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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.

just the facts - Post Holdings' M&A spree

17 April 2014

It is two years since US food group Ralcorp Holdings spun off branded breakfast cereal maker Post Holdings. And the Grape Nuts owner has, through a number of acquisitions, rapidly built a broader business designed to diversify away from a cereal market in the doldrums. just-food runs through the deals.

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.

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

17 April 2014

Tesco was in the spotlight this week after the publication of its annual results confirmed what a challenging year the UK's largest retailer endured. Another UK grocer under scrutiny is The Co-operative Group, which reported banking-induced losses, but revealed it is re-sizing its food retail estate to give it more focus. Elsewhere, China's WH Group, of which Smithfield Foods is now a part, announced plans to list in Hong Kong and US group Post Holdings made another M&A move, with a deal to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods.

UK: Bart expands in wet ingredients with OTP Foods buy

15 April 2014

UK herbs and spices supplier The Bart Ingredients Co. has decided to expand its wet ingredients business with the acquisition of local firm OTP Foods.

UK: Duerr's targets home-baking market with latest jam range

15 April 2014

UK jam maker Duerr's has launched the first flavour of a range of bake-stable jams in a bid to target the home-baking market.

FRANCE: Unilever shake-up, 97 jobs set to go

14 April 2014

Unilever's French unit has announced restructuring that will see 97 jobs put at risk.

SPAIN: Deoleo board backs sale of olive oil firm to CVC

11 April 2014

The board of Spain-based olive oil group Deoleo has agreed to sell the company to UK private-equity firm CVC Capital Partners.

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.

SPAIN: PE firm CVC tables "best bid" for Deoleo

10 April 2014

Private-equity group CVC Capital Partners has made the best takeover offer for Deoleo, the Spanish olive oil group has said.

UK/IRELAND: Rowse honey buy to boost Valeo's UK presence

9 April 2014

Irish food group Valeo Foods has acquired Rowse honey in the hope it will bolster its presence in the UK.

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.

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.

Comment: Unilever raid shows South Africa eyeing food

4 April 2014

News the South African offices of Unilever and Sime Darby were raided by competition authorities this week comes as a further evidence that the country's competition watchdog has set its sights on the food sector, Katy Askew suggests.

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.

UK: Hilltop Honey looks to supply Middle East by summer

3 April 2014

Welsh honey producer Hilltop Honey has announced plans to supply honey to Middle East markets by this summer.

AUS: Goodman Fielder issues profit warning, jobs to go

2 April 2014

Shares in Australian food firm Goodman Fielder plunged 22% today after the bread-to-dairy manufacturer announced it would not meet profit expectations for its 2014 financial year.

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.

US: Reid to replace retiring Michaels as Mars president

31 March 2014

Mars Inc has named Grant Reid, the head of its chocolate business, as its new president after announcing Paul Michaels will retire at the end of the year.

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

BELGIUM: Bekaert aims to be on UK shelves by summer

28 March 2014

Belgian biscuit butter spread maker Bekaert stands a "good chance" of its product being in supermarkets by the end of the year.

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: Hormel, Hillshire linked to Unilever's Ragu

25 March 2014

Speculation is mounting over the potential suitors for Unilever's Ragu brand, with the likes of Hormel Foods and Hillshire Brands touted as would-be acquirers alongside Post Holdings and Mizkan.

US: McCormick sales, earnings rise on Asia Pacific growth

25 March 2014

McCormick & Co. booked a rise in first-quarter sales and earnings as increased revenues from the group's operations in Asia Pacific boosted the top line.

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.

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