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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.


What's the outlook for gluten-free in Europe? 3 Jun 2015

Dean Best

The development of markets for gluten-free products in the UK and the US has grabbed much of the sector's attention in recent years but what are the opportunities in Europe? just-food has headed to Barcelona this week to find out.


Hain Celestial highlights Earth's Best GMO-free status 2 Jun 2015

Katy Askew

News that Abbott Laboratories launched a GMO-free version of its Similac infant formula caused quite a stir in the US over the past week. Not to be overlooked, Hain Celestial was quick to point out that it too offers an infant formula that is GMO-free under its Earth's Best Organic brand.


Canada gives oat processors access to gluten-free market 1 Jun 2015

Hannah Abdulla

One bugbear of a coeliac sufferer or someone who has committed to a gluten-free diet is the lack of diversity when it comes to products. But the Canadian government has just announced what it hopes is a step forward by making it easier to shop for gluten-free, oat-based products.


France acts on food waste 26 May 2015

Dean Best

French politicians have passed legislation that bans large stores from throwing away unsold food in a bid to tackle waste.


Baby food recipes in spotlight in US 22 May 2015

Dean Best

The make-up of the ingredients in baby food in the US is under some scrutiny, with Campbell Soup Co. and Nestle attracting criticism from consumer watchdogs.


Booker's move for Londis and Budgens sign of the times 21 May 2015

Dean Best

UK cash-and-carry and convenience retailer Booker Group has struck a deal to buy the Londis and Budgens symbol retail chains from Ireland's Musgrave Group - and emphasised the changing retail landscape in the country.


US trade liberalisation faces bumpy ride 15 May 2015

Katy Askew

US efforts to liberalise international trade faced something of a roller coaster ride this week, as the Senate first voted down Barack Obama's proposals only to reach a compromise that would give the President “fast track” negotiating authority.


Talk of merger between Ahold and Delhaize returns 11 May 2015

Dean Best

Over the weekend, there were fresh claims Europe-based food retailers Ahold and Delhaize are in discussions to join forces.


Unilever claims sales boost from sustainability 5 May 2015

Dean Best

Unilever today (5 May) published news on the progress it is making on its ten-year programme to double in size while reducing its impact on the environment - and claimed its efforts were becoming an engine behind its sales.


UN warns poor maize harvest likely 30 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has warned lower maize harvests in Africa could "trigger food price increases".


Should more dairy firms target bone health? 29 Apr 2015

Hannah Abdulla

A growing awareness of bone health in the UK is presenting a big opportunity for dairy manufacturers in the UK, a report from Canadean has revealed.


The roller-coaster of home-baking sales 28 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

Home baking category sales have had something of a roller coaster ride in recent years.


Holland & Barrett sets out UK free-from ambitions 23 Apr 2015

Dean Best

UK-based health food retailer Holland & Barrett has outlined its ambitions to become the country's largest free-from retailer.


Tate & Lyle shakes up Splenda unit 21 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Amid significant pressure on profits from its Splenda sucralose business, UK-based food ingredients group Tate & Lyle has this morning (21 April) announced plans to try to "maximise returns".


US campaigners lobby FDA on GRAS rules 16 Apr 2015

Dean Best

Four campaign groups in the US have urged the country's Food and Drug Administration to close a "loophole" in regulations on food additives and bring the rules - due to be finalised by August next year - in line with policies first drawn up over 50 years ago.


Cargill unveils first landfill-free facility 15 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

The Cargill meat processing facility in Hazleton, Pa., has become the company's first certified landfill-free production site.


PepsiCo secures NBA sponsorship deal 14 Apr 2015

Katy Askew

PepsiCo has honed in on a sponsorship deal with the National Basketball Association, replacing current sponsor and chief soft drinks rival The Coca Cola Co.


Labour manifesto has sugar in its sights 13 Apr 2015

Dean Best

The UK Labour Party today (13 April) issued its manifesto for the country's upcoming general election - and has pledged to take aim at sugar.


Country-of-origin calls in Australia shine light on habits 9 Apr 2015

Hannah Abdulla

While there are calls in Australia for country-of-origin labelling after the Hepatitis A outbreak, linked to imported berries from China, there has, in the last year, been a small increase in the number of people likely to buy China-made food.


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