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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.

US: B&G lifts outlook on recent deal despite Q1 profit slip

17 April 2014

US ambient food manufacturer B&G Foods booked saw a drop in first-quarter earnings as higher costs offset sales gains in the period.

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.

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.

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.

US: Specialty Brands to be next acquisition for B&G Foods

4 April 2014

US food group B&G Foods is to make another acquisition after striking a deal to buy margarine-to-soup manufacturer Specialty Brands of America from private-equity firm American Capital.

US: Seneca to buy 50% of contract manufacturer Truitt Bros.

2 April 2014

US packaged fruit and veg supplier Seneca Foods is to buy a 50% stake in local shelf-stable foods supplier Truitt Bros.

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.

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.

US: Amy's Kitchen to open NY manufacturing plant

26 March 2014

Amy's Kitchen plans to open a manufacturing plant for its range of organic products in Goshen, New York state.

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.

US: Own label propels ConAgra 9m sales

20 March 2014

A surge in own label sales more than offset softness in the consumer brands business of ConAgra Foods.

US: General Mills confirms Q3 underlying profit fall

19 March 2014

General Mills today (19 March) confirmed a fall in underlying profits in its third quarter, with the Yoplait yoghurt and Old El Paso meal kits maker pointing to pressure on sales in the US.

ISRAEL: G. Willi-Food profit up one-third

18 March 2014

Israeli kosher food distributor G. Willi-Food booked a jump in earnings for 2013, with net profit increasing by one-third.

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

17 March 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

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.

US: General Mills downbeat on Q3 outlook

14 March 2014

General Mills has warned third-quarter earnings are likely to miss market expectations as sales volumes declined 1% in the period.

just-food's research round-up: stevia, soup in the UK, dairy in Germany

14 March 2014

The featured research on sale in the just-food store this week includes a look at the innovation in intense sweetener stevia, analysis of the UK soup market and a report on the dairy sector in Germany.

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).

AUS: Woolworths backs SPC Ardmona with fresh contract

11 March 2014

Australian group SPC Ardmona has won a A$70m (US$63m) five-year supply contract from Woolworths Ltd, the country's largest retailer.

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

10 March 2014

Sugar again grabbed the headlines after the World Health Organization revised its guidance on how much of the ingredient to consume. Elsewhere, a US retailer with over 2,400 stores could be created after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway.

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.

US: 2014 profits to rise "double digits", says Pinnacle Foods

7 March 2014

US food group Pinnacle Foods has forecast another double-digit rise in profits this year after reporting a 70% jump for 2013.

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