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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.

ConAgra to quit private label

ConAgra to quit private label

It is not even three years since the US group became the largest own-label business in the country through its acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings. Now ConAgra's new CEO has decided it is time to sell the under-pressure unit.

Sustainable sourcing: the latest developments

Sustainable sourcing: the latest developments

just-food looks at the sustainability of supply chains for four key commodities: palm oil, cocoa, soy and sugar.

Nestle

Nestle's Maggi noodles under scrutiny

Regulators in India have questioned the safety of Maggi noodles on sale in the country. Nestle has insisted the products are safe but have recalled the lines for fear of "consumer confusion". Now officials in Singapore and the UK are testing products on sale in their markets

Applegate Farms becomes Hormel

Applegate Farms becomes Hormel's latest acquisition

A year after buying Muscle Milk maker CytoSport, Hormel Foods has again used M&A to buy into a fast-growing category.

Animal welfare and antibiotics: meat in spotlight

Animal welfare and antibiotics: meat in spotlight

Consumer interest in how animals are treated and processed is leading the industry to react.

GMO labelling in the US

GMO labelling in the US

The debate over GMO labelling in the US has rumbled on for some time. But with the USDA developing a certification scheme, it looks like the question of whether to adopt a mandatory or voluntary approach could be coming to a head.

Looking for growth in liquid milk

Looking for growth in liquid milk

In many developed markets, liquid milk has become a commodity, one of the products central to competition between retailers. How can suppliers get sales revenue growing?

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