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"It’s hard to overstate how terrifying these numbers are to managers and investors"

investors,Radical thinking needed to revitalise Big Food - opinion 28 Apr 17

Martin Deboo

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sector's largest players.


Japanese interest in buying food online growing rapidly, experts sayHow FMCG brands can capitalise on e-commerce opportunity in Japan 28 Apr 17

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, casts his eyes further afield to Japan, a market showing promise for e-commerce FMCG.


Freedom using Crafted Blends to target snacks market in AustraliaFreedom Foods Group charting growth strategy from Australia to China and US – interview 26 Apr 17

Katy Askew

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia, Freedom Foods is expanding its domestic presence through a focus on innovation. At the same time, the company is trying to grow its dairy, snack and cereal sales in China and the US. Katy Askew spoke to Freedom's general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Dusseldorp, to find out more. 


Danone owns brands including Alpro after WhiteWave acquisitionDanone on "low start", fresh dairy challenges, new organisational structure - four things to learn from Q1 update 25 Apr 17

Dean Best

Danone's first-quarter update hit its shares - and it is likely the fall in its stock price was only part due to the numbers. The French yogurt maker reported meagre like-for-like sales growth as its challenges in fresh dairy continued. The company upped its forecast for its annual underlying earnings but still its shares declined, with some analysts frustrated at the way Danone plans to report on its new asset, WhiteWave Foods.


Nestle reported "soft consumer demand" in North AmericaNestle on margins, SE Asia growth, Americas challenge - four things to learn from Q1 update 24 Apr 17

Dean Best

The rate at which Nestle's organic sales rose in the first quarter of 2017 was the slowest this century but the results, issued on Thursday, were dampened by calendar effects and were a tick above analyst expectations. Dean Best reports on the key takeaways from the figures and from Nestle's discussions on the numbers with analysts.


"Unilever may be able to learn from our food-native approach""We fit Unilever's vision for next generation of good food" - Sir Kensington's co-founder Scott Norton on sale of US mayo maker 24 Apr 17

Dean Best

After shedding a series of food assets – and announcing earlier this month plans to quit spreads – Unilever’s longer-term strategy for the sector is always the subject of debate within the industry. This week, however, the consumer goods giant has made what is for the business a rare move: adding to its foods division through M&A. The Hellmann’s mayonnaise owner has bought fledgling US condiments maker Sir Kensington’s. Dean Best caught up with Sir Kensington’s co-founder Scott Norton to find out more.


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Unilever makes acquisition - in foodUnilever makes acquisition - in food

Excluding ice cream, much of Unilever's corporate moves in the food sector in recent years has been to offload assets. In April, the company snapped up fledgling US condiments firm Sir Kensington's.

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Katy AskewLatest blog entry: Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield? 13 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player.


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