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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.

US: Snacks help PepsiCo beat Wall St forecasts

17 April 2014

PepsiCo reported first-quarter top and bottom lines that beat Wall Street estimates today (17 April), helped by solid growth from the US group's snacks business.

just the facts - Post Holdings' M&A spree

17 April 2014

It is two years since US food group Ralcorp Holdings spun off branded breakfast cereal maker Post Holdings. And the Grape Nuts owner has, through a number of acquisitions, rapidly built a broader business designed to diversify away from a cereal market in the doldrums. just-food runs through the deals.

US: B&G lifts outlook on recent deal despite Q1 profit slip

17 April 2014

US ambient food manufacturer B&G Foods booked saw a drop in first-quarter earnings as higher costs offset sales gains in the period.

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.

just-food's research round-up: global confectionery, savoury snacks in Russia, dairy in Australia

17 April 2014

just-food's look at the key issues facing the global confectionery sector, the savoury snacks business in Russia and the dairy industry in Australia are among the reports featured in this week's round-up from our research store.

UK: Burton's invests in supply chain to drive growth

16 April 2014

UK biscuit manufacturer Burton's Biscuit Company has announced a GBP14.75m (US$24.76m) investment in its manufacturing operation to "support business growth".

NETHERLANDS: Wessanen sells snacks unit Izico to PE firm Egeria

16 April 2014

Dutch food group Wessanen has announced the sale of Benelux snacks unit Izico to local private-equity firm Egeria in a deal worth EUR68m.

SWITZERLAND: Nestle sees FX offset organic growth

15 April 2014

Nestle has booked a drop in first-quarter reported sales as the top line was dented by currency headwinds that more than offset organic growth due to the strength of the Swiss franc.

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: Mondelez to build chocolate, biscuits plant

10 April 2014

Mondelez International is to build a chocolate and biscuits factory in the Russian city of Novosibirsk.

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.

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

7 April 2014

Unilever's business in South Africa was in the spotlight this week after it emerged its offices were raided as part of a probe into collusion. Elsewhere, there were two notable M&A deals in dairy, with Arla Foods looking to merge with Belgium-based EGM Walhorn and Lactalis's Parmalat bolstering its business in Australia with the acquisition of Harvey Fresh.

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: Goodman Fielder issues profit warning, jobs to go

2 April 2014

Shares in Australian food firm Goodman Fielder plunged 22% today after the bread-to-dairy manufacturer announced it would not meet profit expectations for its 2014 financial year.

INDIA: PepsiCo takes Kurkure to Canada and Gulf

1 April 2014

PepsiCo has announced it is to launch Indian snack brand Kurkure to the Canadian and Gulf markets.

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.

Sustainability Watch - Mondelez International

31 March 2014

Phrases like ""low-hanging fruit" and "win-wins" have made the rhetoric around sustainability sound a little well-worn but Mondelez International's new drive on healthier snacks, sustainable sourcing and reducing its environmental impact has attracted Ben Cooper's attention. He interviewed Mondelez's Christine McGrath, the executive leading the strategy.

UK: Ginsters rolls out new snack products under new sub-brand

31 March 2014

Ginsters, a division of UK food group Samworth Brothers, has launched a microwaveable snack under sub-brand H+EAT in a bid to attract younger consumers in the country.

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.

UK: Popchips welcomes competition in "popped snacks"

27 March 2014

More players joining the UK "popped snacks" category will only help it to grow, Popchips commercial director Ben Heathorn has said.

UK: Wholebake introduces 9Bar Breakfast range

27 March 2014

UK snack bar firm Wholebake is launching a range of breakfast bars under its 9Bar brand.

UK: Natural Balance Foods launches Nakd "sharing" line

27 March 2014

Natural Balance Foods, makers of fruit and nut snack bars Nakd and Trek, has launched a snack-pack version of its bars in the UK, pointing to growing demand for healthier products.

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.

ISRAEL: PepsiCo dips JV helps Strauss FY profits

26 March 2014

Israel-based food and beverage maker Strauss Group today (26 March) reported a jump in annual profits.

just the answer - Strauss Group CFO Shahar Florence

25 March 2014

Israel's Strauss Group is a food and beverage maker with interests in sectors from coffee and chocolate to dairy and dips. Coffee accounts for over half of Strauss's sales but the company has aspirations to grow its food business. Hannah Abdulla met Strauss CFO Shahar Florence to find out more.

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