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Tesco profits plunge, chairman departs 24 Oct 14

Tesco has reported a massive 92% drop in first half profits as the accounting fiasco continues to widen...


Analysts call for PepsiCo to sell off Quaker 16 Oct 14

With sales under pressure and margins precarious, PepsiCo should sell off its Quaker North America business, Jefferies analysts argued today (16 October)...


Burton's could return Cadbury biscuit brand to Mondelez in UB takeover 10 Oct 14

If Burton's Biscuit Co. is successful in its bid to take control of peer United Biscuits, the UK biscuit maker could return the Cadbury brand to Mondelez International in a bid to settle competition concerns...


Wal-Mart targets "greener" food production 8 Oct 14

Wal-Mart threw down the gauntlet to its suppliers this week, when it announced a "commitment" to create "a more sustainable food system"...


Kellogg shows willing but is it enough to secure UB? 3 Oct 14

Kellogg CEO John Byrant has reportedly flown to London to meet with United Biscuits as part of the US company's bid to seal a deal for the UK biscuits group...


Better together: research claims strength of Made in Britain brand 2 Oct 14

New research from Barclays has found the UK really is "better together" - at least if you are in the food or drink export biz...


Tata to take on online giants with e-commerce push 25 Sep 14

Indian conglomerate Tata Group is reportedly planning a "big bang" entry into the Indian e-commerce space...


Food sector backs climate change initiatives at UN summit 24 Sep 14

Businesses from across the food industry pledged support for renewable energy, greener supply chains and fresh efforts to put the brakes on destruction at the United Nations 2014 Climate Change Summit in New York yesterday (23 September)...


Popularity a challenge and opportunity for US organic movement 19 Sep 14

Growing demand for organic foods in the US is propelling sales in the sector. Organic products are moving from their niche to gain mainstream traction. Penetration is high - more than 80% of families "sometimes" buy organic - and sales in the market reached a record US$35bn in 2013...


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 14

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?..

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