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How two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interest

How two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interest

Egyptian snacks group Bisco Misr and local dairy company Arab Dairy have hit the M&A headlines. Kellogg is battling it out with private-equity group Abraaj for Bisco Misr, while Arab Dairy has attracted takeover bids from Arla Foods and, this week, Lactalis.

Mondelez targets Vietnam

Mondelez targets Vietnam

The global snacks group has moved to deepen its presence in the emerging market with a deal to buy 80% of the snacks business of local food company Kinh Do.

Godiva owner Yildiz Holding buys United Biscuits

Godiva owner Yildiz Holding buys United Biscuits

The Turkey-based food group has snapped up the UK-based owner of biscuit and snack brands including McVitie's, Jacob's and BN.

Food majors announce Q3 results

Food majors announce Q3 results

Battling lacklustre sales in many markets, the world's packaged food manufacturers are publishing their third-quarter numbers. just-food provides a digest of the figures and analyses the more notable data.

SIAL 2014: news and interviews

SIAL 2014: news and interviews

just-food is in Paris for one of the key dates in the food industry calendar to hear the latest news and views from companies across the sector.

Dairy majors eye Brazil

Dairy majors eye Brazil

European dairy companies Lactalis and Arla Foods announce investments, signalling growing interest in Brazil's dairy market.

Under-pressure General Mills moves for Annie

Under-pressure General Mills moves for Annie's

The US food giant, facing stagnant US sales, has turned to M&A and struck a US$820m deal for local natural and organic food firm Annie's.

Change at the top at Danone

Change at the top at Danone

Franck Riboud is to step down from his role as CEO at the French food group, to be replaced by deputy Emmanuel Faber.

Chiquita accepts Cutrale, Safra bid after investors reject Fyffes merger

Chiquita accepts Cutrale, Safra bid after investors reject Fyffes merger

Chiquita has accepted a third bid from Brazilian juice manufacturer Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group after its shareholders rejected the US produce giant's plan to merge with Fyffes.

Food in crossfire as Russia retaliates

Food in crossfire as Russia retaliates

Moscow has banned a range of foodstuffs from the US, the EU and other countries in response to the steeping of sanctions from the West.

Food majors report Q2 and H1 results

Food majors report Q2 and H1 results

The results season kicked off in earnest this week and just-food brings you analysis of numbers from companies including Danone, Grupo Bimbo and Premier Foods.

Campbell ready for more M&A

Campbell ready for more M&A

The US food group has sought to improve its growth prospects with a series of acquisitions in the last 18 months. However, it needs to do more and this week underlined it is ready for more M&A. Nevertheless, the path ahead will not be straight-forward.

Lindt dusts off chequebook for Russell Stover

Lindt dusts off chequebook for Russell Stover

The upmarket Swiss chocolate group makes its first acquisition since 1998, with a deal that gives it the number three spot in the US market.

The challenge of online retail

The challenge of online retail

The meteoric rise of online sales channels presents food manufacturers with a unique challenge. Different needs in terms of packaging, marketing and presentation necessitate a rethink of brand strategies directed at bricks-and-mortar operations. just-food assesses the issue.

Sugar tax eyed as UK pledges to tackle obesity

Sugar tax eyed as UK pledges to tackle obesity

UK public health officials have pledged to look at a range of ways to try to reduce the country's sugar consumption and the possibility of a sugar tax - always a subject of debate - is being considered.

Free From Food Expo 2014

Free From Food Expo 2014

Sales of free-from products are growing ahead of the conventional market in many countries, making the free-from space increasingly important as food firms seek out growth spots in otherwise stagnant categories. just-food attended this year's Free From Food Expo in Brussels. Here are some highlights from the event.

Nestle hopes US frozen will come in from the cold

Nestle hopes US frozen will come in from the cold

As Nestle prunes under performing assets from its business, speculation has suggested that US frozen brands such as Lean Cuisine could end up on the block. However, at the company's investor conference this week, management detailed its strategy to revitalise US frozen sales.

Tyson, Hillshire strike deal on takeover

Tyson, Hillshire strike deal on takeover

The US meat giant is set to buy the maker of Jimmy Dean sausages for US$8.55bn after a bidding war with processing rival Pilgrim's Pride - and scuppering Hillshire's own plan to buy another US group, Pinnacle Foods.

Chocolate industry hails latest cocoa sustainability initiative

Chocolate industry hails latest cocoa sustainability initiative

Brand owners and cocoa suppliers have developed their own initiatives in recent years to try to improve the sustainability of the cocoa supply chain. Twelve companies, including Nestle and Cargill, have set up CocoaAction to work closer together in tackling the issue.

Australia

Australia's Goodman Fielder set for takeover

The maker of Meadow Lea butter and Helga's bread looks set to be acquired by Singapore agribusiness giant Wilmar International and First Pacific, the Hong Kong investment fund.

Hillshire Brands to snap up fellow US group Pinnacle Foods

Hillshire Brands to snap up fellow US group Pinnacle Foods

Industry watchers have suggested the sluggish US grocery scene may see more consolidation and today (12 May) Hillshire Brands announced a move for Pinnacle Foods.

Mondelez trims down

Mondelez trims down

Mondelez International has tightened its focus on snacks. The group has separated its coffee interests and is doubling down on efforts to improve margins.

FMCG in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities

FMCG in the Middle East: challenges and opportunities

In our latest management briefing, the just-food team looks at the opportunities for FMCG companies in the Middle East and interviews the likes of Nestle, Mondelez and Arla Foods for their views on the region.

Brands in spotlight as Morrisons reveals price cuts

Brands in spotlight as Morrisons reveals price cuts

With sales under pressure, in March the UK's number four grocer set out plans to invest GBP300m in its "proposition". Today (1 May) came details of where it has cut prices to try to lure back consumers.

Growth-hungry US manufacturers turn to M&A

Growth-hungry US manufacturers turn to M&A

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

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

Food security - the challenges

Food security - the challenges

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

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

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

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

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