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Unilever's sales are up, will margins follow?

Unilever beat market expectations with a stellar third-quarter sales update this morning (15 October). However, with growth driven by its lo...

How brands are eyeing their own retail presence

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the on...

Indonesia – How ice cream makers can drive volumes

Katy Askew | 2 Oct 2015

Ice cream is big business in Indonesia, where a growing middle class and a population of 254.5m has fuelled rising demand. But with inflation coming at a time when the Indonesian economy is slowing, the outlook for the Indonesian ice cream market could be increasingly challenging, adding to the distribution issues caused by the country's under-developed infrastructure. Katy Askew takes a look at the prospects for the sector.

Why investors are concerned about water risk

Ben Cooper | 27 Aug 2015

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water risk in their own operations and in their supply chains. Ben Cooper reports.

Analysis: Unilever's global ice cream push

Katy Askew | 31 Jul 2015

Unilever is the world's largest ice cream maker but the FMCG giant is not resting on its laurels. Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments, plans to grow Unilever's ice cream sales and margins ahead of the group average – while also gaining share of the global ice cream market. This will be achieved through a focus premiumisation, innovation and expanding out-of-home consumption across the world. Katy Askew reports.

Talking shop July 2015 – online occupies retailers

Katy Askew | 30 Jul 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.

Latest Interviews

R&R Ice Cream adjusts to UK challenges

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2015

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.

R&R Ice Cream CEO Najafi thinks global

Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in Europe by sales, behind only Unilever. But the UK-based business's CEO, Ibrahim Najafi, promoted to the top job at the company 18 months ago, has his sights on expansion further afield.

Latest News

Unilever sets 2030 carbon positive goal

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Unilever has announced a deadline of 2030 for its operations to become carbon positive.

Industry quotes of week - Boulder Brands, Unilever

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Industry news of week - Boulder Brands, Thai Union

Dean Best | 27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

Industry news of week - Chobani, Vinamilk, Nestle

Dean Best | 16 Oct 2015

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, has admitted it is weighing up interest from companies looking at investing in the business - and this week the identity of some purported suitors emerged. Staying in dairy, Vietnam's government is looking to sell its 45% stake in Vinamilk, which dominates much of the growing sector there. And a Friday one-two from Nestle, which cut its forecast for annual sales after a challenging, Maggi-affected third quarter and then confirmed tests in India allow the company to at least resume production of the noodles.

Unilever "strong" Q3 boosted by ice cream

Katy Askew | 15 Oct 2015

Unilever reported a better-than-expected third quarter performance this morning (15 October) when ice cream sales and soft comparables in China enabled the group to book “strong” underlying sales growth. 

Unilever, PepsiCo team up on foodservice waste

Helen Arnold | 15 Oct 2015

Food manufacturing giants PepsiCo, McCain Foods, Unilever and Ardo, plus foodservice group Sodexo, have teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund, to create the International Food Waste Coalition (IFWC), which aims to combat food waste in the sector.

Unilever opens South African ice cream factory 

Katy Askew | 14 Oct 2015

Unilever has opened its ZAR600m (US$44.6m) ice cream factory in Midrand, South Africa, as part of its investment programme in the region. 

Sustainability-focused FMCG brands "outperform"

Richard Siddle | 13 Oct 2015

Sustainability is becoming a key factor among shoppers when deciding which consumer brand to buy, according to a new US Nielsen study. 

Food industry quotes of week - R&R, TPP, Unilever

Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.

Unilever acquires Italian gelato group Grom 

Katy Askew | 2 Oct 2015

Unilever has announced the acquisition of Grom, a premium Italian gelato maker that operates over 60 shops in Italy and around the world. 

US food CEOs call for action on climate change

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

The CEOs of some of the US's largest food companies - including Mars Inc, General Mills and Kellogg – have called on world leaders to forge "robust international agreements" on climate change at upcoming intergovernmental talks on the issue in Paris. 

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. 

Unilever sells India bakery business

Dean Best | 8 Sep 2015

Hindustan Unilever, the FMCG giant's Indian arm, is to sell its bakery unit in the country to private-equity firm Everstone Capital.

Industry news of week - Green Giant, Arla, KitKat

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

B&G Foods struck a deal to buy General Mills' struggling Green Giant business - but insisted it could revitalise its sales. Arla Foods announced two ventures in Africa to boost its presence in the continent. And Nestle outlined plans to make KitKat with only sustainably-sourced cocoa from next year.

Quotes of the week - Green Giant; Arla in Africa

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Sep 2015

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.

Unilever claims victory in Becel dispute

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Unilever has claimed victory in a dispute in Germany with a consumer watchdog over the company's Becel Pro Activ product.

Just Mayo under fire from US FDA after complaint

Dean Best | 26 Aug 2015

Just Mayo, the US egg-free mayonnaise brand, is breaking the country's labelling rules due to the absence of egg in the product, the US Food and Drug Administration has said.

Unilever launches Elmlea Creme Fraiche in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Aug 2015

Unilever has launched a creme fraiche alternative under its Elmlea brand in the UK.

Food industry quotes: Fonterra, Kellogg, Tyrrells

Hannah Abdulla | 7 Aug 2015

This week, Fonterra said it was reducing capital expenditure plans to mitigate pricing pressure in dairy. Kellogg announced its first half-results and committed to plans to remove artificial colours and flavours from its branded cereals in North America by 2018. Elsewhere, Tyrrells acquired Yarra Valley Snack Foods in Australia and Unilever came under fire in India. Here is the week in quotes

Unilever launches Magnum chocolates line

Hannah Abdulla | 31 Jul 2015

Unilever has teamed up with UK confectioner Kinnerton to launch a range of Magnum chocolates in the country.

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.

Latest blogs

Beyond taxing soft drinks, what does the BMA say about food?

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.

FMCG online: more data shows why brands must act

Dean Best | 7 Jul 2015

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.

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