Barry Callebaut, the Swiss firm that supplies chocolate to the likes of Hershey and Nestle, has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. Today (2 April), however, it was announced that CEO Patrick De Maeseneire, the man who oversaw much of that change, was leaving the business. Michelle Russell reports.
Two weeks ago, just-food editor Dean Best and Chris Brook-Carter, the site's publishing director, outlined the site's forecasts for the food industry with an address at the IFE trade exhibition in London's ExCel centre. Following high demand, below is the presentation in full.
Last year was record-breaking for the UTZ sustainable farming programme and certification scheme. Being able to provide companies with a scalable way to source certified sustainable commodities has been critical to its progress, as UTZ markets director Daan de Vries explained to Ben Cooper.
Spain-based chocolate supplier Natra generates the bulk of its business through supplying own-label products to retailers. However, the company is looking to significantly increase its work with brand-owners, as EMEA sales director Ferran Infante told Dean Best at the ISM confectionery trade show last month.
Natra has shrugged off a decline in sales at its consumer-facing business and booked higher sales and earnings for the first nine months of the year thanks to a strong performance from the Spain-based confectioner's industrial unit.
Spanish chocolate group Natra reported that operating profit rose by almost one-third in the first six months of the year thanks to lower production costs and operating expenses.
Natra, the Spain-based chocolate maker, has appointed Antonio Obieta Vilallonga as the new chairman of its board of directors.
Spanish private-label chocolate group Natra revealed this morning (22 June) it returned to profit in the first quarter of this year on stable sales and lower operating costs.
A stronger performance from its Europe, Middle East and Asia business enabled Spanish chocolate maker Natra slow its losses in the third quarter, with higher sales helping to offset increased input costs.
Spain-based chocolate supplier Natra has reported a first-quarter loss of EUR2.3m, with the company pointing to rising cocoa prices.
Spanish chocolate group Natra has reduced its stake in natraceuticals subsidiary Natraceutical to less than 50%.
Justin King announcing he was checking out of Sainsbury's after a decade in charge of the UK grocer led this week's industry headlines. Staying in the UK, Premier Foods sold control of its bread arm to US private-equity firm Gores Group, while Chobani vowed to go to the country's Supreme Court after another negative ruling in its labelling battle with Fage. And just-food filed reports both from India's annual Food and Grocery Forum and the global confectionery trade show ISM in Germany.
Sainsbury's ebullient boss Justin King this week announced his decision to quit after a decade in charge of the UK grocer. Premier Foods ceded control of its bread arm, although some in the City believe more action is needed to improve the UK group's balance sheet. And Chobani refuses to throw in the towel in its UK legal battle with Total yoghurt owner Fage.
Spain-based chocolate group Natra is eyeing a jump in UK sales after opening a dedicated office for the country in London.
Spanish chocolate group Natra warned that a "sudden rise" in cocoa prices has hit margins when it delivered its third-quarter results today (30 October).
Spain-based chocolate manufacturer Natra is to launch its Tiger Nut brand in South Africa.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra has booked an increase in first-half earnings, boosted by a focus on cost savings.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra has expanded its range of Belgian truffles with a product it hopes will appeal to the Asian market.
The story of the week centred around China's probe into the alleged fixing of infant formula prices in China, an investigation that has taken in the likes of Nestle and Danone. Elsewhere, consumer goods giant PZ Cussons has decided to move further into food with its acquisition of Australian baby food business Rafferty's Garden. And our latest executive interviews included Australian free-from business Freedom Foods Group and UK baker Finsbury Food Group.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra has expanded its product line with the launch of a chocolate spread containing stevia.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra is to set up chocolate production in Canada in a bid to double sales in North America over the next three years.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra has committed to sourcing 100% certified cocoa by 2020.
Spanish chocolate and natraceuticals firm Natra has booked an increase in first-quarter profits, boosted by sales gains and lower financial costs.
3G Capital, the private-equity firm soon to own Heinz, last week turned to another investment - Burger King - for the US food giant's new CEO. In the UK, R&R Ice Cream, Europe's largest own-label ice cream supplier bought a local rival it said would boost its branded stable. Europe was shook by more horsemeat revelations. Meanwhile, we interviewed Sainsbury's on multichannel, Canada's Dare Foods and took a look at the possible suitors for Burton's Biscuit Co.
Spanish chocolate group Natra has opened a commercial office in Hong Kong as part of its strategic plan to increase its presence in the Asia-Pacific markets.
Spanish chocolate group Natra has recorded a drop in full-year net profit, hurt by a gain recorded by its Natraceutical division last year, but saw its operating income increase.
Spanish chocolate group Natra has returned to profitability in the first nine months of the year.
Spanish chocolate group Natra has pointed to improved efficiency in parts of the business as it reported an increase in first-quarter underlying profit.
Spanish chocolate group Natra revealed that it returned to profitability in 2011 thanks to a significant one-off gain and a near-5% increase in turnover.
Spanish confectioner Natra has created an international chocolate subsidiary in a bid to cut costs and boost its position in the confectionery market.
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