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Unilever saw ice-cream sales across Europe suffer as a result of poor weatherOn the money: Spreads, ice cream top Unilever list of woes 23 Oct 14

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever's third quarter underlying sales growth missed analyst expectations as the Hellmann's maker reported its spreads segment was still struggling, and ice cream sales were dampened by poor weather in Europe.


Premier is working on NPD, including on new frozen products launched in conjunction with Kerry GroupComment: Growth question hangs over refocused Premier 23 Oct 14

Dean Best

Premier Foods plc, the UK food group, appears to have a solid strategy in place - but whether it can succeed in eking out top-line growth in a tough trading environment is, at present, less than certain.


Smart Balance under pressureEditor's viewpoint: Boulder Brands should consider Smart Balance sale 23 Oct 14

Dean Best

The US spreads and gluten-free group saw its shares slump yesterday after warning about its short-term profitability. Boulder's Smart Balance business continues to struggle and Dean Best argues the company should be mulling the brand's future within the group's portfolio.


Total owner Fage sees growth opportunities in EuropeSIAL 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.


Michel et Augustin shares its plans to enter the US marketSIAL 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.


Chiquita has made the right move, for now, in rejecting Cutrale-SafraEditor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm 19 Oct 14

Dean Best

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


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