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Campbell should avoid deals in lower-margin fresh food and instead build scale in centre of storeM&A Watch - Campbell Soup Co. should be more acquisitive - but avoid fresh 27 Jul 15

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Campbell Soup Co. has looked to inject growth into its business through acquisitions in recent years and the indications are this is likely to continue. But where should the US giant look to do deals? Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, weighs up the group's options.


Unilever CEO: “In food... our priority now is to get the business growing."On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing 24 Jul 15

Katy Askew

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential in emerging and developed markets.


Mead Johnson battling falling sales in ChinaOn the money: Mead Johnson wrestles with "irrational" China market 24 Jul 15

Dean Best

Mead Johnson's business in China has come under pressure and was a factor in the US infant formula group's profit warning earlier this month. Low dairy costs and downbeat consumer sentiment have sparked fierce competition on price and Mead Johnson is uncertain when conditions will ease. But it insists it is investing for long-term growth in the country.


Organic one of the key growth areas identified by Campbell 10 things to learn: Campbell Soup Co.'s plans for growth 23 Jul 15

Katy Askew

Campbell Soup Co. is undergoing some significant changes in response to a new economic reality and shifting consumer preferences. These changes are both structural and cultural. On the one hand, the group wants to leverage its scale, on the other, it recognises the need to be "agile" and adopt a "challenger mindset".


General Mills working to lift Green GiantDeal or no deal: Will Bonduelle swoop for Green Giant? 22 Jul 15

Katy Askew

With General Mills apparently preparing to sell its Green Giant brand, Bonduelle is rumoured to be looking at a bid. The fit between Green Giant and Bonduelle's existing business is a natural one and the move would significantly step up the French group's presence in North America. However, Green Giant has seen lacklustre sales and its market share decline. Would Bonduelle move for a turnaround story? Katy Askew investigates.


Flapjacked co-founder, David Bacon.The bitesize interview: Flapjacked rides on back of protein buzz 22 Jul 15

Hannah Abdulla

US protein-based pancake mix maker Flapjacked has just launched its second product - muffins - to try to tap into growing demand for on-the-go protein products. Launched in 2012 by husband and wife team David and Jennifer Bacon in 2012, the company believes consumers do not just want protein but better-for-you products. Hannah Abdulla learns more.


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Hannah AbdullaLatest blog entry: Maggi crisis results in Q2 loss for Nestle India arm 29 Jul 2015

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After a particularly difficult quarter in India where it became the centre of the country's worst food scare in a decade, Nestle has reported a loss in its India business for the second quarter of the year.


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