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Lacklustre sales see Hershey turn to snacking

"Snacking... and portable snacking is not just short term, this is really a trend and it's becoming a habit," Hershey CEO John Bilbrey said...

The Middle East: Shifting demand and consumption

When we refer to the Middle East, we are talking about an area that encompasses a majority of western Asia and Egypt. The region is diverse...


The Middle East: Shifting demand and consumption

Katy Askew | 2 May 2014

When we refer to the Middle East, we are talking about an area that encompasses a majority of western Asia and Egypt. The region is diverse in landscape, religion, politics and ethnicity. With a growing population, evolving demographic and social structures and reliance on food imports the potential for international food manufacturers is clear.


Nestle optimistic over emerging market growth

Michelle Russell | 17 Oct 2013

Swiss food giant Nestle has offered a positive outlook for future growth in the emerging markets, despite the region experiencing a continued economic slowdown.


Focus: Nestle Health Science sneaks under radar

Chris Mercer | 10 Aug 2012

Nestle's health science division has continued to motor below the radar in the first half of 2012 and the group is confident of a bright future for the unit.


Innovation "key" to mature market growth - Nestle

Michelle Russell | 9 Aug 2012

Nestle has said innovation is key to growth in developed markets where the company says achieving higher sales is "no walk in the park".

Latest Interviews

The rise of Vietnam: Nestle eyes faster growth

Katy Askew | 12 Jun 2014

Vietnam is an up-and-coming emerging market that is gaining increasing attention as international companies seek out fresh avenues of growth. Nestle first established an office in the country in 1912. In the 1990s the company took its presence in Vietnam to the next level with the establishment of a local subsidiary. Today, the firm is focused on accelerating growth in the market. Katy Askew spoke to Rashid Aleem Qureshi, MD of Nestle Vietnam, to find out more about the group's plans in the country.


Nestle eyes tripling of Middle East sales

Hannah Abdulla | 2 May 2014

A young market which promises room to grow is a key attraction for multinationals in the Middle East, the head of Nestle's Middle East operations told just-food at the Gulfood trade expo in Dubai.

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Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.


Nestle faces setback in KitKat TM bid

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

Nestle could struggle trying to block KitKat copycats, after a top lawyer at the European Court of Justice rejected a trademark bid.


Food industry quotes of week: Fonterra, Campbell

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


Which? urges action on "misleading" prices

Dean Best | 21 Apr 2015

UK consumer watchdog Which? has called on the country's competition regulator to investigate the "misleading" ways supermarkets price products.


Hershey, LBB Imports settle trademark lawsuit

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2015

Hershey has confirmed it has resolved a legal battle with LBB Imports, a US firm the confectionery giant had accused of infringing its trademarks.


Nestle confirms US$138m investment in Egypt

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jan 2015

Nestle has confirmed plans to invest US$138m into Egypt in the next few years.


IFFCO pushes on with Kit Kat TM dispute

Katy Askew | 19 Jan 2015

UAE-based International Foodstuffs Co. has lodged an appeal with South Africa's Constitutional Court challenging a ruling its Tiffany Break bars impinge Nestle's Kit Kat trademark.


Food industry quotes of the week

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Dec 2014

This week, Nestle lost a trademark infringement case in Singapore over its Kit Kat product. Arla Foods pulled out of the race to acquire Arab Dairy and Unilever decided to separate its ailing spreads business into a stand-alone unit. India hit the headlines frequently, with Britannia Industries "pioneering" the online exclusive launch of its new biscuit product before it hits traditional stores, and with Fererro re-thinking its plans for its business in the country.


Nestle loses Kit-Kat copycat case vs Petra

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2014

Nestle has lost a case against Petra Foods in Singapore alleging the local confectioner's Take It chocolate wafer product infringed its intellectual property rights.


Hershey heads to court in US trademark dispute

Dean Best | 31 Aug 2014

Hershey has hit LBB Imports with a lawsuit, accusing the US importer of infringing its trademarks.


Nestle to defend South Africa Kit Kat TM

Katy Askew | 7 Feb 2014

Nestle is taking legal action defend its Kit Kat trade mark from alleged violations by IFFCO's Tiffany Break brand in South Africa.


Nestle, Mondelez, Unilever make sat fat pledge

Dean Best | 28 Oct 2013

Nestle, Mondelez International and Unilever have said they will make changes to their products to try to cut the amount of saturated fat consumed in the UK.


Nestle "perplexed" over UK Kit Kat ruling

Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2013

Nestle said it is "perplexed" and "confused" as to why it has lost a UK trademark ruling to protect the unique shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar after claiming victory in the EU earlier this year.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 29 Apr 2013

Associated British Foods grabbed the headlines this week - for good and tragic reasons. Twenty-four hours before a factory in Bangladesh that supplied ABF's discount clothing chain Primark, just-food discussed the Kingsmill bread owner's half-year results. Another UK-listed major, Unilever, this week reported its Q1 sales, which missed analyst estimates on weaker spreads and ice cream sales. Elsewhere, we analysed the return of GM to national UK headlines and China's attempts to improve food safety.


Petra hits out at Nestle Kit Kat lawsuit

Michelle Russell | 25 Apr 2013

Chocolate and cocoa group Petra Foods has defended its Delfi Take-It chocolate bar after Swiss food giant Nestle filed a trademark lawsuit against the firm in Singapore.


Nestle "not interested" in chocolate M&A

Michelle Russell | 12 Apr 2013

The chairman of Nestle has reportedly insisted the Kit Kat maker is not interested in buying any chocolate companies as he rejected the possibly the Swiss food giant could buy Lindt & Sprungli.


Nestle recalls Kit Kat products on plastic find

Michelle Russell | 25 Mar 2013

Nestle has recalled four Kit Kat Chunky bars and an Easter egg in eight countries after plastic was found in the products.


Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food

Katy Askew | 4 Jan 2013

It may have been just-food's first week back after the Christmas break, but we hit the group running with the news that Unilever has sold its Skippy peanut butter brand to Hormel.


just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 4 Jan 2013

Despite the week being a shorter one due to the Christmas break, the news has continued to roll in. One deal in particular that has dominated the headlines is Hormel's acquisition of Unilever's Skippy brand. Hormel CEO Jeff Ettinger is confident the deal will allow it to grow its share of the US nuts and spreads category. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Tyrrells about the firm's export plans, while Dole got analyst tongues wagging after issuing a worse than expected profit outlook.


Nestle "delighted" at KitKat trademark win

Chris Mercer | 3 Jan 2013

Nestle has won an appeal to protect the unique shape of its KitKat chocolate bar in the European Union, overturning a previous ruling in favour of Kraft Foods-owned Cadbury.


Nestle puts faith in co-operation on CSR

Dean Best | 4 Dec 2012

Working with suppliers, rather than withdrawing contracts, is more effective in making food supply chains more sustainable, Nestle has claimed.


Hershey under fire over child labour allegations

Katy Askew | 2 Nov 2012

Hershey is facing scrutiny over the use of child labour in its supply chain after one of its shareholders filed a lawsuit contending the confectioner buys cocoa produced using child and forced labour.

Latest blogs

Hershey in Twitter backlash over Brit choco-ban

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.


KitKat wrappers pass for train tickets in Japan

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2014

Nestle has teamed up with the Sanriku Railway to enable train travellers to use Kit Kat wrappers as tickets.

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