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Premier Foods to push on with range revamp

Rationalisation of SKUs and innovation will continue to form a big part of Premier Foods plc's focus for 2015, CEO Gavin Darby has said....

Consuming issues: Living by a (grocery) code

Codes governing the relationships between retailers and manufacturers have made headlines in the UK and Australia. However, recent headlines...


Katy Askew | 29 Jan 2015

Food manufacturers are catching some flack for extending payment terms to their suppliers. The growing tension in the supply chain points to the pressure manufacturers are themselves facing in the current trading environment - and their need to free up cash flow in the balance sheet. But, in a charged political atmosphere, manufacturers should tread carefully, Katy Askew suggests.


Katy Askew | 9 Dec 2014

Tesco issued another profit warning this morning (9 December) that once again highlights the challenging task facing new CEO Dave Lewis. In an effort to build bridges with its suppliers, Tesco is moving away from a model that requires one-off payments from CPG manufacturers. This process will have a mixed outcome for the supermarket's supply base.


Ben Cooper | 2 Dec 2014

In just-food's latest management briefing, Ben Cooper explores reformulation in the context of the febrile debate over diet and health, suggesting it is both the industry's most compelling response to diet-related health problems and the most practical contribution to tackling them.


Katy Askew | 24 Nov 2014

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredients unit but endured a lacklustre performance from the consumer foods side of the business. In this context, it makes sense for the Irish company to pare down peripheral and under-performing areas of Kerry Foods. Katy Askew reports.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 30 Oct 2014

With growth hard to come by at home, international markets are an opportunity for UK food group Premier Foods. The Mr Kipling maker exports to around 30 countries but in recent months has set up a specific business unit to develop a sustainable presence overseas. Dean Best spoke to Peter Ellis, the head of division, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to hear about the company's plans.


Katy Askew | 5 Aug 2014

Premier Foods has strengthened its financial position and is building profitability through a focus on cost reduction. However, the UK company is finding the going tougher as it looks to accelerate its sales growth. Chief executive Gavin Darby spoke to just-food about how Premier is adapting to the changing landscape in UK grocery retail.

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Hannah Abdulla | 3 Feb 2016

Premier Foods plc is claiming a category first with the launch of an American range of sauces under the Homepride brand in the UK.


Dean Best | 25 Jan 2016

Premier Foods, the UK food group. is to launch two more Mr Kipling products in its domestic market.


Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jan 2016

Premier Foods has posted a 0.3% increase in sales to GBP586.2m (US$830.2m) for the first nine months of its financial year, helped by sales growth in its sweet treats division.


Katy Askew | 20 Nov 2015

Premier Foods has defended its decision to move from the use of free-range eggs to barn eggs in its cake products, insisting the switch was necessary for the UK group to continue "providing good value-for-money" to its customers. 


Dean Best | 13 Nov 2015

Danish family-owned baker Givesco Bakery this week acquired Sweden's Almondy, a move it says will broaden its presence across Europe. Danone became the latest food major to outline commitments on emissions and Maggi noodles returned to shelves in India.


Katy Askew | 10 Nov 2015

Premier Foods booked a return to growth this morning (10 November), marking the first time that the Mr Kipling maker has posted an increase in branded revenue for two years. 


Katy Askew | 28 Sep 2015

Premier Foods plc is launching Cadbury Hot Cakes in a bid to extend the brand into "after dinner" desserts in the UK and increase its appeal to older consumers and two-person households.


Katy Askew | 28 Sep 2015

Kerry Group is extending ethnic food brand Sharwood's into the UK frozen ready meals category with the launch of a Takeaway line.


Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

Premier Foods is hoping to "reinforce the craftmanship" it claims is behind its cake brand with Mr Kipling with the addition of new products to its range.


Dean Best | 10 Aug 2015

UK baker Hovis is looking to convince shoppers turning away from bread with a range baked in wheatgerm and containing omega 3.


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Jul 2015

Premier Foods plc has announced its debut in the UK "nibbles and bites sector" with the launch of a Cadbury Amaze Bites.


Katy Askew | 23 Jul 2015

Premier Foods attributed a decline in first quarter sales to the timing of Easter and insisted that its market share remained “broadly flat” over the period.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 Jul 2015

Premier Foods plc is adding to its line of Cadbury desserts in the UK with the launch of individual and twin pot ambient offerings.


Hannah Abdulla | 19 May 2015

Premier Foods plc has reported a fall in annual profits amid pressure on sales at the UK food group.


Hannah Abdulla | 15 May 2015

Premier Foods has announced the launch of flavour pots under its Loyd Grossman brand in the UK.


Dean Best | 21 Apr 2015

Premier Foods is to launch low-fat soup sub-brand Batchelors Mugfull as part of wider plans for the Batchelors range in the UK.


Hannah Abdulla | 1 Apr 2015

Premier Foods has announced its debut in the light meals category with a "premium take on the pot snack" under its Sharwood's brand.


Dean Best | 20 Mar 2015

Premier Foods has indicated it sees more opportunities to reduce costs from its supplier base as the UK group looks to continue to fund investment in its brands.


Dean Best | 9 Mar 2015

WhiteWave Foods has reportedly held early talks with Quorn Foods' private-equity owner Exponent Private Equity to buy the UK-based meat-free business.


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Mar 2015

Premier Foods has announced the launch of a Sharwood's range of sauces in the UK designed for stir-fry cooking.


Katy Askew | 23 Jan 2015

Premier Foods plc saw "improving" branded sales trends throughout the fourth quarter of 2014, news that lifted the Mr Kipling maker's shares in early trade today (23 January).


Dean Best | 20 Jan 2015

Hovis has announced CFO Michael Kennedy has left the UK bread maker as the company seeks to meet its "ambitious growth targets".

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 13 Jul 2015

The UK today (13 July) woke up to more headlines about calls for a tax on soft drinks. This time, the demand came from The British Medical Association, as part of its report on improving the diets of children and young people. However, officials at the BMA also had parts of the food industry firmly in their sights.


Dean Best | 20 May 2014

UK bread manufacturer Hovis, embarking on life under the majority control of US private-equity firm Gores Group, has named former Unilever, PepsiCo and Burger King executive Nish Kankiwala its new chairman.

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