UK: Premier sales slide but trading profit improves

Premier Foods plc booked a drop in first-half underlying sales this morning (22 July) but higher trading profit enabled the group to reaffirm its expectations for that metric.

GERMANY: Nestle, Bell, Zur Muhlen Gruppe to appeal sausage cartel verdict

Nestle, Swiss company Bell Group and Germany's largest sausage processor Zur Mühlen Gruppe are to appeal fines handed down over an alleged meat products cartel in the country.

The rise of Vietnam

just-food delves into the the potential - and significant challenges - presented by this up-and-coming emerging market.

Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.

DATA: The top ten most-chosen food brands in Brazil

Qualy, the margarine brand owned by Brazilian food group BRF, leapfrogged Nestle's Maggi as the food brand purchased most often in the Latin American country last year, according to Kantar Worldpanel's latest data on brand "footprints" worldwide.

On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum?

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes tha...

On the move: What's in store from Tesco's new CEO?

Tesco CEO Philip Clarke is to step down from the UK retailer, with the announcement made this morning (21 July) alongside another profit war...

On the money: Steady as she goes at Cloetta

As the dust settles after Cloetta's merger with Leaf, the company does face a battle eking out growth in its key markets. However, it has se...

Focus: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first p...

Comment: ConAgra failing to address core issues

ConAgra Foods believes its latest acquisition - Chinese potato group TaiMei - will help further unlock the growth potential in its Lamb West...

Comment: No candy-coated arguments at sugar summit

Last week, medical professionals, industry representatives, policy advisors and others gathered in London to discuss the health impacts of s...

UPDATE: Premier establishes international unit

Katy Askew | 22 Jul 14

Premier Foods plc has established an independent business unit that will focus on supporting growth overseas, chief executive Gavin Darby revealed today (22 July).


Unilever to close Florida ice cream plant

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 14

Unilever is to close an ice cream manufacturing plant in Florida, a move that sees 230 jobs put at risk.


BRF alleged to have broken Perdigao merger deal

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jul 14

Brazil's competition watchdog CADE has launched an investigation into BRF following the merger between Sadia and Perdigao that formed the business.

Recent News - (Updated: 10:16am 23 Jul 2014)

Stonyfield eyes Greek yoghurt eaters with cheese

Research: China's dairy market; candy in Italy

Premier sales slide but trading profit improves

French bakery firm Bridor to expand US plant

S&A Foods announces restructure, 55 jobs to go

Mead Johnson H1 profits up despite Q2 dip

Protein "platform", organic soups in Campbell NPD

Seafood firm Sealord coy on CEO appointment

Interview: Bell Group CFO hits out at sausage cartel ruling 22 Jul 14

Dean Best

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.


just the answer: Birds Eye UK Margaret Jobling 17 Jul 14

Katy Askew

European frozen food maker Iglo Group, the owner of brands like Birds Eye, is working to change the way people think about frozen food in a bid to double its size by 2020. The strategy, which was announced last year, puts innovation and a "new approach" to marketing front and centre. Katy Askew spoke to Birds Eye UK marketing director Margaret Jobling to find out more.


The bitesize interview - The Kids Food Co. CEO Sally Preston 16 Jul 14

Hannah Abdulla

UK firm The Kids Food Co. is a building a notable presence in the country's baby and toddler snacking sector. Founder and CEO Sally Preston kicks off bitesize, just-food's newest interview section, which focuses on global up-and-coming, small- and medium-sized enterprises. Here, she talks big kids, the importance of originality, the opportunities in healthy eating and getting into China early on with Hannah Abdulla.

Food company interest in M&A to continue to climb - EY

Dean Best | 22 Jul 14

There has been an increase in M&A among companies in the food sector in recent months - and management consultants at EY expect to the trend to continue.


Could proxy fight hit PepsiCo?

Dean Best | 17 Jul 14

Nelson Peltz is not letting go. The US billionaire investor is continuing in his quest to get PepsiCo to split in two - and has reportedly suggested a proxy battle with the company could be on the horizon.


Bitesize: just-food's new SME interview section

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Jul 14

just-food has launched a section on its website dedicated to interviewing internationally-ambitious small- and medium-sized enterprises.

Lindt dusts off chequebook for Russell Stover

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 challenge of online retail

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.

Sugar tax eyed as UK pledges to tackle obesity

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.

Free From Food Expo 2014

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.

Plunkett's Food Industry Almanac 2014: Food Industry Market

Plunkett's Food Industry Almanac 2014: Food Industry Market Research, Statistics, Trends & Leading Companies

A complete market research guide to the food industry—a tool for strategic planning, competitive intelligence, employment searches or financial research. Contains our famous trends analysis, statistical tables and a glossary. Includes our unique profiles of the top 450 global food industry firms, from retailers to processors, distributors and growers... Read more

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The Future of the Ice Cream Market in United Kingdom to 2018

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Probiotics

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