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Nestle says lactose intolerance is more common among Hispanic, Asian and black children under five years oldMEXICO: Nestle launches lactose-free milk product for kids

16 April 2014

Nestle Mexico has launched its first milk product for lactose-intolerant children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

UK: United Biscuits seeks to make Jacob's "relevant"

2 April 2014

United Biscuits is unifying its portfolio of savoury crackers under the Jacob's "master brand" and launching a fresh drive to increase relevance and deliver incremental category growth.

US: Hormel launches Compleats breakfast line

2 April 2014

Hormel Foods is launching Hormel Compleats, a line of "hearty" breakfast meals that can be prepared in 60 seconds.

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

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.

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.

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

24 March 2014

just-food brought you exclusive updates from some of the power players in our industry as the likes of Nestle, Danone and Kerry Foods set out their investment case at the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week. In other news, Sainsbury's booked its first like-for-like sales drop in nine years, General Mills continued to face pressure in the US and we spoke to FrieslandCampina CFO Kees Gielen. Here are the highlights from the past week.

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

24 March 2014

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference dominated news this week with updates from Kraft Foods Group, Glanbia and Nestle. Elsewhere GM was back in the spotlight with the UK Prime Minister's scientific advisers arguing the technology is safe. Also this week the political tensions in Russia and Ukraine saw Metro Group delay an IPO of its Russian cash-and-carry unit and Lidl announced the departure of chairman Karl-Heinz Holland.

CAGE 2014: Nestle "upbeat" on outlook for consumer sentiment

21 March 2014

Nestle finance chief Wan Ling Martello has insisted that the company remains "upbeat" on the outlook for the consumer environment in 2014.

CAGE 2014: Ebro Foods urges for "meaningful" NPD

21 March 2014

Market-specific launches are key to the success of a new product, Ebro Foods told an audience at this year's CAGE conference in London.

CHINA: China Resources Enterprise profits hit by food, retail arms

20 March 2014

China Resources Enterprise Ltd has booked a steep drop in 2013 profits, which fell by 52% on weaker contributions from its retail and food manufacturing businesses.

just-food's research round-up: Natural ingredients, cereal in the US and UK snacks

19 March 2014

The featured research on sale in the just-food store this week includes a look at emerging trends in ingredients - from M&A activity to innovation in natural ingredients - as well as analysis of emerging and developed market sectors.

ISRAEL: G. Willi-Food profit up one-third

18 March 2014

Israeli kosher food distributor G. Willi-Food booked a jump in earnings for 2013, with net profit increasing by one-third.

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

17 March 2014

This week, The Co-operative Group CEO Euan Sutherland quit the UK retailer, hitting out at the way it was run after the company hit the headlines again - this time after his pay package was leaked. Fellow UK grocer Morrisons reported an annual loss and another year of falling sales - chief executive Dalton Philips and set out plans to fight back against the discounters.

SINGAPORE: Olam receives bid from Temasek-backed consortium

14 March 2014

Olam International has received a takeover approach backed by Temasek, Singapore's state investment agency, that values the agribusiness at S$5.3bn (US$4.2bn).

US: General Mills downbeat on Q3 outlook

14 March 2014

General Mills has warned third-quarter earnings are likely to miss market expectations as sales volumes declined 1% in the period.

AFRICA: Nissin targets Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria

14 March 2014

Japanese noodle group Nissin Food Holdings is introducing instant noodle products to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria through the establishment of a local subsidiary, Nissin Maghreb Sarlau.

INDIA: ITC to open food plant in Punjab

14 March 2014

Indian multi-sector corporation ITC has confirmed to just-food it is planning to open an integrated food and consumer goods manufacturing and logistics facility in the northern state of Punjab.

UK: Tesco looks to build trust through ethical trade

13 March 2014

Efforts to source products ethically are central to UK retailer Tesco's ability to build consumer trust, ethical trade director Giles Bolton insisted yesterday (13 March).

INDIA: Kisan Group enters food with snacks launch

12 March 2014

India's cement and agricultural equipment maker Kisan Group has entered the processed food business, making salty snacks in Gujarat.

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