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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 International has tightened its focus on snacks. The group has separated its coffee interests and is doubling down on efforts to improve margins.
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.
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.
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.
The UK retailer's annual results, out today (16 April), underlined the challenges facing the company.
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.
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.
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.
The proposed deal between US-based Chiquita Brands International and Ireland's Fyffes will create the world's largest banana supplier.
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.
The attention on sugar continued after the WHO revised its guidance on daily consumption.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
Nestle, PepsiCo and Mondelez International have been among the manufacturers in recent days that have reported on how they fared in 2013
Nordic consumer goods group Orkla has named a new CEO - what does it mean for the company?
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.
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.
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