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How discounters unsettling Australia's food sector

The rise of Aldi and Costco in Australia in recent years has shaken up the country's grocery retail sector. Brian Cook, group director for s...

Wal-Mart, Kroger, Casino - retail round-up

April saw Wal-Mart continue the expansion of its click-and-collect service in the US, while Kroger invested in a local retailer focused on n...

Rise of prepared foods in US grocers - analysis

David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines why more US supermarkets are putting greater...

Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unileve...

Latest Interviews

What potential does India offer food exporters?  29 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

The Indian food sector presents exporters with a potentially significant medium- to long-term opportunity. The size of the country's population – around 1.2bn – and an expanding middle class are driving growth in demand. In the first on our series of articles taking a deep dive into India's food industry, just-food spoke to international export associations to find out the potential and pitfalls awaiting companies that want to sell into this promising, yet challenging, market. 

Interview: How American Halal rides ethical wave 12 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US frozen entree-to-broth maker American Halal Co. recently made its first acquisition, snapping up local lentil snacks business Mediterranean Snacks. The firm is hoping to deliver around US$$30m in sales for fiscal '15, and in the next three-to-five years, CEO Adnan Durrani is eyeing sales of between $70-100m. Here he talks to Hannah Abdulla about how the company's focus on antibiotic-free, non-GMO and organic foods will win points with the millennial consumer and help achieve that goal.

Latest News

PepsiCo, Target back campaign for gender parity 25 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

PepsiCo chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi and Brian Cornell, the chairman and CEO of retailer Target Corp., have announced they are to co-chair an initiative in the US aimed at achieving 50/50 gender parity. 

Quotes of the week - McCormick, PepsiCo, BFree 22 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

After dropping its pursuit of Premier Foods, McCormick & Co. this week swooped to buy Australia's Botanical Food Co. and its Gourmet Garden brand. Elsewhere, PepsiCo said its focus on premium innovation is leading to "good price points". And just-food interviewed Irish free-from food maker BFree Foods general manager Alex Murphy who discussed how consumers view free-from foods is changing.

Saudi's Goody eyes entry into UAE with Gulfco deal 21 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian food firm Goody has announced plans to expand into the UAE following a distribution deal with Gulfco.

Quotes of the week - Enjoy Life, Glanbia, Danone 8 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

This week, just-food interviewed Enjoy Life Foods' chief sales and marketing officer Joel Warady, who spoke about the company's plans for growth under Mondelez International - and the importance of companies building and retaining consumer trust in a brand. We also took a closer look at Mondelez's launch of the healthy snack range Good Thins in the US. Elsewhere, Glanbia said it was on the look-out for more acquisition opportunities, Danone announced investment in its Indian infant formula business and Premier Foods gave an update on its talks with McCormick & Co.

Nomad Foods eyes costs, "value" ranges 1 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Nomad Foods, the European frozen foods group, is looking to slash costs and create more "value" propositions for consumers in a bid to return the company to profitability, which it assures will happen by the second quarter of this year.

Quotes of the week - Finsbury, PepsiCo, Premier 1 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

This week just-food spoke to Finsbury Food Group's finance boss, Stephen Boyd, who said the UK cake and bread maker is open to more acquisitions. Elsewhere a reshuffle at the top of PepsiCo sent the rumour mill flying the US group could be lining up a successor to replace CEO Indra Nooyi. Premier Foods turned down another takeover proposal from McCormick but did agree to meet with its US suitor. And Fyffes announced the acquisition of Canadian mushroom processor Highline Produce. Here is the week in quotes. 

Latest blogs

Tesco turns to IFTTT to automate grocery shopping 14 Apr 16

Dean Best

An eye-catching tech move from Tesco has been revealed this week - and one that has echoes of one of Amazon's latest initiatives in the US.

Outgoing Waitrose chief Mark Price gets UK government role 10 Feb 16

Dean Best

Mark Price, the outgoing managing director of UK grocer Waitrose, has been named the country's new trade minister.

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