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Hershey saw sales plummet in China in the first quarter of 2015On the money: Hershey's long-term confidence on China 24 Apr 15

Hannah Abdulla

Confectionery giant Hershey saw sales in China come under pressure in the first quarter of 2015, a result of the government crackdown on gifting and macro-economic factors in the country. Hershey does not expect to turn this around soon, but insists it is putting the "right" things in place to secure its long-term growth in China. Hannah Abdulla reports.


Nooyi: "Consumers have never been so confused"Editor's viewpoint: PepsiCo's Nooyi underlines the challenge on health 24 Apr 15

Dean Best

PepsiCo yesterday (22 April) reported a set of solid underlying first-quarter results. But it was away from the numbers that the US food and drinks giant stirred more interest, with Indra Nooyi's comments on the need to adapt to the changing ways consumers define health attracting attention.


Which brands and businesses could join Birds Eye in the Nomad stable?M&A Watch: Nomad's post-Iglo opportunities 23 Apr 15

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Nomad Holdings, the recently-established, UK-listed company set up by FMCG veterans Martin Franklin and Noam Gottesman to buy consumer goods firms, made its first move this week with the acquisition of European frozen food supplier Iglo Group. Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at Glenboden, weighs up where Nomad could move next.


Arla trying to add value to UK liquid milk categoryFocus: Can Arla jump-start flavoured milk? 22 Apr 15

Katy Askew

Arla Foods is looking at adding value to the UK liquid milk sector in a variety of ways, as shown by the product news it announced this week. As part of these efforts, the dairy giant is hoping to capitalise on the "macro-trends" shaping demand in the UK in order to kick-start "stalled" flavoured milk sales in the UK. Will the company's efforts pay off? Katy Askew reports.


Nestle will "accelerate" plans to "adjust" portfolioComment: Nestle reacts to world of 3G and Buffett 17 Apr 15

Katy Askew

Nestle must adapt to emerging consumption trends and consolidation in the food sector with an “acceleration” of its portfolio adjustment efforts, chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe indicated yesterday (16 April).


The French government is pushing for uniform front-of-pack labelsIn the spotlight: France's big step to uniform FOP labels 17 Apr 15

Ben Cooper

France's new health bill, which subject to two further votes could be ratified later this year, includes provision for a voluntary colour-coded front-of-pack nutritional labelling scheme. The debate this has sparked, Ben Cooper writes, mirrors closely that seen in the UK, with food manufacturers sternly opposed to the use of colours.


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UK-based health food retailer Holland & Barrett has outlined its ambitions to become the country's largest free-from retailer.


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