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How Hain is refocusing amid growing competition

Despite Hain Celestial lowering the top end of its forecasts for annual net sales and earnings yesterday (4 May), the US group earned praise...

Hershey results, outlook, M&A - the top takeaways

Hershey's first-quarter results contained a triple whammy yesterday (26 April) as the confectioner reported falling sales and earnings, cuts...

Nestle Q1 sales - what the analysts say

Nestle's shares rose today (14 April) after the world's largest food company reported underlying first-quarter sales that beat analyst expec...

Winning over millennial candy consumers - analysis

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by har...

Latest Interviews

What potential does India offer food exporters?  29 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

The Indian food sector presents exporters with a potentially significant medium- to long-term opportunity. The size of the country's population – around 1.2bn – and an expanding middle class are driving growth in demand. In the first on our series of articles taking a deep dive into India's food industry, just-food spoke to international export associations to find out the potential and pitfalls awaiting companies that want to sell into this promising, yet challenging, market. 

How Ritter is advancing sustainable sourcing 1 Dec 2015

Katy Askew

Alfred Ritter, the German chocolate maker, is grappling with rising costs for some of its core commodities at a time when pricing in its largest markets is coming under pressure. While the family-owned company does not provide details on its profitability, the implications for the group's margins are obvious. Ritter is looking at ways it can make its supply chain more "independent" to counterbalance the input challenges in the longer term while balancing the immediate need to retain margin. Chairman Andreas Ronken reveals more. 

Latest News

Mars launches protein bars in UK 6 May 16

Katy Askew

Mars Inc has announced the launch of two new protein bars under its Mars and Snickers brands in the UK. 

Quotes of week - Hain Celestial, Nestle, Kellogg 6 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Hain Celestial outlined how it plans to drive its growth, which has eased in recent quarters. Nestle announced plans to cut salt in its global portfolio. Kellogg was among the companies reporting its first-quarter results and US firm Amplify Snack Brands acquired better-for-you snack maker Boundless Nutrition. Here is the week in quotes.

Tootsie Roll overseas sales drop hits Q1 5 May 16

Dean Best

Tootsie Roll Industries, the US confectioner, has booked a fall in first-quarter sales on the back of lower revenues from overseas, although the company's profits rose year-on-year.

Haribo to expand Spanish plant 4 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

Haribo is planning to double its production capacity in Spain, just-food-understands.

Poland's Colian buys UK candy firm Elizabeth Shaw 3 May 16

Katy Askew

Polish food group Colian Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire upmarket UK chocolate group Elizabeth Shaw for GBP2.3m (US$3.3m). 

New chief marketing, customer officer role at Mars 3 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

Mars Inc. is moving its chief customer officer Andrew Clarke to the newly created role of chief marketing and customer officer. 

Latest blogs

Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference starts today 21 Mar 16

Dean Best

just-food (and sister site just-drinks) are the exclusive media partners for the three-day Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference, which starts today in London.

Unilever reaches settlement in India "toxic waste" case 10 Mar 16

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.

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