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2012: M&A revival but caution hinders big deals

There were, despite continued economic uncertainty in many Western markets and concerns over slowing growth in the East, signs that M&A acti...

Focus: Zetar aims for sweeter future with Zertus

Zetar's decision to accept a bid from Germany's Zertus raised eyebrows but the UK confectioner and snack firm, frustrated at not being able...


On the money: Zetar targets sales growth

Dean Best | 18 Jul 2012

UK confectioner and snack firm Zetar today (18 July) indicated it sees its sales increasing by 20% of the next three years on the back of NPD at home and expansion in Europe.


On the money: Zetar develops year-round revenue

Katy Askew | 15 May 2012

UK confectioner Zetar plans to grow its "everyday" sales, reducing the firm's dependency on seasonal revenues.


Keep Easter caution in context - Zetar CEO

Dean Best | 26 Jan 2012

Zetar CEO Ian Blackburn has played down the UK confectioner and snack maker's caution over Easter.


Just the Answer - Dave Brooks, Finsbury Food Group

Dean Best | 18 Mar 2008

Finsbury Food Group, the UK cake maker, has thrived despite soaring commodity costs and growing concern among consumers over following a more balanced diet. Chief executive Dave Brooks told Dean Best about the reasons behind the success of the business and why he believes Finsbury is well-placed to grow despite an ever-more turbulent operating environment.

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Kinnerton, Unilever strike licensing deal

Katy Askew | 3 Apr 2013

UK confectioner Kinnerton has entered into a licensing deal with Unilever that will see ice cream brands including Magnum and Cornetto launched into confectionery.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 15 Oct 2012

The IGD's annual convention attracts the leading executives from the UK FMCG sector and last week they heard the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Unilever and Heinz discuss the economy, multichannel strategies, labelling and innovation. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart outlined its expansion plans for next year, Mars called on the chocolate sector to co-operate more on sustainable cocoa (which it said would cost billions) and Kellogg revealed the possible financial impact of its latest recall.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 15 Oct 2012

This week, the chief executives of Tesco, Sainsbury's and Marks and Spencer, convened in London for the IGD's annual convention where the likes of Philip Clarke, Justin King and Marc Bolland discussed the key issues facing the industry. Elsewhere, William Jackson Food Group expressed its delight at securing ownership of Abel & Cole, German food company Zertus bought confectioner Zetar, while Paramount Foods went into the hands of administrators.


German food firm Zertus to buy UK peer Zetar

Dean Best | 8 Oct 2012

German food company Zertus has struck a deal to buy UK confectioner and snack firm Zetar.


Zetar eyes sales growth with Marmite deal

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2012

Zetar has said its licensing deal with Unilever to produce and sell Marmite nuts forms part of its plan to increase sales by 20% over the next three years.


Zetar signs Unilever Marmite licensing deal

Michelle Russell | 13 Aug 2012

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has entered into a licensing agreement with Unilever to manufacture and sell Marmite nuts.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

Dean Best | 23 Jul 2012

Anxiety grew this week that unusual weather in the US, UK and elsewhere could push up commodity prices. The row over milk prices in the UK continued, with farmers blockading retail and processor sites as anger remained over price cuts. And Metro Group, the German retail giant, announced cuts of its own, with 900 jobs to be lost as it looks to lower costs.


just-food's week in words

Michelle Russell | 23 Jul 2012

While the row over UK farmgate milk prices rumbled on this week, elsewhere first-half results hit the just-food news desk. Safeway sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its loyalty programme and the group's dominance in retail personalisation for consumers. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Mizkan EuroAmericas president Craig Smith who spoke about the firm's plansfor the business long-term.


Confectioner Zetar posts lower FY profits

Dean Best | 18 Jul 2012

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has reported a fall in annual profits as retailers cut orders in the key Easter selling season.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Katie Smith | 21 May 2012

Arla Foods revealed 250 jobs could be cut as it drives efficiency and tries to keep pace with its international competitors - and admitted more could be made. The race to buy frozen food giant Iglo Group also continued to make the headlines and this week Thai food manufacturer CP Foods was linked to the business. Meanwhile, in the US, Kellogg "refreshed" its 106-year-old namesake brand, although industry watchers suggested the cereal maker might have to do more to drive sales.


Zetar sales slide on "disappointing" Easter

Katy Askew | 15 May 2012

UK confectionery and snacks group Zetar booked a 5% slump in full-year sales, on the back of a weaker Easter performance and the offloading of lower-margin business.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2012

The UK government this week launched a series of measures, drawn up with industry, to drive the food sector's growth overseas. The so-called export action plan came in the week that food and drink giant Princes announced a venture in Italy and UK confectioner Zetar opened its first sales office in Europe. Zetar's CEO outlined the company's Continental sales target to just-food and, in a further interview with a top executive, Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell told us about the symbol retailer's expansion plans in India.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food this week

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2012

Carrefour again grabbed the headlines this week, with speculation intensifying that there could be change of leadership at the company. just-food understands an announcement is due in days. Elsewhere in retail, Asda outlined its expansion plans in the UK and we spoke to the CEO of Spar International about the symbol group's ambitions in India. Meanwhile, Premier Foods admitted more jobs could be lost at the company, we took a look at why US baker Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 and, in our latest Sustainability Watch, we discussed HJ Heinz's CSR strategy.


Confectioner Zetar sets European sales target

Dean Best | 26 Jan 2012

UK confectioner Zetar is aiming to make GBP10m in sales in Europe over the next three years after opening its first office on the Continent.


UK confectioner Zetar cautious over Easter sales

Dean Best | 24 Jan 2012

Shares in UK confectioner Zetar fell this morning (24 January) after the company warned its sales this Easter could be lower than last year.


Cost efficiencies drive Zetar H1 sales

Michelle Russell | 9 Nov 2011

Zetar has booked an increase in first-half sales, boosted by ongoing cost efficiencies and innovation.


Zetar stock up on full-year net income growth

Petah Marian | 20 Jul 2011

Zetar saw its stock price jump today (20 July) as the UK confectioner reported a full-year increase in net-income.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

James Jordan | 20 May 2011

Wal-Mart Stores is still struggling in the US but it has found a bright spark in the positive comparable sales in its food division. Similarly, this week, Carrefour talked up its ability to turnaround the more sluggish aspects of its businessWal-Mart Stores is still struggling in the US but it has found a bright spark in the positive comparable sales in its food division. Similarly, Carrefour talked up its ability to turnaround the more sluggish aspects of its business this week.


Zetar sets target for branded growth

Dean Best | 19 May 2011

Zetar, the UK confectioner and snack maker, is looking to drive branded sales to account for half its turnover in four years time.


Confectionery sales boost Zetar

Dean Best | 18 May 2011

Zetar, the UK confectioner and snack maker, has reported a 2% increase in annual revenues thanks to growing confectionery sales.


Zetar buys chocolate maker Derwent Lynton

just-food.com | 14 Apr 2011

UK snacks and confectionery firm Zetar has snapped up local chocolate maker Derwent Lynton.


Zetar books H1 profit increase

just-food.com | 25 Jan 2011

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has booked an increase in first-half profits, despite rising raw material costs and an "uncertain consumer market".


Zetar trading "in line with expectations"

just-food.com | 16 Nov 2010

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has booked an increase in sales for the first six months of the year.


Zetar books 40% FY profits increase

just-food.com | 21 Jul 2010

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar booked an increase in annual profits and said it anticipates further growth in its current fiscal year.

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