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Sean Connolly will have his work cut out as he takes the helm at ConAgraOn the move: The challenges awaiting ConAgra's new CEO 27 Mar 15

Katy Askew

ConAgra Foods' third-quarter numbers were of the 'not as bad as feared' variety. That said, they were still not very good. A host of challenges lie ahead for CEO-elect Sean Connolly and he will need to find answers to big picture questions – particularly surrounding the group's private label unit – in the weeks and months to come. Katy Askew reports.


Can MarsBRICs and beyond: Can Mars challenge Mondelez, Nestle dominance in Indian chocolate? 27 Mar 15

Katy Askew

Mars Inc plans to step up investment in the Indian chocolate sector by investing in local production. The Indian chocolate market is dominated by Mondelez International-owned Cadbury, with Nestle becoming a somewhat distant second. With strong growth in demand and a growing tendency for consumers to trade up to higher-margin products, could Mars' push in India challenge the established players in the market?


IRI predicts double-digit growth in digital marketing spendIRI's inside track: The challenge of digital marketing and ROI 26 Mar 15

Carl Carter, IRI

Digital media is becoming the marketing method of choice for FMCGs, Carl Carter of industry analysts IRI writes. But can manufacturers truly measure if digital media is helping drive shoppers on the path to purchase?


"It seems perfectly legitimate for them to look at pressures placed on suppliers to major food manufacturers"Consuming issues: Living by a (grocery) code 26 Mar 15

Ben Cooper

Codes governing the relationships between retailers and manufacturers have made headlines in the UK and Australia. However, recent headlines in the UK have shone a spotlight on dealings between manufacturers and their suppliers - and Ben Cooper mulls whether the scrutiny could move towards that part of the supply chain.


Kraft Heinz hope to grow iconic brandsIn the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"? 25 Mar 15

Katy Askew

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.


Jessel believes more ice cream firms will have "wake-up call" to act on sugarThe bitesize interview: Taywell Ice Creams MD Alastair Jessel 25 Mar 15

Dean Best

UK ice cream business Taywell Ice Creams is growing sales, built largely on domestic foodservice accounts, and last year broke even for the first time. However, Alastair Jessel, the firm's founder, has ambitions for the company, which centre around the launch of a healthier ice cream. Dean Best met Jessel at the IFE trade exhibition in London to discuss his plans.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: Employee arrested over corruption claims at SPC Ardmona parent 27 Mar 2015

Dean Best

Coca-Cola Amatil is co-operating with Australian state police after an employee was arrested for money laundering and receiving a reported half-a-million Australian dollars in corrupt commissions.


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

We look at the potential suitors when food manufacturers or retailers are up for sale - or put forward as possible takeover targets.


On the move On the move

just-food examines executives on the move


BRICs and beyond BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets


Sustainability Watch Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.


Talking shop Talking shop

The just-food team check out the latest goings-on among food retailers.


Editor Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.


In the spotlight In the spotlight

Which manufacturers, retailers or issues are grabbing the headlines?


On the money On the money

Food companies discuss and dissect their latest results.

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