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Nestle starts advertising push for Maggi in India 1 Sep 2015

Dean Best

Maggi noodles are yet to return to shelves in India but Nestle has started to pave the way for the brand's comeback with a series of social media ads.


just-food closed - Monday 31 August 30 Aug 2015

Dean Best

just-food is downing tools for the public holiday in England and Wales on Monday 31 August. We'll be back at our desks on Tuesday 1 September.


Tyson Foods acts on claims of abuse at supplier 28 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Just a month after reports Tyson Foods was investigating claims of animal abuse at one of its contract chicken farms in Delaware, the US poultry giant has dropped a Tennessee supplier over similar allegations.


Heinz under fire in Israel - but label still says 'ketchup' 25 Aug 2015

Dean Best

Heinz's flagship product has provoked the ire of a competitor in Israel, a story that has attracted headlines in the international mainstream media. But even after making a change to the labels, a bottle of the red sauce can still use the word 'ketchup' in English.


US lawsuit puts prawn supply chain back in spotlight 24 Aug 2015

Dean Best

A lawsuit tabled in the US has brought fresh attention to the supply chain for prawns, which hit headlines around the world last year amid claims of slavery.


Groups warn of impact of Scotland GM ban on industry 20 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Nearly 30 industry bodies have signed an open letter to the Scottish government asking it to reconsider its plan to ban on GMO crops, arguing that it would stop the use of cost-effective sustainable crops.


Farmers need long-term answer to "milk crisis" 18 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

UK dairy farmers have been working to raise awareness of the low milk price, driven down by weakening global demand for dairy commodities. These efforts have met some success and farmers have gained the ear of the UK's retailers and regulators.


Dean Foods' now ex-chairman subject of trading probe 13 Aug 2015

Dean Best

Thomas Davis, the former chair of US milk giant Dean Foods, is reportedly being investigated over whether he tipped off a professional gambler - who then told golfer Phil Mickelson - about the company's spin-off of WhiteWave Foods.


Low global milk prices hitting dairy farmers 10 Aug 2015

Katy Askew

UK farmers grabbed the headlines this weekend when they paraded two cows through an Asda store in Stafford in protest over the price they are paid for milk.


Unilever toxic waste video goes viral 6 Aug 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has found itself at the centre of a public campaign which alleges it dumped toxic waste in India.


Maggi crisis results in Q2 loss for Nestle India arm 29 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

After a particularly difficult quarter in India where it became the centre of the country's worst food scare in a decade, Nestle has reported a loss in its India business for the second quarter of the year.


Ex-Golden Wonder boss named Seabrook Crisps chairman 27 Jul 2015

Dean Best

UK firm Seabrook Crisps, which last week announced a private equity-backed management buy-out at the business, has appointed Paul Monk, the former chief executive of Golden Wonder, as its new chairman.


PZ Cussons shines light on doing business in Greece 21 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Food is a small part of the portfolio at PZ Cussons, the UK-based FMCG group better known for brands including Imperial Leather soap and Charles Worthington shampoo. However, the company is a major olive oil manufacturer in Greece and today (21 July) indicated how it is navigating the country's ailing economy.


Brussels clears Cargill's ADM chocolate buy - with a condition 20 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Cargill's move to buy Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business has cleared its last regulatory hurdle after clearance from the European Commission. But Brussels has asked Cargill to offload part of the assets.


UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 2015

Dean Best

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like.


UK food industry, government meet to "drive growth" 16 Jul 2015

Dean Best

The UK government has hosted a meeting today (16 July) with 80 representatives from the country's food and farming sector, with an eye on developing a 25-year plan to, in part, increase the industry's international competitiveness.


Beyond taxing soft drinks, what does the BMA say about food? 13 Jul 2015

Dean Best

The UK today (13 July) woke up to more headlines about calls for a tax on soft drinks. This time, the demand came from The British Medical Association, as part of its report on improving the diets of children and young people. However, officials at the BMA also had parts of the food industry firmly in their sights.


Ex-Nestle, Kraft execs join ConAgra board 9 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

ConAgra Foods has appointed former senior executives at Nestle and Kraft to its board, just three weeks after activist investor Jana Partners took a 7% stake in the US food group.


FMCG online: more data shows why brands must act 7 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Just a week after the IGD issued forecasts for the growth of online grocery to 2020, analysts at Kantar Worldpanel today (7 July) issued their own take on the prospects for the channel. And the message to brands is clear: act now.


Kraft investors unsurprisingly back Heinz merger. Now all eyes on likely cuts 1 Jul 2015

Dean Best

In an announcement that would have surprised few, Kraft Foods Group said today (1 July) its shareholders had thrown their weight behind the plans to combine the business with HJ Heinz. The market's attention on where the management of the new Kraft Heinz Co. will look to make savings.


Sysco ends plan for US Foods foodservice merger 1 Jul 2015

Dean Best

US foodservice distributor Sysco has pulled the plug on its plan to buy local rival US Foods, four months after the country's competition watchdog moved to block the deal.


It's getting heavy at Whole Foods 26 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

Whole Foods Market already had a reputation for being pricey. This will only be compounded by news that the retailer has been accused of routinely overcharging consumers by overstating the weight of packaged meat, dairy and baked goods.


Ahold, Delhaize tie-up creates competitive US giant 24 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

Dutch supermarket operator Ahold and Belgium-based retailer Delhaize Group announced today (24 June) that a long-awaited merger has been finalised in a move these two European retail giants hope will improve their competitiveness across the pond


What retailers comply with the UK grocery code? 23 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

The UK's Grocery Code Adjudicator insisted it is "making a difference" and improving the relationship between retailers and suppliers at its annual conference this week.


Margin push behind Hormel's new appointments at Applegate 18 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

Hormel Foods revealed some key management appointments as it looks to bring the recently-acquired Applegate Farms under its wing.


How more company sustainability agendas are taking in supply chains 17 Jun 2015

Ben Cooper

The sustainability reports and announcements of major food companies are increasingly reflect the greater attention being paid to environmental and social impacts in their supply chains, whereas initially the primary focus tended to be on areas under their direct control or "within their four walls".


Orion mulls foray into retail with Tesco South Korea bid 15 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

South Korean snack maker Orion is reportedly planning to make its first foray into retail with the acquisition of Tesco's South Korean unit, Homeplus.


Genius Foods faces consumer backlash after recall 12 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

UK gluten-free food maker Genius Foods has been in the spotlight this week, after issuing a recall of products because they were contaminated with gluten. Consumers have reacted angrily and one is left wondering just how much damage the recall has done to the trust in the brand.


Barry Callebaut broadens reach with nut M&A 9 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

B2B confectionery supplier Barry Callebaut has entered into an agreement to acquire US nut producer American Almond Products Co. for an undisclosed sum.


Carrefour expands in Chinese e-commerce 5 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

News that French retail giant Carrefour last month launched an online shopping portal in China, carrefour.cn, comes as further evidence of the growing importance of e-commerce in the market.


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