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How can brands capitalise in US foodservice?

There are increasing signs foodservice is gaining share from the grocery retail channel in the US. However, branded manufacturers face the t...

Oetker wants bigger slice of N American pizza

Dr Oetker has taken over McCain Foods' North American pizza operations. But, with competition fierce and with growth in the sector hard to c...


How can brands capitalise in US foodservice?

Katy Askew | 4 Mar 2015

There are increasing signs foodservice is gaining share from the grocery retail channel in the US. However, branded manufacturers face the thorny question of how to use their brand strength in conjunction with foodservice operators, many of whom have their own, equally strong, brand pulling power. In this installment of the just-food management briefing we look at how brands can be leveraged in foodservice.


Focus: Obesity in the UK - whose problem is it?

Hannah Abdulla | 14 Feb 2014

The blame game continues to escalate as to who is responsible for the obesity crisis in the UK. While some point the finger at the Government for not being convicted enough in its approach to tackle the problem, the finger is often pointed back at the food industry for failing to co-operate. Hannah Abdulla explores the complex issue.


The week ahead - Wal-Mart Q1s, Post Holdings H1

Dean Best | 13 May 2013

US breakfast cereal group Post Holdings kicks off a relatively quieter week of results with its half-year numbers on Monday. On Tuesday, meat giants Marfig and JBS will report on how it fared in the first three months of the year - as will Wal-Mart on Thursday. The week also includes an international conference in the Netherlands looking at the sustainable cultivation of soy.


2013 outlook: Mega deals unlikely

Chris Mercer | 31 Jan 2013

There may be caution over the prospect for blockbuster deals in a dilapidated economic environment, but the food sector mergers and acquisitions table still has plenty to whet the appetite.

Latest Interviews

just the answer: PinguinLutosa COO Herwig Dejonghe

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2012

European food group PinguinLutosa has undergone a period of significant change in recent years, with two notable acquisitions. And that transformation has continued but this time with a deal to sell one part of its business, Lutosa, to McCain Foods. COO Herwig Dejonghe speaks to just-food about the changes and his thoughts for the future of the frozen and canned food group.

Latest News

Kellogg, McCain rejected by India food safety body

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Aug 2015

Kellogg and McCain Foods are reportedly on a list of firms that have seen some of their products rejected for approval by India's food safety watchdog.


McCain Foods invests in Australia site

Dean Best | 9 Jul 2015

McCain Foods has announced plans to invest in a plant in Australia, building a new packing line and upgrading storage.


McCain Foods to close US plant

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

McCain Foods is to close a plant in the US state of Wisconsin.


McCain launches roast potato range in Australia

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Apr 2015

McCain Foods has launched a frozen roast potato range in Australia.


McCain launches whole grain meals in Australia

Dean Best | 15 Apr 2015

McCain Foods is rolling out a new line of frozen meals containing whole grains under its Healthy Choice brand in Australia and New Zealand.


McCain launches Pizza Toasties in Australia

Katy Askew | 9 Apr 2015

McCain Foods is launching a line of McCain Pizza Toasties in Australia, a pizza snack aimed at "families on-the-go".


McCain Foods launches six products in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Mar 2015

McCain Foods has launched six new frozen potato products in the UK.


McCain takes seven products to France

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Mar 2015

McCain Foods has launched seven products into the French market.


McCain to close Grobbendonk plant in Belgium

Katy Askew | 21 Jan 2015

McCain Foods has announced plans to close its production facility in Grobbendonk, Belgium, with the potential loss of 123 jobs.


India's Mother Dairy in frozen snacks push

Raghavendra Verma | 16 Dec 2014

Indian processed food company Mother Dairy will launch its first frozen snack - Aloo Tikki, a potato-based Indian delicacy - nationwide by the end of this year, a company executive has told just-food.


Greenyard Foods profits improve in H1

Dean Best | 21 Nov 2014

Belgium-based vegetable supplier Greenyard Foods has reported higher underlying half-year profits.


McCain overhauls brand in Canada to boost sales

Dean Best | 8 Oct 2014

McCain Foods, the Canada-based frozen food group, has unveiled a "major re-branding and positioning strategy" in its domestic market as it seeks to revitalise stagnant retail sales.


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.


Dr Oetker to buy McCain North America pizza arm

Dean Best | 21 Aug 2014

Dr Oetker has struck a deal to buy McCain Foods' pizza operations in North America.


McCain Foods to close plant in Canada

Dean Best | 8 Aug 2014

McCain Foods is to shut a plant making French fries in Canada, blaming changes in the demand for the product.


NZ dollar forces McCain production review

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2014

McCain Foods has blamed the rising New Zealand dollar for a review of its ready meals production in the country.


Seafood group Sealord confirms Yung as CEO

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2014

New Zealand seafood group Sealord has confirmed the appointment of former McCain Foods executive Steve Yung as its CEO.


Seafood firm Sealord coy on CEO appointment

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 2014

New Zealand seafood processor Sealord has refused to be drawn into speculation the new CEO it is appointing former McCain Foods executive Steve Yung.


Findus buys Lutosa retail business in Belgium

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Feb 2014

Frozen food giant Findus Group has snapped up the Belgian retail business of Lutosa as part of the EU's clearance of McCain Foods' acquisition of the potato products supplier.


Forex weighs on Greenyard Foods sales

Dean Best | 31 Jan 2014

Foreign exchange has weighed on sales at Belgium-based frozen and canned food group Greenyard Foods.


New-look Greenyard Foods books underlying H1 loss

Dean Best | 22 Nov 2013

Belgium-based canned and frozen fruit and veg group Greenyard Foods has booked a half-year loss from the businesses left after the sale of potato arm Lutosa to McCain Foods.


McCain launches potato waffle market

Katy Askew | 21 Oct 2013

McCain Food has said it is preparing to launch McCain Waffles as part of a drive to deliver brand growth.


McCain cites import pressure for Oz plant closure

Dean Best | 16 Oct 2013

McCain Foods said cheaper imports, combined with higher input costs and surplus capacity, were behind its decision to close a potato processing plant in Australia.

Latest blogs

The Middle East - the next big thing

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Feb 2014

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.

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