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Applegate has been acquired by Hormel FoodsIn the spotlight: How the Applegate deal will benefit Hormel 29 May 15

Hannah Abdulla

Hormel Foods swooped to acquire natural and organic meat processor Applegate Farms earlier this week in a US$775m deal. In financial terms, the deal does not bring much to the table. Industry experts, however, have reacted favourably due to the long-term growth prospects of the natural and organic meat category. Hannah Abdulla explores what the deal means for Hormel.


Keeble building second sausage brand in UKInterview: UK sausage firm Heck Foods eyes further growth 29 May 15

Dean Best

Set up in 2013 by the couple behind the Debbie & Andrew's brand, UK sausage maker Heck Foods has succeeded in becoming a national business and is eyeing expansion into its first overseas market. Dean Best spoke to one of the company's founders, Andrew Keeble, about Heck's growth, the competition in the UK and its bid to crack the Australian market.


Arla will have 49% stake in JV but run businessBRICs and beyond: Why Arla's Egyptian JV with Juhayna is shrewd 28 May 15

Katy Askew

Arla Foods has entered a joint venture with Egypt's leading dairy processor, Juhayna Food Industries, that leaves the European dairy co-operative poised for expansion in a promising emerging market. Expanding via a tie-up with a local company is a smart move from Arla as it works to grow in a market where competition is on the up and M&A valuations are high. Katy Askew reports.


Demand for better-for-you options in Brazil has seen Vigor launch Greek yoghurt on the marketBriefing: Latin America and dairy - Why "added-value" key in growing yoghurt market 28 May 15

Hannah Abdulla

Rising incomes in Latin America have led to a burgeoning yoghurt sector in a number of markets, attracting the likes of Danone, Fonterra and Nestle. However, with competition intensifying, with the macro-economic landscape mixed and with consumers showing an interest in moving to "better for you" options and different ways of consuming yoghurt, innovation will be key to help manufacturers stay ahead. Hannah Abdulla explores.


Campbell last week estimated FY sales would come in at lower end of forecastsEditor's viewpoint: Campbell working hard but challenges remain 27 May 15

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co.'s third-quarter results included some positive news. Sales from the US group's baking and snacking arm grew solidly, while the company's profitability beat analyst expectations amid productivity savings and a pull back on promotional spending. However, Campbell's top line remains under pressure and it may have to turn to other measures to get sales growing.


Can Applegate remain truly "independent" under Hormel? Comment: Can Applegate retain consumer trust under Hormel? 27 May 15

Katy Askew

Hormel Foods has moved to acquire Applegate Farms to tap into growing demand for natural and organic protein in the US. But what makes Applegate different is its ethical take on food production. If the company is to retain consumer trust under its new corporate owner, Hormel must let Applegate remain true to its founding principles, Katy Askew argues.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: France acts on food waste 26 May 2015

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