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Hormel acquired Muscle Milk owner CytoSport earlier this monthOn the money: Hormel still looking for M&A 22 Aug 14

Dean Best

US group Hormel Foods has been busy looking for acquisitions in recent quarters, succeeding in some places and apparently being thwarted elsewhere. Announcing its third-quarter results yesterday (21 August), the Skippy peanut butter maker indicated it was ready to make more deals.


Wages rising slower than inflation, putting pressure on sales, IRI saysShopper trends: FMCG sales under pressure despite economic green shoots 22 Aug 14

Tim Eales, IRI

There are signs of economic recovery across much of Europe but grocery sales remain under pressure. IRI's Tim Eales analyses why and suggests how retailers and manufacturers can try to drive growth.


Hain sees room to grow Sun Pat, UK spreadsOn the money: Hain Celestial eyes distribution gains, NPD for growth 20 Aug 14

Katy Askew

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even as it laps tough comparables - by expanding distribution and leveraging its innovation pipeline in the US and internationally.


Japan and growth: Infographic: Snapshot of Japan's food sector 20 Aug 14

Tom Mellonie

The Japanese food sector is dominated by domestic players. However, a growing acceptance of high-quality global cuisine that offers a strong heritage story provides international food exporters with room to grow.


LindtOn the money: Solid Lindt outpaces chocolate peers 19 Aug 14

Dean Best

Lindt & Sprungli, the upmarket Swiss chocolate group, today (19 August) underlined why it is a business seen as one of the better performers in the sector.


Obesity a growing problem that requires a comprehensive multi-stakeholder response Comment: Holistic approach to obesity issue needed 19 Aug 14

Katy Askew

The Institute of Economic Affairs, a UK think tank, raised an important issue yesterday (18 August) when it insisted a decline in physical activity is the "root cause" of the obesity epidemic. The IEA research aims to debunk the widespread belief that our widening girths can largely be attributed to calorie consumption. However, while lifestyle factors are central to the obesity issue, Katy Askew suggests that a holistic approach - in which the food industry plays a central role - is needed to combat the problem.


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