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Nestle H1 results – 8 key takeaways

Katy Askew | 14 Aug 2015

Nestle saw organic sales increase 4.5% in the first half of 2015 and confirmed it is on track to meet full-year guidance of growth of "around 5%". The company pushed through efficiency initiatives it is feeding back into marketing investment and said it is starting to see a turnaround in its problem areas – US frozen and China. However, the company remained cautious on the outlook for China while the impact of the Maggi recall in India weighed. Here are just-food's key takeaways from Nestle's first half.

Europe's confectioners facing stagnant sales

Cristina Lazzaroni, IRI | 14 Aug 2015

Europe's confectionery market is the world's largest but sales are stagnant. How can confectioners eke out growth? IRI business insight manager Cristina Lazzaroni, investigates.

Comment: FSSAI's antagonism on Maggi is lose-lose

Katy Askew | 6 Aug 2015

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India has taken a hard line on Nestle's Maggi brand. But – with Nestle's strong international food safety and compliance record – has the regulator picked the right battle? Katy Askew suggests the FSSAI's increasingly belligerent tone and single-mindedness in its pursuit of Nestle will do little to improve food safety in the country. It could, however, make multinationals think twice about investing in India.

Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

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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 week - R&R, TPP, Unilever

Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.

Wrap: Nestle/R&R; TPP deal; US dietary guidelines

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle's "advanced" talks to put the bulk of its ice cream business into a venture with the UK's R&R Ice Cream was the week's stand-out M&A story, while regulatory developments - the TPP trade deal, food safety rules in China and US dietary guidelines - caught the eye elsewhere.

Nestle claims market first in S Africa Maggi NPD

Helen Arnold | 8 Oct 2015

Nestle is launching a range of Maggi noodles in South Africa containing the indigenous vegetable morogo, after three years of research to assess their nutritional value and taste.

Nestle makes new landfill pledge in US

Richard Siddle | 7 Oct 2015

Nestle has made a new commitment to send zero waste to landfill from its production facilities in the US by 2020.

Nestle, R&R Ice Cream in joint venture talks

Dean Best | 5 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream today (5 October) confirmed they are in talks over a possible international frozen food and ice cream venture.

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.

Nestle gives fresh push to chocolate brand Cailler

Dean Best | 1 Oct 2015

Nestle is investing in its "super-premium" chocolate brand Cailler, rolling the product into more markets and revamping the range.

US food CEOs call for action on climate change

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

The CEOs of some of the US's largest food companies - including Mars Inc, General Mills and Kellogg – have called on world leaders to forge "robust international agreements" on climate change at upcoming intergovernmental talks on the issue in Paris. 

Industry news of week - Russia GMOs; US and waste

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Russia this week reportedly ruled out the use of GMOs in its food production, a further stiffening of its position on the issue. In the US, meanwhile, the Obama administration announced plans to halve food waste in 15 years. And, among a series of stories out of France, came news of raids from the country's competition watchdog on compote manufacturers.

FSSAI chief "reassigned" following Maggi scandal

Katy Askew | 23 Sep 2015

The chief executive of the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, the body responsible for implementing India's food safety regulations, has been reassigned to a post within a government think-tank.

US dismisses Hershey, Nestle, Mars collusion case

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Sep 2015

The US court of appeals has upheld a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars Inc and Nestle.

Food industry quotes of the week - Kellogg, KitKat

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Sep 2015

This week, Kellogg announced plans to increase its exposure in Africa through a joint-venture with local player, Tolaram Foods. Elsewhere, Tyson Foods was once again in the spotlight over animal abuse allegations. Nestle lost its battle to trademark its KitKat product in the European Court of Justice Midamar pleaded guilty to allegations it mislabeled products for export as halal.

Food industry news of the week – Kellogg in Africa

Katy Askew | 21 Sep 2015

News from emerging markets featured heavily on our pages this week, with the Irish and Chinese governments striking a Memorandum of Understanding on food safety cooperation, further consolidation in Egypt and Kellogg expanding in Africa. Elsewhere, we brought you coverage of some of the most innovative products on display at the Natural Products Expo East. Here are some of the top news and insight stories on just-food this week.

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.

Mars price-fixing charge dropped in Canada

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

Mars has escaped charges of price fixing in Canada after the country's Public Prosecution Service dropped its case, two years after accusing the Snickers maker of conspiring with Nestle and Hershey. 

Davigel sale referred to French anti-trust body

Stuart Todd | 10 Sep 2015

The European Commission has asked France's competition authority to review Nestle's planned sale of foodservice business Davigel to Bain Capital, the private-equity owner of Brakes.

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.

Hershey to sell Ice Breakers through Amazon Dash

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Hershey has become the latest FMCG company to look to sell a brand through Amazon Dash, the e-commerce giant's at-the-touch-of-a-button re-ordering service in the US.

KitKat to go sustainably sourced cocoa only

Hannah Abdulla | 1 Sep 2015

Nestle has committed to using only sustainably sourced cocoa to manufacture its KitKat chocolate by 2016.

ITC's Yippee noodles face lead claims

Dean Best | 25 Aug 2015

Indian FMCG giant ITC has become the subject of speculation over the lead content of noodles after reports food officials in Uttar Pradesh had found a batch contained excess levels of lead.

Nestle brings Allen's Jelly Tots back to market

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Aug 2015

Nestle is reintroducing Allen's Jelly Tots to the Australian market, this time with no artificial colours and with portion advice on packs.

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Nestle starts advertising push for Maggi in India

Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

Maggi noodles are yet to return to shelves in India but Nestle has started to pave the way for the brand's comeback with a series of social media ads.

Maggi crisis results in Q2 loss for Nestle India arm

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2015

After a particularly difficult quarter in India where it became the centre of the country's worst food scare in a decade, Nestle has reported a loss in its India business for the second quarter of the year.

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