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Kellogg's Veg Effect Calculator - genuine CSR move or attempt to revitalise MorningStar Farms sales? 21 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

After reporting falling sales in North America as part of its most recent full-year numbers, driven in part by declining sales in its MorningStar Farms meat-free brand, it appears Kellogg is exploring new ways to drive the unit's sales - this time, by giving its consumers a choice; the choice to be responsible.


Oxfam's report card for major food companies 19 Apr 2016

Ben Cooper

In the sustainability arena, objective endorsement by a third party, particularly an NGO with credibility levels among consumers that even Unilever can only dream of, is an extremely valuable commodity.


Tesco turns to IFTTT to automate grocery shopping 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

An eye-catching tech move from Tesco has been revealed this week - and one that has echoes of one of Amazon's latest initiatives in the US.


Another new member for Faber's top team at Danone 14 Apr 2016

Dean Best

Danone has appointed a new executive to lead its early life nutrition business, which features brands including Aptamil and Nutrilon.


Now Wal-Mart puts eggs in cage-free basket 7 Apr 2016

Dean Best

When McDonald's announced last September it would switch to using only cage-free eggs in its US and Canadian stores, the pledge from the fast-food giant was seen as a tipping point for the issue in North America. This week came another notable move on cage-free eggs but this time in the retail sector.


McCormick in the spotlight over Premier Foods' pension deficit and debt 30 Mar 2016

Dean Best

The conference calls companies hold with equity analysts can, on occasion, be relatively tame affairs, with businesses sometimes not pushed on issues and us in the media - allowed to listen only - sitting on the phone and wanting executives to be pressed on their initial answers. Yesterday (29 March), some stiff questions were put to McCormick & Co.'s management over its interest in Premier Foods.


Lactalis's emerging markets push continues 29 Mar 2016

Dean Best

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has struck another deal in a promising emerging market for dairy.


While just-food is closed over Easter... 24 Mar 2016

Dean Best

just-food is closed tomorrow and on Monday for the Easter holidays but there's plenty of key news and insight from this week for you to digest.


Takeover interest in Premier Foods sends ripples around Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference 23 Mar 2016

Dean Best

The takeover interest in Premier Foods was a hot topic of conversation among delegates at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference today (23 March) - not least because the UK group pulled out of presenting at the event this afternoon.


What does McDonald's think about sugar taxes? 22 Mar 2016

Dean Best

In the UK food and drinks sector, there is one story on everybody’s lips – the country’s decision to tax sugar. And, during the first day of the Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference in London yesterday, McDonald’s was asked for its thoughts.


Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference starts today 21 Mar 2016

Dean Best

just-food (and sister site just-drinks) are the exclusive media partners for the three-day Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference, which starts today in London.


India ascendant as outlook for global food sector dims 17 Mar 2016

Katy Askew

Growth prospects for the global packaged food sector were negatively revised today (17 March) on faltering emerging market demand - but India looks increasingly set to be a bright spot for the industry.


Takeover talk about Mead Johnson resurfaces - again 16 Mar 2016

Dean Best

Shares in Mead Johnson jumped in the US yesterday after a fresh wave of takeover speculation about the US infant formula producer.


Expo West - "trustability" touted as key competitive factor 11 Mar 2016

Katy Askew

Exhibitors are gearing up for this year's Natural Products Expo West, one of the major dates in the US food industry calendar. Boxes are being unpacked in the massive halls and stands are being erected.


Unilever reaches settlement in India "toxic waste" case 10 Mar 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.


Industry pledges work to make food healthier with EU "roadmap" 24 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Europe's food manufacturers have backed a voluntary initiative drawn up by the Netherlands - which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union - to make products healthier.


Mars undertakes huge recall after latest plastic-in-snacks incident 23 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Mars Inc has grabbed mainstream headlines around the world today (23 February) after announcing a recall of chocolate products from over 50 markets after plastic was found in one product. It is comes just months after the US food giant pulled batches in the UK over fears of plastic could be found in products.


Heinz prevails in another Dip & Squeeze lawsuit 23 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Kraft Heinz has won through in a court case over the rights to the Dip & Squeeze packets used for its Heinz tomato ketchup.


Fonterra using farm know-how to grow in Sri Lanka 19 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra hopes to use the know-how of its farmer owners in order to scale up in emerging dairy markets such as Sri Lanka.


Pure-play SunOpta ready to flex muscles in food 16 Feb 2016

Dean Best

SunOpta is a group that spans being a B2B supplier of ingredients, a private-label manufacturer and a co-packer. In industrial minerals, the Canada-based company has also had a majority stake in a business outside food but, after finding a buyer, it is now ready to focus squarely on our sector.


Fyffes and Ethical Trading Initiative under scrutiny 12 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Fyffes, the global produce supplier, is in the spotlight over union claims of worker abuse on plantations in Central America.


Outgoing Waitrose chief Mark Price gets UK government role 10 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Mark Price, the outgoing managing director of UK grocer Waitrose, has been named the country's new trade minister.


The problem with the word 'natural' in the US 10 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Last autumn, a US trade group said it would look to develop a voluntary regulatory compliance and certification programme for the term 'natural', with an eye on releasing the standard in the first half of next year. However, the plan has hit the buffers, another sign of how problematic the term - an attractive one for a growing number of shoppers - is in the country.


What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.


UK has France and Germany in its sights 21 Jan 2016

Dean Best

The UK government wants the country's food exports to reach the levels of France and Germany, officials said today (21 January) as a new office set up to drive business overseas was formally unveiled.


UK sets out latest attempt to boost exports 20 Jan 2016

Dean Best

The UK government has outlined changes to the way it aims to support the country's exporters - including the creation of a new office to help food manufacturers looking to build their presence overseas.


Is Unilever preparing to sell spreads? 19 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

The will-they, won't-they speculation over whether Unilever could be preparing to put its struggling spreads unit on the block cropped up again today (19 January) when reports emerged that Sean Gogarty, who heads up the business, is leaving.


Clive Sharpe takes chair at UK co-op First Milk 11 Jan 2016

Dean Best

The industry veteran and former Burton's Biscuit Co. and Quorn Foods chairman is to take the role at First Milk, the UK dairy co-operative hoping to bounce back from a challenging 18 months or so.


Cameron returns prospect of sugary drinks tax to UK headlines 8 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would not rule out the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks in the country in a bid to tackle obesity.


Saudi, Iran feud could spell trouble for food companies 8 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian and Iranian food groups trading in each other's countries may face problems in the coming weeks as tensions between the two countries intensify.


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