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Growth-hungry US manufacturers turn to M&A

Growth-hungry US manufacturers turn to M&A

22 April 2014

Post Holdings has moved for egg-to-dairy firm Michael Foods, TreeHouse Foods for Canada's Protenergy Natural Foods and Hillshire Brands for Van's Natural Foods, signs manufacturers in the US are turning to the chequebook to reposition their portfolios.

Tesco confirms year of falling profits

Tesco confirms year of falling profits

16 April 2014

The UK retailer's annual results, out today (16 April), underlined the challenges facing the company.

Food security - the challenges

Food security - the challenges

8 April 2014

Food security returned to the fore last week with the UN's new report on climate change, which reiterated that a warming population would affect production. However, as well as supply, issues of consumer demand need to be considered when trying to solve what is a hugely complex issue.

Expansionist dairy majors eye emerging markets

Expansionist dairy majors eye emerging markets

31 March 2014

Europe's dairy processors are continuing to expand ahead of the end of EU quotas on production next year. And it is rising demand for dairy in emerging markets that is behind their expansion plans.

CAGE 2014

CAGE 2014

20 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference took place in London this week. The event brought together some of the food industry's largest listed players, who took the opportunity to detail their investment case. As exclusive media partner of the event, just-food brings you the highlights of the last three days.

Produce giants Chiquita and Fyffes to merge

Produce giants Chiquita and Fyffes to merge

10 March 2014

The proposed deal between US-based Chiquita Brands International and Ireland's Fyffes will create the world's largest banana supplier.

US grocery set for mega-merger

US grocery set for mega-merger

7 March 2014

Cerberus Capital Management, the private-equity owner of chains including Albertsons, has struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway, creating a retailer with over 2,400 stores.

Sugar in the spotlight

Sugar in the spotlight

7 March 2014

The attention on sugar continued after the WHO revised its guidance on daily consumption.

Carrefour FYs please market but more work ahead

Carrefour FYs please market but more work ahead

6 March 2014

The 2013 financial results from the French retail giant cheered analysts but there is a feeling management now need to embark on a tougher stage of its turnaround.

Premier Foods "liberated from past"

Premier Foods "liberated from past"

4 March 2014

The UK food group today (4 March) outlined a GBP1.3bn refinancing of the business, a move CEO Gavin Darby would allow the company to look forward after a challenging period.

Gulfood 2014

Gulfood 2014

26 February 2014

just-food headed to Dubai for this year's Gulfood trade expo to speak to multinationals and SMEs about their businesses - and ambitions - in the Middle East

Tesco sets out stall for fresh UK offensive

Tesco sets out stall for fresh UK offensive

25 February 2014

The UK's largest grocer, still struggling to revitalise sales, pledges to speed up its programme of revamping stores and to focus more resources on convenience and online.

CAGNY 2014

CAGNY 2014

20 February 2014

Mondelez International, PepsiCo and General Mills are among the manufacturers presenting to Wall Street at the annual CAGNY conference in Florida, with analysts keen to hear how the companies plan to grow in still tough trading conditions

Food majors announce 2013 results

Food majors announce 2013 results

17 February 2014

Nestle, PepsiCo and Mondelez International have been among the manufacturers in recent days that have reported on how they fared in 2013

Change at the top of Nordic FMCG giant Orkla

Change at the top of Nordic FMCG giant Orkla

13 February 2014

Nordic consumer goods group Orkla has named a new CEO - what does it mean for the company?

ISM 2014

ISM 2014

10 February 2014

just-food visited ISM, the annual global confectionery industry trade show, in January to hear what the sector's leading players had to say about the opportunities and challenges facing the sector.

Kellogg looks to revitalise cereal business

Kellogg looks to revitalise cereal business

10 February 2014

The company has seen its sales come under pressure as consumers in a number of developed markets turn away from breakfast cereal. However, Kellogg is hoping a marketing push that emphasises its namesake brand will revive sales.

McMillon takes Wal-Mart reins

McMillon takes Wal-Mart reins

3 February 2014

Doug McMillon officially became the CEO of the world's largest retailer on Saturday (1 February). He faces some significant challenges at home and abroad.

Sainsbury

Sainsbury's CEO King stands down

29 January 2014

After ten years at the helm, Sainsbury's CEO Justin King has indicated that he plans to move on from the UK retailer. Mike Coupe, commercial director, has been named his replacement. just-food takes an in-depth look at the news.

Premier hopes for bread deal benefits

Premier hopes for bread deal benefits

29 January 2014

The UK group is hoping its JV with US private-equity firm Gores Group may lead to the turn around of its bread business and allow it room to develop its stable of higher margin grocery brands. But challenges lie ahead.

Hain Celestial swoops for another UK business

Hain Celestial swoops for another UK business

15 January 2014

The US group has snapped up UK family-owned rice supplier Tilda. Five of Hain's last six purchases have been of UK firms, including Ella's Kitchen and ex-Premier brands like Hartley's. While Hain has had issues with Hartley's, it has seen early success with Ella's, not least in the US - and expects similar with Tilda, too.

NGOs crank up pressure on obesity

NGOs crank up pressure on obesity

14 January 2014

The early weeks of 2014 has seen the issue of obesity hit the headlines in the UK, with some in campaign circles claiming previous forecasts may end up under-estimating the prevalence of the condition.

UK grocers report tough Christmas

UK grocers report tough Christmas

9 January 2014

Tesco and Morrisons book weaker-than-expected sales, while growth slows at Sainsbury's.

European meats firm Campofrio set for new owners

European meats firm Campofrio set for new owners

2 January 2014

The company behind brands including Jean Caby and Caroli is set to move into the shared control of Mexico's Sigma Alimentos - and current shareholder Shuanghui International, the Chinese meat processor, after a deal just before Christmas.

Tesco dusts self down and starts India assault

Tesco dusts self down and starts India assault

17 December 2013

The UK retailer has had its problems not just domestically but also internationally. However, the company has started plans to become the first overseas retailer to run multi-brand retail outlets in India.

Kellogg

Kellogg's "efficiency and effectiveness" drive

11 December 2013

The US food giant, facing pressure on sales, particularly of cereal, in developed markets, is looking to cut costs to divert resources to revitalise the performance of its brands, as well as invest in emerging economies.

The challenges facing Tesco

The challenges facing Tesco

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.

China: riding the dragon

China: riding the dragon

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.

Wal-Mart set for new CEO

Wal-Mart set for new CEO

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.

Canadian pension fund snaps up UK biscuit firm Burton

Canadian pension fund snaps up UK biscuit firm Burton's

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.

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