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The food industry "falling short" on sustainable sourcing, CeresSustainability Watch: Ceres' latest report on food 30 Jul 14

Ben Cooper

Gaining Ground, a report produced by sustainability thinktank Ceres and investment analysts Sustainalytics, compares the performance of 613 US companies and looks at comparative performance across different sectors. Ben Cooper asked Andrea Moffat, vice president of the corporate programme at Ceres and author of the report, how the food and beverage sector is faring.


Family Dollar set for takeover by rival Dollar TreeAnalysis: The opportunities for FMCG from Dollar Tree's move for Family Dollar 30 Jul 14

Dean Best

Customer consolidation, of course, can present challenges and US grocery manufacturers, so keen to up their presence in dollar stores, may have frowned a little at news two dollar chains, Dollar Tree and Family Dollar Stores, are set to combine. However, the deal could give the savvy manufacturer an opportunity or two.


Dr Khan says PepsiCo uses modelling similar to that seen in aviation and energy sectorsInterview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer Dr Mehmood Khan - part two 29 Jul 14

Olly Wehring

In the second part of a two-part interview, Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer and head of global research and development at PepsiCo, gives Olly Wehring, editor of just-food sister site just-drinks, a tour of the inner workings of the food and beverage group's R&D approach and defines success and failure for his department


Danone played down reports of strategic revampOn the money: Steady as she goes as Danone denies strategy overhaul 25 Jul 14

Katy Askew

French dairy giant Danone has insisted it is not mulling a radical overhaul of strategy as it battles issues at its European dairy and Asian early life nutrition businesses.


Unilever betting on blended spreadsOn the money: Unilever NPD shifting food into category growth spots 25 Jul 14

Katy Askew

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of its mature categories.


Hershey is anticipating volumes to be hit initially after it increased prices by 8%On the money: Hershey CEO: NPD pipeline will offset pricing volume drag 25 Jul 14

Hannah Abdulla

Hershey has expressed confidence its planned innovation pipeline will deliver growth in the longer term, even if its latest price increase may hit volumes initially.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it? 30 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?


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