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Focus: Barriers remain to EU-US free trade talks

European food manufacturers welcomed progress on a transatlantic free trade deal at a meeting of negotiators and business leaders in Brussel...

Comment: Danone could be mulling strategy shift

The spotlight will turn on Danone's strategy to grow its sales and profits tomorrow (25 July) when the group reports its second-quarter resu...

Why whole sector should take heed of meat scrutiny

The meat supply chain is in the spotlight this week, with allegations in the UK and China of poor and potentially unsafe practices at firms...

On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum?

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes tha...

Latest Interviews

The just-food interview: Premier Foods CEO Darby 24 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc is emerging from the long shadow of its debt burden with a new refinancing package and a clear mandate to grow its categories and brands. But, in the tough UK operating environment, growth is proving hard to come by. Premier CEO Gavin Darby speaks to just-food about balancing the need to invest in Premier's stable of well-known brands - as well as some of the more neglected areas of its business - while also managing a fragile balance sheet.


Interview: Bell hits out at German cartel ruling 22 Jul 2014

Dean Best

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.

Latest News

Unilever sees lacklustre H1 food sales 24 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Unilever missed first-half organic sales expectations as a continued slowdown in emerging markets and a lacklustre performance from its food business impacted the group's top line result.


Hovis eyes Leicester bakery closure 24 Jul 2014

Dean Best

UK bread maker Hovis has put forward plans to close a plant in Leicester to "simplify" its production network.


FrieslandCampina opens Hungary site extension 24 Jul 2014

Dean Best

FrieslandCampina has opened a new facility at its soon-to-be only plant in Hungary as the dairy group works on revamping its network in the country.


Atria sales rise but Finland, Russia woes persist 24 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

Atria booked an increase in first-half sales but confirmed the issues in Finland and Russia that prompted a profit warning in April are continuing to weigh on profits.


UK firm Irwin's Bakery secures UAE listings 24 Jul 2014

Dean Best

UK-based baker Irwin's Bakery has secured listings at UAE retailer Lulu Group.


Research: China's dairy market; candy in Italy 24 Jul 2014

just-food Research Team

China is a market high on the list for a number of dairy multinationals and this week's featured research from the just-food store includes a report setting out forecasts for the sector to 2018.

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