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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.


On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing

Katy Askew | 24 Jul 2015

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential in emerging and developed markets.


Editor's viewpoint: The impact of China's slowdown

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the impact of China's recent economic slowdown is affecting companies in our sector.


What Grexit could mean for the food industry

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jul 2015

This Sunday, Greece will decide whether to accept a proposal from its creditors following the breakdown of negotiations over its EU1.6bn debt repayment with the International Monetary Fund. If voters reject the proposal, Greece risks exiting Eurozone. Concerns over what this will mean for the food industry are rife and food manufacturers have started taking measures to prepare for the worst.

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

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.


Food industry quotes of week: Unilever, Campbell

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Jul 2015

Unilever was among the companies issuing second-quarter results this week - and, after a period of higher food revenues, said it is making targeted efforts to grow the business. Elsewhere Hain Celestial acquired Europe plant-based food and beverage maker Mona Group. just-food also interviewed Seabrook Crisps CEO Jonathan Bye about the management buy-out at the UK crisp firm and to US start-up Flapjacked's co-founder David Bacon about its ambitions.


Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.


Unilever sees growth in food, refreshments

Katy Askew | 23 Jul 2015

Unilever booked higher sales in its food and refreshment units, with both businesses also reporting improved margins in the first half.


Unilever, Alibaba form partnership in China

Katy Askew | 20 Jul 2015

Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group and Unilever have struck a "comprehensive strategic partnership" they claimed will enable the FMCG giant to reach customers with "unprecedented precision and effectiveness".


Unilever touts taste with Fruit d'Or launch

Dean Best | 16 Jul 2015

Unilever has looked to emphasise the taste of the latest addition to its Fruit d'Or margarine range in France as it looks to arrest the brand's falling sales.


Susan Day Cakes adds 51 jobs, eyes Asia growth

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jun 2015

Australian baked good firm, The Cake Syndicate, has said it is seeking an investor to fund capital expansion and growth into Asia.


Food industry quotes of the week: Ferrero, CGF

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Jun 2015

This week, members of The Consumer Goods Forum committed to halving food waste by 2025. Elsewhere, Ferrero made a bid to acquire UK confectioner Thorntons. Nestle appointed a new CFO to replace Wan Ling Martello and First Milk chairman, Sir Jim Paice, resigned. Here is the week in quotes.


News of the week – Ferrero & Thorntons

Katy Askew | 26 Jun 2015

This week has been bumper for food sector M&A. Ferrero announced that it is gobbling up UK chocolate maker Thorntons. JBS is taking control of Moy Park from heavily indebted Brazilian meat group Marfrig. Grupo Bimbo also announced it has purchased parts of Spanish baker Panrico. Meanwhile, in the world of retail, Delhaize and Ahold revealed plans to combine. Here is just-food's top news and insight coverage from this week.


Unilever, Nestle commit to half food waste by 2025

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jun 2015

The Consumer Goods Forum has announced its commitment to tackle global food waste, agreeing to halve food waste by 2025.


ConAgra to engage with activist Jana

Katy Askew | 19 Jun 2015

ConAgra Foods said that it is “looking forward” to engaging with Jana Partners after the activist investment vehicle disclosed a 7.2% stake in the food group.


UPDATE: Recalled Knorr noodles safe - Unilever

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2015

Unilever has halted production of its Knorr-branded Chinese instant noodles for the Indian market and has started a recall because the product was launched without approval from the country's food safety regulator.


Unilever "pulls Knorr noodles" in India

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2015

Unilever has reportedly recalled its range of Knorr Chinese-style instant noodles in India because the company apparently failed to secure approval to sell the product in the market.


Unilever launches Kissan Twists in India

Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2015

Unilever as extended is Kissan ketchup brand in India with the launch of Kissan Twists, a line aimed at "homemakers with older kids".


FDF - NHS chief wrong to "demonise" sugar

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Jun 2015

The Food and Drink Federation has hit back at comments from the UK National Health Service chief suggesting that the food industry should "stop marketing junk food at children" and step up its efforts to remove sugar from processed foods.


Food industry quotes of week: Arla, Premier Foods

Hannah Abdulla | 26 May 2015

This week, Arla Foods struck a notable deal in Egypt, with plans for a local venture with Juhayna Food Industries. Elsewhere, Unilever announced CFO Jean-Marc Huet would step down from his post and Thorntons said CEO Jonathan Hart had decided to leave the business. Premier Foods announced its annual results and CEO GavinDarby said the UK group would continue to focus on revamping its range.


Food industry news of week: GMOs, Arla, Mondelez

Dean Best | 26 May 2015

The US Department of Agriculture's development of GMO certification scheme emerged this week, adding to the debate over the labelling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients. Elsewhere in the US, Mondelez International revealed jobs will go at a biscuit plant in Chicago. Meanwhile, dairy giant Arla Foods announced a deal in Egypt with local processor Juhayna Food Industries.


Unilever CFO Jean-Marc Huet stands down

Katy Askew | 19 May 2015

Unilever CFO Jean-Marc Huet is standing down from his post and will be replaced by UK and Ireland executive vice president Graeme Pitkethly, the company revealed today (19 May).

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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