Food industry hot issues
Comprehensive coverage of the food industry's hottest issues through a compilation of news, analysis and comment.
4 December 2013
Tesco may have stuck to its profit forecasts for its financial year but another quarter of falling sales - with LFLs down in every market - shows the scale of the task in front of CEO Philip Clarke.
29 November 2013
This year, China's GDP is forecast to grow at the slowest rate for over a decade. However, the country is set to be remain the global growth engine, presenting huge opportunities for food companies. There are, however, myriad challenges to navigate.
25 November 2013
Doug McMillon, the head of the US retail giant's overseas operations, is to succeed Mike Duke as CEO of the world's largest retailer in February.
18 November 2013
Ontario Teachers' Pension Plan has struck a deal to buy a majority stake in the manufacturer of Jammie Dodgers and Wagon Wheels.
11 November 2013
The country, which is said to have the second-highest rate of obesity in the Americas, is looking at imposing a levy on high-calorie foods. The industry has hit out at the idea and, after other schemes around the world, some academics are sceptical about the impact taxes have on tackling obesity.
8 November 2013
Mondelez International has lowered its full-year outlook. In particular, the global snacks giant flagged a slowdown in Chinese biscuit sales. just-food takes a look at the group's performance and its prospects in the Chinese market.
6 November 2013
Associated British Foods faces a challenging sugar market, with changes to the EU sugar regime expected to hit profits at the unit. However, the Kingsmill maker is confident it can compensate with higher returns from its grocery business.
29 October 2013
UK industry moves to lower saturated fat has been met with criticism in campaign circles. The Responsibility Deal, the process through which government and manufacturers are working on issues like health and obesity, has again been called into question, while some question whether the focus should have been on sugar.
9 October 2013
Three bidders - fellow Australian dairy groups Murray Goulburn and Bega Cheese, plus Canada's Saputo - are vying for WCB, with an eye on Asia's booming demand for dairy.
8 October 2013
Retail industry executives, including from Carrefour, Grupo Pao de Acucar, Dixy, Spar and Ocado, have headed to the French capital to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.
7 October 2013
just-food brings you live coverage from Europe's largest trade show - Anuga 2013
1 October 2013
There has been growing evidence of a slowdown in emerging markets, as we have reported in our two most recent management briefings - on Brazil and Russia - and Unilever's sales warning has put the issue firmly in the spotlight.
24 September 2013
Shareholders in the US firm, the world's largest pork processor, vote in favour of a sale to China's Shuanghui International, a move that created unease in US political circles and divided Smithfield's investors.
20 September 2013
The price-fixing scandal, Fonterra's botulism scare and now claims Danone staff bribed staff in Chinese hospitals. As Western dairy and infant formula firms suffer successive blows to their reputations, much-maligned local producers could favour.
11 September 2013
US investment fund Yucaipa is to take on the bulk of Tesco's business in the country, although the disposal of Fresh & Easy will cost the retailer GBP150m.
6 September 2013
Ex-Metro Group executive Frans Muller has been named Delhaize's new CEO. Metro's cash-and-carry arm had a patchy record under Muller's stewardship, while he lacks experience in the US, Delhaize's biggest market. The boss of Delhaize's US business, meanwhile, also plans to leave, adding to the uncertainty at the Food Lion owner.
6 September 2013
Rutland Partners, an investment firm with assets including Pizza Hut's UK arm, has said it can put the UK poultry group "back on the map" after investing in the business.
21 August 2013
The coffee and jam group has moved to buy California-based Enray, a producer of natural, organic and gluten-free food. The US gluten-free sector is booming, with specialist companies thriving, international firms entering the market and mainstream companies expanding into the category.
16 August 2013
In the midst of its struggle to regain confidence in the safety of its products and processes, it has emerged that Fonterra's botulism recall was a false alarm. Good news for the New Zealand dairy giant, right?
12 August 2013
Nine years after entering the market, Tesco is in talks to merge its business in China with local retailer China Resources Enterprise in a venture where the UK retailer will be the minority partner.
7 August 2013
Beijing has hit companies including Danone and Mead Johnson with record fines for fixing infant formula prices. Nestle, however, has escaped fines after alerting the authorities.
5 August 2013
The world's largest dairy exporter has recalled a batch of whey powder over fears it could cause botulism. The move has prompted companies from Danone to Coca-Cola to pull items off shelves - and China to issues restrictions on imports from the New Zealand dairy giant.
2 August 2013
Hershey motors on in US but others, including Kellogg and Kraft Foods Group face challenges in boosting sales volumes.
26 July 2013
The world's population is forecast to grow to 9bn by 2050 and the focus on how people will be fed has intensified. The food industry is looking at how to reduce waste from its supply chain but experts also argue the sector must look at consumer demand.
18 July 2013
Nestle has witnessed something of a slowdown in recent quarters, prompting some industry observes to wonder if the world's largest food group can deliver on the "Nestle Model" of 5-6% organic revenue growth. Nestle remains steadfastly confident. just-food caught up with management to find out more.
17 July 2013
A spate of M&A deals has put the spotlight on the organic baby food sector. Large corporations are apparently snapping up smaller organic specialists as they look to gain access to a category still witnessing strong growth, even in developed markets. just-food investigates.
3 July 2013
Multinationals including Nestle, Danone and Mead Johnson are under investigation over the price of infant formula in China, where foreign-made products are in demand and said to be sold at higher prices than in other markets
27 June 2013
Cereal makers, trying to bolster sales, are turning to convenient options like breakfast drinks. This week, Kellogg rolled out a breakfast drink in the US after tests. However, in Australia, the biggest market for such products, breakfast drinks have faced criticism over their recipes. Are they the silver bullet the sector needs?
19 June 2013
The country's largest grocers and - some - of its leading food manufacturers are to use a new "hybrid" front-of-pack nutrition label that includes controversial traffic light colour-coding. However, suppliers including Kellogg, Mondelez International and Unilever have so far refused to sign up.
13 June 2013
Amazon has launched its food service, AmazonFresh, in a second US city, Los Angeles. The online channel is less established in the US than in western Europe and industry watchers are split on its potential. However, Amazon's expansion has got the sector talking.