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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.

just the facts - Post Holdings' M&A spree

17 April 2014

It is two years since US food group Ralcorp Holdings spun off branded breakfast cereal maker Post Holdings. And the Grape Nuts owner has, through a number of acquisitions, rapidly built a broader business designed to diversify away from a cereal market in the doldrums. just-food runs through the deals.

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.

AUS: Simplot launches steamed veg-and-cheese sauce offering

17 April 2014

US group JR Simplot is launching a flavoured steam-cook vegetable under its Birds Eye brand in Australia.

MEXICO: 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.

Consuming issues: Seven a day, no fooling

10 April 2014

The latest intervention in the diet and health debate in the UK hit the headlines on 1 April. It was not an April Fool but the findings of research from University College London that we should be eating seven portions of fruit or veg a day may have prompted a wry smile from those who struggle to get near the 'five-a-day' recommendation.

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.

CANADA: Maple Leaf launches "complete protein" snack

1 April 2014

Maple Leaf Foods has introduced a "complete protein snack" in a bid to get more Canadians to ensure they are getting an "adequate amount of complete protein" in their diets.

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.

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.

UK: Natural Balance Foods launches Nakd "sharing" line

27 March 2014

Natural Balance Foods, makers of fruit and nut snack bars Nakd and Trek, has launched a snack-pack version of its bars in the UK, pointing to growing demand for healthier products.

UK: Riverside Bakery claims "UK first" with gluten-free launch

27 March 2014

Chilled quiche manufacturer Riverside Bakery what it claims is the UK's first range of gluten-free chilled savoury pastry products.

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: Givaudan to focus on "healthy" flavour development

20 March 2014

Rising demand for healthier products has prompted Swiss fragrance and flavours specialist Givaudan increase its focus on "health and wellness", one of its five key growth "pillars".

S AFRICA: Clover functional foods JV to debut lines in H2

19 March 2014

Clover Industries' new venture with functional foods firm FutureLife will launch its first products in the second half of the year, the chief executive of the South African dairy processor has told just-food.

CAGE 2014: Glanbia eyes "global" performance nutrition brands

18 March 2014

Glanbia wants to build "global" performance nutrition brands, the Ireland-based food group's managing director Siobhán Talbot has said.

Editor's viewpoint: Glanbia has stamina

18 March 2014

The 2013 results posted by Irish food group Glanbia stood out, both for the growth the company achieved last year and its optimism for its prospects this year and beyond.

UK: Gluten-free firm Genius adds frozen pies to range

18 March 2014

Gluten-free firm Genius Foods has added four new frozen products to its range in the UK.

SPAIN: Natra cuts stake in Natraceutical subsidiary

18 March 2014

Spanish chocolate group Natra has reduced its stake in natraceuticals subsidiary Natraceutical to less than 50%.

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.

just-food's research round-up: stevia, soup in the UK, dairy in Germany

14 March 2014

The featured research on sale in the just-food store this week includes a look at the innovation in intense sweetener stevia, analysis of the UK soup market and a report on the dairy sector in Germany.

IRELAND: FY profits up at Glanbia

12 March 2014

Glanbia today (12 March) reported higher annual profits as continued improvement at the Ireland-based food group's performance nutrition arm offset a challenging year for its domestic dairy business.

Consuming issues: WHO influence on sugar may be stronger

12 March 2014

Some campaigners believe the WHO's new guidance on sugar intake did not go far enough and are concerned the organisation will face lobbying from industry. Food manufacturers insist there is no scientific evidence to halve the recommendation from 10% of daily energy to 5%. Governments can, of course, ignore any new guidance. However, Ben Cooper argues the debate around public health and diet has changed and could make the WHO a more influential voice.

US: Greek yoghurt heads IRI US new products poll

12 March 2014

Greek yoghurt products from Danone and General Mills were the best-selling new lines in the US food and beverage sectors, according to an annual poll from IRI.

Confectionery: Chocolate and the scrutiny on sugar

10 March 2014

Sugar is under the spotlight, with academics and NGOs emphasising what they see as its central role in growing obesity. Such views are gaining more mainstream media attention, which has profound implications for the food industry and, in particular, for the chocolate sector. However, what are the prospects for low-sugar chocolate? Jonathan Thomas investigates.

Focus: Allied Bakeries aims to halt sliced white decline

10 March 2014

White bread sales are the largest component of the UK bakery sector. But sales of white bread are in structural decline. Associated British Foods' bread business, Allied Bakeries, believes it has developed a product that can help reverse this trend and bring consumers back to sliced white. Katy Askew reports.

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