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Comment: Hain Celestial cognisant of US challenges

Irwin Simon, the founder, president and CEO of Hain Celestial, often comes across as one of the more forthright chief executives in the US f...

What should you learn from 2015 olive oil prices?

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by...

How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016?

Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get w...

Why Campbell's move on GMOs is savvy

The decision by Campbell Soup Co. to back nationwide mandatory labelling of the genetically modified ingredients in food on sale in the US,...

Latest Interviews

Richelieu Foods CEO eyes growth - interview 9 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Richelieu Foods, the US private-label supplier backed by private-equity, is expanding production with a new plant to support its growth. Dean Best spoke to Tim O'Connor, the president and CEO of the pizza-to-dressings manufacturer, to discuss the group's plans and how he sees the company's categories developing.


Interview: How American Halal rides ethical wave 12 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US frozen entree-to-broth maker American Halal Co. recently made its first acquisition, snapping up local lentil snacks business Mediterranean Snacks. The firm is hoping to deliver around US$$30m in sales for fiscal '15, and in the next three-to-five years, CEO Adnan Durrani is eyeing sales of between $70-100m. Here he talks to Hannah Abdulla about how the company's focus on antibiotic-free, non-GMO and organic foods will win points with the millennial consumer and help achieve that goal.

Latest News

Mars to cut artificial colours from global foods 8 Feb 16

Katy Askew

Mars Inc has said that it will remove all artificial colours from its human food products in an effort to meet "evolving consumer preferences". 


Kikkoman enjoys domestic and overseas growth 5 Feb 16

Hannah Abdulla

Japanese food maker Kikkoman has announced increased sales and profits for the first nine months of its financial year, citing positive sales in both its domestic and overseas markets.


News of the week - Coke, Arla, Mondelez 5 Feb 16

Dean Best

Coca-Cola continued to demonstrate its growing interest in the dairy sector this week, with an investment in a business in Nigeria. Staying in dairy, Arla Foods, looking to accelerate its growth, announced plans to create "an organisation fit for the future" and said 500 jobs would go, while Lactalis and Emmi made more acquisitions. Mondelez International, meanwhile, published its annual results and set out sales and margin targets - then watched its shares fall.


Food industry quotes - Mondelez, Arla, Unilever 5 Feb 16

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International this week announced its annual results, while setting forecasts for 2016 and a new target for 2018 margins. The snacks giant's shares subsequently tumbled. Arla Foods, meanwhile, set out plans to cut 500 jobs as part of a drive to double its organic sales growth. And Unilever made a if-you-can't-beat-'em-join-'em move with the launch of an egg-free mayo in the US.


Orkla takes snacks brand Polly into peanut butter 5 Feb 16

Dean Best

Orkla has extended its domestic nut snacks brand Polly into peanut butter.


Nestle to acquire remaining stake in Osem 4 Feb 16

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle has confirmed plans to acquire the remaining shares in Israeli food firm Osem Investments in a deal worth ILS3.3bn (US$840.5m).

Latest blogs

What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 16

Katy Askew

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.


UK has France and Germany in its sights 21 Jan 16

Dean Best

The UK government wants the country's food exports to reach the levels of France and Germany, officials said today (21 January) as a new office set up to drive business overseas was formally unveiled.

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