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Focus: ConAgra own-label exit plan is about growth

Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2015

ConAgra Foods announced that it will sell off its loss-making private label business yesterday (30 June) in a move that, the company said, will help unlock value for its shareholders. But selling off private brands is about more than offloading an asset that is a challenging turnaround story. New CEO Sean Connolly insists it is about putting ConAgra back on the road to growth. Katy Askew reports.

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.

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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.

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Food industry quotes of the week - Kellogg, KitKat

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Sep 2015

This week, Kellogg announced plans to increase its exposure in Africa through a joint-venture with local player, Tolaram Foods. Elsewhere, Tyson Foods was once again in the spotlight over animal abuse allegations. Nestle lost its battle to trademark its KitKat product in the European Court of Justice Midamar pleaded guilty to allegations it mislabeled products for export as halal.

Tyson accused of "illegal" treatment of chickens

Katy Askew | 15 Sep 2015

Animal rights group the Animal Legal Defense Fund has accused Tyson Foods of “cruel” and “illegal” treatment of chickens at a production facility in Texas.

Industry news of week - Quorn, Mondelez, Flowers

Dean Best | 11 Sep 2015

Mondelez International was among a clutch of major players speaking at Barclays' investor conference in Boston this week and the snacks giant set out strategies to try to drive sales. In a busy week of M&A, US bakery giant Flowers Foods bought another organic bread maker, Unilever sold its Indian bakery arm and the owner of Quorn started an auction for the UK meat-free business.

Quotes of week - Mondelez, Nomad Foods, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

This week, the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference took place in Boston with presentations from Mondelez International and Tyson Foods. Nomad Foods also presented and indicated plans to focus on cost-cutting with funds re-invested in the business for growth. Elsewhere, Flowers Foods announced its second acquisition in under a month in organic bread and McCormick & Co. pledged to increase the number of organic and Non-GMO products it sells in the US over the next year. Here is the week in quotes. 

Tyson Foods sets out brand ambition

Dean Best | 10 Sep 2015

Tyson Foods, the US meat giant, has outlined its ambitions for its branded business.

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.

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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