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Chinese dairy giant Mengniu said last week there are "immense opportunities" in sectorjust-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.

UK: M&S ekes out LFL food sales growth

10 April 2014

Marks and Spencer today (10 April) reported slowing like-for-like food sales but eked out growth slightly above analyst forecasts.

UK: 2 Sisters confirms Avana Bakeries plant closure

8 April 2014

2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed its Avana Bakeries plant in Newport will close after consultation with staff failed to find ways of keeping the site open.

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.

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.

AUS: Lion: Loss of Woolworths milk deals will "impact" volumes

3 April 2014

Australian dairy group Lion has said the loss of milk contracts to supply Woolworths, the country's largest grocer, will affect volumes at its plants.

FRANCE: M&S targets 20 food stores in Paris

2 April 2014

Marks and Spencer has said it wants to have 20 food stores in Paris by the end of 2017.

US: Seneca to buy 50% of contract manufacturer Truitt Bros.

2 April 2014

US packaged fruit and veg supplier Seneca Foods is to buy a 50% stake in local shelf-stable foods supplier Truitt Bros.

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.

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

FINLAND: Kesko launches private label K-Menu products

28 March 2014

Finnish retailer Kesko plans to launch its K-Menu private label range, with the first products to be in store from next month.

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: Investment weighs on Hilton profits

27 March 2014

Hilton Food Group's 2013 operating profit was "marginally below" last year's levels due to increased levels of investment in the UK meat business.

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.

UK: 2 Sisters confirms Solway Foods site closure

25 March 2014

UK food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group has confirmed it will close its Solway Foods site in Corby.

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.

UK: Tesco firm as Sainsbury's price battle heads for judicial review

24 March 2014

Tesco has said it will "robustly defend" its Price Promise price comparison scheme after rival Sainsbury's was given approval to push ahead with a judicial review.

UK: Finsbury profit surges but sales under pressure

24 March 2014

Finsbury Food Group has booked an increase in first-half profits, which were boosted by the disposal of the group's free-from business and subsequent restructuring efforts.

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: Own label propels ConAgra 9m sales

20 March 2014

A surge in own label sales more than offset softness in the consumer brands business of ConAgra Foods.

CAGE 2014: Kerry eyes consumer foods growth through snacking

20 March 2014

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy has indicated the Ireland-based food group believes increasing demand for snacking presents an opportunity to grow the company's consumer foods business.

US: Greencore to consolidate US production in new site

18 March 2014

Greencore is investing in a new sandwich manufacturing facility to serve the north-east of the US, a move that will see production end at two other sites.

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

17 March 2014

The biggest story of the week came as it started - with the announcement of the proposed merger between banana giants Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes. Elsewhere, UK grocers Morrisons and The Co-operative Group grabbed the headlines - the former for its bid to revive sales and the latter for the resignation of its chief executive.

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).

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.

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