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Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.

Why it is too early to call Unilever food revival

Dean Best | 16 Apr 2015

Today was a positive day for Unilever in some ways. The FMCG giant's first-quarter sales beat expectations and its shares rose steadily in London. Broadly, however, it is too soon to say whether Unilever can enjoy sustained growth from its food business.

Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge

Ben Cooper | 26 Feb 2015

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and other aspects of sustainable packaging has been highlighted in a new report published by campaign groups As You Sow and the Natural Resources Defense Council. Ben Cooper reports.

Nestle's 2014 results: what the analysts say

Katy Askew | 19 Feb 2015

Nestle revealed today (19 February) that full-year earnings rose on one-time gains and improved margins. Net sales were down due to the impact of currency exchange but the company booked organic sales growth of 4.5%. The sales performance met consensus expectations but came in below the "Nestle Model" that targets organic growth of 5-6% in the medium term. Shares in the Swiss food giant remained relatively flat this morning, reflecting the market's lukewarm response to Nestle's outlook - with sales expected to grow by "around 5%" in 2015 - and concerns over currency exchange.

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

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).

Food industry news of the week: Nestle, Unilever

Dean Best | 17 Apr 2015

Nestle this week admitted 3G Capital and Warren Buffett's investments in the food industry had led to "accelerate" efforts to "adjust" its portfolio. The food giant was also one of the companies reporting first-quarter results, a group that included Unilever, which saw food volumes rise 3%, although it remains too early to call a sustained recovery from the unit.

Unilever food, refreshment sales rise

Katy Askew | 16 Apr 2015

Unilever has booked first-quarter underlying sales growth at its food and refreshment businesses, although pricing in food and volumes of refreshment lines - which include ice cream - came under some pressure in the period.

Boulder turns Smart Balance spreads dairy-free

Dean Best | 2 Apr 2015

US group Boulder Brands is relaunching its Smart Balance spreads dairy-free in a fresh bid to revitalise the line's sales.

Unilever adds butter to Stork to boost UK sales

Dean Best | 31 Mar 2015

Unilever is to launch a Stork margarine line containing butter, the group's latest spread brand to get the ingredient in a bid to revitalise its sales.

Unilever to up stake in Nigerian unit

Hannah Abdulla | 26 Mar 2015

Unilever has announced plans to increase its stake in Unilever Nigeria from 50.4% to 75%

Unilever launches Cornetto snacking option in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Mar 2015

Unilever has launched a mini version of its Cornetto ice cream in the UK in a bid to tap onto the snacking market.

Unilever deal gives Atlantic Grupa sales boost

Dean Best | 25 Feb 2015

Croatia-based food and beverage company Atlantic Grupa saw sales and profits rise in 2014, with its top line helped in part by a deal to distribute Unilever products in regional markets.

Unilever aims to revitalise Cornetto in NPD push

Dean Best | 16 Feb 2015

Unilever is looking to breathe fresh life into Cornetto sales in the UK with new products and a push on price as part of this year's NPD for its ice cream portfolio.

Unilever's Breyers switches to hormone-free milk

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2015

Unilever has announced it is reformulating its Breyers brand of ice cream in the US to only use milk from cows that are not treated with artificial growth hormones.

Unilever range taps into "scratch-cooking" trend

Hannah Abdulla | 4 Feb 2015

Unilever has launched a range of meal kits under its Colman's brand in the UK.

Latest blogs

Unilever claims sales boost from sustainability

Dean Best | 5 May 2015

Unilever today (5 May) published news on the progress it is making on its ten-year programme to double in size while reducing its impact on the environment - and claimed its efforts were becoming an engine behind its sales.

Unilever investors want spreads to be sold

Hannah Abdulla | 2 Mar 2015

It's no secret Unilever's spreads arm has been suffering for some time and, as CFO Jean-Marc Huët pointed out when he reflected on the company's 2014 performance in January, declining demand for its brands was dragging down the performance of the rest of its food business.

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