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Sales came under pressure but the FMCG giant was able to improve margins.
The Brazil-based private-equity firm is said to have raised US$5bn for a new takeover fund. What food company could it move for next?
just-food takes a look at some key trends that are likely to be key to the food sector in 2015, from the prospects for M&A to significant consumer trends and hot emerging markets.
We provide some at-a-glance lists of our most-read news, analysis, comment and interviews in 2014. Want to know more? Click on the headlines.
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.
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.
The Turkey-based food group has snapped up the UK-based owner of biscuit and snack brands including McVitie's, Jacob's and BN.
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.
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.
European dairy companies Lactalis and Arla Foods announce investments, signalling growing interest in Brazil's dairy market.
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.
Franck Riboud is to step down from his role as CEO at the French food group, to be replaced by deputy Emmanuel Faber.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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