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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.

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.

US: Bain Capital affiliate Sankaty buys kosher food firm Manischewitz

11 April 2014

Sankaty Advisors, an affiliate of US private-equity group Bain Capital, has taken over local kosher food group The Manischewitz Co.

CROATIA: Podravka to buy Agrokor canned meats unit

8 April 2014

Croatian food and drink group Podravka has struck a deal to buy a canned meats unit from a subsidiary of local manufacturer and retailer Agrokor.

UK: Charlie Bigham's adds Indian to ready meals range

8 April 2014

UK firm Charlie Bigham's has expanded its ready meals offering with a range that include its first foray into Indian cuisine.

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.

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

7 April 2014

Unilever's business in South Africa was in the spotlight this week after it emerged its offices were raided as part of a probe into collusion. Elsewhere, there were two notable M&A deals in dairy, with Arla Foods looking to merge with Belgium-based EGM Walhorn and Lactalis's Parmalat bolstering its business in Australia with the acquisition of Harvey Fresh.

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.

just-food's research round-up: Dairy in Indonesia, gum in China

4 April 2014

This week's featured research from the just-food store majors on emerging markets - with reports on the dairy market in Indonesia, packaging in Asia Pacific and chewing gum in China.

SOUTH AFRICA: Unilever raided in competition probe

3 April 2014

The South African offices of Unilever and fats and oils supplier Sime Darby have been raided in a search and seizure operation conducted by the country's competition officials.

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.

FRANCE: Bonduelle moves into snacking with salads launch

1 April 2014

French vegetable processor Bonduelle is diversifying into snacking with a range of salad dishes as it seeks to reduce its dependence on its tinned vegetables business.

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.

UK: Riverside Bakery claims "UK first" with gluten-free launch

27 March 2014

Chilled quiche manufacturer Riverside Bakery what it claims is the UK's first range of gluten-free chilled savoury pastry products.

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.

ISRAEL: PepsiCo dips JV helps Strauss FY profits

26 March 2014

Israel-based food and beverage maker Strauss Group today (26 March) reported a jump in annual profits.

just the answer - Strauss Group CFO Shahar Florence

25 March 2014

Israel's Strauss Group is a food and beverage maker with interests in sectors from coffee and chocolate to dairy and dips. Coffee accounts for over half of Strauss's sales but the company has aspirations to grow its food business. Hannah Abdulla met Strauss CFO Shahar Florence to find out more.

UK: 2 Sisters confirms Solway Foods site closure

25 March 2014

UK food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed it will close its Solway Foods site in Corby.

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.

NEW ZEALAND: Cerebos Gregg's to close East Tamaki plant, 125 jobs to go

24 March 2014

New Zealand food and coffee manufacturer Cerebos Gregg's is to close its manufacturing operation in East Tamaki at the end of the year in a move which will see 125 jobs axed.

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.

US: Michael Foods 2013 earnings rise

21 March 2014

Michael Foods, the US egg-to-dairy group, has booked an increase in sales and earnings for 2013.

CAGE 2014: Ebro Foods urges for "meaningful" NPD

21 March 2014

Market-specific launches are key to the success of a new product, Ebro Foods told an audience at this year's CAGE conference in London.

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.

CAGE 2014: Kerry eyes consumer foods growth through snacking

20 March 2014

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy has indicated the Ireland-based food group believes increasing demand for snacking presents an opportunity to grow the company's consumer foods business.

CHINA: China Resources Enterprise profits hit by food, retail arms

20 March 2014

China Resources Enterprise Ltd has booked a steep drop in 2013 profits, which fell by 52% on weaker contributions from its retail and food manufacturing businesses.

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