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"Radical" and "decisive" was how one City analyst described Premier Foods' announcement today (20 November) of how wholesale changes to its bread division. But could the Hovis maker have more up its sleeve?
The work the chief executives of Carrefour and Premier Foods - two companies with a lot on their plates - has been welcomed by industry watchers but, writes Dean Best, there are questions hanging over both companies, which had lost their way in recent years.
UK company Premier Foods had already hinted it had plans to shake-up its bread business and, this week, the Hovis manufacturer underlined it will "fix" that part of its operations. The company decided to walk away from an own-label contract worth GBP75m but the move is a wise one; the status quo in bread is not an option. But what options are out there for Premier in bread?
The headlines on the mainstream business pages may have talked about a "sales surge" at Primark and sugar profits may be especially sweet but Associated British Foods' grocery operations have proven a mixed bag in the last 12 months.
Warburtons, the UK baker, continues to enjoy growth from its free-from unit Newburn Bakehouse as demand for gluten-free bakery products in the UK continues to rise. However, competition is intensifying. Dean Best spoke to Warburtons' free-from director Chris Hook at the Free From Food Expo in Barcelona, to find out more about the group's plans - not just in the UK but, potentially, elsewhere in Europe.
Gluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schar is the world's largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär's UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.
UK baker Warburtons has reported a fall in profits for the 2014-15 financial year against a backdrop of continued "difficult trading conditions and volume decline in the wider bakery market".
UK baker Warburtons has launched a crumpet twice the size of its standard line to target more meal times.
Warburtons is weighing up taking its free-from brand Newburn Bakehouse into Europe, the UK baker has told just-food.
This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes
Warburtons is adding handmade, artisan loaves to its free-from range in the UK.
Warburtons has added a line of "premium" loaves to its bakery range.
Allied Bakeries, the bakery unit of Associated British Foods, is extending the Kingsmill brand with the launch of a line of sandwich thins.
UK bread maker Hovis has put forward plans to close a plant in Leicester to "simplify" its production network.
Privately-owned UK baker Warburtons has reported higher annual sales and operating profits in its most recent accounts - although the absence of a dividend from a subsidiary hit its bottom line.
Baker Warburtons is bolstering its presence in the gluten free sector with the launch of new gluten free sandwich thins under its Newburn Bakehouse brand.
Warburtons has received planning permission for a new plant in Burnley, the UK baker said today (10 March).
Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.
Sales growth at Hain Celestial fell slightly short of expectations, prompting the question of whether the natural and organic group is trying to run before it can walk. Elsewhere analysts picked up on Wal-Mart's failure to impress with its quarterly figures. Kellogg results also fell short and CEO John Bryant insisted the initial start-up costs of Project K will pay off in the long term.
The UK's Advertising Standards Authority has banned an advert from bread maker Warburtons after its claims it is London's biggest baker.
UK baker Warburtons is planning to build a new facility at its site in Burnley to produce its range of "sandwich alternatives" lines.
UK baker Warburtons has continued to reel in its fledgling international businesses with the confirmation that it will exit the French market.
Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.
Baker Warburtons has acquired UK garlic bread producer Giles Foods for an undisclosed sum.
PepsiCo executive Neil Campbell is set to become the managing director of UK baker Warburtons.
UK retailer Tesco grabbed the headlines last week as the horsemeat saga rumbled on. CEO Philip Clarke announced a raft of changes to its supply chain, including a promise to source all fresh chicken from within the UK. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Genius CEO Roz Cuschieri about its plans for the Finsbury free-from brand it is set to acquire, and the CEO of Hostess Brands announced the successful sales of the majority of its bread units to Flowers Foods.
UK baker Warburtons is mulling potential job cuts at its Variety bakery in Bolton.
Associated British Foods has added to its Allinson bakery line in the UK in addition to launching a GBP1m (US$1.6m) marketing campaign, which includes the first TV ad for the brand for a decade.
The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.
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