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Focus: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first p...

Comment: Nestle targets Hershey with Super Bowl ad

The news Nestle will - for the first time - be buying airtime during the Super Bowl is much more significant that the usual "advertising inv...

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

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 ha...

Focus: NPD will not get US gum out of sticky spot

US gum sales have been in decline since 2010. The category is failing to attract what were once its key consumer group - young people. Monde...

Latest Interviews

Sustainability Watch - Andy McCormick, Hershey 3 Apr 2013

Ben Cooper

Hershey has become the latest major chocolate company to make a bold public commitment to sustainable cocoa. Andy McCormick, Hershey's vice president, cocoa sustainability, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's 21st Century Cocoa Plan and its commitment to collective efforts to achieve a sustainable cocoa sector.


Divine battles pressure on Fairtrade specialists 27 Mar 2013

Dean Best

UK-based Divine Chocolate was one of the first Fairtrade-only FMCG brands when it launched in 1998. However, the entry of larger, mainstream companies into the category, while increasing awareness of Fairtrade and boosting sales, has had an impact on the specialists. Divine commercial director David Francis spoke to Dean Best about competition, retail support for Fairtrade and the promotional battle in the UK.

Latest News

Mars ups prices on chocolate amid higher costs 23 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Mars Inc has announced it will increase the price on chocolate it sells in North America by around 7%, days after Hershey announced a similar hike.


Mars fails to dismiss US labelling lawsuit 18 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Mars Inc has failed to get a lawsuit alleging its labelling of five popular chocolate products violates state and federal regulations thrown out of court.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week 2 Jun 2014

Dean Best

US meats group Hillshire Brands has this week turned from hunter to hunted. With its offer for Pinnacle Foods on the table, the Jimmy Dean sausages maker is the subject of two takeover bids from JBS-backed Pilgrim's Pride and then Tyson Foods, looking to boost their meat empires with higher-margin products. Elsewhere, Sweden-based confectioner Cloetta snapped up Ireland's The Jelly Bean Factory, Nestle and Fonterra revamped their venture in South America and R&R Ice Cream bought Australia's Peters Food Group.


Soft drinks firm Cott Corp. buys Aimia Foods 30 May 2014

Dean Best

Canadian soft drink manufacturer Cott Corp. has acquired UK food and beverage group Aimia Foods.


Wrigley rolling out stevia-based mints in Europe 29 May 2014

Katy Askew

Wrigley, the gum unit of Mars, plans to roll out stevia-based Extra Professional Mints throughout Europe in 2014.

Latest blogs

The Middle East - the next big thing 23 Feb 2014

Hannah Abdulla

With emerging markets becoming a central focus for many food companies, there is growing interest in the Middle East and Africa - and this week we are at the Gulfood expo in Dubai to speak to those building their business in the region.


Mars turns to Twitter to discuss CSR strategy 29 Jul 2013

Dean Best

Mars interestingly opted to use Twitter to publicise its CSR initiatives. While not quite providing the "in-depth look at Mars' sustainability strategy" the company and online portal triplepundit.com touted, it was a worthwhile exercise.

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