Food industry hot issues
Comprehensive coverage of the food industry's hottest issues through a compilation of news, analysis and comment.
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.
7 March 2014
The attention on sugar continued after the WHO revised its guidance on daily consumption.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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
13 February 2014
Nordic consumer goods group Orkla has named a new CEO - what does it mean for the company?
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
9 January 2014
Tesco and Morrisons book weaker-than-expected sales, while growth slows at Sainsbury's.
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.
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.
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.
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
Canadian dairy giant Saputo looks set to acquire Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory after a three-way tussle for the Australian dairy group.
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.