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Editor's viewpoint: The impact of China's slowdown

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the...

10 Things to Learn - PepsiCo gears up for tough H2

At first glance, PepsiCo's second-quarter figures looked solid enough but industry watchers believe the rest of the year will be challenging...


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.


Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

Ben Cooper | 17 Jun 2015

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.


PepsiCo underlines the challenge on health

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

PepsiCo yesterday (22 April) reported a set of solid underlying first-quarter results. But it was away from the numbers that the US food and drinks giant stirred more interest, with Indra Nooyi's comments on the need to adapt to the changing ways consumers define health attracting attention.


Analysis: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

Katy Askew | 25 Mar 2015

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.

Latest Interviews

Interview: Miguel Bostock, CEO, US snack firm Wise

Dean Best | 15 Sep 2014

US salty snacks group Wise Foods faces some stiff competition but under the ownership of Mexican Coke bottler Arca Continental it believes it can grow. With Arca eyeing rapid growth from its snacks businesses in the US and in South America, Wise Foods is looking to NPD - notably with Hispanic-inspired flavours - to drive sales. Dean Best discussed Wise Foods' strategy with CEO Miguel Bostock.


Interview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer: pt 2

Olly Wehring | 29 Jul 2014

In the second part of a two-part interview, Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer and head of global research and development at PepsiCo, gives Olly Wehring, editor of just-food sister site just-drinks, a tour of the inner workings of the food and beverage group's R&D approach and defines success and failure for his department

Latest News

PepsiCo, Cargill back US climate pledge

Dean Best | 28 Jul 2015

PepsiCo and Cargill are among 13 US companies to issue pledges on climate change as part of a wider commitment drawn up by the US government.


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.


Food industry news of week - PepsiCo, Boulder

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2015

PepsiCo issued its second-quarter results this week - and upped its annual earnings forecast. The company's shares fell, amid concerns the second half of the year will prove more challenging. Under-pressure US group Boulder Brands, fresh from the departure of its CEO, announced restructuring plans likely to lead to 15% of jobs being cut. French dairy group Sodiaal announced another move in China, while we analysed the impact Russia's import restrictions have had on domestic companies.


PepsiCo announces executive reshuffle

Dean Best | 9 Jul 2015

PepsiCo has announced a series of management changes, including the departure of its global categories and operations chief.


PepsiCo lifts FY earnings forecast

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jul 2015

PepsiCo has lifted its forecast for underlying annual earnings after an increase in second-quarter profits.


PepsiCo extends Walkers Sensations range in UK

Dean Best | 22 Jun 2015

PepsiCo has taken its UK crisp brand Walkers Sensations into savoury biscuits.


PepsiCo upgrading Ontario plant

Katy Askew | 18 Jun 2015

PepsiCo is making a “significant” investment to upgrade its Canadian production plant in Cambridge, Ontario.


PepsiCo gives Quaker fresh push in granola in UK

Dean Best | 8 Jun 2015

PepsiCo has decided to give its Quaker Oats brand a fresh push in the granola category in the UK.


Food industry quotes of the week: Divine Chocolate

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes


Synder's-Lance wins appeal in TM spat with PepsiCo

Katy Askew | 4 Jun 2015

Princeton Vanguard, a division of Snyder's-Lance, has won an appeal to overturn a ruling preventing it registering Pretzel Crisps as a trademark.


RSPO palm oil standards get industry criticism

Dean Best | 1 Jun 2015

Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.


PepsiCo to launch Cheetos in UK

Dean Best | 1 Jun 2015

PepsiCo is to launch its US snack brand Cheetos in the UK.


PepsiCo, PCPPI to make snacks in Philippines

Katy Askew | 19 May 2015

PepsiCo and its local bottling partner, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc, are preparing to start manufacturing the Cheetos snack brand in the Philippines.


Food industry quotes of week: Gardein, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.


Orkla, PepsiCo expand Nordics deal

Dean Best | 27 Apr 2015

Orkla is to distribute more PepsiCo products in the Nordic region, adding cereal and snacks lines to the juice brand Tropicana the company handles for the US giant.


PepsiCo launches Lay's Maxx in India

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has launched a product under its Lay's potato chip brand in India.


Food industry news of week: Iglo, Blue Bell

Dean Best | 24 Apr 2015

The EUR2.6bn sale of European frozen food giant and Birds Eye owner Iglo Group grabbed the headlines this week - and we looked at where the new owners - Nomad Holdings - could look next. Blue Bell Creameries, the US ice cream maker linked to a fatal listeria outbreak, was in the spotlight for very different reasons, pulling all its products from the market after fresh tests.


PepsiCo underlying sales, earnings up

Dean Best | 23 Apr 2015

PepsiCo today (23 April) reported falling first-quarter sales and earnings - in part due to the impact of foreign exchange - but said its core revenue and profitability improved year-on-year.


PepsiCo launches sweeter Rold Gold lines

Dean Best | 15 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has added sweeter ingredients to its range of Rold Gold savoury crackers in the US through the launch of two lines.


Strauss Group bullish on Sabra prospects

Dean Best | 20 Mar 2015

Israel-based Strauss Group - joint owner of US hummus manufacturer Sabra Dipping Co. alongside PepsiCo - believes the US market for fresh dips will almost double by 2020.


Food industry news of week: Nestle, Danone

Katy Askew | 20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.


PepsiCo "plans US$500m investment in Egypt"

Katy Askew | 16 Mar 2015

US snack giant PepsiCo is reportedly planning to invest US$500m in Egypt this year to expand production in the country.

Latest blogs

FMCG online: more data shows why brands must act

Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.


PepsiCo secures NBA sponsorship deal

Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has honed in on a sponsorship deal with the National Basketball Association, replacing current sponsor and chief soft drinks rival The Coca Cola Co.

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