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FMCG sales slowing despite economic green shoots

There are signs of economic recovery across much of Europe but grocery sales remain under pressure. IRI's Tim Eales analyses why and suggest...

M&A Watch: Raisio should sell to private equity

Raisio, the Finland-based group behind brands including Benecol, Honey Monster cereals and Fox's confectionery, has, in recent years, tried...

Spotlight: What could be impact of Russia's ban?

In a tit-for-tat move, Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a year-long ban on on food imports from countries participating in the imp...

What the analysts say: Nestle H1 cheers market

Shares in Nestle closed up today (7 August) after the world's largest food maker reported underlying sales that beat analyst expectations. N...

Latest Interviews

Briefing: Tokyo plans to double food exports 13 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

The Japanese government has set out an ambitious programme to increase food exports. With a focus on high-quality, high-value, products the authorities hope that increasing Japanese food sales internationally will help revitalise the country's lacklustre economy and offset declining domestic consumption. just-food spoke to Japan's Parliamentary Vice-Minister Yasuhiro Ozato to find out more.


Interview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer: pt 2 29 Jul 2014

Olly Wehring

In the second part of a two-part interview, Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer and head of global research and development at PepsiCo, gives Olly Wehring, editor of just-food sister site just-drinks, a tour of the inner workings of the food and beverage group's R&D approach and defines success and failure for his department

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Bisco Misr says Kellogg eyeing majority stake 1 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

Egyptian snack maker Bisco Misr has said cereal giant Kellogg is eyeing a majority stake in its business.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 1 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

This week, the EU announced more measures to help out dairy farmers hit by the Russia ban. Chiquita and Fyffes insisted again a merger between the two would be the best outcome for shareholders. Our latest just-food interview saw us discuss Agropur's M&A strategy with the Canadian dairy co-op's CEO, while we chatted to Scandinavian free-from firm Fria about its expansion across Europe.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 26 Aug 14

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Russia eased off on its Western import ban, announcing a list of products it would allow into the country. Elsewhere, the takeover battle for Chiquita Brands International took a new twist when juice maker Cutrale Group called on the produce giant's shareholders to vote against its planned merger with Fyffes. Meanwhile, German food giant Dr Oetker struck a deal to buy McCain Foods' North American pizza business.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week 26 Aug 14

Dean Best

Russia's food embargo still stands but this week it eased the ban to allow in some agricultural commodities to bolster its food production. The Chiquita takeover saga continued with bidders Cutrale Group and Safra Group appealing to the produce group's shareholders to vote against its merger with Fyffes. Elsewhere, we analysed the performance and outlook for Lindt & Sprungli and Hain Celestial, two companies enjoying robust growth.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week 18 Aug 14

Dean Best

Five months ago, Chiquita Brands International announced plans to merge with fellow banana supplier Fyffes. The deal was set to close by the end of the year. However, this week, an unsolicited takeover bid came in for Chiquita, which promptly rejected the offer. However, the suitors have indicated they may not go away easily. Elsewhere, our coverage of Russia's food embargo continued, we looked in-depth at the opportunities for growth in Japan in our latest management briefing and, in a new M&A column, we suggested Raisio sell up to private equity.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 18 Aug 14

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Chiquita Brands International was in the limelight as it received an unsolicited takeover bid from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods announced the closure of two popcorn factories in Ohio, and Campbell Soup Co.'s Plum Baby business announced its exit from the UK. just-food's management briefing series took a trip to Japan to see how food companies can succeed in a low-growth market.

Latest blogs

Elliott Review was not blocked, insists Defra 18 Aug 14

Dean Best

The UK government has insisted there was no moves to block the review of the UK food supply chain and said it will published "shortly".


Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it? 30 Jul 14

Dean Best

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?

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