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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.

MOROCCO: Investor Abraaj looks to accelerate growth at candy firm Kool Food

17 April 2014

Investment firm Abraaj Group has indicated it plans to support an "ambitious investment plan" to drive growth at newly-acquired Moroccan chocolate group Kool Food.

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.

just-food's research round-up: global confectionery, savoury snacks in Russia, dairy in Australia

17 April 2014

just-food's look at the key issues facing the global confectionery sector, the savoury snacks business in Russia and the dairy industry in Australia are among the reports featured in this week's round-up from our research store.

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.

GERMANY: Exports drive confectioner Halloren in 2013

15 April 2014

German confectioner Halloren has reported higher earnings for 2013 as "record" sales - boosted by exports - helped offset pressure from competition and raw material prices.

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

14 April 2014

Olive oil giant Deoleo this week announced its board had backed a takeover bid from private-equity giant CVC Capital Partners. Elsewhere, Mondelez International announced plans for another plant in Russia and the political party that looks set to be the major party in India's next government said it would ban foreign supermarkets entering the country's retail sector.

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

14 April 2014

Food retailers eyeing India would have been surprised to hear the BJP political party, tipped to lead the country's next government, publish a tough stance on foreign investment in its retail sector. Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke hinted the food giant could be looking at further disposals and Wal-Mart said more affordable organic groceries would be available in the US after a tie-up with the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

just-food's research round-up: bakery in Australia, snacks in the UK, dairy in China

11 April 2014

This week's featured research from the just-food store includes reports looking at the fiercely-competitive bakery sector in Australia, the growing market for savoury snacks in the UK and China's booming dairy industry.

RUSSIA: Mondelez to build chocolate, biscuits plant

10 April 2014

Mondelez International is to build a chocolate and biscuits factory in the Russian city of Novosibirsk.

SWITZ/US: Chocolat Frey takes "majority" stake in SweetWorks

10 April 2014

Swiss chocolate maker Chocolat Frey has acquired a majority stake in US confectioner SweetWorks.

US: "External" issues hit Cargill profits

9 April 2014

Cargill has blamed "external" effects - including problems with corn shipments to China - for a slump in earnings in its third quarter.

IRELAND: Mondelez to invest in chocolate crumb plant

9 April 2014

Mondelez International plans to invest in a chocolate crumb plant in Ireland to boost efficiency and position the company for growth.

UK: Mondelez takes Marvellous Creations into sharing bags

9 April 2014

Mondelez International has moved its Cadbury Dairy Milk Marvellous Creations brand into sharing bags in the UK.

SWITZ: Nestle chairman Brabeck-Letmathe to step down in 2017

7 April 2014

Nestle has confirmed chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe will step down from his position in 2017.

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.

In the spotlight: Brussels organic plans cause concern

4 April 2014

Food retailers across the EU are facing additional administration to sell organic food products, because of reforms proposed last week by the European Commission, writes Keith Nuthall.

UK: Court backs Nestle in Mondelez colour purple spat

4 April 2014

The UK's Supreme Court has refused to allow Mondelez International to appeal an earlier ruling preventing the group from trademarking the shade of purple used by the Cadbury brand.

INDIA: Duc d'O eyes Indian expansion

4 April 2014

Belgium-based chocolatier Duc d'O plans to begin exporting its chocolate products to India.

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.

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.

Sustainability Watch - Mondelez International

31 March 2014

Phrases like ""low-hanging fruit" and "win-wins" have made the rhetoric around sustainability sound a little well-worn but Mondelez International's new drive on healthier snacks, sustainable sourcing and reducing its environmental impact has attracted Ben Cooper's attention. He interviewed Mondelez's Christine McGrath, the executive leading the strategy.

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

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.

INDIA: Mondelez re-introduces Bournville as "premium" brand

27 March 2014

Mondelez International has revamped its Cadbury Bournville offering in India in a bid to bolster its position as a "premium" brand in the country's confectionery market.

EU: Brussels eyes fresh organic food regulations

26 March 2014

The European Commission has set out plans for new regulations governing the organic food sector.

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.

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