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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.

UK: Job boost for Kerry's Golden Cow unit

17 April 2014

Irish dairy firm Golden Cow, part of the Kerry Group, has announced it will create 23 jobs following a GBP2.5m (US$4.2m) expansion.

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.

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

17 April 2014

Tesco was in the spotlight this week after the publication of its annual results confirmed what a challenging year the UK's largest retailer endured. Another UK grocer under scrutiny is The Co-operative Group, which reported banking-induced losses, but revealed it is re-sizing its food retail estate to give it more focus. Elsewhere, China's WH Group, of which Smithfield Foods is now a part, announced plans to list in Hong Kong and US group Post Holdings made another M&A move, with a deal to buy egg-to-dairy supplier Michael Foods.

CHINA: Meat processor WH Group details $5.3bn IPO

15 April 2014

WH Group, the world's largest pork producer, has announced plans to list in Hong Kong in an initial public offering that could raise more than HK$42bn (US$5.3bn).

UKRAINE: MHP focuses on higher margin products

15 April 2014

Ukrainian grain-to-poultry firm MHP has said that it continues to develop its processed meats business in order to shift its mix to higher margin products.

BRAZIL: JBS silent over poultry unit IPO report

14 April 2014

Brazilian meat firm JBS has refused to comment on "press speculation" it plans to raise BRL3bn (US$1.36bn) through an initial public offering of its poultry and processed foods division.

US: Tyson, Post "in running" for Michael Foods

14 April 2014

Tyson Foods and Post Foods have reportedly been short listed as possible buyers in the sale process for US protein group Michael Foods.

FINLAND: Atria issues another profit warning

14 April 2014

Finnish food group Atria has issued its second profit warning in four months, pointing to an over-supply of pork and "tougher" competition.

BRAZIL/UAE: BRF ups stake in UAE's Federal Foods

11 April 2014

Brazilian food giant BRF has upped its stake in Federal Foods, a manufacturer based in the United Arab Emirates.

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: Moscow shrugs off EU complaint over pork ban

9 April 2014

The Russian government has criticised the EU for filing a complaint with the World Trade Organization against Moscow's import ban on EU pigmeat and pigs.

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.

Focus: EU funds international project in food fraud fight

8 April 2014

Participants within an EU-funded research project on fighting food fraud believe they can help rebuild consumer confidence in Europe's food sector, following last year’s horsemeat scandal, writes Andrew Byrne in Brussels.

Editor's viewpoint: Food security and consumer demand

8 April 2014

There is a growing consensus that a warming climate has an impact on food production - putting supply firmly at the debate over food security. But the demands of a growing global population are just as important to consider as industry, government and academia wrestle over how to solve the issue.

KUWAIT: Al-Kharafi reportedly eyeing Americana sale

8 April 2014

Middle East food manufacturer Americana Group is reportedly being touted for sale by its majority shareholder.

US: Hillshire Brands to close breakfast foods plant

8 April 2014

US food group Hillshire Brands has announced it will close a plant in Alabama making breakfast foods, with the loss of 1,100 jobs.

CROATIA: Podravka to buy Agrokor canned meats unit

8 April 2014

Croatian food and drink group Podravka has struck a deal to buy a canned meats unit from a subsidiary of local manufacturer and retailer Agrokor.

SAUDI: Broad-based sales growth boosts Almarai profits

8 April 2014

Saudi food group Almarai has reported higher first-quarter profits on the back of rising sales "in all business segments" and a gain from a recent infant formula acquisition.

UK: FY sales up, margins dip at meat group Cranswick

7 April 2014

UK meat products supplier Cranswick today (7 April) met City expectations with higher annual sales but a fall in operating margins amid "record" input costs.

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.

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.

FRANCE/US: Pate firm Henaff to produce for US sausage maker Johnsonville

3 April 2014

French tinned pâté specialist Hénaff has been awarded the local licence to manufacture the products of US sausage specialist Johnsonville.

FINLAND: HKScan outlines responsible soy sourcing plan

3 April 2014

Finland-based meat supplier HKScan has become a member of the Round Table on Responsible Soy.

UKRAINE: Low grain prices hit MHP profits

2 April 2014

Ukrainian poultry producer and grain trader MHP has posted a 48% fall in annual profits despite higher sales after seeing prices for its grain drop last year.

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.

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.

US: Court backs country-of-origin meat labels

31 March 2014

A US federal court of appeals has dismissed an attempt by the meat industry to block country-of-origin labelling rules.

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