in international markets could hit profits.

Kellogg in spotlight after UK tax warning

Katy Askew | 7 Apr 2015

Kellogg has attracted attention in the UK over its tax arrangements in the country after warning that the closure of tax loopholes could hit profits in its annual report.

Kellogg launches Pringles tortilla chips in UK

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

Kellogg has launched a range of tortilla chips in the UK under snack brand Pringles.

Kellogg launches whole grain muesli in Australia

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Apr 2015

Cereal giant Kellogg is launching a whole grain muesli offering in Australia.

Food industry quotes of week: Danone, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Feb 2015

This week, Danone reported its full year numbers with a rise in organic sales but lower earnings on a reported basis. Elsewhere Mondelez acquired free-from snack maker Enjoy Life. The Consumer Analyst Group of New York also took place and featured presentations from Kellogg, PepsiCo and Mead Johnson. Here is the week in quotes

CAGNY: Quote, unquote

Dean Best | 20 Feb 2015

The annual Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference in Florida is one of the key dates in the industry calendar in the US. And this year's event, held this week, could mark a watershed moment.

Kellogg eyes Bisco Misr boost in Middle East

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Feb 2015

Kellogg believes its acquisition of Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr can help further build its business in the Middle East.

Latest blogs

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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