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Post has used acquisitions to extend beyond breakfast cerealjust the facts - Post Holdings' M&A spree

17 April 2014

It is two years since US food group Ralcorp Holdings spun off branded breakfast cereal maker Post Holdings. And the Grape Nuts owner has, through a number of acquisitions, rapidly built a broader business designed to diversify away from a cereal market in the doldrums. just-food runs through the deals.

MEXICO: Nestle launches lactose-free milk product for kids

16 April 2014

Nestle Mexico has launched its first milk product for lactose-intolerant children.

SWITZERLAND: Nestle sees FX offset organic growth

15 April 2014

Nestle has booked a drop in first-quarter reported sales as the top line was dented by currency headwinds that more than offset organic growth due to the strength of the Swiss franc.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

14 April 2014

Food retailers eyeing India would have been surprised to hear the BJP political party, tipped to lead the country's next government, publish a tough stance on foreign investment in its retail sector. Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke hinted the food giant could be looking at further disposals and Wal-Mart said more affordable organic groceries would be available in the US after a tie-up with the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

SWITZ: Nestle chairman Brabeck-Letmathe to step down in 2017

7 April 2014

Nestle has confirmed chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will step down from his position in 2017.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

7 April 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

UK: Court backs Nestle in Mondelez colour purple spat

4 April 2014

The UK's Supreme Court has refused to allow Mondelez International to appeal an earlier ruling preventing the group from trademarking the shade of purple used by the Cadbury brand.

CHINA: Nestle opens food safety facility in Beijing

25 March 2014

Nestle has opened a food safety research centre in Beijing as part of its drive to support the Chinese government and "strengthen" food safety efforts in the country.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

24 March 2014

just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

CAGE 2014: Nestle "upbeat" on outlook for consumer sentiment

21 March 2014

Nestle finance chief Wan Ling Martello has insisted that the company remains "upbeat" on the outlook for the consumer environment in 2014.

SWITZERLAND: Nestle "no comment" on Danone medical interest

21 March 2014

Swiss food giant Nestle is one of the four firms interested in purchasing the medical nutrition unit of Danone according to a report published by Les Echos.

CAGE 2014: Danone tackles challenges in Europe, China

21 March 2014

Danone believes it can return its business to "profitable, superior top line growth" in six months time, as benefits feed through from the French dairy group's attempts to tackle the still sticky spots of dairy in Europe and infant nutrition in China.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

17 March 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

FRANCE: Nestle launches "gourmet" fruit and nut bar

14 March 2014

Nestle has launched Les Recettes de L'Atelier, a "gourmet" fruit and nut chocolate bar, in France.

JAPAN: Nestle launches KitKat bake

14 March 2014

Nestle Japan has unveiled a new mini KitKat that can be baked.

Interview: GULFOOD 2014: Nestle eyes tripling of Middle East sales

11 March 2014

A young market which promises room to grow is a key attraction for multinationals in the Middle East, the head of Nestle's Middle East operations told just-food at the Gulfood trade expo in Dubai.

Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

10 March 2014

Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaining more mainstream media attention, which has profound implications for the food industry and, in particular, for the chocolate sector. However, what are the prospects for low-sugar chocolate? Jonathan Thomas investigates.

Confectionery: Why cocoa can only be sustainable without child labour

10 March 2014

Child labour is intrinsically linked to cocoa's broader sustainability challenges. If the cocoa sector is successful at boosting production during the coming years, it will not be deemed a sustainable expansion if the issue in the two major producing countries has not been satisfactorily addressed, writes Ben Cooper.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

3 March 2014

Tesco this week outlined plans for a fresh offensive to try to revitalise UK sales. Meanwhile, The Co-operative Group, which has faced its own issues in recent months, announced it was considering the sale of its farm business as CEO Euan Sutherland looks to reshape the mutual. In the US, PepsiCo once again reiterated it is not keen on splitting the company in two, while Hershey, Mars and Nestle breathed a sigh of relief after the price-fixing case it was tied up in was kicked out of court. Here is the week in quotes.

US: Judge quashes price-fix claim against chocolate giants

28 February 2014

A court in Pennsylvania has thrown out a US$727m chocolate price-fixing lawsuit against Hershey, Mars and Nestle.

US: Nestle launches Dreyer's, Edy's frozen bars

27 February 2014

Nestle has launched a line of frozen fruit and vegetable bars in the US under its Dreyer's Outshine and Edy's Outshine brands.

just-food's research round-up: sports nutrition in Europe, dairy food in China

21 February 2014

The European market for sports nutrition, the development of the dairy foods sector in China and outlook for own label are featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

US: Hormel Q1 earnings jump on Skippy acquisition

20 February 2014

Hormel Foods has booked a jump in first-quarter sales and earnings, boosted by the acquisition of the Skippy peanut butter brand.

PAPUA NEW GUINEA: Nestle to expand Maggi plant

20 February 2014

Nestle is expanding a plant in the Pacific nation of Papua New Guinea.

SOUTH AFRICA: Nestle insists Kit Kat "shape mark valid"

18 February 2014

Nestle has insisted the shape of its Kit Kat chocolate bar is protected under its South African trade mark of the product, as the dispute with chocolate maker IFFCO deepens.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

17 February 2014

Nestle and Mondelez International were among the major food manufacturers reporting 2013 results last week, although perhaps the most notable financial update was ConAgra Foods' second profit warning in five months. Elsewhere, there was speculation over the future ownership of UK grocer Morrisons and United Biscuits continued its international expansion with an investment in Nigeria.

In the spotlight: Nestle looks to combine nutrition, premiumisation

13 February 2014

After sales fell below the "Nestle Model" in 2013, the world's largest food maker intends to leverage its focus on health and wellness and a new drive that could see its stable of well-known brands adopt a more premium positioning to revitalise top-line growth.

What the analysts say: Nestle's 2013 performance

13 February 2014

Nestle booked a mixed set of full-year numbers today (13 February). The world's largest food group saw a drop in operating profit due to the cost of disposals and issued a cautious outlook for 2014. However, trading operating profit was up on improved margins and the company was able to shrug off some of the weakness it saw in the first half of the year. Analyst reactions have been equally mixed.

SWITZ: Nestle FY profits slide, 2014 outlook subdued

13 February 2014

Nestle booked a drop in 2013 earnings and issued a cautious outlook for 2014 this morning (13 February), prompting shares to slide in early trade.

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