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Analysis: Post discusses rationale for Weetabix

Post Holdings, the US food group, was this week announced as the new owner of Weetabix, the UK-based breakfast cereal business. The GBP1.4bn...

Analysis: The possible interest in French's Food

Reckitt Benckiser, the UK consumer goods group behind brands including Durex condoms and Flash bleach (and, soon, Enfamil infant formula) lo...

General Mills sales woes continue - analysis

General Mills this week reported another quarter of falling sales, leading industry watchers to wonder if the US food giant will lessen its...

How General Mills plans to grow - CAGNY

General Mills last week lowered its already weak forecast for its annual sales due to lower-tha-expected sales in US yogurt and soup. Unsurp...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Hilton Food Group CEO 9 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based meat packer, has built what one firm of City brokers describes as "a high-quality business" through international expansion and, in most of its markets, supplying only one customer. Dean Best spoke to Hilton CEO Robert Watson and CFO Nigel Majewski after the company reported a year of rising annual sales and earnings to discuss their strategy for the business and its plans for further growth.


Interview: A2 Milk Co. chair firm's rapid rise 24 Feb 2017

Dean Best

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.

Latest News

Pioneer Food Group says Zeder talks called off 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

Talks between South Africa's Pioneer Food Group about an unspecified deal with local agribusiness investment firm - and minority shareholder - Zeder Investments have been broken off.


Wessanen sees Q1 growth on brands, acquisitions 21 Apr 17

Katy Askew

European health food manufacturer Wessanen booked a jump in first-quarter sales this morning (21 April), with growth supported by an increase in sales of its brands. 


Sweden weighs on confectioner Cloetta 21 Apr 17

Katy Askew

European confectioner Cloetta reported a drop in sales for the first quarter as a decrease in revenue in Sweden and from its contract manufacturing business weighed on its results. 


News of week: Unilever, Weetabix, Suntory 21 Apr 17

Dean Best

Another week when Unilever grabbed the industry headlines, this time for an acquisition in food, snapping up US condiments upstart Sir Kensington's. Post Holdings featured in another piece of trans-Atlantic M&A, the US food group announcing the GBP1.4bn takeover of UK-based breakfast cereal business Weetabix. And in a busy week of M&A news, Japanese giant Suntory signalled its desire to focus on drinks with a decision to put a clutch of food brands on the block.


Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations 20 Apr 17

Katy Askew

Nestle saw weaker organic growth in the first quarter of 2017 than in the corresponding period a year earlier - but the KitKat maker's underlying sales still came in ahead of consensus analyst expectations. 


Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat 20 Apr 17

Dean Best

Unilever this morning (20 April) reported first-quarter organic sales that beat analyst expectations, helped in part by price-driven growth at its ice cream arm amid a flat performance from its food business.

Latest blogs

Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.


just-food back up and running 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

To follow on from our earlier notice and after some hard work from our technical team, just-food is back live after today's power outage.

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