Premier cautious on profits after sales slide in Q3

Premier Foods plc today (23 October) warned its annual trading profits would be "towards the lower end of market expectations" after a challenging third quarter when the UK group's branded sales fell by over 4%.

Unilever reports 9M sales drop

A poor summer and continued weakness in the spreads category have contributed to a decline in turnover for Unilever during the first nine months of the year.

LDC, Sofiproteol strike poultry merger

French poultry processor LDC is to snap up slaughterhouse and processing assets from local agri-food group Sofiproteol.

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Dairy in India

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On the money: Spreads, ice cream top Unilever woes

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Growth question hangs over refocused Premier

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Boulder Brands should consider Smart Balance sale

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Editor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm

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Focus: Will Danone return to growth in dairy?

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Why Nestle is relaxed about the China "drag"

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Consuming issues: Paying the price for eating healthily 16 Oct 14

Research suggesting the price gap between healthier and less healthy foods is widening will have been greeted with concern by public health experts and policymakers. Food companies should be worried too but, Ben Cooper argues, they should also be encouraged by the direction this research may take the debate.


Analysis: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers 15 Oct 14

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to team up on purchasing. And the country's food manufacturers are not happy.


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Premier cautious on profits after Q3 sales slide

Dean Best | 23 Oct 14

Premier Foods plc today (23 October) warned its annual trading profits would be "towards the lower end of market expectations" after a challenging third quarter when the UK group's branded sales fell by over 4%.


Cutrale-Safra increases offer again for Chiquita

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Oct 14

Cutrale-Safra Group has returned to the bargaining table with an increased offer of US$14.50 per share for the takeover of Chiquita.


Cranswick expands in poultry with Benson Park buy

Katy Askew | 23 Oct 14

UK pork processor Cranswick has expanded its presence in the UK poultry category through the acquisition of premium cooked poultry firm Benson Park.

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SIAL 2014: Fage targets Europe as US Greek yoghurt boom ends 22 Oct 14

Katy Askew

Greek dairy manufacturer Fage is eyeing growth in Europe as the Greek yoghurt craze in the US loses steam. Katy Askew caught up with the company at the SIAL exhibition in Paris to find out more.


SIAL 2014: Interview: French firm Michel et Augustin to enter US 19 Oct 14

Dean Best

Quirky French food group Michel et Augustin is enjoying rapid growth at home and overseas with a portfolio ranging from biscuits to beverages. Backing from Artemis, the French investment fund with assets including the Chateau Latour vineyard, is enabling the company to expand further - and it is set to enter the US. Dean Best met Antoine Chauvel, the firm's export director, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to find out more about its plans.


just the answer: Jarett Levan on BBX Capital's foray into confectionery 17 Oct 14

Hannah Abdulla

Since December last year, US investment firm BBX Capital has - quite literally - been like a kid a in candy store. Via wholly-owned subsidiary BBX Sweet Holdings, it has made six acquisitions in the US confectionery sector, which include Helen Grace Chocolates, Anastasia Confections and - the latest purchase - Toffee Box. Hannah Abdulla catches up with company president Jarett Levan to find out what BBX's game is.

Hoping for a more mature discussion on GM

Ben Cooper | 23 Oct 14

A conference being held in London today is taking on the ambitious topic of agricultural technology and specifically will be looking at the implementation of the UK government's Agricultural Technologies Strategy, launched last summer.


SIAL 2014: New UK food minister pledges action

Dean Best | 22 Oct 14

Liz Truss, the UK's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, went on a whistlestop tour of the country's exhibitors at the SIAL trade show in Paris yesterday, before pledging more help for businesses looking to expand abroad.


Nestle, ConAgra ditch "diet" for "wellness" in frozen food push

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Oct 14

As the importance of health has grow in consumers' minds, frozen food has been left out in the cold. But two major manufacturers in the US are looking to heat up the sector by claiming frozen food means healthy.

SIAL 2014: news and interviews

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.

Bids submitted for United Biscuits

The private-equity owners of the UK biscuit maker are understood to have received first-round offers of over GBP2bn. However, Blackstone and PAI Partners remain open to listing the UK snack maker.

Dairy majors eye Brazil

European dairy companies Lactalis and Arla Foods announce investments, signalling growing interest in Brazil's dairy market.

Under-pressure General Mills moves for Annie's

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.

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