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General Mills planning to boost US cereal sales through new products like Cheerios Ancient GrainsOn the money: General Mills "priority" categories see share improvement 18 Dec 14

Katy Askew

General Mills has reported market share growth across its three "priority" categories in the US - cereal, yoghurt and snacks - but sluggish sector sales trends and continuing under-performance from struggling areas of its portfolio continue to hit the group's US retail business.


"To get more owners of main-street businesses to sell, we must challenge the valuation convention which says short-term debt should be subtracted from enterprise value to arrive at equity value"Briefing: 2015 preview: How to get better deal for main-street M&A sellers in 2015 17 Dec 14

Stefan Kirk, M&A advisors Glenboden

Upward pressure is continuing in food industry M&A transactions, as demonstrated by some large public deals in 2014. However that has not fed through to smaller, non-public deals, which make up the bulk of M&A deals. Stefan Kirk draws attention to one potential driver of higher-equity values, and thus higher transaction volume, in so-called main-street M&A - changes in valuation methodology, forced over the line by long-term low interest rates.


Briefing: 2015 preview: Sugar, supply chains to focus minds 17 Dec 14

Ben Cooper

just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper predicts what will be the key issues in food sustainability circles in 2015, with the debate over sugar likely to continue to rage, while supply chains - in regard to environmental and retailer pressure - will also - command attention.


Marion says Doux can benefit from "colossal" demand in Middle EastThe just-food interview part two: Doux CEO Arnaud Marion 16 Dec 14

Stuart Todd

In the second part of a two-part interview with just-food, Groupe Doux CEO Arnaud Marion highlights the move to a new business model, away from one heavily-dependent on EU subsidies, the company's efforts to diversify the business and the outlook for the French poultry processor.


Marion hinted there is room for another strategic investor at DouxThe just-food interview part one: Doux CEO Arnaud Marion 15 Dec 14

Stuart Todd

French poultry supplier Groupe Doux is a company looking to the future after a challenging recent past. From June 2012, Doux spent 18 months in administration after pressure from raw material costs and a failed foray into Brazil. In the a two-part interview, Stuart Todd speaks to Doux CEO Arnaud Marion, the turnaround specialist hired by the administrators and who has stayed on to lead the business into what he hopes is sustained recovery.


Faber "now driving the business", one analyst saidFocus: Danone CEO Faber puts stamp on business 12 Dec 14

Dean Best

Danone today (12 December) made a series of announcements, including a division to focus on Africa, an update on the future of the company's medical nutrition arm and changes in senior management. Analysts saw the moves as a sign recently-appointed CEO Emmanuel Faber was making his mark on the business and they gave the initiatives a warm welcome. Dean Best reports.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Olam to become "global leader" in cocoa with ADM deal 16 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Singapore-based agribusiness group Olam International is to become a major international cocoa supplier after announcing a US$1.3bn deal for Archer Daniel Midlands' cocoa business.


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