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Unilever is rumoured to be looking for a buyer for RaguUS: Hormel, Hillshire linked to Unilever's Ragu

25 March 2014

Speculation is mounting over the potential suitors for Unilever's Ragu brand, with the likes of Hormel Foods and Hillshire Brands touted as would-be acquirers alongside Post Holdings and Mizkan.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

Talking shop: Albertsons owner seeks strength in scale with Safeway buy

20 March 2014

Changing consumer behaviour is having a transformational impact on the US food and food retail sectors, as consumers alter where they shop and what they buy. The growing popularity of non-traditional channels has resulted in a jump in consolidation. Traditional supermarkets are seeking strength through scale, as evidenced by the deal that could see Albertsons owner Cerberus take control of Safeway. Dean Best reports.

CAGE 2014: Kraft upbeat amid "unprecedented" change

18 March 2014

Kraft Foods Group has expressed optimism it can prosper despite what its CFO Teri List-Stoll called the "unprecedented" change affecting the US grocery sector.

UK/NETHERLANDS: Unilever silent over Ragu disposal claims

3 March 2014

Unilever has refused to comment on reports it is looking to sell off its Ragu pasta sauce brand.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

24 February 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York annual conference was held in Florida this week and, as ever, produced some notable comments as the great and the good of the US food sector detailed - and sometimes defended - their strategies. Danone issued its full-year numbers and shed some light on how it plans to mitigate surging dairy prices in 2014. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart - the world's largest retailer - offered a sober assessment on the outlook for consumer sentiment in the coming year. Here is just-food's week in words.

CANADA: Kraft launches chocolate spread

23 February 2014

Kraft Foods Group has launched a chocolate spread in Canada - with Ferrero's Nutella firmly in the US company's sights.

CAGNY: Kraft to up focus on "simpler" foods

19 February 2014

Products with "simpler" ingredients will form a core part of Kraft Foods Group's portfolio, the US company's chief executive has said.

CAGNY: Kraft CEO: Food firms must adapt price, SKUs

19 February 2014

Food manufacturers will have to adapt their prices and product offering if they want to remain relevant to a consumer now shopping in different ways, Kraft Foods Group CEO Tony Vernon has said.

US: Kraft Q4 sales up but miss Wall St. expectations

14 February 2014

Kraft Foods Group has posted higher quarterly underlying operating profit and sales, although the top line narrowly missed Wall Street expectations.

US: Kraft removes artificial preservatives from Singles cheese

11 February 2014

Kraft Foods Group has relaunched its Kraft Singles cheese slices in the US to contain no artificial preservatives.

US: Mondelez sells SnackWell's to Back to Nature

3 January 2014

Mondelez International has sold US unit SnackWell's to Back to Nature Foods Co., a business controlled by private-equity firm Brynwood Partners and in which the global snacks giant owns a minority stake.

US: Kraft Foods to remove artificial dyes from Mac & Cheese

4 November 2013

Kraft Foods Group is to remove two artificial dyes from three varieties of its Mac and Cheese character-shaped products in the US and Canada.

US: Sales down, profits higher at Kraft

31 October 2013

Kraft Foods Group has reported a drop in third-quarter sales as the US grocery giant lapped a period last year when retailers ran up inventories ahead of the company's split from Mondelez International.

US: Mars defends use of "harmful" dyes in M&Ms

18 October 2013

Mars Inc has defended its use of petroleum-based food dyes in its M&M's confectionery following a report by The Center for Science in the Public Interest calling for a ban on their use.

US: Kraft launches Philadelphia spread with added protein

10 October 2013

Kraft Foods Group has developed a version of its Philadelphia spread with double the protein.

US: Cracker Barrel retail lines hit shelves after deal with Kraft

8 October 2013

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is seeing its retail products hit US outlets this week after a deal with Kraft Foods Group, which launched a trademark lawsuit against the US restaurant chain.

In the spotlight: Post adds pasta to breakfast cereals pantry

20 September 2013

Post Holdings, the US breakfast cereals group, has been on an M&A spree in the last 12 months. Number three in a stagnant market, Post has added gluten-free cereals and granola to its portfolio. Last month, it snapped up a protein shake and supplement firm. This week, Post moved into pasta. Michelle Russell digests Post's recent deal-making.

US: New CFO to deliver "cash is king" mentality at Kraft

4 September 2013

Kraft Foods Group has said driving efficiencies and brand investment will be part of the mandate for newly-appointed CFO Teri List-Stoll.

US: List-Stoll to succeed Kraft Foods CFO McLevish

3 September 2013

Kraft Foods Group has appointed Procter & Gamble executive Teri List-Stoll to succeed Timothy McLevish as CFO in the first quarter of 2014.

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

5 August 2013

The spat between UK retailers Sainsbury's and Tesco grabbed this week's headlines after the country's advertising watchdog ruled in favour of the latter's price comparison scheme.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

5 August 2013

The results continued to roll in this week as the likes of Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group revealed their sales and profits in the first six months of the year. The CEOs of both Kellogg and Kraft explained plans to boost volumes in the second half. Elsewhere, UK crisp firm Tyrrells got a new private-equity owner in the shape of Bahrain-based Investcorp.

On the money: Kraft Foods looks to brand building to boost volumes

2 August 2013

Kraft Foods Group has admitted it is not yet "firing on all cylinders" and will look to increase brand building programmes to address a decline in sales volumes.

US: Kraft ups FY profit forecast but trims sales guidance

2 August 2013

Kraft Foods Group has upped its annual earnings guidance but suggested full-year sales could come in lower than expected after a set of mixed quarterly results from the US firm.

Comment: Wheels within wheels: PepsiCo, Mondelez and Peltz

23 July 2013

"Round like a circle in a spiral, like a wheel within a wheel. Never ending or beginning, on an ever spinning wheel." It is not often you get to quote Dusty Springfield lyrics as a business journalist. But this song plays through my head each time I think about the Peltz-PepsiCo-Mondelez rumours that are causing so much excitement.

Interview: Walkers Shortbread US arm targets year-round sales

12 July 2013

UK baker Walkers Shortbread generates over 40% of its sales outside its domestic market. The family-owned biscuit firm's largest export market is the US. Dean Best spoke to Steve Dawson, CEO of Walkers Shortbread's US arm, about the company's business across the Atlantic and plans for growth.

US: Cracker Barrel Old Country may appeal Kraft ruling

3 July 2013

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store (CBOCS) could appeal a ruling blocking the US restaurant chain launching branded grocery products.

US: Kraft Foods creates two separate business units

14 June 2013

Kraft Foods Group has created two stand-alone business units it says will reduce the complexity of its operations.

just-food's research round-up: the CIVETS markets, packaged food in the US

17 May 2013

The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes emerging food and drinks markets, packaging for an ageing population and packaged food in the US.

In the spotlight: Wrigley wins FDA plaudits amid caffeine scrutiny

16 May 2013

At first it appeared the villain of the piece with the launch of its Alert Energy Caffeine Gum, which prompted an FDA review of caffeine in foods. However, Wrigley was subsequently praised by the regulator for showing "leadership" when it halted production. So far, however, no other food companies have shown that level of support for the FDA's move. Ben Cooper reports.

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