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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.

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.

UK/CHINA: Soil Association hails China export deal

15 April 2014

UK organic companies will be able to export to China in a "cheaper and simpler" way through a new trade deal with Beijing, according to The Soil Association.

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.

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.

US: Wal-Mart teams up with Wild Oats brand in organic push

10 April 2014

Wal-Mart has announced a notable push into the US organic food category with plans to list a range of products under the recently-revived Wild Oats brand.

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.

US: Whole Foods buys Arizona, California stores from New Frontiers Natural Marketplace

2 April 2014

Whole Foods Market is to buy four stores from local US retailer New Frontiers Natural Marketplace.

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.

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.

US: Sprouts forecasts 13% jump in Q1 LFL sales

27 March 2014

US natural and organic retailer Sprouts Farmers Market has forecast comparable-store sales in the first quarter of its financial year will rise by 12.5%.

EU: Brussels eyes fresh organic food regulations

26 March 2014

The European Commission has set out plans for new regulations governing the organic food sector.

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.

US: Amy's Kitchen to open NY manufacturing plant

26 March 2014

Amy's Kitchen plans to open a manufacturing plant for its range of organic products in Goshen, New York state.

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.

US: General Mills confirms Q3 underlying profit fall

19 March 2014

General Mills today (19 March) confirmed a fall in underlying profits in its third quarter, with the Yoplait yoghurt and Old El Paso meal kits maker pointing to pressure on sales in the US.

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.

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.

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).

UK: Organic sector sees first growth since 2008

13 March 2014

Annual sales of organic products in the UK rose for the first time since 2008, according to data issued by certification body The Soil Association today (13 March).

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.

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

10 March 2014

Sugar again grabbed the headlines after the World Health Organization revised its guidance on how much of the ingredient to consume. Elsewhere, a US retailer with over 2,400 stores could be created after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal that looks set to see it buy Safeway.

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

10 March 2014

This week Unilever was gain rumoured to be looking to sell a food brand - this time Ragu pasta sauces. UK group Premier Foods announced a new refinancing package, while in the US, a mega-merger in the retail sector is on the cards, after Albertsons owner and private-equity firm Cerberus Capital Management struck a deal to buy Safeway.

just-food's research round-up: US confectionery outlook; private-label forecasts; dairy in the Gulf

7 March 2014

This week's featured research from the just-food store highlights a report looking at the prospects for the US confectionery sector, analysis on the outlook for private label worldwide and a digest of the dairy market in the Gulf.

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