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Uncle BenMars' sustainable rice standard more than crop-ticking exercise 26 Nov 15

Ben Cooper

Recent years have seen the launch of numerous sustainability standards and initiatives across various agricultural commodities. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of the new standard for sustainable rice, launched by the Sustainable Rice Platform and Mars Inc.

ConAgra Foods scheduled to be no more, with US group to split in twoConAgra Foods announces split - what could happen next? 26 Nov 15

Dean Best

ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly, fresh from securing the sale of the US group's own-label business, has made another strategic move - splitting the business in two. A largely branded business, Conagra Brands, and a frozen potato products supplier, Lamb Weston, are set to be created. Dean Best analyses what could lie ahead for both companies.

Ronken believes Alfred Ritter meet trends including demand for clean labels and simple ingredientsRitter chairman Andreas Ronken on growing in challenging environment - the just-food interview 24 Nov 15

Katy Askew

German chocolate maker Alfred Ritter is a family-owned company that produces the iconic Ritter Sport square chocolate tablets. The Waldenbuch-based group hopes to the product's unique appearance and the quality of its chocolate to drive growth in Europe and the US. Katy Askew speaks to chairman Andreas Ronken about Ritter's aspirations.

Greencore Group says focus on food-to-go workingHow Greencore's food-to-go focus is paying dividends 24 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

Prioritising its food-to-go operations in the UK and the US has led Greencore to report higher annual sales and earnings. And the Ireland-based private-label supplier is looking to further build that side of its business in the year ahead.

Danone targeting 5% annual growth in sales by 2020 - while also increasing marginsHow Danone aims to meet its 2020 objectives 19 Nov 15

Katy Askew

Danone outlined plans to raise its sales and earnings performance through to 2020 in an investor meeting held earlier this week. The company said it would lift its sales trajectory to 5%-plus over the next five years but – significantly – Danone stressed it believed it could achieve that target while expanding margins. The Activia maker plans to look at two key areas to drive growth: delivering enhanced nutritional solutions and expanding further in the “new frontier” of Africa. Katy Askew reports. 

Road miles was key topic of discussion at IGD summitThe top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit 19 Nov 15

Dean Best

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.

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Pinnacle Foods moves for Boulder BrandsPinnacle Foods moves for Boulder Brands

Pinnacle Foods, the US group with Birds Eye frozen veg and Duncan Hines cake mixes in its portfolio, has swooped to buy free-from business Boulder Brands. But is a move for a company that has struggled in recent quarters a wise one?

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Katy AskewLatest blog entry: Osborne overplays Britishness of United Biscuits 20 Nov 2015

Katy Askew

That politicians are selective with the truth is pretty much a given. But it did make this pundit chuckle to hear UK Chancellor George Osborne describe United Biscuits as a "great British company"... Er, yes... one that is owned by Turkish multinational Yildiz Holding.

M&A Watch M&A Watch

Stefan Kirk, of M&A advisors Glenboden, casts his eye over the food industry landscape and suggests the deal-making options that could - and should - be available to manufacturers.

IRI IRI's inside track

Global FMCG analysts IRI gives you key insight into the trends and issues facing the food sector.

Consuming issues Consuming issues

In a regular column, just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper chews over how the industry is tackling issues from obesity to labelling and from child labour to its environmental impact.

What the analysts say What the analysts say

The verdict from global analysts on major company news

The just-food international basket The just-food international basket

Exclusive data highlighting the price of brands and own-label products in key categories across Europe and the US. Compiled in association with industry analysts IRI.

Deal or no deal Deal or no deal

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