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Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

Focus: ConAgra own-label exit plan is about growth

ConAgra Foods announced that it will sell off its loss-making private label business yesterday (30 June) in a move that, the company said, w...

Focus: Battle against antimicrobial resistance

Ben Cooper | 26 Jun 2015

The use of antibiotics in the rearing of animals has been a much discussed issue in recent weeks, with regulatory and corporate moves across a number of countries. Ben Cooper examines recent events in the context of the widespread concern over antimicrobial resistance.

McDonald's antibiotics move may be seminal moment

Ben Cooper | 19 Mar 2015

Campaigners have welcomed McDonald's announcement on antibiotic use in chickens but are concerned that the move is confined to the US. Ben Cooper discusses whether the fast-food operator's decision could spur more action on both sides of the Atlantic.

Comment: US legacy brands still have pulling power

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2015

Up-and-coming categories and companies are increasingly setting the pace in the US food sector. Demand for natural, healthy, fresh and sustainable products is on the rise. This has left legacy brands facing slumping sales. But, as yesterday's Kraft Foods Group recall shows, there is still considerable interest in the old brands, Katy Askew suggests.

Why US foodservice could offer route to growth

Dean Best | 3 Mar 2015

A swathe of mainstream US packaged food manufacturers are searching for growth as grocery retail stagnates amid significant changes to consumer habits. In just-food's latest management briefing, we look at whether the foodservice channel could present opportunities for growth.

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview - Brasil Foods

Michelle Russell | 28 May 2010

The creation of Brasil Foods, one of the world's largest meat groups, from Brazil's Perdigao and Sadia, was a rare mega-merger in 2009, when the global crash hit M&A. However, the deal is yet to win complete regulatory approval and, although parts of Perdigao and Sadia are operating together, Brasil Foods is yet to reap the rewards of the merger. In this month's just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to Brasil Foods CFO Leopoldo Saboya about the prospects for the business.

The just-food interview - James Rice, Tyson Foods

Dominique Patton | 24 Oct 2008

US-based meat groups have had a tough time of late amid soaring feed costs and weak domestic demand. However, Tyson Foods, the country's largest processor, has seemed better equipped to weather the storm - not least because of its international ventures. One of the company's key markets is China. In this month's just-food interview, Dominique Patton spoke with James Rice, vice president and country manager of Tyson's Chinese business, about the company's ambitions in the East.

Latest News

Tyson to close Iowa plant on cattle shortage

Katy Askew | 17 Aug 2015

Tyson Foods is to close a processing plant in Denison, Iowa, due to a "continued lack of available cattle".

Tyson lowers earnings forecast on beef worries

Katy Askew | 3 Aug 2015

Tyson Foods today (3 August) lowered its forecast for annual earnings after issues at its beef business dampened the US protein company's third-quarter results.

Van's agrees "all-natural" payout

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Jul 2015

Tyson Foods unit Van's International Foods has agreed up to US$9m in settlement fees over a class lawsuit that alleged it "falsely advertised" products as natural when they "included a synthetic ingredient".

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.

Tyson hits back at animal cruelty accusations

Hannah Abdulla | 9 Jul 2015

Tyson Foods has said it is investigating claims of animal abuse at one of its contract chicken farms in Delaware.

Tyson expands poultry plant with US$8m investment

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

Tyson Foods announced plans to expand its poultry production plant in Robards to meet “growing demand” for Tyson branded chicken sold at retail nationwide.

Hillshire acquisition lifts Tyson results

Katy Askew | 5 May 2015

Tyson Foods reported higher first-half earnings on the back of a jump in revenue at its prepared foods unit, where sales were lifted by last year's acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Food industry quotes of week: Aryzta, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Apr 2015

This week, bakery business Aryzta announced it was in talks to invest in French frozen food retailer Picard while the M&A rumour mill span with reports Mondelez International is considering selling its rights to the Philadelphia brand. Elsewhere, The Real Good Food Co. said it was exploring options for its under-performing sugar business Napier Brown.

Tyson to close poultry plant in US

Dean Best | 31 Mar 2015

Tyson Foods is to shut a poultry plant - and reduce production at a second site - in the US state of Georgia in a bid to improve efficiency.

Tyson Foods to add warehouse at US beef plant

Dean Best | 19 Mar 2015

Tyson Foods is to spend US$47m on a new warehouse at a beef plant in the US state of Nebraska.

CAGE 2015: Tyson highlights snacking NPD plans

Dean Best | 18 Mar 2015

Tyson Foods is to expand its snacks portfolio in the US - including a launch into beef jerky - in a bid to further grow its sales of packaged brands.

Tyson Foods confident on prospects in US frozen

Dean Best | 18 Mar 2015

Tyson Foods has expressed confidence it can grow its business in the US frozen food sector, a category in the spotlight amid Nestle's continued challenges in the market.

Food industry quotes of week: Quorn, R&R, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

Quorn Foods was in the M&A spotlight this week with speculation WhiteWave Foods had held talks to buy the meat-free business. We spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan to find out more. Elsewhere, Nestle sold its South African ice cream assets to R&R Ice Cream, while in New Zealand, dairy groups moved to reassure consumers their infant formula products were safe following poison threats. In the US, shares in some poultry firms including Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms plunged after reports of suspected bird flu on an Arkansas farm.

UPDATE: Tyson, Sanderson cool bird flu fears

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2015

Tyson Foods and Sanderson Farms have responded to reports of suspected bird flu on a farm in Arkansas, insisting they have appropriate security measures in place.

US poultry firms shares hit on bird flu reports

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Mar 2015

US poultry producers' shares have taken a dive after reports of bird flu on an Arkansas farm.

Pilgrims Pride records FY profit rise

Hannah Abdulla | 12 Feb 2015

US poultry processor, Pilgrim's Pride, has reported a profit jump for the full year

US port shutdown hitting food firms

Katy Askew | 9 Feb 2015

Food makers are facing the fallout of an ongoing labour dispute that closed ports along the West Coast of the US this weekend.

Tyson hails "great" Q1 as sales, earnings rise

Katy Askew | 30 Jan 2015

Tyson Foods said it made a "great" start to the year, as sales and earnings rose in the wake of its acquisition of Hillshire Brands.

Tyson switches foodservice plant to retail supply

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2015

US meat group Tyson Foods has decided to switch production at a domestic site from serving foodservice suppliers to supplying retailers.

Food industry quotes of week: Unilever, Lifeway

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jan 2015

Unilever revealed its 2014 results this week and revealed its food sales fell last year, prompting CEO Paul Polman to admitted the Flora and Becel maker had lagged the change in how consumers viewed spreads. Elsewhere, Lifeway Foods CEO, Julie Smolyansky, insisted the business is not for sale.

Tyson ordered to pay US$530,000 over waste water

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jan 2015

Tyson Foods has been ordered to pay out more than US$530,000 over a waste incident last May said to have resulted in the death of tens of thousands of fish.

Tyson expands capacity at Kansas site

Katy Askew | 2 Jan 2015

Tyson Foods has invested US$3m to create an additional line at its processed food production facility in Emporia, Kansas.

Latest blogs

Tyson Foods acts on claims of abuse at supplier

Hannah Abdulla | 28 Aug 2015

Just a month after reports Tyson Foods was investigating claims of animal abuse at one of its contract chicken farms in Delaware, the US poultry giant has dropped a Tennessee supplier over similar allegations.

just-food at CAGE

Dean Best | 15 Mar 2015

Nestle, Danone, Kerry Group and Tyson Foods are among the multinational consumer goods manufacturers presenting next week at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London - of which just-food and sister site just-drinks.com are the exclusive media partners.

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