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Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarca...

The consumer demand for sustainable cocoa

In the fifth part of just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing, Ben Cooper examines how consumer demand for certified sustaina...


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.


Why "added-value" is key in LatAm yoghurt

Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2015

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.


It's tough but industry needs to act on water

Dean Best | 14 May 2015

California is, in its own words, "facing one of the most severe droughts on record" and food and beverage companies are under scrutiny. The situation has served to bring a serious issue facing the industry to wider attention - and that may spark more companies into action in an area where environmental advocates say its record is mixed.

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Interview: Bell hits out at German cartel ruling

Dean Best | 22 Jul 2014

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.


The rise of Vietnam: Nestle eyes faster growth

Katy Askew | 12 Jun 2014

Vietnam is an up-and-coming emerging market that is gaining increasing attention as international companies seek out fresh avenues of growth. Nestle first established an office in the country in 1912. In the 1990s the company took its presence in Vietnam to the next level with the establishment of a local subsidiary. Today, the firm is focused on accelerating growth in the market. Katy Askew spoke to Rashid Aleem Qureshi, MD of Nestle Vietnam, to find out more about the group's plans in the country.

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Food industry quotes of the week: Ferrero, CGF

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jun 2015

This week, members of The Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ferrero made a bid to acquire UK confectioner Thorntons. Nestle appointed a new CFO to replace Wan Ling Martello and First Milk chairman, Sir Jim Paice, resigned. Here is the week in quotes.


News of the week – Ferrero & Thorntons

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

This week has been bumper for food sector M&A. Ferrero announced that it is gobbling up UK chocolate maker Thorntons. JBS is taking control of Moy Park from heavily indebted Brazilian meat group Marfrig. Grupo Bimbo also announced it has purchased parts of Spanish baker Panrico. Meanwhile, in the world of retail, Delhaize and Ahold revealed plans to combine. Here is just-food's top news and insight coverage from this week.


Nan Pro-3 "cleared" by Indian authorities - Nestle

Katy Askew | 25 Jun 2015

Nestle said that its Nan Pro-3 infant formula has been cleared by Indian authorities after a consumer complaint said live worms had been found in a package.


Nestle to open factory in UAE

Katy Askew | 24 Jun 2015

Nestle has confirmed that it plans to invest “more than” US$120m to open a production facility in Dubai, the United Arab Emirates.


Nestle names Francois-Xavier Roger CFO

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2015

Nestle has announced the appointment of Francois-Xavier Roger to the position of executive vice president and chief financial officer.


Nestle - "no quality issue" over milk in Punjab

Katy Askew | 23 Jun 2015

Nestle has insisted there is "no quality issue" related to its decision to stop selling milk in pouches in Punjab in India.


ConAgra to engage with activist Jana

Katy Askew | 19 Jun 2015

ConAgra Foods said that it is “looking forward” to engaging with Jana Partners after the activist investment vehicle disclosed a 7.2% stake in the food group.


Food industry news of week: Hershey, Nestle

Dean Best | 19 Jun 2015

China continues to be an issue for Hershey, which today (19 June) cut its forecast for 2015 sales for the second time this year thanks to challenges in the market. Meanwhile, around 300 jobs are to go at the US confectionery giant as it tries to react quicker to changing market trends. Nestle, which has had its own issues in China, this week also indicated growth in parts of Africa had not been as rapid as it had hoped.


Nestle launches thin crust Digiorno pizzeria range

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Jun 2015

Nestle has launched a line of thin crust pizzas under its frozen Digiorno Pizzeria brand in the US.


Nestle - Africa cuts "not major restructuring"

Katy Askew | 17 Jun 2015

Nestle has played down news it plans to reduce its workforce in equatorial Africa, insisting the move “does not signify a major restructuring” in the region.


Nestle "cutting 15% African workforce"

Katy Askew | 17 Jun 2015

Swiss food multinational Nestle plans to cut 15% of its workforce in 21 African countries, according to a report in the Financial Times.


Nestle insists insects could not live in Cerelac

Katy Askew | 17 Jun 2015

Nestle has insisted its manufacturing process "excludes the possibility" of insects existing in a sealed package after a consumer in India claimed to have discovered live insects in Cerelac infant cereal.


Nestle - Maggi recall will cost at least INR3.2bn

Katy Askew | 15 Jun 2015

Nestle has given an initial indication of the financial impact of the recall of Maggi noodles that Indian regulators allege are tainted with excess lead.


US refused Maggi products in January

Katy Askew | 15 Jun 2015

The US Food and Drug Administration refused some batches of Maggi noodles produced by Nestle in India when importers attempted to bring them into the US via third parties in January this year.


Nestle bid to overturn Maggi ban rejected

Dean Best | 12 Jun 2015

The Bombay High Court has reportedly dismissed Nestle's request for a stay on the ban on the sale of Maggi noodles in India.


Nestle faces setback in KitKat TM bid

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

Nestle could struggle trying to block KitKat copycats, after a top lawyer at the European Court of Justice rejected a trademark bid.


Nestle challenging Maggi ban in Indian high court

Katy Askew | 12 Jun 2015

Nestle is challenging a ban placed on the sale of Maggi noodles by Indian food safety regulators in the country's high court.


Food industry news of week: Yoplait, Maggi

Dean Best | 12 Jun 2015

General Mills has taken the plunge in China's yoghurt market, this week launching Yoplait in Shanghai. The row over Nestle's Maggi noodles in India continued, with the food giant contesting the nationwide ban in court. And there were a flurry of stories in the US - Campbell Soup Co. and WhiteWave Foods snapped up smaller businesses, while Boulder Brands announced its co-founder and CEO Steve Hughes had resigned.


Food industry quotes of week: Fonterra, Campbell

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Jun 2015

This week, Fonterra confirmed it would be axing jobs as part of a review in response to the "volatile" dairy trading environment at present. Campbell acquired Garden Fresh Gourmet as it looks to extend its presence in the packaged fresh category. Elsewhere, Raisio announced it was launching Benecol into China and the US House of Representatives voted to scrap meat labelling laws. We also took an in-depth look at Bel Group's investment in Moroccan dairy Safilait.


UPDATE: Recalled Knorr noodles safe - Unilever

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2015

Unilever has halted production of its Knorr-branded Chinese instant noodles for the Indian market and has started a recall because the product was launched without approval from the country's food safety regulator.


Unilever "pulls Knorr noodles" in India

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2015

Unilever has reportedly recalled its range of Knorr Chinese-style instant noodles in India because the company apparently failed to secure approval to sell the product in the market.


Singapore "clears Maggi noodles"

Katy Askew | 10 Jun 2015

Singapore's food safety watchdog, the Agri-Food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA), has reportedly found that Maggi noodles imported from India meet local safety standards.

Latest blogs

Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.


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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