Top stories on just-food this week
As Fairtrade Fortnight draws to a close, we take a look at the ever-growing interest from consumers and major corporations in the category. This week, we have also seen Nestle invest in frozen food in the US, Hershey and Starbucks unite to launch a chocolate range and Kellogg dismiss rumours it is looking to buy Kraft's Spanish biscuit brands. Here are the top five stories on just-food this week:
US: Starbucks, Hershey launch chocolate range
Coffee retailing giant Starbucks has joined forces with US confectionery group Hershey to launch a range of "artisan-style" coffee and tea flavoured chocolates. The launch comes after the two groups agreed last year to team up to develop upmarket chocolate.
Fairtrade - from the church hall to the supermarket
Buoyed by changing consumer values and increasing interest from major corporations, the Fairtrade movement has gathered pace in many European markets over recent years, and sales of Fairtrade foods, such as bananas, coffee and chocolate, have grown rapidly. Ben Cooper reports on a campaigning and, more crucially, a brand-marketing success story.
US: Nestle to expand frozen food plant
Nestlé is planning to invest over US$60m to expand its frozen foods manufacturing facility in the US state of Arkansas. The expansion of the "state-of-the-art" manufacturing facility, is expected to create 200 jobs and will include a new production line and bakery to allow for pizza production under the Stouffer and Lean Cuisine brands.
UK: Rachel's kicks off product relaunch
Rachel's Organic has kicked off a line of product launches for the year with a revamp of its multi-pack yogurts range. The move follows what Rachel's described as a "successful year" in 2007 when the brand was relaunched and sales jumped 25%.
SPAIN: Kellogg not in race for Kraft biscuit brands
Kellogg is not looking to buy the Spanish biscuit brands put up for sale by fellow US food giant Kraft Foods, just-food understands. Reports in the Spanish press had linked Kellogg, the world's largest cereal maker, to a portfolio of brands including Chiquilin and Filipinos.
Sectors: Baby food, Bakery, Chilled foods, Confectionery, Dairy, Emerging markets, Fresh produce, Health & wellness, Meat & poultry, Natural & organic, NPD & innovation, Retailers, Seafood, Snacks, Sustainability & the environment
Nestlé executive Paul Polman's surprise move to Unilever has won warm praise from industry watchers, with many believing the Dutchman has what it takes to lead the company successfully in the years ah...
Campaigners and industry advocates agree that the recently-published report by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) in the US on the marketing of food to children is one of the most thorough examination...
US retailer Stop & Shop has removed 7.25oz plastic bottles of Hershey Chocolate Shell Topping from its shelves....
Nestle has shaken up its management team in the wake of the decision from Paul Polman, the head of its business in the Americas, to leave for Unilever....
The Hershey Company has appointed David Shedlarz to its board of directors....
Manufacturers are continuing to embrace the health trend, with ingredients such as omega-3 and probiotics featuring in an array of foodstuffs, according to Datamonitor's latest Productscan Online surv...
Lesley's Life Is Sweet has launched the first US Department of Agriculture-certified organic and fairtrade chocolate ganaches and moulded bonbons....
Mars is reportedly planning to raise the wholesale price of some of its confectionery products in order to offset rising costs....
- just-food 2017 Survey - your thoughts on growth
- 2017 - what will shape the UK food sector?
- Food market in 2017: big foodservice trends
- Could BRF's Turkey move pave way for OneFoods IPO?
- Food market in 2017: need-to-know US trends
- Ferrero insists Nutella not pulled from shelves
- UK's Bakkavor plays down IPO "speculation"
- PepsiCo launches Walkers Mediterranean in UK
- Mondelez plans "selective" UK price hikes
- Kellogg names Fareed Khan as incoming CFO