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Brands use real time conversations to engage consumersInterview: Keys to brand's success on Twitter #engagement #relevance #realtime

17 April 2014

With over 200m regular users worldwide tweeting more than 500m times each day, the potential on offer for brands to reach consumers via microblogging site Twitter is self-evident. To succeed on Twitter, brands need to become a relevant, informative and amusing part of an evolving two-way conversation. Katy Askew spoke to Twitter UK sales director Dara Nasr about how food manufacturers and retailers can insert themselves into the dialogue.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

17 April 2014

Tesco's full-year results proved disappointing, as expected, and CEO Bill Stritz has said online retailing has played a huge part. Elsewhere first quarter results were out and Co-op saw heavy losses. It has now decided to get rid of some of the Somerfield stores and focus on its convenience offering. There were developments on the Michael Foods acquisition with Post Holdings announcing it had taken over the firm in a US$2.45bn deal. Other acquisitions this week included Daelman's purchase of UK firm Fabulous Bakin' Boys and PE firm Abraaj's acquisition of North African confectioner Kool Foods.

FRANCE: Danone Q1 volumes disappoint in dairy, infant nutrition

16 April 2014

Danone has seen its share price dip this morning (16 April) after reporting first-quarter organic sales that narrowly missed consensus expectations.

SWITZERLAND: Nestle sees FX offset organic growth

15 April 2014

Nestle has booked a drop in first-quarter reported sales as the top line was dented by currency headwinds that more than offset organic growth due to the strength of the Swiss franc.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

14 April 2014

Food retailers eyeing India would have been surprised to hear the BJP political party, tipped to lead the country's next government, publish a tough stance on foreign investment in its retail sector. Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke hinted the food giant could be looking at further disposals and Wal-Mart said more affordable organic groceries would be available in the US after a tie-up with the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

just-food's research round-up: bakery in Australia, snacks in the UK, dairy in China

11 April 2014

This week's featured research from the just-food store includes reports looking at the fiercely-competitive bakery sector in Australia, the growing market for savoury snacks in the UK and China's booming dairy industry.

SAUDI: Broad-based sales growth boosts Almarai profits

8 April 2014

Saudi food group Almarai has reported higher first-quarter profits on the back of rising sales "in all business segments" and a gain from a recent infant formula acquisition.

SWITZ: Nestle chairman Brabeck-Letmathe to step down in 2017

7 April 2014

Nestle has confirmed chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will step down from his position in 2017.

Quote, unquote: Westminster Food & Nutrition Forum on food security

7 April 2014

Representatives of industry, academia, NGOs and politics met in London last week to discuss the issue of food security and the challenges that lay ahead. Climate change, over-consumption and the use of technology in agriculture were just some of the topics discussed. just-food brings a flavour of the event.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

7 April 2014

This week, Tesco CFO Laurie McIlwee ended weeks of speculation over his future after handing in his resignation. Elsewhere, Kellogg was one of the three manufacturers linked to the rumoured sale of Dorset Cereals and Arla announced a proposed merger with EGM Walhorn.

In the spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern

4 April 2014

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by the European Commission, writes Keith Nuthall.

US: Hero's Beech-Nut launches "real food for babies"

2 April 2014

Beech-Nut, the US baby food arm of Swiss food maker Hero Group, has launched a "100 % natural" line it claims provides "real food" for kids.

BRICs and beyond: Logistics remains key challenge to Indian expansion

1 April 2014

Getting products on shelves is a significant challenge for food manufacturers and retailers in India, where an under-developed supply chain hampers such efforts. International food groups and logistics companies are working to overcome the lack of infrastructure and, for companies who can offer solutions, a significant commercial opportunity exists. Raghavendra Verma reports.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

31 March 2014

This week Cerebos Greggs announced the closure of its East Tamaki plant putting 125 jobs at risk. Job cuts were announced at Asda too as the company plans a restructure to cut costs. Ads and marketing campaigns were the centre of attention this week with Aldi getting its wrists slapped over the Swap and Save campaign and Sainsbury winning an appeal for a judicial review of Tesco's price promise. Here is the week in quotes

just-food's research round-up: 14 trends to watch in 2014

28 March 2014

In this week's just-food research round-up, we feature Euromonitor's report that has identified the 14 trends to watch in the industry in 2014.

EU: Brussels eyes fresh organic food regulations

26 March 2014

The European Commission has set out plans for new regulations governing the organic food sector.

Shopper trends: Too early to call end to consumer recession

26 March 2014

European politicians may be proclaiming the end of the consumer recession, but when it comes to food sales, retailers and manufacturers are continuing to find business tough, writes IRI's Richard Moule.

UK: Food, soft drink exports rise amid EU market recovery

24 March 2014

UK exports of food and soft drinks rose 5% in 2013 as sales in the EU bounced back amid signs of economic recovery in the region.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

24 March 2014

just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

CAGE 2014: Nestle "upbeat" on outlook for consumer sentiment

21 March 2014

Nestle finance chief Wan Ling Martello has insisted that the company remains "upbeat" on the outlook for the consumer environment in 2014.

CAGE 2014: Danone tackles challenges in Europe, China

21 March 2014

Danone believes it can return its business to "profitable, superior top line growth" in six months time, as benefits feed through from the French dairy group's attempts to tackle the still sticky spots of dairy in Europe and infant nutrition in China.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

17 March 2014

This week, The Co-operative Group CEO Euan Sutherland quit the UK retailer, hitting out at the way it was run after the company hit the headlines again - this time after his pay package was leaked. Fellow UK grocer Morrisons reported an annual loss and another year of falling sales - chief executive Dalton Philips and set out plans to fight back against the discounters.

UK: Tesco looks to build trust through ethical trade

13 March 2014

Efforts to source products ethically are central to UK retailer Tesco's ability to build consumer trust, ethical trade director Giles Bolton insisted yesterday (13 March).

UK: Norway halal baby food entrepreneur launches UK range

13 March 2014

Norwegian brand Nasim's Halal Baby Food hits UK retail shelves this month after the firm secured a distribution deal with Worldwide Brands.

NEW ZEALAND: Fonterra accepts charges related to botulism recall

13 March 2014

Fonterra has accepted four counts of food safety violations related to last year's botched recall of whey powder concentrate.

TURKEY: Hero buys out Yildiz from infant food JV

11 March 2014

Swiss food manufacturer Hero Group has acquired Yildiz Holding's stake in Turkish joint venture Hero Gida.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

10 March 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.

just-food's research round-up: US confectionery outlook; private-label forecasts; dairy in the Gulf

7 March 2014

This week's featured research from the just-food store highlights a report looking at the prospects for the US confectionery sector, analysis on the outlook for private label worldwide and a digest of the dairy market in the Gulf.

Comment: Growth of online channel good news for big brands

6 March 2014

Online sales in the UK are on the rise as consumers increasingly shop for their groceries over the internet. Online sales represent a key growth area the country's largest retailers are vying to exploit. In the UK - the birthplace of private label - online expansion is good news for the manufacturers of leading food brands, Katy Askew suggests.

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