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Why Post is increasing its exposure to cereal

Since it span off from Ralcorp Holdings three years ago, Post Holdings has followed an aggressive M&A strategy. Deal-making has focused on d...

Transformed Post confident about prospects

Post Holdings has undergone significant change in the last two years through a spate of M&A. While there are questions about the outlook for...

Protein: Drinks to lead NPD push in dairy

Dean Best | 5 Nov 2014

The dairy category has been one of the hotspots for protein-focused NPD in recent quarters, as manufacturers look to tap into rising demand for foods packed with the nutrient. Dean Best looks at the products launched and what else could be on the horizon.

The prospects for protein: Supplements

Katy Askew | 31 Oct 2014

Protein supplements, once the preserve of beefy body builders, are moving into the mainstream. A positioning that links protein consumption to healthy lifestyle choices is broadening the appeal of the products and resulted in strong category sales trends in developed markets such as North America, Australia and western Europe. Katy Askew looks at the sector's prospects.

BRICs and beyond: Gluten-free in Russia

Katy Askew | 13 Jun 2014

Gluten-free is currently a bright spot of strong growth in the largely stagnant developed markets of the US and western Europe. However, as the category matures it is becoming an increasingly crowded space. As such, many forward-looking gluten-free specialists have an eye on fresh markets that will offer the next phase of growth for the sector. Russia is one such market. Katy Askew reports.

Editor's viewpoint: Kellogg yields to yoghurt

Dean Best | 14 May 2014

After seeing the boom in yoghurt sales in the US chip away at demand for breakfast cereal, Kellogg has accepted it needs a piece of the action. And about time, too, writes Dean Best.

Latest Interviews

Q&A: ConAgra sales boss Knudsen on Ralcorp deal

Dean Best | 28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

Latest News

Post's egg arm "better competitive" after bird flu

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Nov 2015

Post Holdings has insisted its US egg business is in a strong position following the bird flu outbreak and suggested it is eyeing possible acquisitions in the sector.

Post Holdings sees FY losses narrow

Katy Askew | 24 Nov 2015

Post Holdings reported a lower net loss for the year, lifted by higher operating earnings and the lapping of one-time costs. 

Post commits to sourcing sustainable palm oil

Helen Arnold | 8 Oct 2015

Consumer packaged goods company Post Holdings has announced its commitment to source 100% sustainable palm oil globally by December 2016. 

Danone, Kerry, Pulmuone also eyeing Quorn

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2015

Companies including Danone, Kerry Group, Singapore-based agribusiness and food group Wilmar International and South Korean business Pulmuone Co. are eyeing Quorn Foods, joining the likes of McCain Foods as possible bidders for the UK meat-free firm.

Food industry quotes of the week

Dean Best | 25 Sep 2015

Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell was this week sentenced to 28 years in jail over a fatal salmonella outbreak in the US seven years ago, prompting debate over how different outbreaks are viewed. In Russia, the country's deputy PM said Moscow would ban the use of GMOs in food production. And ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly explained the company's approach to its brands after seeing some progress in recent weeks.

Post Holdings to acquire Willamette Egg Farms

Katy Askew | 24 Sep 2015

Post Holdings has entered an agreement to buy Willamette Egg Farms, a US producer and wholesale distributor of eggs, for US$90m.

Hearthside to buy nutrition bar maker VSI

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Aug 2015

Hearthside Food Solutions, the US contract manufacturer of bars and baked goods, has struck a deal to buy Netherlands-based nutrition bar maker VSI.

Industry results: TreeHouse, Post, Calbee

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

This week's rundown of the latest financial results include a profit warning from TreeHouse Foods, an increase to profit forecasts at Post Holdings and a clutch of Japanese companies reporting their first-quarter results.

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.

Post, TreeHouse "in talks over ConAgra own-label"

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods are reportedly among the potential suitors for ConAgra Foods' private-label arm.

Post "sues" bird flu hit Center Fresh

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

Michael Foods, the egg processing business owned by Post Holdings, has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Hawkeye Pride Egg Farms, a division of Center Fresh Group, alleging that it breached a supply contract after avian influenza hit the firm and prevented it from meeting its egg supply obligations.

Post sees 35% of egg supply hit as AI spreads

Katy Askew | 28 May 2015

Post Holdings has warned that 35% of its egg supply has now been disrupted by the outbreak of avian influenza that is sweeping the mid-western US.

Post says bird flu outbreak "force majeure"

Katy Askew | 15 May 2015

A further eruption of avian influenza at a farm supplying Post Holdings with eggs has prompted the company to declare the outbreak sweeping the US a "force majeure", with bird flu now hitting 25% of its Michael Foods egg supply.

Post Holdings to base cereal unit at MOM site

Dean Best | 15 May 2015

US food group Post Holdings is to base its cereal business at the head office of MOM Brands, the rival it acquired in January, a move that will affect around 200 staff.

Post sees 20% egg supply hit by avian flu

Katy Askew | 13 May 2015

Post Holdings, the owner of the Michael Foods egg business, has warned two further outbreaks of avian influenza mean 20% of its egg supply is affected by the disease.

Post raises outlook, warns on bird flu

Katy Askew | 8 May 2015

Post Holdings raised its full-year outlook to reflect a “better than expected” year-to-date performance but also warned on the uncertain impact of avian influenza.

Attune launches Peace Cereal Supergrains line

Katy Askew | 6 May 2015

Post Holdings-owned Attune Foods is launching a new range of cereals – Supergrains – under its Peace Cereal brand.

Food industry news of the week

Katy Askew | 1 May 2015

Mondelez International reported on its first-quarter results this week (1 May) and the group was eager to emphasise its performance in China, which was stronger than many multinational peers. Nestle is a company facing its own challenges in China and we analysed how the appointment of CFO Wan Ling Martello to head up its Asia unit can boost the group's outlook in the market. Elsewhere, we spoke to Gardein founder and CEO Yves Potvin as well as learning about Muller Wiseman's plans to launch a liquid milk brand in the UK. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Post warns on bird flu at egg supplier

Katy Askew | 29 Apr 2015

Post Holdings revealed yesterday (29 April) that avian influenza has been detected at an unnamed third party supplier of eggs to its Michael Foods Group business.

Post Holdings to close PowerBar plant in US

Dean Best | 12 Mar 2015

Post Holdings has revealed plans to close its plant in the US making PowerBar products on sale in North America, with manufacturing switching to co-packers.

Post Holdings launches breakfast biscuits in US

Dean Best | 3 Mar 2015

Post Holdings is targeting Mondelez International's breakfast biscuit brand Belvita in the US with its own range under sold under its cereal brand Honey Bunches of Oats.

Attune taking 100% of brands GMO-free or organic

Katy Askew | 26 Feb 2015

Post Holdings-owned Attune Foods has committed to moving its granola, cereal and snack products to a GMO-free or USDA-certified organic footing by the end of 2016.

Post Q1 sales surge 260% but losses grow

Katy Askew | 6 Feb 2015

Post Holdings has reported a 261% leap in first-quarter sales but higher expenses dented the bottom line.

Latest blogs

just-food visits the 2014 Free-From Expo

Katy Askew | 4 Jun 2014

The free-from sector is witnessing strong growth in developed markets from Europe to the US and beyond.

B&G jumps on GMO-free bandwagon

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Apr 2014

US food manufacture B&G Foods has joined the campaign for non-GMO by relaunching a non-GMO version of its spreadable fruit Polaner All Fruit.

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