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Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

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...


Pricing, productivity pay off for Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

Actions taken on pricing and moves to improve productivity appear to be paying off for Mondelez International.


What Grexit could mean for the food industry

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jul 2015

This Sunday, Greece will decide whether to accept a proposal from its creditors following the breakdown of negotiations over its EU1.6bn debt repayment with the International Monetary Fund. If voters reject the proposal, Greece risks exiting Eurozone. Concerns over what this will mean for the food industry are rife and food manufacturers have started taking measures to prepare for the worst.


Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.


The consumer demand for sustainable cocoa

Ben Cooper | 22 Jun 2015

In the fifth part of just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing, Ben Cooper examines how consumer demand for certified sustainable cocoa has fostered corporate action to improve the living standards of their agricultural suppliers and make their raw material supply chains more sustainable.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Enjoy Life Foods on Mondelez takeover

Dean Best | 17 Feb 2015

Privately-owned US free-from snacks group Enjoy Life Foods has joined the likes of Cadbury and Oreo in the global giant's portfolio. Joel Warady, Enjoy Life's chief sales and marketing officer, has been at the business since it was set up in 2001. He speaks to Dean Best about why Enjoy Life was looking for a "partner", what Mondelez's ownership means for the business and the fledgling firm's growth ambitions.


R&R Ice Cream CEO Najafi thinks global

Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in Europe by sales, behind only Unilever. But the UK-based business's CEO, Ibrahim Najafi, promoted to the top job at the company 18 months ago, has his sights on expansion further afield.

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Industry news of week - Green Giant, Just Mayo

Dean Best | 28 Aug 2015

A deal for Green Giant could be nearing with claims US group B&G Foods is in advanced talks to buy the business from General Mills. Elsewhere, eight companies have expressed interest in Australia's Brownes Dairy, while one sale that was announced this week was the acquisition of European snack bar maker VSI by US co-packer Hearthside Food Solutions. And one story that caught your attention was upstart US egg-free mayo maker Just Mayo coming under fire from the country's food watchdog.


Mondelez adds to Dairy Milk range in South Africa

Dean Best | 25 Aug 2015

Mondelez International has added to its Cadbury Dairy Milk range in South Africa with the launch of the "premium" line Silk.


Mondelez CEO Rosenfeld defends moves on costs

Dean Best | 24 Aug 2015

Mondelez International chief Irene Rosenfeld has stood behind the snacks giant's moves on costs amid speculation the Cadbury and Oreo owner could face pressure to work harder to improve profitability.


Mondelez cleared of unfair trading in India

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Aug 2015

Mondelez International has been cleared of unfair trading practices by India's Competition Commission.


Industry news of week - Russia ban, Maggi ruling

Dean Best | 14 Aug 2015

Russia this week said it would extend its restrictions on food imports to four more countries. In India, the ban on Nestle's Maggi noodles was overturned - although the products will have to be tested again. In the US, Kraft Heinz Co. announced plans to cut 2,500 jobs, while co-investor Warren Buffett cooled talk over a bid - in the short term at least - for Mondelez International. And in Europe, Nomad Foods struck a deal to buy Findus Group's operations in seven markets.


Warren Buffett cools Kraft Heinz, Mondelez talk

Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

Warren Buffett today (10 August) appeared to pour cold water on the prospect of Kraft Heinz Co. making a move for Mondelez International in the near term.


Mondelez launches Belvita Soft Bakes

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Aug 2015

Mondelez International has added to its under its Belvita breakfast biscuit range in the UK with the launch of a softer line.


Food industry news of week - Mondelez, Nakd, Maggi

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

Activist US investor Bill Ackman got the market talking this week with the disclosure he has invested in Mondelez International. Could he be betting on an eventual bid for the Cadbury owner from the new Kraft Heinz Co.? Meanwhile, the row over the Maggi continued, with India's food safety watchdog brushing off tests that appeared to clear Nestle's noodles. And three UK snacks businesses hit the headlines. The owners of Nakd owner Natural Balance Foods are weighing up their options, Bear owner Urban Fresh Foods is looking at ways to expand internationally - which could involve investment in the business. And crisp firm Tyrrells snapped up an Australian snack maker.


Industry results: TreeHouse, Post, Calbee

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

This week's rundown of the latest financial results include a profit warning from TreeHouse Foods, an increase to profit forecasts at Post Holdings and a clutch of Japanese companies reporting their first-quarter results.


Activist Ackman takes US$5.5bn stake in Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Aug 2015

Activist investor William Ackman has built a stake valued at around US$5.5bn in Oreo owner Mondelez International.


Mondelez "cautiously optimistic" on China

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

Mondelez International is "cautiously optimistic" about its progress in China and believes it is taking the right steps amid a slowdown in the market affecting a number of its peers.


Food industry quotes of week - MDLZ, Nestle

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-half results and cited the benefits of pricing and productivity on its margins. In the UK, Young's Seafood announced a potential revised restructuring plan that could ease the impact on jobs at two plants. Nestle appointed a new MD for its under-fire India arm and just-food caught up with the CEO of Danone's US organic baby food unit, Happy Family, as it ventures into adult snacks.


Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2015

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.


Mondelez Mexico investment to hit 600 US jobs

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Mondelez International is pumping US$130m into its Salinas factory in a bid to "modernise" its North America supply chain but the move will impact 600 jobs in Chicago.


Mondelez profits down but gives guidance boost

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Mondelez International has reported a fall in first-half sales and profits hit by charges and the impact of foreign exchange, but lifted its forecasts for annual organic sales and underlying margins.


Mondelez launches Bubbly in India

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Jul 2015

Mondelez International has launched its aerated chocolate, Bubbly, in the Indian market.


Mondelez opens Milka line at Bludenz plant

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Mondelez International has opened a new production line for its Milka chocolates at its plant in Austria.


Mondelez launches Oreo Thins in US

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jul 2015

Mondelez International has announced the launch of Oreo Thins in the US.


Kraft, Mondelez urge dismissal of wheat price case

Katy Askew | 2 Jun 2015

Kraft Foods Group and Mondelez International have called for the dismissal of two counts of the case alleging the companies manipulated wheat prices in 2011.


Mondelez faces challenge on sat fat goal

Dean Best | 28 May 2015

Mondelez International today (28 May) acknowledged challenges in its work to reduce saturated fat in its products and to lower the water and energy use in its manufacturing.


Food industry news of week: GMOs, Arla, Mondelez

Dean Best | 26 May 2015

The US Department of Agriculture's development of GMO certification scheme emerged this week, adding to the debate over the labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Elsewhere in the US, Mondelez International revealed jobs will go at a biscuit plant in Chicago. Meanwhile, dairy giant Arla Foods announced a deal in Egypt with local processor Juhayna Food Industries.


Cadbury to cut Australian jobs

Katy Askew | 22 May 2015

Mondelez International chocolate unit Cadbury has cut 80 manufacturing jobs in Australia, according to union sources.

Latest blogs

FMCG online: more data shows why brands must act

Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.


What's the outlook for gluten-free in Europe?

Dean Best | 3 Jun 2015

The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.

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