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just-food closed on Monday - but catch up on what you may have missed 22 Aug 2014

Dean Best

A quick note to say we are closed on Monday (25 August) for a public holiday in England and Wales - but there's plenty for you to peruse on the site before we return on Tuesday.


Sandwich maker looks to capitalise on Nestle's Hot Pockets switch 22 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. In the US, Nestle is scrapping production of its Hot Pockets sandwiches at a plant in California plant, leaving 360 staff out in the cold. But a small local bakery is using the opportunity to announce it is expanding - and hiring.


Family Dollar dismisses Dollar General offer 21 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The takeover battle for Family Dollar Stores has taken another twist, with the US retailer rejecting a takeover bid from rival Dollar General and in-the-spotlight CEO Howard Levine citing anti-trust concerns.


Hain Celestial CEO characteristically jovial 20 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Hain Celestial founder, president and CEO Irwin Simon is not one to maintain a stony face when discussing his company's performance. This morning's (20 August) conference call was no exception.


Dollar General in rival bid for Family Dollar 19 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Dollar General has moved to derail Dollar Tree's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores by trumping the US$9.2bn offer already on the table with a competing $9.7bn bid.


Elliott Review was not blocked, insists Defra 18 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The UK government has insisted there was no moves to block the review of the UK food supply chain and said it will published "shortly".


Russia ban prompts Dutch growers to look for home comfort 15 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

"We eat our problem" is the latest approach being taken by Dutch farming groups to flog surplus fruit destined for Russia.


Brussels to convene "task force" on Russia embargo 11 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The EU said today (11 August) a "joined up" response across the bloc is needed to Russia's move to ban a swathe of food imports from the market.


ADM preparing Q3 chocolate sale 6 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland Company plans to sell its global chocolate operations by the end of the third quarter, the company said this week.


US gluten-free labelling regulations kick in 5 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

The US Food and Drug Administration's rules on what constitutes "gluten-free" - first unveiled in August last year - come into effect today (5 August).


Nestle's UK and Irish business set to hit 100% sustainable cocoa 4 Aug 2014

Dean Best

It may have been Cadbury that made the first high-profile move on sustainable cocoa in the UK when it switched Dairy Milk to Fairtrade in 2009. However, Nestle has claimed it will be the "first major confectionery company" in the market to use only sustainable cocoa by the end of next year.


Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it? 30 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?


Japan's Itochu in another agrifood deal 28 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Almost a year after buying Dole Food Co.'s international packaged food and Asian fresh businesses, Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. has looked again to the wider agrifood sector to diversify its business interests.


Food company interest in M&A to continue to climb - EY 22 Jul 2014

Dean Best

There has been an increase in M&A among companies in the food sector in recent months - and management consultants at EY expect to the trend to continue.


Could proxy fight hit PepsiCo? 17 Jul 2014

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 2014

Hannah Abdulla

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


China's Yili breaks new ground for emerging market dairies 10 Jul 2014

Dean Best

The boom in demand for dairy products in emerging markets has been underlined by the latest data on the largest companies in the industry.


Islamic watchdog cautious over pork-testing kit 8 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Scientists in Malaysia are developing a kit that they claim can trace pork in food in under a minute, purporting to offer reassurance to consumers of Halal foods - but the country's Islamic watchdog has issued a note of caution.


Why Wild Flavors could provide ADM with natural shelter from volatility 7 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Argibusiness giant Archer Daniels Midland today (7 July) announced its biggest acquisition to date with a US$2.99bn deal to buy Wild Flavors and will be hoping the Swiss firm's portfolio of natural ingredients can help offset the volatility that can hit the US group's core business.


Seafood sector warned on global warming 1 Jul 2014

Katy Askew

The New Zealand seafood industry received a stark warning this weekend: a "massive shellfish extinction event" could be on the cards.


Brussels hits out at Russia's ongoing ban on EU pork imports 27 Jun 2014

Dean Best

Moscow's decision to ban EU shipments of pork products entering Russia is "clearly disproportionate, discriminatory and not based on science", Brussels said today (30 June) as it detailed why it had asked the WTO to intervene.


Is personalised confectionery the future? 26 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

More people than ever before are on the hunt for products that suit their personalities and tastes and over 7% of consumption globally is driven by consumers' search for products personalised to them. And the trend has now spread way beyond finding your name on Coke bottles.


Food companies hungry for Suarez spotlight 25 Jun 2014

Dean Best

Brand owners from Mars to Mondelez International were very quick off the mark yesterday after Uruguay footballer Luis Suarez allegedly bit an Italian opponent at the World Cup in Brazil, taking to Twitter to grab a chunk of the spotlight for themselves.


Stores putting up a good fight versus online 23 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Traditional brick and mortar grocery channels can breathe a sigh of relief on news that they are still 'wanted' and are winning in terms of basket size.


Taste, quality key to Green & Black's popularity 20 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

As a journalist, sometimes you are faced with a really tough assignment. Like yesterday, when I had to attend a chocolate tasting with Mondelez International-owned organic chocolate brand Green & Black's.


No price on health say organic parents 19 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

More parents in the US are willing to pay a higher price for organic food to guarantee their kids are eating better, according to the latest research from the Organic Trade Association.


UK cuts fried food from school menus - will it tackle obesity? 17 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The UK government has announced a new set of rules restricting schools from serving more than two portions of fried food a week.


France set to leapfrog UK in European e-commerce league - Kantar 17 Jun 2014

Dean Best

Kantar Worldpanel is the latest research body to add its voice to industry watchers urging brand owners to think seriously about online. In a similar vein to the likes of the IGD, Kantar has suggested e-commerce sales will jump during the decade and its report offers some interesting forecasts.


Australian growers slam Woolworths 13 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Australia's fruit and vegetable industry is struggling to keep its collective head above water as it is squeezed by competition from cheap imports and pricing pressure in the deflationary environment of the Australia's grocery market.


US labelling war continues as Heinz sued for "all-natural" claims 12 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Heinz has been added to the list of manufacturers to be pulled up on claims its product is "all-natural".


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