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Europe's confectioners facing stagnant sales

Europe's confectionery market is the world's largest but sales are stagnant. How can confectioners eke out growth? IRI business insight mana...

On the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers...


Focus: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy

Hannah Abdulla | 17 Jul 2014

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first purchase for 16 years and one in a developed, rather than emerging, market. However, Lindt believes it would be have been foolish to pass on the opportunity and expansion in developing markets is still on the cards. Hannah Abdulla finds out what prompted Lindt to dust off its chequebook.


Confectionery: cocoa and child labour

Ben Cooper | 10 Mar 2014

Child labour is intrinsically linked to cocoa's broader sustainability challenges. If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, it will not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed, writes Ben Cooper.


Review of 2013: supply chains and sustainbility

Ben Cooper | 6 Jan 2014

Perhaps the biggest story of the year, with the widest impact on the sector, was the horsemeat contamination saga. However, it was ironic the scandal should occur when food companies are placing increased scrutiny on the sustainability of their supply chains. And this year has seen some notable developments as food companies have sought collectively or individually to address sustainability issues in their supply chains.


Analysis: Where could Lindt look for M&A?

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden | 12 Sep 2013

Lindt & Sprungli has often been touted as a potential takeover target for Nestle. However, Stefan Kirk of M&A advisors Glenboden argues the Swiss chocolate maker is an unlikely acquisition candidate for anyone - and suggests the company could dust off its chequebook to boost growth.

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Sustainability Watch - Piera Waibel, Lindt

Ben Cooper | 2 Jan 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has just expanded its cocoa farmer programme in Ghana which will see the company give support to some 45,000 farmers between now and 2016. Sustainability manager Piera Waibel spoke with Ben Cooper about what the company is doing in Ghana and why it has decided not to have any of its brands certified under schemes such as Fairtrade.


just-food interview 2: Lindt on emerging markets

Katy Askew | 21 Aug 2013

Emerging markets have not passed Lindt & Sprüngli by but, given the company's sales growth in developed markets, the chocolate firm's drive to grow its business in new frontiers is not marked by the urgency evident in much of the food industry. Rather, CEO Ernst Tanner tells just-food, Lindt is playing a long game in countries like Russia and China, where the company must first develop the premium chocolate category before it moves to beef up its mass market presence.

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Lindt shrugs off higher costs as profits rise

Katy Askew | 18 Aug 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli booked a jump in profit for the first half as higher sales and market share gains enabled the Swiss chocolate maker to shrug off rising input costs and the negative impact of currency exchange.


Lindt adds Hello Bites to US portfolio

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2015

Lindt & Sprungli has launched bite-sized versions of its Hello chocolate range in the US.


Food industry quotes of week - Fonterra, Blue Bell

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Fonterra this week announced plans to cut over 500 jobs as it adjusts to a slump in prices of dairy commodities, caused in part by falling demand in China. And Mead Johnson this week lowered its forecast for annual profits, with the slowdown in China's economy a factor.


Industry news of week - sugar call, Mead Johnson

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.


Lindt sales boosted by M&A, share gains

Katy Askew | 14 Jul 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli reported a 17.4% jump in first-half sales, propelled by market share gains in Europe, the US and emerging markets as well as the contribution from the recently acquired Russell Stover business.


Lindt FY earnings rise but outlook cautious

Katy Askew | 10 Mar 2015

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli booked higher sales and earnings for 2014 but its share price reacted sluggishly in early trade today (10 March) on the cautious tone of the group's outlook.


Choc giants accused of unsafe metal levels

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Feb 2015

Hershey has rejected claims of "unsafe" lead and cadmium levels in some of its chocolate as "old" and insisted that they were "discredited years ago".


Lindt takes dessert-inspired Creation bars to US

Dean Best | 10 Feb 2015

Lindt & Sprungli has launched its Creation chocolate bars in the US.


Lindt sales surge on "substantial" gains

Katy Askew | 13 Jan 2015

Lindt & Sprüngli saw revenue surge 17.4% during 2014 thanks to the recently-acquired Russell Stover Candies in the US and strong organic sales growth.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Sep 2014

This week, the EU announced more measures to help out dairy farmers hit by the Russia ban. Chiquita and Fyffes insisted again a merger between the two would be the best outcome for shareholders. Our latest just-food interview saw us discuss Agropur's M&A strategy with the Canadian dairy co-op's CEO, while we chatted to Scandinavian free-from firm Fria about its expansion across Europe.


Lindt's Ghirardelli arm settles lawsuit

Katy Askew | 27 Aug 2014

Lindt & Sprungli's US unit Ghirardelli has agreed to pay US$5.25m into a fund to settle claims brought against it in a class action lawsuit.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Aug 2014

This week, Russia eased off on its Western import ban, announcing a list of products it would allow into the country. Elsewhere, the takeover battle for Chiquita Brands International took a new twist when juice maker Cutrale Group called on the produce giant's shareholders to vote against its planned merger with Fyffes. Meanwhile, German food giant Dr Oetker struck a deal to buy McCain Foods' North American pizza business.


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

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2014

Russia's food embargo still stands but this week it eased the ban to allow in some agricultural commodities to bolster its food production. The Chiquita takeover saga continued with bidders Cutrale Group and Safra Group appealing to the produce group's shareholders to vote against its merger with Fyffes. Elsewhere, we analysed the performance and outlook for Lindt & Sprungli and Hain Celestial, two companies enjoying robust growth.


UPDATE: Lindt to try to push up prices in 2015

Dean Best | 19 Aug 2014

Lindt & Sprungli CFO Dr Dieter Weisskopf said today (19 August) the chocolate maker will try again to push up prices next year amid continued pressure on raw material costs.


Profits up at chocolate group Lindt

Dean Best | 19 Aug 2014

Lindt & Sprungli today (19 August) reported a jump in half-year profits, with margins that beat analyst expectations.


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

Dean Best | 21 Jul 2014

For the first time since 1998, upmarket chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli this week made an acquisition, snapping up US firm Russell Stover Candies - and we analysed the deal. Our interviews pages included hearing from the boss of Birds Eye UK about its plans to change consumer perception of frozen food, while we launched Bitesite, an interview section focused on SMEs in the sector.


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

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jul 2014

This week, Lindt & Sprungli announced it was stepping up its presence in the US with the acquisition of Russell Stover Candies. Hain Celestial bought the remaining share of the Hain Pure Protein joint venture and Grupo Bimbo revealed its plan to grow its presence in Ecuador with the acquisition of Supan. Elsewhere Mondelez announced it was splitting its cheese and grocery unit from the rest of the business. Here is the week in quotes.


Lindt sees share growth in "key markets"

Katy Askew | 15 Jul 2014

Swiss chocolate group Lindt & Sprüngli has booked an expectation-beating increase in first-half organic sales, with market share gains in "all key markets".


Lindt snaps up Russell Stover Candies

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Jul 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has announced the acquisition of US confectionery firm Russell Stover Candies for an undisclosed sum.


Lindt US HQ in "multi-million dollar" expansion

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Mar 2014

Lindt & Sprungli has announced a "multi-million dollar" explansion for its US manufacturing headquarters in Stratham.


Lindt & Sprungli sets up Brazil JV

Katy Askew | 11 Mar 2014

Swiss chocolate manufacturer Lindt & Sprüngli has announced plans to grow its share of the Brazilian market through a joint venture with local player CRM Holding.


FY sales, earnings up at chocolate maker Lindt

Katy Askew | 11 Mar 2014

Lindt & Sprungli saw sales and profits rise in 2013, the Swiss chocolate maker announced today (11 March).

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Key industry insight for you while just-food takes a break

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2013

It's a public holiday in the UK today (26 August) - thankfully the sun is just breaking through here in south London to help us bask in our Ashes victory - and, while we take a day's break, here are some of last week's top interviews, comment and analysis in case you missed them.

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