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PepsiCo saw snacks sales rise 5% worldwide on organic basisUS: Snacks help PepsiCo beat Wall St forecasts

17 April 2014

PepsiCo reported first-quarter top and bottom lines that beat Wall Street estimates today (17 April), helped by solid growth from the US group's snacks business.

INDIA: PepsiCo takes Kurkure to Canada and Gulf

1 April 2014

PepsiCo has announced it is to launch Indian snack brand Kurkure to the Canadian and Gulf markets.

UK: Popchips welcomes competition in "popped snacks"

27 March 2014

More players joining the UK "popped snacks" category will only help it to grow, Popchips commercial director Ben Heathorn has said.

ISRAEL: PepsiCo dips JV helps Strauss FY profits

26 March 2014

Israel-based food and beverage maker Strauss Group today (26 March) reported a jump in annual profits.

just the answer - Strauss Group CFO Shahar Florence

25 March 2014

Israel's Strauss Group is a food and beverage maker with interests in sectors from coffee and chocolate to dairy and dips. Coffee accounts for over half of Strauss's sales but the company has aspirations to grow its food business. Hannah Abdulla met Strauss CFO Shahar Florence to find out more.

US: PepsiCo launches Lay's Kettle cooked lattice cut chips

25 March 2014

PepsiCo claims to be introducing a "new chip style" with the launch of Lay's Kettle cooked lattice cut potato chips.

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.

US: PepsiCo to close Dallas snack facility

18 March 2014

PepsiCo has confirmed that it plans to close its Dallas-based snack production facility and warehouse operations in a bid to "eliminate redundancy and increase operating efficiencies".

US: Publish data to explain yourself, Peltz tells PepsiCo

14 March 2014

Nelson Peltz has called on PepsiCo to deliver "not just platitudes and rhetoric", in an open letter demanding the food and drinks giant outline in detail why it refuses to split its beverage and snacks units.

US: Greek yoghurt heads IRI US new products poll

12 March 2014

Greek yoghurt products from Danone and General Mills were the best-selling new lines in the US food and beverage sectors, according to an annual poll from IRI.

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

3 March 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

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: PepsiCo board backs CEO, rejects Trian split call

28 February 2014

PepsiCo's board of directors has thrown its weight behind CEO Indra Nooyi and once again rejected calls from Trian Partners to split into two companies.

just-food's research round-up: dairy in the Gulf, stevia, kosher in the UK

28 February 2014

Growing demand for dairy in the Middle East, the progress made by and prospects for stevia and the UK kosher food market feature in this week's research round-up.

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

24 February 2014

This week, the annual CAGNY investment conference took place in the US, with leading FMCG companies discussing their strategy and outlook for their businesses. One of those, PepsiCo, found itself in the spotlight again after activist investor Nelson Peltz called - not for the first time - for the group to split in two. Elsewhere, US beef jerky firm Jack Link's snapped up Unilever's meat snacks arm and Ian McLeod, the MD of Coles, said he would step down after a successful five years at Australia's number two grocer.

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

24 February 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York annual conference was held in Florida this week and, as ever, produced some notable comments as the great and the good of the US food sector detailed - and sometimes defended - their strategies. Danone issued its full-year numbers and shed some light on how it plans to mitigate surging dairy prices in 2014. Meanwhile, Wal-Mart - the world's largest retailer - offered a sober assessment on the outlook for consumer sentiment in the coming year. Here is just-food's week in words.

CAGNY: PepsiCo answers Peltz by highlighting benefit of scale

21 February 2014

The US remains PepsiCo's single biggest market, generating around 50% of group sales. However, the company is coming up against some "significant challenges" in the consumer and retail landscape, Brian Cornell, CEO of Pepsi Americas Foods acknowledged this week. PepsiCo plans to use its combined scale to combat these issues and drive growth in a slow-to-no growth environment. Katy Askew reports.

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: Trian pushes for PepsiCo split - again

20 February 2014

Trian Partners, the investment vehicle of US billionaire Nelson Peltz, has renewed its call for PepsiCo to separate its snacks and drinks businesses.

US: PepsiCo profits up, outlines fresh cost plan

13 February 2014

PepsiCo today (13 February) reported higher annual profits and set out plans for a fresh cost-savings programme.

just-food's research round-up: targeting ageing consumers, snacks in the US, spotlight on Heinz

7 February 2014

How to develop products for ageing populations in North America and Europe, how to spot NPD opportunities in more indulgent food categories and spotlights on Heinz and Danone are featured in this week's selection of research from the just-food store.

just-food's 2014 outlook: Sustainability in the mainstream

30 January 2014

Resource shortage and an understanding that "good business is good business" mean that the discourse around sustainability issues have entered the mainstream and will continue to demand the spotlight in 2014. Ben Cooper examines the key themes likely to emerge in the coming year.

RUSSIA: O'Key appoints ex-Wimm-Bill-Dann boss as CEO

29 January 2014

Russian food retailer O'Key Group has appointed Tony Denis Maher as its new chief executive officer.

UK: PepsiCo ventures into popped snacks market

29 January 2014

PepsiCo has announced the launch of Walkers Pops, a lower-fat popped potato snack, in the UK.

Comment: Food majors eye Mexico as obesity debate looms large

27 January 2014

The link between a nation's economic health and the health of its population - "health is wealth" - was a key message coming out of a round table event at the World Economic Forum this weekend.

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

27 January 2014

Mondelez International last week announced Nelson Peltz is set to join the company's board. The activist shareholder's investment fund disclosed the US billionaire has turned his focus away from campaigning Mondelez to merge with PepsiCo - and encourage the cola and crisps group to split in two.

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

27 January 2014

Last week, the race to buy Australian dairy Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory took a decisive turn when Murray Goulburn - and WCB investor - accepted the bid from rival suitor Saputo's takeover bid in what has been an ongoing saga. ConAgra Foods and US retailer Trader Joe's were accused of breaking competition law, while Cargill settled discrimination claims out of court. There were rumours French meats firm Jean Caby was undergoing a restructure and that United Biscuits could either float or be sold. And there were job losses at Kellogg, UK baker Bright Blue and US meat giant Tyson Foods. Here is the week in quotes.

MEXICO: PepsiCo outlines five-year plan for Mexico

24 January 2014

PepsiCo has set out plans to spend US$5bn over the next five years on expanding its business in Mexico.

US: Peltz ends call for Mondelez merger, eyes PepsiCo split

22 January 2014

Nelson Peltz has given up on his bid to try to get PepsiCo to merge with Mondelez International - but will focus on lobbying for the US snacks and cola giant to split in two.

US: Peltz set for seat on Mondelez board

21 January 2014

Nelson Peltz, the US billionaire and activist investor, has been lined up for a seat on the board of global snacks group Mondelez International.

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