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What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 16

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector...


Is Unilever preparing to sell spreads? 19 Jan 16

The will-they, won't-they speculation over whether Unilever could be preparing to put its struggling spreads unit on the block cropped up again today (19 January) when reports emerged that Sean Gogarty, who heads up the business, is leaving...


Why I'm sick of range reviews 3 Dec 15

As the UK supermarket wars rumble on, range reviews have been a key tool for the big four to work to lower prices. And I don't like it one bit. Here is why...


Osborne overplays Britishness of United Biscuits 20 Nov 15

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...


Maggi returns but will growth follow in AOA for Nestle? 5 Nov 15

Nestle had some reason for cheer this week when it was confirmed that Maggi noodles should be back on Indian shelves this month...


Could Diamond Foods sell itself piecemeal? 6 Oct 15

With market talk rumbling on over whether Diamond Foods is up for sale, attention has now turned to if the company could be preparing to sell its snack food brands separately having failed to secure a buyer for the business as a going concern...


Austria joins list countries opting out of GMOs 25 Sep 15

Austria has become the latest country to join a growing list of European national governments who are opting out of allowing GMOs to be cultivated on their land...


GMO opposition mounts as Northern Ireland reveals bans 22 Sep 15

Opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food continues to prove a controversial issue...


Farmers need long-term answer to "milk crisis" 18 Aug 15

UK dairy farmers have been working to raise awareness of the low milk price, driven down by weakening global demand for dairy commodities. These efforts have met some success and farmers have gained the ear of the UK's retailers and regulators...


Low global milk prices hitting dairy farmers 10 Aug 15

UK farmers grabbed the headlines this weekend when they paraded two cows through an Asda store in Stafford in protest over the price they are paid for milk...

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