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Hershey tuns to M&A amid core challenges

Hershey tuns to M&A amid core challenges

The confectionery giant this week announced the acquisition of an up-and-coming US snacks brand, while reporting falling first-quarter results and plans to more aggressively cut costs.

Mars

Mars' bold move on health

The US group has grabbed the headlines for its "health and wellbeing ambition", which includes to label some of its products as for occasional eating only.

Natural Products Expo West 2016

Natural Products Expo West 2016

We bring you exclusive interviews from one of the key dates in the US industry calendar. Boulder Brands, Enjoy Life Foods, Plum Organics and Amy's Kitchen feature.

Premier Foods in takeover spotlight

Premier Foods in takeover spotlight

The UK group rebuffed three approaches from McCormick & Co., while signing a tie-up with Japan's Nissin Foods Holdings, which bought a chunk of the Mr Kipling maker. McCormick ultimately walked away from the table.

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference 2016

The Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference 2016

We bring you the news and views from one of the key events in the US food industry calendar

Food majors book 2015 numbers and look into 2016

Food majors book 2015 numbers and look into 2016

The figures for last year are rolling in and, while executives report how they fared in 2015, they are also forecasting how they could perform this year.

The flurry of commitments on cage-free eggs

The flurry of commitments on cage-free eggs

Companies including Nestle, Mondelez International and Mars have announced pledges on cage-free eggs in recent months.

Lactalis

Lactalis's emerging markets push

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has continued its bid to increase its presence in emerging markets in the early weeks of 2016.

What are the macro risks facing your business?

What are the macro risks facing your business?

The World Economic Forum has published its annual report quantifying and comparing economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal and technological risks. just-food digs into the report and analyses the findings.

Unilever rolls up sleeves for challenging 2016

Unilever rolls up sleeves for challenging 2016

The consumer goods giant believes the year ahead will be tougher than 2015. How does the company plan to tackle the next 12 months?

Campbell breaks ranks on GMOs

Campbell breaks ranks on GMOs

Campbell Soup Co. has come out in support of the introduction of nationwide mandatory labelling standards for genetically modified organisms contained in food products on sale in the US, something many of the group's major packaged food peers oppose.

What lies ahead for the food industry in 2016?

What lies ahead for the food industry in 2016?

In a series of features, we take a look at some of the most pressing issues facing packaged food manufacturers in the year ahead.

2015 - looking back at an eventful year for the food sector

2015 - looking back at an eventful year for the food sector

We present the news, comment, analysis and interviews that got you clicking in 2015.

PepsiCo and Muller end US venture

PepsiCo and Muller end US venture

The plug has been pulled just three years after the companies started selling yoghurt in the US.

Thai Union Group calls off Bumble Bee buy

Thai Union Group calls off Bumble Bee buy

The Thai seafood giant has pulled the plug on its move to acquire the US business, concluding it was unlikely the US$1.51bn deal would get past regulators.

Pinnacle Foods moves for Boulder Brands

Pinnacle Foods moves for Boulder Brands

Pinnacle Foods, the US group with Birds Eye frozen veg and Duncan Hines cake mixes in its portfolio, has swooped to buy free-from business Boulder Brands. But is a move for a company that has struggled in recent quarters a wise one?

ConAgra Foods to divide in two

ConAgra Foods to divide in two

CEO Sean Connolly has decided to split the US group in two, creating a consumer-facing business and a frozen potato products supplier.

TreeHouse becomes private-label powerhouse

TreeHouse becomes private-label powerhouse

US group strikes deal to buy ConAgra Foods' own-label operations.

Snyder

Snyder's-Lance emerges as Diamond Foods buyer

The US snacks group has moved to buy the Kettle Chips owner in a cash-and-shares deal.

WHO claims link between processed meat and cancer

WHO claims link between processed meat and cancer

A report from the World Health Organization has said eating processed meats does cause bowel cancer.

The UK debate on sugar intensifies

The UK debate on sugar intensifies

A report from Public Health England calling for measures - including a tax - to lower the intake of sugar has fuelled the debate over the ingredient.

Consolidation in UK milk market

Consolidation in UK milk market

Muller's move to buy Dairy Crest's milk business has been cleared by the UK competition regulator.

The debate over the next US Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The debate over the next US Dietary Guidelines for Americans

The next iteration of the advice is due to be published but, even though the new guidelines have yet to be formally announced, there has been plenty of discussion over what could or should be included.

Quorn Foods agrees sale

Quorn Foods agrees sale

Private-equity firm Exponent has struck a deal to sell the UK-based meat-free business to Philippines group Monde Nissin.

B&G Foods enters US frozen with Green Giant deal

B&G Foods enters US frozen with Green Giant deal

Taking on the struggling Green Giant business with a US$765m deal marks B&G Foods' entry into the US frozen sector. Will it pay off?

The rise of Nomad Foods

The rise of Nomad Foods

The UK-listed company, set up by US businessmen Noam Gottesman and Martin Franklin, has already made waves in Europe's frozen food sector. Where might it look next?

The opportunities in Europe

The opportunities in Europe's gluten-free market

Gluten-free is blossoming in a number of European countries. What are the most attractive markets? What are the trends to watch? What challenges lay ahead? This briefing investigates.

How are food

How are food's giants performing in China?

The recent easing of China's economic growth has weighed on the local operations of some of the food industry's majors.

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