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Earlier this month, Wal-Mart struck deal to buy Jet.com for US$3bn in cashWhy Jet.com purchase could boost Wal-Mart's online business 24 Aug 16

Keith Anderson, Profitero

Wal-Mart's online business in the US has been growing but industry watchers believe the retail giant's expansion has been slower than the channel overall. The company has snapped up fledgling, pure-play business Jet.com, which recently added the delivery of fresh food delivery to its wider FMCG offer. Profitero's Keith Anderson looks at what the deal could mean for both businesses and for manufacturer suppliers.


Confectionery under pressure for Nestle Nestle on China, confectionery challenge and nutrition slowdown – 5 things to learn  19 Aug 16

Katy Askew

Delivering its first-half numbers yesterday (18 August), Nestle reported a stronger operating performance but a sluggish organic growth rate. Here are just-food's five takeaways from the company's results.


Food companies should welcome emphasis on reformulation over fiscal measuresWhy England child obesity plan is best industry could have hoped for 18 Aug 16

Ben Cooper

The UK government’s action plan on childhood obesity in England, launched today (18 August), has been criticised by industry bodies, health campaigners and medical professionals alike. However, campaigners have more to gripe about than industry, writes Ben Cooper.


Hain Celestial shares tumbled after MondayHain Celestial accounting issue rounds off problematic year - Editor's Viewpoint 17 Aug 16

Dean Best

Shares in Hain Celestial nose-dived yesterday (16 August) as Wall Street responded to a surprise announcement on Monday late afternoon US time from the Earth's Best baby food maker - and it was an announcement that capped an unsettling year for the business.


US industry association GMA has labelled QR codes "a good solution"US food companies gain crucial concession on GM labelling 16 Aug 16

Ben Cooper

The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the necessary product information to be communicated through a QR code. Ben Cooper asks whether this enshrines the consumer’s right to know if GM ingredients are present or the right to find out.


Tyrrells has long been at top of AmplifyWhat could Tyrrells' sale to Amplify Snack Brands mean for both businesses? - analysis 12 Aug 16

John Shepherd

Amplify Snack Brands, the US snack maker, this week announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy private-equity-owned UK crisp firm Tyrrells, itself a business growing in part due to M&A. John Shepherd weighs up what could lay ahead for both companies.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Hain Celestial ends week with sign of optimism over Orchard House deal in UK 19 Aug 2016

Dean Best

After starting the week with a surprise stock exchange announcement that hit its shares and called into questions its accounting practices, Hain Celestial could be set to receive a boost in the UK.


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.


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


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