Mondelez to close one Irish plant, streamline two more

Mondelez International has confirmed it plans to close one production plant in Ireland and downsize a further two sites.

US ports: backlog will take "weeks" to clear

US shipping companies and workers have reached a tentative deal that will eventually clear a cargo-handling backlog snarling food product movements at 29 West Coast ports.

Kerry CEO expects more M&A in 2015

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy expects the Ireland-based food group to make "a number" of acquisitions in 2015.

M&A Watch: Who could be on 3G Capital's radar?

Given 3G Capital's track-record, the next big takeover target for the co-owner of Heinz is almost certainly a legacy branded business in the FMCG world. But which companies would be on a shortlist at the private-equity firm?

Editor's viewpoint: Upheaval in the US

A number of traditional packaged food companies are finding the going tough in the US, a market undergoing unprecedented change.

Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and...

Maspex: M&A opportunities in eastern Europe

Poland-based food and drink group Maspex has grown to become one of the sector's largest companies in central and eastern Europe. A move in...

Why US Dietary Guidelines report deserves praise

With a call for nutrient taxes and linking the impact of diet on the environment, the advisory committee's recommendations for the 2015 Diet...

Why "simple" and "real" will be industry buzzwords

If there's one thing the industry is sure of, it's that consumer demand for cleaner, simpler food is on the rise in the US. This was underli...

On the money: Can Danone grow fresh dairy?

Danone's fresh dairy sales struggled throughout 2014. Nevertheless, as the world's largest dairy manufacturer, the company believes it can l...

CAGNY: Hain CEO Simon sanguine about competition

Hain Celestial can deal with any increase in competition in the US natural and organic sector from the country's mainstream consumer package...

10 Things to Learn: Nestle's full-year results and the prospects for 2015 19 Feb 15

Nestle reported full-year results that were broadly in-line with expectations, along with a slight beat on margin, this morning (19 February). While the company is struggling to hit its medium-term organic growth target of 5-6%, the "Nestle Model", it is nevertheless driving efficiency gains while investing in its advantaged brands and categories. Here are some key points from Nestle's full-year results.

What the analysts say: Nestle's solid finish to 2014 19 Feb 15

Nestle revealed today (19 February) that full-year earnings rose on one-time gains and improved margins. Net sales were down due to the impact of currency exchange but the company booked organic sales growth of 4.5%. The sales performance met consensus expectations but came in below the "Nestle Model" that targets organic growth of 5-6% in the medium term. Shares in the Swiss food giant remained relatively flat this morning, reflecting the market's lukewarm response to Nestle's outlook - with sales expected to grow by "around 5%" in 2015 - and concerns over currency exchange.

Thought Leaders

UPDATE: Mondelez confirms Irish plant changes

Katy Askew | 27 Feb 15

Mondelez International has confirmed it plans to close one production plant in Ireland and downsize a further two sites.

Fyffes sees FY profits up, "pursuing" M&A

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Feb 15

M&A remains part of Fyffes' plans for growth, the fresh produce group said today (27 February) as it announced a jump in annual profits.

Campylobacter in UK chicken rises

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Feb 15

The number of chickens being sold in UK supermarkets that are contaminated with campylobacter has risen since November, the Food Standards Agency confirmed after its latest survey.

Recent News - (Updated: 6:33pm 27 Feb 2015)

BRF earnings leap on operating efficiency

Bimbo post Q4 loss, sales up

WhiteWave launches "Australian-style" yoghurt

CP Foods to take control of Cambodian firm

Ferrero, Deoleo in row with Dutch grocer Jumbo

TUF lifted by acquisitions, margins

Bright Food "to buy 70% of Tnuva"

Mondelez plans job cuts in Ireland

The just-food interview part one: Bega Cheese CEO Aidan Coleman 26 Feb 15

Hannah Abdulla

Bega Cheese has had a whirlwind couple of years. Seeking greater consolidation of the Australian dairy industry, it made a play for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter in 2013, kicking off a takeover battle, in which Canada's Saputo emerged the victor. In a two-part interview, just-food catches up with Bega CEO Aidan Coleman, to find out why it gave up on the takeover dream and whether it is eyeing any other opportunities.

Interview: Enjoy Life Foods on "tremendous partnership" with Mondelez 17 Feb 15

Dean Best

Privately-owned US free-from snacks group Enjoy Life Foods has joined the likes of Cadbury and Oreo in the global giant's portfolio. Joel Warady, Enjoy Life's chief sales and marketing officer, has been at the business since it was set up in 2001. He speaks to Dean Best about why Enjoy Life was looking for a "partner", what Mondelez's ownership means for the business and the fledgling firm's growth ambitions.

The just-food interview: R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi - part two 11 Feb 15

Dean Best

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.

Morrisons pins fightback on David Potts

Katy Askew | 25 Feb 15

Morrisons has named David Potts to the post of CEO in the hope the former Tesco executive will lead a fight back at the struggling supermarket group.

Europe further probes Cargill's ADM chocolate buy

Katy Askew | 24 Feb 15

The European Commission is launching an in-depth investigation into Cargill's US$440m purchase of Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate manufacturing business.

US regulator blocks Sysco, US Foods foodservice mega-deal

Dean Best | 23 Feb 15

The US competition watchdog has shown its teeth and moved to block Sysco's takeover of fellow US foodservice distributor US Foods.

What could be in new dietary guidelines for US consumers?

The Dietary Guidelines for Americans - updated at least every five years - are set for their latest iteration this autumn. A committee of nutrition, medicine and public health experts has published its recommendations of what should be in the new guidelines.

CAGNY 2015

The CEOs of Mondelez International, General Mills and Hain Celestial are among the senior US food industry executives presenting this week at the annual investment conference in Boca Raton, Florida.

Food majors publish 2014 results - and look to 2015

The likes of Mondelez International and Kellogg have this week announced how they fared in 2014 - and provided guidance over they see their prospects in the year ahead.

Supplier payments in the spotlight

The UK's grocery watchdog has launched an investigation into Tesco's payments to suppliers, another blow for the retailer and more headlines over how firms are paid in the up and down the supply chain.

Nutrition, health and wellness, 2014 and the future

Nutrition, health and wellness, 2014 and the future

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