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Mars Inc has appointed Grant Reid as presidentUS: Reid to replace retiring Michaels as Mars president

31 March 2014

Mars Inc has named Grant Reid, the head of its chocolate business, as its new president after announcing Paul Michaels will retire at the end of the year.

US: Mars steps up action on palm oil

11 March 2014

Mars Inc has committed to building a "traceable" and "sustainable" palm oil supply chain.

Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

10 March 2014

Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaining more mainstream media attention, which has profound implications for the food industry and, in particular, for the chocolate sector. However, what are the prospects for low-sugar chocolate? Jonathan Thomas investigates.

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

3 March 2014

Tesco this week outlined plans for a fresh offensive to try to revitalise UK sales. Meanwhile, The Co-operative Group, which has faced its own issues in recent months, announced it was considering the sale of its farm business as CEO Euan Sutherland looks to reshape the mutual. In the US, PepsiCo once again reiterated it is not keen on splitting the company in two, while Hershey, Mars and Nestle breathed a sigh of relief after the price-fixing case it was tied up in was kicked out of court. Here is the week in quotes.

US: Kellogg, Mars team up for Keebler, M&M'S cookie launch

27 February 2014

Kellogg has teamed up with Mars Inc to launch Keebler cookies in the US filled with M&Ms.

ISM 2014: Beneo urges gum owners to rethink marketing

4 February 2014

Ingredients supplier Beneo has called on major bubble gum manufacturers to look again at how they market their products to try arrest falling sales in many Western markets.

Comment: Super Bowl ad to pit Nestle against Hershey and Mars

31 January 2014

The news Nestle will - for the first time - be buying airtime during the Super Bowl is much more significant that the usual "advertising investment" stories that cross our news desk. It suggests that the company has re-focused its attention on the US market and intends to pit its confectionery brands against the likes of Hershey and Mars.

Best bits: Tilda set to bolster Hain's UK stable

21 January 2014

Hain Celestial, the US food group, has pounced yet again in the UK. The US group has made a flurry of deals in the UK in recent years but has faced challenges with some of its purchases. Tilda could be a more positive experience.

US: Industry passes pledge on calorie reduction - study

9 January 2014

Sixteen food manufacturers operating in the US who pledged to cut 1.5 trillion calories from their products by next year have exceeded their target by over four times, an independent study has claimed.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read interviews

19 December 2013

2013 was a bumper year for senior executive interviews on just-food and your top ten most-read pieces included our meetings with the CEOs of Nestle, Unilever and Greencore.

just-food review of 2013: the year's most-read news stories

19 December 2013

The horsemeat scandal, the fixing of infant formula prices in China, Fonterra's botulism scare and the UK's push towards "hybrid" nutrition labels were among the news stories that grabbed your attention in 2013.

Comment: More NPD will not get US gum out of sticky spot

12 December 2013

US gum sales have been in decline since 2010. The category is failing to attract what were once its key consumer group - young people. Mondelez International's move to extend its Sour Patch Kids brand into gum, teaming it with Stride, is a clear attempt to reach out to this demographic. However, Katy Askew is dubious about whether this will result in long-term sales lift.

GLOBAL: Cheesewright to head Wal-Mart international arm

10 December 2013

David Cheesewright, the head of Wal-Mart's operations in EMEA and Canada, is to be promoted to lead all of the retail giant's businesses outside the US.

INDIA: Mars launches Galaxy chocolate

15 November 2013

Mars has sought to expand in what it called "the world's fastest-growing chocolate market" with the launch of its Galaxy brand in India.

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.

ITALY: Ferrero "categorically denies" Nestle takeover approach

17 October 2013

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero Group has insisted it has not received a takeover approach from Swiss food giant Nestle.

IRELAND: Mars sounds cocoa sustainability warning

30 September 2013

Confectionery and food giant Mars Inc has said the chocolate industry will be "under pressure" by 2020 if the issue of depleting cocoa supplies is not addressed.

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

30 September 2013

Sustainability has emerged as something of a theme last week, as just-food set off for the Emerald Isle to attend a sustainability event organised by Ireland's Bord Bia.

Quote, unquote - Bord Bia's sustainability conference

26 September 2013

Executives from companies including Tesco, Mars and Kerry Group, as well as the Irish government, gathered in Dublin today (26 September) to discuss the development of sustainable food practices. Here is a selection of quotes from the event.

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

23 September 2013

Danone was this week under scrutiny in China amid claims local staff bribed hospitals to promote its baby food products in the country. The allegations are the latest blow to the reputation of Western firms in China following price fixing on formula and the Fonterra botulism saga. The stories will not harm the reputation of China's dairies and, this week, one processor, China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co., launched a successful IPO in Hong Kong.

US: Ferrero signs US industry ad pledge

20 September 2013

Ferrero has become the latest food company operating in the US to sign up to the Children's Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative, an industry self-regulatory programme on marketing to kids.

CANADA: Chocolate giants settle price-fixing lawsuit

17 September 2013

Chocolate giants including Nestle and Mars have moved to settle a class action lawsuit accusing them of price fixing and price maintenance in Canada.

US: Mars lines up confectionery launches for 2014

17 September 2013

Mars Inc has lined up a raft of new confectionery products that it is set to launch in the US next year.

On the money: Hershey bullish on US business

26 July 2013

Hershey has expressed its confidence in the future of its US business and the wider confectionery sector in the country after a strong first-half performance saw it gain market share across its business and lead it to up its forecasts for 2013.

UK: Mars launches Dolmio lasagne kits

22 July 2013

Mars has launched a range of Dolmio lasagne kits in the UK to make it easier for consumers to make the Italian dish.

UK: Mars adds two permanent Galaxy lines

18 July 2013

Mars Inc is to launch two permanent products to its Galaxy chocolate portfolio in addition to updating the brand's packaging.

CANADA: Hershey price-fixing fine set at C$4m

25 June 2013

Hershey has been fined C$4m after admitting fixing the price of chocolate products in Canada.

EGYPT: Mars to start Twix production

25 June 2013

Mars Inc is set to start the production of Twix chocolate in Egypt to serve the local market and other countries in the Middle East and Africa.

Consuming issues: UK reaches tipping-point on FOP labels

20 June 2013

The debate over what form front-of-pack nutrition labels should take in the UK has taken a significant stride to being closed, with over 60% of the market agreeing to use a new label that does include traffic lights. Not every household name will use the label but Ben Cooper argues the refuseniks will now be firmly in the campaigners' firing line.

INDIA: Mars coy over India plant talk

19 June 2013

Mars has refused to be drawn on reports in India it has applied for land in the western state of Gujarat to build its first chocolate plant in the country.

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