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On the money: Can Premier build H2 sales momentum?

Premier Foods plc has faced challenging conditions and weak sales in the first six months of the year. However, CEO Gavin Darby believes tha...

On the money: Steady as she goes at Cloetta

As the dust settles after Cloetta's merger with Leaf, the company does face a battle eking out growth in its key markets. However, it has se...

Focus: Lindt plays safe with Russell Stover buy

Lindt & Sprungli's acquisition of US confectioner Russell Stover Candies has come as a surprise to analysts. It is the Swiss group's first p...

Comment: ConAgra failing to address core issues

ConAgra Foods believes its latest acquisition - Chinese potato group TaiMei - will help further unlock the growth potential in its Lamb West...

Latest Interviews

The bitesize interview - The Kids Food Co. 16 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

UK firm The Kids Food Co. is a building a notable presence in the country's baby and toddler snacking sector. Founder and CEO Sally Preston kicks off bitesize, just-food's newest interview section, which focuses on global up-and-coming, small- and medium-sized enterprises. Here, she talks big kids, the importance of originality, the opportunities in healthy eating and getting into China early on with Hannah Abdulla.


PepsiCo chief scientific officer Dr Mehmood Khan 10 Jul 2014

Olly Wehring

Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at PepsiCo, discusses research and development with Olly Wehring, the editor of just-food sister site just-drinks. Khan discusses the changing role of research and development in recent years, and where R&D sits in the company's armoury for growth.

Latest News

Unilever to close Florida ice cream plant 22 Jul 14

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever is to close an ice cream manufacturing plant in Florida, a move that sees 230 jobs put at risk.


Premier sales slide but trading profit improves 22 Jul 14

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc booked a drop in first-half underlying sales this morning (22 July) but higher trading profit enabled the group to reaffirm its expectations for that metric.


Universal Robina to buy biscuit firm Griffin's 21 Jul 14

Dean Best

Philippines-based Universal Robina Corp. is to acquire New Zealand biscuit group Griffin's Foods from private-equity firm Pacific Equity Partners for NZ$700m (US$608.9m).


Campbell issues warning on 2014/15 fiscal year 21 Jul 14

Dean Best

Campbell Soup Co. today (21 May) warned sales and earnings in its upcoming new financial year would fall below the company's long-term targets.


Editor's choice: highlights on just-food last week 21 Jul 14

Dean Best

For the first time since 1998, upmarket chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli this week made an acquisition, snapping up US firm Russell Stover Candies - and we analysed the deal. Our interviews pages included hearing from the boss of Birds Eye UK about its plans to change consumer perception of frozen food, while we launched Bitesite, an interview section focused on SMEs in the sector.


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words 21 Jul 14

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Lindt & Sprungli announced it was stepping up its presence in the US with the acquisition of Russell Stover Candies. Hain Celestial bought the remaining share of the Hain Pure Protein joint venture and Grupo Bimbo revealed its plan to grow its presence in Ecuador with the acquisition of Supan. Elsewhere Mondelez announced it was splitting its cheese and grocery unit from the rest of the business. Here is the week in quotes.

Latest blogs

Could proxy fight hit PepsiCo? 17 Jul 14

Dean Best

Nelson Peltz is not letting go. The US billionaire investor is continuing in his quest to get PepsiCo to split in two - and has reportedly suggested a proxy battle with the company could be on the horizon.


Bitesize: just-food's new SME interview section 16 Jul 14

Hannah Abdulla

just-food has launched a section on its website dedicated to interviewing internationally-ambitious small- and medium-sized enterprises.

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