LDC, Sofiproteol strike poultry merger

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

Danone sales up on "favourable" comps in Asia

Danone has booked an increase in third-quarter sales as the French dairy group lapped product recall issues that hit its business in Asia last year.

Dairy in India

Held up as one of the world's key growth markets for the dairy sector, demand for packaged products in India is rising rapidly but there are significant challenges for investors, not least from local competition and supply chain infrastructure.

just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at Natural Products Expo East

just-food's picks of products at the Natural Products Expo East that tap into the hot trends in US grocery.

Briefing: Japan and growth

An economic malaise and unhelpful demographic trends have seen Japan lose its lustre in recent years. This management briefing looks at how the country's food manufacturers are looking abroad but also how there is opportunity within the market.

Editor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm

Chiquita Brands International still appears set on its proposed merger with Fyffes – and the US produce giant is, at the moment, right to do...

Focus: Will Danone return to growth in dairy?

Danone has faced myriad issues at its fresh dairies business. The group has been squeezed by weak consumer sentiment in its largest markets,...

Why Nestle is relaxed about the China "drag"

Nestle's sales for the first nine months of 2014 have missed analyst expectations and the investment community pointed to China as a key fac...

Comment: Paying the price for eating healthily

Research suggesting the price gap between healthier and less healthy foods is widening will have been greeted with concern by public health...

Focus: Why French retail deals could hit suppliers

Against a backdrop of weak consumer confidence and falling prices, four of France's leading four retailers have, in two deals, decided to te...

M&A Watch: Emmi shareholders should consider sale

The recent sale of Italian unit Trentinalatte confirms growth through acquisition is not something Emmi is always successful at. Would, Stef...


BRICs and beyond: How Bright Food is furthering its international strategy 14 Oct 14

State-backed Chinese food giant Bright Food Co. continued to make progress with its "go global, bring in" ambition when it acquired a majority stake in Italian olive oil manufacturer Salov Group last week. The move is typical of Bright's international strategy as the group continues to further its agenda to grow globally and bring overseas brands to Chinese consumers. Katy Askew reports.


Comment: FrieslandCampina in China - the right place at the right time 10 Oct 14

FrieslandCampina made two announcements last week that it was re-jigging its European operations, demonstrating it was well on its way to right-sizing its business. This week it announced it had struck a deal to grow its presence in China's infant formula market. Given the country is in the midst of lifting its one-child policy, this latest move from the Dutch dairy giant could prove fundamental to its growth, fast-tracking it to hitting its route2020 targets. Hannah Abdulla explores.


Innovative Flavors & Ingredients for Meat Products

WILD’s on staff culinary chefs provide insight and creativity – offering our customers inn...

What role do promotions have in frugal times?

just-food's latest webinar brings in executive vice president of the International Consulting G...

What lessons can we learn from the E. coli outbreak? Your questions answered.

The recent E. coli outbreak has again raised food safety as an ...


United Biscuits names Meysman new chairman

Dean Best | 21 Oct 14

United Biscuits, with owners weighing up whether to float or sell the business, has named Thomas Cook chair Frank Meysman as chairman of the UK biscuit manufacturer.


LDC, Sofiproteol strike poultry merger

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Oct 14

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


Heinz silent over Polish factory expansion talk

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Oct 14

Ketchup maker Heinz has refused to comment on reports it is planning a "major expansion" at one of its Polish factories.

Recent News - (Updated: 12:10pm 21 Oct 2014)

Timeline: Latest on battle for Chiquita

Symington's acquires Tanfield Foods

Mezzan applies for listing in Kuwait

Re:Capital Australia eyes confectionery growth

France rolls out plans for nutrition labels

Ting Hsin to exit oils following scandal - reports

Simplot launches tuna pasta salad

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week

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.


Interview: Finsbury CEO Duffy upbeat about prospects after Fletchers Group acquisition 10 Oct 14

Dean Best

Finsbury Food Group CEO John Duffy today (10 October) described the company's move to buy fellow UK bakery company Fletchers Group as "transformational", telling just-food the deal will help his business grow in a number of ways.

Danone tight-lipped over Mead Johnson link rumours

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Oct 14

Some analysts might be breathing a sigh of relief at news Danone is rejecting speculation it is about to swoop for infant-formula giant Mead Johnson.


SIAL opens in Paris

Dean Best | 19 Oct 14

It is an unseasonably mild and bright morning here in Paris as this year's SIAL expo gets under away. Will the mood of exhibitors match the sunnier weather?


Sugar Puffs cuts sugar - in more ways than one

Dean Best | 17 Oct 14

Raisio, the Finland-based food group, is to lower the sugar content of UK cereal brand Sugar Puffs - and at the same time remove the ingredient from the product's name.

Fyffes merger on horizon but bid interest in Chiquita

Brazilian juice manufacturer Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group have bid for Chiquita Brands International, with the produce giant having already lined up a merger with Fyffes. How has Chiquita reacted?

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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Supermarkets in the UK - Industry Market Research Report

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Amazon Best Sellers Tracker: Grocery (United States, October 2014)

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Food and Grocery Retailing in Asia-Pacific - Market Dynamics, Retail Trends and Competitive Landscape, 2013-2018

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