Hostess sale rumours hit headlines again

Fresh speculation over the future ownership of US snacks maker and Twinkies maker Hostess Brands LLC has emerged, with new claims its private-equity backers are lining up a sale.

Hershey cuts sales forecast on forex and China

Hershey has cut its target for annual sales, on the back of foreign exchange and lower-than-expected sales in China.

Iglo Foods sold to Nomad for EUR2.6bn

Iglo Group's private-equity parent Permira has confirmed it is to sell the business for EUR2.6bn (US$2.84bn) to newly-established US consumer goods group Nomad Holdings.

In the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

The news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.?

US branded food groups and foodservice

With the grocery retail market stagnant, could foodservice offer a path to growth for packaged food operators doing business in the US?

Hershey's long-term confidence on China

Confectionery giant Hershey saw sales in China come under pressure in the first quarter of 2015, a result of the government crackdown on gif...

PepsiCo underlines the challenge on health

PepsiCo yesterday (22 April) reported a set of solid underlying first-quarter results. But it was away from the numbers that the US food and...

Nomad's post-Iglo opportunities

Nomad Holdings, the recently-established, UK-listed company set up by FMCG veterans Martin Franklin and Noam Gottesman to buy consumer goods...

Focus: Can Arla jump-start UK flavoured milk?

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week...

Comment: Nestle reacts to world of 3G and Buffett

Nestle must adapt to emerging consumption trends and consolidation in the food sector with an “acceleration” of its portfolio adjustment eff...

France takes big step to uniform FOP labels

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-co...

What the analysts say: Analysts spot underlying issues at Nestle 17 Apr 15

Nestle beat expectations when it delivered organic sales growth of 4.4% for the first quarter this morning (17 April). However, many analysts have pointed to disappointing real internal growth – which strips out pricing – and continued sales issues at various units, including US frozen and milk and ice cream products.

Editor's viewpoint: Too early to call Unilever food revival 16 Apr 15

Today was a positive day for Unilever in some ways. The FMCG giant's first-quarter sales beat expectations and its shares rose steadily in London. Broadly, however, it is too soon to say whether Unilever can enjoy sustained growth from its food business.

Thought Leaders

Hostess sale rumours hit headlines again

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 15

Fresh speculation over the future ownership of US snacks group and Twinkies maker Hostess Brands LLC has emerged, with new claims its private-equity backers are lining up a sale.

Tesco delists Rachel's Organic yoghurt range

Hannah Abdulla | 24 Apr 15

Lactalis-owned UK dairy business Rachel's Organic has confirmed supermarket Tesco has delisted its yoghurt range.

McCain Foods to close US plant

Dean Best | 24 Apr 15

McCain Foods is to close a plant in the US state of Wisconsin.

Recent News - (Updated: 5:14pm 24 Apr 2015)

B&G posts Q1 profit, sales increase

Wessanen enjoys strong volumes in Q1

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Results in brief: Ornua, Cloetta, Gruma

PepsiCo launches Lay's Maxx in India

Food industry news of week: Iglo, Blue Bell

Food industry quotes of week: ABF, Hershey, Iglo

Briefing: Middle East: Interview: Al Rawabi's foray into functional dairy 7 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

Statistics in the UAE show more than seven in ten of the country's 9.3m citizens are deficient in vitamin D. With a government keen to promote vitamin and mineral-rich diets, opportunities are opening up for food companies. Local dairy manufacturer Al Rawabi is one local firm looking to capitalise on through the launch of its "functional" dairy range. General manager Dr. Ahmed El Tigani tells Hannah Abdulla more.

Briefing: The Middle East: Interview: Camelicious on potential for camel milk 1 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

Camel milk - a staple food in the Middle East that dates back centuries - is gaining traction worldwide thanks to the touting of its many health properties. In an interview with Hannah Abdulla, deputy general manager of Dubai-based Emirates Industry of Camel Milk Products, Mutasher al Badry, speaks about the potential of the sector and his hopes of camel milk replacing other milk options.

Briefing: The Middle East: FrieslandCampina eyes expansion 30 Mar 15

Hannah Abdulla

FrieslandCampina has had a presence in the Middle East for over 50 years with its condensed and powdered milk products. Regional director Maurits Klavert says the market, despite it making a small contribution to the Dutch dairy giant's pot, has huge potential, which the co-operative is looking to exploit in a big way with a launch into cheese. Hannah Abdulla learns more.

Holland & Barrett sets out UK free-from ambitions

Dean Best | 23 Apr 15

UK-based health food retailer Holland & Barrett has outlined its ambitions to become the country's largest free-from retailer.

Tate & Lyle shakes up Splenda unit

Dean Best | 21 Apr 15

Amid significant pressure on profits from its Splenda sucralose business, UK-based food ingredients group Tate & Lyle has this morning (21 April) announced plans to try to "maximise returns".

US campaigners lobby FDA on GRAS rules

Dean Best | 16 Apr 15

Four campaign groups in the US have urged the country's Food and Drug Administration to close a "loophole" in regulations on food additives and bring the rules - due to be finalised by August next year - in line with policies first drawn up over 50 years ago.

Birds Eye owner Iglo Group sold

Newly-formed Nomad Holdings has made the European frozen food group its first acquisition, buying the business from PE firm Permira.

The Middle East: identifying growth

Our latest management briefing analyses the potential areas of growth for packaged food manufacturers.

Heinz, Kraft set to join forces

HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have announced plans to merge their businesses, creating the third-largest player in the US food sector. just-food takes a look at the build up to and implications of the deal.

Food groups report to Consumer Analyst Group of Europe 2015

just-food, the conference's exclusive media partner, reports back on how see the likes of Nestle, Danone and Tyson Foods see the year ahead.

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