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The just-food international basket covers eight markets, compiled exclusively by IRIDATA: The just-food international basket - Q3 2014 27 Nov 14

Dean Best

Compiled exclusively for just-food by IRI, the data shows the cost of a typical basket of goods in eight markets every quarter. The numbers also outlines trends in branded and private-label pricing, as well as the volume sold on promotion.


"Unpromoted prices must be artificially higher than they need to be, so they can be so regularly and so deeply discounted," Eales saysShopper trends: How more promotions can mean higher prices for consumers 27 Nov 14

Tim Eales, IRI

A focus throughout Europe on offering high volumes of products on promotion is not making the average shopping basket any cheaper, and consumers are not necessarily getting a good deal on price and are ending up paying more for their average shop, according to IRI's Tim Eales.


Mondelez reprimanded over online Oreo marketing Comment: Mondelez digital strategy suffers blow with UK ruling 26 Nov 14

Katy Askew

The UK's Advertising Standards Authority dealt Mondelez International a blow today (26 November) when it found the group's YouTube ads breach the country's advertising code. The ruling is significant for the snacks giant given the recent video-streaming drive it hopes will position it as a "digital pioneer". Mondelez is nevertheless wise to forge ahead in its bid to connect with consumers online, Katy Askew suggests.


Post expects strong improvement after challenging Q1 of 2014/15On the money: Transformed Post Holdings confident about prospects 26 Nov 14

Dean Best

Post Holdings has undergone significant change in the last two years through a spate of M&A. While there are questions about the outlook for some of the newly-acquired assets - and for its core cereal business - the US group this week expressed confidence about its outlook.


GreencoreOn the money: How Greencore is outperforming the UK food market 25 Nov 14

Katy Askew

Over the last twelve months Irish food group Greencore outperformed the overall food market in UK, its largest market, on the back of its exposure to the faster-growth food-to-go segment and expansion in convenience channels.


Kerry "puts frozen unit up for sale"Deal or no deal: How a frozen sale makes sense for Kerry 24 Nov 14

Katy Askew

Kerry Group is reportedly mulling the sale of its frozen food business. The company has seen strong sales and profit momentum at its ingredients unit but endured a lacklustre performance from the consumer foods side of the business. In this context, it makes sense for the Irish company to pare down peripheral and under-performing areas of Kerry Foods. Katy Askew reports.


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How two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interestHow two Egyptian food companies are attracting international interest

Egyptian snacks group Bisco Misr and local dairy company Arab Dairy have hit the M&A headlines. Kellogg is battling it out with private-equity group Abraaj for Bisco Misr, while Arab Dairy has attracted takeover bids from Arla Foods and, this week, Lactalis.

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Hannah AbdullaLatest blog entry: McCain, Leclerc team up on veg soup from food waste 26 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Global food waste is a mounting problem. In France, McCain Foods and local retailer E. Leclerc have come up with an initiative to eat into that mountain.


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.


Shopper trends Shopper trends

Industry analysts IRI discuss the trends focusing the minds of manufacturers and retailers.


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


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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

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Food companies discuss and dissect their latest results.

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