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Candy Plus factor in better operating profit at Raisio, despite lower salesFINLAND: Candy Plus boosts Raisio profits

13 February 2014

Finland-based food group Raisio today (13 February) reported higher annual profits, helped by improved sales from confectionery arm Candy Plus.

FINLAND: Raisio Q3 earnings slide, lowers sales guidance

5 November 2013

Finnish snack and ingredient group Raisio has booked an increase in third-quarter earnings and lowered its sales guidance for the full-year.

FINLAND: Raisio confirms Glisten plant closure

22 October 2013

Finnish food group Raisio has confirmed its Glisten confectionery site in the UK town of Skegness will close.

FINLAND: Raisio launches Benecol in Philippines

21 October 2013

Raisio has taken its Benecol brand into another Asian market, with the launch of a range of smoothies in the Philippines.

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

9 September 2013

European retail giant Delhaize this week named its new CEO - ex-Metro executive Frans Muller - but his appointment, combined with the departure of its US boss, hit the company's shares. In the US, Mondelez International gave more detail on its plans to shake up its plant network and use fewer suppliers. And an investor in Smithfield Foods insisted it had received interest from rival suitors for the US pork giant that could be better value than the current agreed takeover bid from China's Shuanghui International.

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

9 September 2013

The Barclays Back to School Conference kicked off earlier this week - a three-day event that saw company executives gather to discuss their plans and outlook with investors and analysts. Manufacturers participating in the event included PepsiCo, General Mills, Mondelez International and Hormel Foods. Elsewhere, Delhaize named ex-Metro Group executive Frans Muller as its new CEO - and also announced the head of its US business, its largest market, would leave the company.

HONG KONG: Raisio launches Benecol yoghurt drinks in Hong Kong

4 September 2013

Finnish food group Raisio has today (4 September) launched its Benecol yoghurt drinks in Hong Kong, as part of efforts to expand in the BRIC countries.

Interview: Kavli keeps firm eye on growth opportunities

28 August 2013

Cheese spread and dip manufacturer Kavli has been on something of an acquisition spree. Already this year it has purchased Raisio's non-dairy assets and last week announced the purchase of St Helen's Farm.

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

27 August 2013

The results continued to roll in last week and we heard from the likes of Hain Celestial and Ahold on how they performed and their outlook for the year ahead. Just-food also spoke with Lindt & Sprüngli CEO Ernst Tanner, who told us about how the company is convincing consumers to trade up - and why he sees cause for optimism in developed markets.

Interview: Raisio sanguine about brand performance

20 August 2013

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind Benecol, Fox's confectionery and Sugar puffs cereal, saw branded sales fall in the first half of 2013. However, CEO Matti Rihko tells Dean Best the company is sharpening its portfolio to improve the performance of its branded business - and is eyeing more expansion in the years ahead.

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

19 August 2013

Fonterra again dominated the headlines as it grappled with the fall-out of the botulism scare. Import bans mounted and a senior executive resigned. Elsewhere, Heinz announced its first cuts since the takeover of the business, Campbell Soup Co. announced talks to sell a clutch of European assets and US group Pinnacle Foods snapped up Unilever's Wish-Bone dressings business.

UK: Raisio to close snack bar plant in Wales

13 August 2013

Raisio is to close a snack bar plant in the UK as it relocates production to another facility.

FINLAND: Agri arm offsets flat profit from brands at Raisio

13 August 2013

An improved financial performance from Raisio's agribusiness arm offset lower revenue and flat earnings from brands to give the Benecol owner an increase in first-half profits.

just-food's research round-up: emerging markets for dairy; prospects for c-stores

9 August 2013

Dairy's top five emerging markets, the outlook for convenience stores around the world and the performance of Whole Foods Market and European hypermarket operator Kaufland are among the topics featured in this week's just-food research round-up.

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

28 May 2013

Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.

Deal or no deal: UK crisp firm Tyrrells could attract snack majors

23 May 2013

Private-equity firm Langholm Capital was this week reported to have put UK crisp group Tyrrells on the market. Langholm has declined to comment on the reports but the investment firm are said to have put a GBP100m (US$151.9m) price tag on the company.

FINLAND: Sales down, profits up as Raisio refocuses

7 May 2013

First-quarter sales fell at Raisio but profits increased as the Finnish food group pulled the plug on some businesses and switched its focus to others with greater value.

Deal or no deal: The likely suspects to acquire Burton's Biscuit Co.

8 April 2013

The private-equity owners of Burton's Biscuit Co. are "considering options" for the UK's second-largest biscuit maker, a process that could lead to an eventual sale. Katy Askew takes a look at the players for whom an acquisition of Burton's could hit the sweet spot.

NORWAY: Kavli acquires Raisio's non-dairy ops

5 March 2013

Norwegian food manufacturer Kavli has acquired the non-dairy assets and brands of Raisio for an undisclosed sum.

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

18 February 2013

The food industry was rocked this week with what is set to be the largest-ever takeover in the food sector: Heinz sold to Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway fund and 3G Capital for US$28bn. The horsemeat saga trundled on, with arrests in the UK, as well as the first set of industry-wide tests. Results also poured in from the likes of PepsiCo, Mondelez International and Nestle.

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

18 February 2013

Two Hs dominated the headlines this week: horsemeat and Heinz. The horsemeat contamination scandal swept across Europe, with a series of recalls, government investigations and product tests. On Thursday, however, Heinz took the industry's attention with news it had accepted a US$28bn takeover bid - the largest-ever seen in the sector.

Interview: Raisio continues to drive expansion - CEO

13 February 2013

Raisio has completed four acquisitions over the past three years as the Finnish food group looked to increase its clout in key markets and refocus its portfolio towards consumer food brands. Today's strong sales and earnings growth suggests that this strategy is paying off and, speaking to just-food, CEO Matti Rihko hints that the firm is hungry for more.

FINLAND: Raisio FY earnings rise

12 February 2013

Finnish snack and ingredient group Raisio has booked higher full-year sales and earnings, as a strong showing from its branded food division boosted the top and bottom lines.

FINLAND: Raisio to cut domestic jobs

29 November 2012

Finnish food group Raisio is to cut jobs in its domestic market as reshapes the business to lower costs and make it more efficient.

FINLAND/CZECH: Raisio buys Czech firm Candy Plus

13 November 2012

Finnish food group Raisio has added to its confectionery stable with the acquisition of Czech group Candy Plus.

UK: McNeil Nutritionals adds to Benecol fat-free range

26 September 2012

McNeil Nutritionals has extended the line of Benecol fat-free yoghurts it markets in the UK.

FINLAND: Raisio establishes branded divisions

22 August 2012

Finnish food group Raisio has established two branded divisions, which will run its consumer and licensed products.

UK: Cereal bars under fire in Which? report

20 August 2012

Cereal bar manufacturers, including Kellogg, have come under fire from UK consumer group Which? in a report that claims the image of the product as a healthy snack is a "myth".

FINLAND: Raisio highlights EBIT growth after Q2 loss

14 August 2012

Finnish group Raisio, which owns brands from Benecol butter to Honey Monster cereals, pointed to an improvement in its EBIT as it reported a second-quarter loss.

FINLAND: Branded sales boost Raisio profits

8 May 2012

Benecol and Sugar Puffs owner Raisio has booked an increase in first-quarter earnings, boosted by increased sales in its branded division and improved profits in western Europe.

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