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Progress at Synlait but challenges remain 28 Aug 14

New Zealand dairy group Synlait Milk revealed today (28 August) it has hit the "major milestone" of receiving regulatory clearance to begin exporting finished product from its new NZ$28.5m dry blending and consumer packaging plant...


Shareholder pressure prompts ConAgra palm oil commitment 27 Aug 14

ConAgra Foods has responded to investor criticism of its palm oil usage by committing to source 100% sustainable palm oil by December 2015...


Hain Celestial CEO characteristically jovial 20 Aug 14

Hain Celestial founder, president and CEO Irwin Simon is not one to maintain a stony face when discussing his company's performance. This morning's (20 August) conference call was no exception...


Dollar General in rival bid for Family Dollar 19 Aug 14

Dollar General has moved to derail Dollar Tree's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores by trumping the US$9.2bn offer already on the table with a competing $9.7bn bid...


ADM preparing Q3 chocolate sale 6 Aug 14

Agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland Company plans to sell its global chocolate operations by the end of the third quarter, the company said this week...


US gluten-free labelling regulations kick in 5 Aug 14

The US Food and Drug Administration's rules on what constitutes "gluten-free" - first unveiled in August last year - come into effect today (5 August)...


Seafood sector warned on global warming 1 Jul 14

The New Zealand seafood industry received a stark warning this weekend: a "massive shellfish extinction event" could be on the cards...


Taste, quality key to Green & Black's popularity 20 Jun 14

As a journalist, sometimes you are faced with a really tough assignment. Like yesterday, when I had to attend a chocolate tasting with Mondelez International-owned organic chocolate brand Green & Black's...


Australian growers slam Woolworths 13 Jun 14

Australia's fruit and vegetable industry is struggling to keep its collective head above water as it is squeezed by competition from cheap imports and pricing pressure in the deflationary environment of the Australia's grocery market...


UK grocers face mounting pressure 6 Jun 14

Management at the UK's largest retailers are seeing the pressure mount. As sales continue to disappoint and market share continues to be eroded, some serious questions are being asked about the strategic direction pursued by the likes of Morrisons and Tesco...

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