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Premier CEO expects supermarkets to pick up On the money: Premier CEO expects to benefit from rebound at UK supermarkets 23 Jan 15

Katy Askew

Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby has predicted the UK food group's brands will be the co-beneficiaries of a rebound at the country's largest supermarkets.


Online packaged food sales in China growing at a decent clipBriefing: Emerging market e-commerce: The risks and rewards of food e-tail in China 23 Jan 15

Katy Askew

With the cooling global economy, top line expansion of packaged food categories in China has slowed somewhat. One channel that continues to grow apace is e-commerce. Online sales and the development of a multichannel strategy will become increasingly important to international players who have targeted expansion in China. In the next instalment of the just-food management briefing, we take a look at the risks and rewards on offer for overseas companies expanding in China's rapidly evolving e-tail space.


The price of milk has made national headlines in the UKEditor's viewpoint: Global factors hold sway over UK milk prices 23 Jan 15

Dean Best

The price farmers are paid for milk has again made national headlines in the UK - and again it is the country's supermarket chains in the firing line. Even David Cameron has weighed in on the issue. But, UK farmers, like their counterparts around the world, are at the mercy of global factors.


The US meat industry has hit out at notion environmental considerations could be included in latest version of dietary guidelinesConsuming issues: Why US dietary guidelines should consider environment 22 Jan 15

Ben Cooper

The possibility environmental criteria might form the latest version of the Dietary Guidelines for Americans has provoked intense debate in the US, with the meat industry in strong opposition. The guidelines will be updated this year and politics may mean green issues are not considered. Ben Cooper argues ultimately that must change.


Manufacturers and retailers are working around the e-commerce challenges in India - cash on delivery is one exampleBriefing: Emerging market e-commerce: India's fledgling food e-retail scene 21 Jan 15

Hannah Abdulla

Complex infrastructure and limited access to the internet are just two of the challenges in growing the online grocery channel in India. But manufacturers in every sector and online retailers are eyeing the opportunity as the country's economy grows and incomes rise. Hannah Abdulla looks at how the FMCG industry can win online.


Unilever focused on costs and categories - CEO On the money: Unilever: We need to respond faster to consumer trends 20 Jan 15

Katy Askew

Unilever must respond faster to emerging consumer trends if it is to grow its food brands in a low-growth environment, CEO Paul Polman suggested today (20 January).


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Hannah AbdullaLatest blog entry: Russia: "no plans" to lift food ban 23 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Russia has insisted it has no plans to lift the EU ban on food imports, its deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, told an audience at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (21 January).


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.


Shopper trends Shopper trends

Industry analysts IRI discuss the trends focusing the minds of manufacturers and retailers.


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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