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Boulder Brands should consider Smart Balance sale

The US spreads and gluten-free group saw its shares slump yesterday after warning about its short-term profitability. Boulder's Smart Balanc...

Editor's viewpoint: Chiquita right to stand firm

Chiquita Brands International still appears set on its proposed merger with Fyffes – and the US produce giant is, at the moment, right to do...

PepsiCo's response to Frito-Lay share squeeze

Frito-Lay, the North American snack business of PepsiCo, is responding to the slow erosion of its market share in a "disciplined" way, while...

US attitude to health, sustainability is changing

Some of the largest food manufacturers in the US have been sluggish to react to a consumer-led revolution around attitudes to health,wellnes...

Latest Interviews

Jarett Levan on BBX Capital's confectionery foray 17 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Since December last year, US investment firm BBX Capital has - quite literally - been like a kid a in candy store. Via wholly-owned subsidiary BBX Sweet Holdings, it has made six acquisitions in the US confectionery sector, which include Helen Grace Chocolates, Anastasia Confections and - the latest purchase - Toffee Box. Hannah Abdulla catches up with company president Jarett Levan to find out what BBX's game is.


Sustainability Watch: WhiteWave Foods 17 Sep 2014

Ben Cooper

WhiteWave Foods, the US-based organic and natural foods specialist, was spun off from dairy giant Dean Foods last year. Deanna Bratter, senior manager of corporate sustainability at WhiteWave, spoke with Ben Cooper about the company's approach to sustainability as an independent operation.

Latest News

Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes merger 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Investors in Chiquita Brands International today (24 October) voted against the US produce giant's plan to merge with Ireland-based peer Fyffes.


AGT Food & Ingredients eyes packaged food push 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Canada-based agri-food group AGT Food & Ingredients is to raise C$80m through a share issue to fund expansion in packaged food.


Seneca Foods losses widen in Q2 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Seneca Foods, the US food group, fell into the red in the first six months of the financial year after two quarters of losses.


Timeline: Latest on battle for Chiquita 24 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Chiquita Brands International, which had lined up a merger with fellow banana supplier Fyffes, has become the subject of takeover interest from Brazilian firms Cutrale Group and Safra Group. And that interest is developing into a tussle for the future ownership of the US produce giant. just-food provides a digest of the most significant events so far.


Sanfilippo sees profit pressure from higher volume 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

US nut and dried fruit supplier John B. Sanfilippo & Son saw better volumes contribute to improved first-quarter sales - but admitted the higher shipments weighed on its profitability.


Cutrale, Safra increase offer again for Chiquita 23 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Cutrale Group and Safra Group have returned to the bargaining table with an increased offer of US$14.50 per share for Chiquita Brands International.

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