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ConAgra will increase its focus on growing brandsOn the money: ConAgra private-label exit is about growth 1 Jul 15

Katy Askew

ConAgra Foods announced that it will sell off its loss-making private label business yesterday (30 June) in a move that, the company said, will help unlock value for its shareholders. But selling off private brands is about more than offloading an asset that is a challenging turnaround story. New CEO Sean Connolly insists it is about putting ConAgra back on the road to growth. Katy Askew reports.


Manufacturers must up their game in response to range optimisation IRI's inside track – How manufacturers must respond to range optimisation 30 Jun 15

Stephanie Augier, European analytics and shopper account director, IRI

It is time for food manufacturers across Europe to take a more sophisticated approach to range optimisation, Stephanie Augier, European analytics and shopper account director at IRI, argues.


The disruptive discounters eye global growthTalking shop June 2015 – Disruptive discounters dominate retail news 30 Jun 15

Katy Askew

The disruptive impact of the discount retailers has dominated global retail headlines during June, as our take of this month's key developments among grocery retailers shows.


Mexican dairy manufacturers increase focus on value-added products BRICs and beyond: Dairies meet Mexican challenge through diversification 29 Jun 15

Elizabeth Machuca

Dairy producers in Mexico have turned to product diversification to boost sales in the face of rising costs, weak purchasing power within lower income consumer groups and growing competition for the favour of more affluent consumers. Elizabeth Machuca reports.


Ignacio Gavilan, Sustainability Director, CGFInterview: How the CGF plans to halve global food waste 29 Jun 15

Hannah Abdulla

The Consumer Goods Forum, with its 400 retail and manufacturing members including the likes of Nestle and Unilever, has announced an ambitious commitment to halve global food waste by 2025. In an interview with just-food's Hannah Abdulla, director of sustainability at the CGF, Ignacio Gavilan, explains what the promise means for its members and why it is so important to set a goal like this in motion.


Black Garlic UK focused on growing Belsajo brandThe bitesize interview: Black Garlic UK balancing growth and resources 29 Jun 15

Katy Askew

Black Garlic UK founder and managing director Katy Heath is passionate about the possibilities for her Balsajo brand and sees space for growth in a number of channels, product formats and countries. For Heath, the real difficulty is narrowing down what avenue of growth to explore first and balancing the limited resources of an SME. With new processing capacity coming online, Heath spoke to just-food about her plans for this unique product.


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ConAgra to quit private labelConAgra to quit private label

It is not even three years since the US group became the largest own-label business in the country through its acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings. Now ConAgra's new CEO has decided it is time to sell the under-pressure unit.

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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Kraft investors unsurprisingly back Heinz merger. Now all eyes on likely cuts 1 Jul 2015

Dean Best

In an announcement that would have surprised few, Kraft Foods Group said today (1 July) its shareholders had thrown their weight behind the plans to combine the business with HJ Heinz. The market's attention on where the management of the new Kraft Heinz Co. will look to make savings.


M&A Watch M&A Watch

Stefan Kirk, of M&A advisors Glenboden, casts his eye over the food industry landscape and suggests the deal-making options that could - and should - be available to manufacturers.


IRI IRI's inside track

Global FMCG analysts IRI gives you key insight into the trends and issues facing the food sector.


Consuming issues Consuming issues

In a regular column, just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper chews over how the industry is tackling issues from obesity to labelling and from child labour to its environmental impact.


What the analysts say What the analysts say

The verdict from global analysts on major company news


The just-food international basket The just-food international basket

Exclusive data highlighting the price of brands and own-label products in key categories across Europe and the US. Compiled in association with industry analysts IRI.


Deal or no deal Deal or no deal

We look at the potential suitors when food manufacturers or retailers are up for sale - or put forward as possible takeover targets.


On the move On the move

just-food examines executives on the move


BRICs and beyond BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets


Sustainability Watch Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.


Talking shop Talking shop

The just-food team check out the latest goings-on among food retailers.


Editor Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.


In the spotlight In the spotlight

Which manufacturers, retailers or issues are grabbing the headlines?


On the money On the money

Food companies discuss and dissect their latest results.

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