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.
11 March 2014
Mars Inc has committed to building a "traceable" and "sustainable" palm oil supply chain.
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.
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.
27 February 2014
Kellogg has teamed up with Mars Inc to launch Keebler cookies in the US filled with M&Ms.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
17 October 2013
Italian chocolate maker Ferrero Group has insisted it has not received a takeover approach from Swiss food giant Nestle.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
18 July 2013
Mars Inc is to launch two permanent products to its Galaxy chocolate portfolio in addition to updating the brand's packaging.
25 June 2013
Hershey has been fined C$4m after admitting fixing the price of chocolate products in Canada.
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.
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.
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.