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Focus: Fonterra's bid to weather dairy volatility

After reporting a slump in Fonterra's annual profits this week, CEO Theo Spierings was at pains to tell the market the global dairy market w...

BRICs and beyond: E-tail in China

Alibaba Group's massive IPO has underlined that the e-commerce trade in China is booming. Significantly for packaged food manufacturers, onl...

just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo top tweets

Nothing gives you the experience of being on the ground at a trade show - without actually being on the ground - as well as social media. Th...

Comment: Competition to rise on whey investments

Arla Foods is wise to invest in its whey protein production capacity. However, the company is far from alone in pursuing this strategy, with...

Latest Interviews

just-food interview part 2: Agropur CEO 29 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Few food companies, if any, have been as acquisitive as Canadian dairy co-operative Agropur in recent quarters. And the group's M&A activity appears to have picked up since CEO Robert Coallier joined the business in 2012. In part two of the latest just-food interview, Coallier explains the reasons behind Agropur's appetite.


just-food interview: Agropur CEO Robert Coallier 27 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Acquisitive Canadian dairy co-op Agropur this month finalised its largest deal to date - its purchase of US cheese and dairy ingredients business Davisco Foods International. In part one of a two-part interview, Dean Best speaks to Agropur CEO Robert Coallier about the company's most recent transaction.

Latest News

Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week 29 Sep 14

Dean Best

Tesco's admission it had over-stated profits stunned the market on Monday, the latest chapter in a troubling period for the UK's largest retailer.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 29 Sep 14

Hannah Abdulla

This week Tesco found itself under more scrutiny after it overstated expected profits for the first half of the year by GBP250m. Fonterra and Diamond Foods both reported a slump in annual profits but were optimistic about their prospects. Elsewhere Fyffes, Chiquita and Cutrale and Safra continued to go at each other as the former two announced a revised deal for shareholders if they were to merge. Here is the week in quotes.


Diamond Foods reports positive earnings evolution 26 Sep 14

Katy Askew

Diamond Foods reported improved earnings trends throughout fiscal 2014, with losses growing progressively narrower over the course of the year.


Fonterra profits sour, cuts milk price forecast 24 Sep 14

Dean Best

Fonterra saw annual earnings fall by more than three-quarters on the back of rising costs, with the world's largest dairy exporter lowering its forecast farmgate milk price for the new financial year.


UPDATE: Real Good Food to take sugar spat to EU 24 Sep 14

Katy Askew

The Real Good Food Co. will take its complaint against Associated British Foods' sugar business, British Sugar, to Brussels after the UK's competition authority declined to investigate the row.


Watchdog not to investigate RGF, ABF pricing row 24 Sep 14

Katy Askew

The UK's competition watchdog, the Competition and Markets Authority, will not launch an investigation into allegations of anti-competitive behaviour lodged against the sugar arm of Associated British Foods by The Real Good Food Co.

Latest blogs

How ABF is fighting back on sugar 17 Sep 14

Dean Best

The health story of 2014 has been the debate over the impact sugar has on obesity. The issue hit the headlines in January and has stayed there, with only yesterday a study published in the UK calling for consumption guidelines to be cut. Industry has faced a tide of criticism and is battling growing consumer concern. The owners of British Sugar is taking matters into its own hands.


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 14

Katy Askew

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?

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