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Hain Celestial ends week with sign of optimism over Orchard House deal in UK 19 Aug 2016

Dean Best

After starting the week with a surprise stock exchange announcement that hit its shares and called into questions its accounting practices, Hain Celestial could be set to receive a boost in the UK.


The sluggishness of FMCG in Europe laid bare 17 Aug 2016

Dean Best

An indication of how tough trading conditions are in much of Europe emerged today (17 August) with figures from Nielsen suggesting in the second quarter of the year the region's FMCG sector had grown at the slowest rate since 2008.


WhiteWave Foods sets date for vote on Danone sale 16 Aug 2016

John Shepherd

US-based WhiteWave Foods has set a date for its shareholders to seal the deal on the planned US$12.5bn takeover of the group by French dairy giant Danone.


Danone's move for WhiteWave Foods under fire 12 Aug 2016

Dean Best

Announced last month, it is one of the more notable M&A deals in the international food sector of 2016. But an organic advocacy group in the US has taken aim at Danone's planned US$12.5bn takeover of WhiteWave Foods.


China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 2016

Dean Best

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months.


Kellogg takeover chatter cools 22 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Market speculation over a possible takeover of Kellogg surfaced this week, with the snacks-to-cereal maker linked to both Kraft Heinz and Coca Cola Co.


More understanding needed of GMOs among consumers 20 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

The introduction of legislation requiring the labelling of GMOs in the US has gathered widespread public support.


UK report examines "risks and challenges" to food system from climate change 18 Jul 2016

John Shepherd

The impact on the global food system is one of "six key priority areas" highlighted in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report, which sets out "the most urgent risks and opportunities" arising for the UK.


Brexit – the just-food confidence survey 12 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Following last month's referendum in the UK on the country's membership of the European Union, the repercussions from the decision to leave have been felt far and wide.


Emerging markets offer potential for dairy, soy makers 11 Jul 2016

Katy Askew

Growing demand in emerging markets are set to drive 4.6% growth in the global dairy and soy food market by 2020, according to new research.


Is PepsiCo's Nooyi eyeing a White House post? 8 Jul 2016

John Shepherd and Katy Askew

PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has proven an outspoken chief at the snacks-to-soft drinks giant.


Kellogg's opens Broadway cafe 30 Jun 2016

Katy Askew

US cereal giant Kellogg's revealed plans to open a cafe in New York City, located at a prime location on Broadway.


The Brexiteers are here, here and here 24 Jun 2016

Dean Best

Wow. Your correspondent is penning this blog following precious little sleep after the combination of a humid night in London and the emergence of the most significant event in UK history since 1945 made sleep tricky on Thursday night.


EU referendum - Tate & Lyle Sugars executive favours Brexit 22 Jun 2016

Dean Best

With a little over 24 hours before the UK's votes on its membership of the EU, a senior executive at a major food company with operations in the country has declared he favours leaving the bloc.


Now four Unilever CEOs sound Brexit warning 16 Jun 2016

Dean Best

The last three Unilever CEOs have joined present chief executive Paul Polman in writing to the company's staff to warn the group's UK operations would be "negatively impacted" by the country leaving the EU.


Unilever's Paul Polman on the prospect of Brexit 8 Jun 2016

Dean Best

With a little over two weeks to go before the UK decides whether to stay in or leave the EU, the debate over the country's membership is heating up, with news bulletins and evening TV schedules increasingly dominated by the issue. Last night, Unilever CEO Paul Polman outlined his stance in an interview with Channel 4 News.


General Mills linked to US E. coli outbreak 2 Jun 2016

Dean Best

Flour produced by the US food giant at a plant in Missouri is the likely source of an E. coli outbreak that made people ill across 20 states, food safety officials have announced.


Hain Celestial's remedy to try and get Orchard House deal through 1 Jun 2016

Dean Best

The US food group's bid to get the regulatory green light for its bid to buy UK food and beverage group Orchard House Foods has been released by the competition watchdog in London.


A spring break for just-food 29 May 2016

Dean Best

The UK is enjoying its annual spring bank holiday on Monday (30 May).


Amazon causing more waves in FMCG - without an announcement 17 May 2016

Dean Best

The online retail behemoth is again causing chatter throughout the sector, this time amid speculation it is set to launch more private-label products.


China's new e-commerce laws - confusion reigns 11 May 2016

Dean Best

Talking with our readers, a common problem among them is their battle to keep tabs on the changes to regulations in China. And the recent moves Beijing has made to revamp its rules around e-commerce have brought that concern into sharp relief.


Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A? 6 May 2016

Katy Askew

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced.


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.


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