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Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel re...

Is Nestle's "reboot" enough to save Lean Cuisine?

Lean Cuisine is a declining brand in a struggling category, placing the US business in a precarious position within the Nestle portfolio. La...

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.

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.

Focus: What impact will Nestle's Maggi scare have?

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2015

Dramatic scenes emerged from India today (5 June) as television cameras showed rowdy consumers burning Nestle's Maggi branded noodles in a bonfire. The scrutiny over the safety of the Maggi noodles has led to a rapid deterioration of consumer trust in the products in the country. Katy Askew looks at how the affair could affect the food giant.

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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 - MDLZ, Nestle

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-half results and cited the benefits of pricing and productivity on its margins. In the UK, Young's Seafood announced a potential revised restructuring plan that could ease the impact on jobs at two plants. Nestle appointed a new MD for its under-fire India arm and just-food caught up with the CEO of Danone's US organic baby food unit, Happy Family, as it ventures into adult snacks.

Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra

Dean Best | 31 Jul 2015

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.

Lactalis surpasses Danone on dairy league table

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Lactalis has moved ahead of French rival Danone into second place in the list of the world's top ten dairy companies by sales, according to new data from Rabobank.

Nestle replaces India MD after Maggi scandal

Katy Askew | 27 Jul 2015

Nestle, still reeling from the controversy over its Maggi noodle recall in India, has named Suresh Narayanan as its new managing director in the country.

Bonduelle "preparing bid for Green Giant"

Katy Askew | 21 Jul 2015

French vegetable processor Bonduelle is said to be preparing a takeover bid for General Mills' frozen and canned vegetable business Green Giant, in conjunction with private equity group Centerview Partners.

Food industry quotes of week - Fonterra, Blue Bell

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Fonterra this week announced plans to cut over 500 jobs as it adjusts to a slump in prices of dairy commodities, caused in part by falling demand in China. And Mead Johnson this week lowered its forecast for annual profits, with the slowdown in China's economy a factor.

Industry news of week - sugar call, Mead Johnson

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.

Nestle dismisses "frivolous" Gerber lawsuit

Katy Askew | 15 Jul 2015

Nestle has said a class action lawsuit in the US against its Gerber brand is "frivolous" and "without merit".

Nestle's Gerber accused of "misleading parents"

Katy Askew | 15 Jul 2015

A class action lawsuit has been filed against Nestle's Gerber brand, alleging that the labels of its Graduates Puffs product “mislead parents”.

Food industry quotes of week - PepsiCo, Hostess

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jul 2015

This week, PepsiCo reported on its second quarter numbers and its conference call detailed its plans to prepare for a tough second half to the year. Elsewhere Hostess Brands' owners insisted they were not looking for an IPO or a sale at present. animal abuse and McCain announced an A$10m investment at a Tasmania plant. Here is the week in quotes.

Nestle's Buitoni launches vegetable ravioli

Katy Askew | 9 Jul 2015

Nestle is launching a new line of “vegetable-infused” ravioli in the US under its Buitoni brand.

Maggi noodles meet EU lead limits, UK says

Dean Best | 1 Jul 2015

Maggi noodles collected for tests in the UK amid the claims over the safety of the product in India meet EU rules on lead, regulators in London said today (1 July).

Nestle cleared to export India-made Maggi noodles

Dean Best | 30 Jun 2015

Nestle can continue exporting Maggi noodles made in India, the high court in Mumbai has ruled, although the ban on the sale of the product domestically remains in force.

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.

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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.

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,, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.

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