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Indonesia - Sweet and sour of confectionery sector

Indonesia's confectionery sector is predicted to grow in a big way. By 2018 it is forecast to be worth US$2.6bn up from US$1.37bn in 2013. B...

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...

Indonesia - Sweet and sour of confectionery sector

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Oct 2015

Indonesia's confectionery sector is predicted to grow in a big way. By 2018 it is forecast to be worth US$2.6bn up from US$1.37bn in 2013. But with local players dominating the scene thanks to their knowledge of local tastes and the ability to offer cheaper options, international players looking to get in on the action may struggle. Hannah Abdulla explores

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.

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.

Latest News

Mondelez 'preparing to sell European cheese unit'

Katy Askew | 2 Oct 2015

Mondelez International is reportedly planning to sell its European cheese and grocery business in a deal that could be valued at as much as US$3bn. 

Industry news of week - Quorn, Mondelez, Kellogg

Dean Best | 2 Oct 2015

Quorn Foods' sale to Monde Nissin was the stand-out story this week got you clicking. News of a potential transaction also caught your interest, with speculation Mondelez International may be looking to offload its European cheese and grocery business.

Mondelez starts Oreo production in Russia

Dean Best | 28 Sep 2015

Mondelez International has started to manufacture Oreo biscuits in Russia.

Premier eyes older consumer with Cadbury Hot Cakes

Katy Askew | 28 Sep 2015

Premier Foods plc is launching Cadbury Hot Cakes in a bid to extend the brand into "after dinner" desserts in the UK and increase its appeal to older consumers and two-person households.

UPDATE: Nestle 'likely to continue KitKat TM fight

Katy Askew | 16 Sep 2015

Nestle is likely to continue to push for the shape of its four-fingered KitKat bar to be recognised as a trademark, even following a partial setback from the European Court of Justice, intellectual property lawyer at Mishcon de Reya Sally Britton predicted.

European court rejects KitKat TM bid

Katy Askew | 16 Sep 2015

The European Court of Justice has rejected Nestle's attempt to gain a trade mark for the shape of its KitKat chocolate bar, suggesting that the shape itself is not distinctive enough for consumers to associate it with the brand.

Industry news of week - Quorn, Mondelez, Flowers

Dean Best | 11 Sep 2015

Mondelez International was among a clutch of major players speaking at Barclays' investor conference in Boston this week and the snacks giant set out strategies to try to drive sales. In a busy week of M&A, US bakery giant Flowers Foods bought another organic bread maker, Unilever sold its Indian bakery arm and the owner of Quorn started an auction for the UK meat-free business.

Quotes of week - Mondelez, Nomad Foods, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

This week, the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference took place in Boston with presentations from Mondelez International and Tyson Foods. Nomad Foods also presented and indicated plans to focus on cost-cutting with funds re-invested in the business for growth. Elsewhere, Flowers Foods announced its second acquisition in under a month in organic bread and McCormick & Co. pledged to increase the number of organic and Non-GMO products it sells in the US over the next year. Here is the week in quotes. 

Mondelez to make 50% of products "well-being"

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Sep 2015

Mondelez International is aiming for half its portfolio to be in the "well-being space" by 2020.

Cadbury moves into Australia's "premium" segment

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

Mondelez International is looking to take Cadbury into Australia's "premium" chocolate market with a new brand, Coco.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Quotes of the week - Green Giant; Arla in Africa

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.

Mondelez opens line at Poland chocolate plant

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Mondelez International has opened a chocolate production line at its site in Skarbimierz in south-west Poland.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Just Mayo

Dean Best | 1 Sep 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.

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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