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Latest Interviews

Interview: Mondelez's outlook for China 26 Sep 2016

Dean Best

Mondelez International's top-line performance in China has been patchy since the US snacks giant was established four years ago. Biscuits has been Mondelez's main business in China and challenges in the category meant, for example, the Oreo maker saw its sales in the country fall in 2014. A recovery from Mondelez's biscuit arm in China, plus growth from its chewing gum stable, helped the company's sales grow in 2015 - but sales fell in the first six months of this year. Speaking to just-food after announcing a significant push into China's chocolate market, Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in the country, discusses how he sees the prospects for the company in the market.


Interview: Mondelez eyes sweet success in China 22 Sep 2016

Dean Best

China is central to Mondelez International's growth strategy but it has not always been an easy ride for the snacks giant since its formation in October 2012. However, the US company is confident about its prospects in the country and signalled its optimism with the launch of European chocolate brand Milka in August. Dean Best spoke to Stephen Maher, the president of Mondelez's business in China, to find out more.

Latest News

Mondelez launches Cadbury Fuse brand in India  28 Sep 16

Katy Askew

Mondelez International is launching what it describes as a "premium" chocolate brand in India, Cadbury Fuse. 


Natra profitability improves on lower costs  27 Sep 16

Katy Askew

Spanish chocolate group Natra reported that operating profit rose by almost one-third in the first six months of the year thanks to lower production costs and operating expenses. 


Katjes International books first-half sales rise 27 Sep 16

John Shepherd

German confectionery firm Katjes International has booked a 9.3% increase in first-half sales, with its performance boosted by becoming the sole shareholder earlier this year of Dutch liquorice firm Festivaldi.


Nestle close to finalising Garoto deal 25 Sep 16

Paula Krizanovic

Nestlé is close to formally completing the acquisition of Garoto, 14 years of after it first struck a deal to buy the Brazilian chocolate maker.


Quotes of the week - Chobani, Mondelez, Boparan 23 Sep 16

Dean Best

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the UK tycoon behind the 2 Sisters Food Group, this week added to his assets with the acquisition of embattled turkey processor Bernard Matthews. Elsewhere on our M&A pages, US group B&G Foods bought a clutch of local assets from Associated British Foods. Elsewhere in the US, Chobani revealed the first group of start-ups that will be assisted in the yogurt company's "food incubator". Meanwhile, we spoke to the president of Mondelez International's business about in China about the company's launch of European chocolate brand Milka.


News of week - Bernard Matthews, B&G, Real Good 23 Sep 16

Dean Best

The week's top stories included the acquisition of UK turkey processor Bernard Matthews by food tycoon Ranjit Boparan, B&G Foods' purchase of a clutch of US brands from Associated British Foods and New Zealand giving the green light to China's Bright Food investing in meat processor Silver Fern Farms. Elsewhere, over 100 US manufacturing and retail bodies wrote to the Obama administration to warn of the impact of the bankruptcy of Hanjin Shipping.

Latest blogs

Nestle announces changes to senior team with new CEO on horizon 27 Sep 16

Dean Best

Nestle, set to welcome a new CEO on 1 January, has announced more changes to the make-up of its senior management team.


Hershey's unusual move to share sales data 20 Sep 16

Dean Best

Hershey made an unusual announcement today (20 September), sharing its own sales data for the last four weeks to assuage any possible investor concern over figures released by Nielsen.

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