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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".


KitKat wrappers pass for train tickets in Japan 12 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle has teamed up with the Sanriku Railway to enable train travellers to use Kit Kat wrappers as tickets.


Western Australia, China strengthen ties via food industry 9 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Western Australia is strengthening its ties to China via the food industry.


UK grocers face mounting pressure 6 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Management at the UK's largest retailers are seeing the pressure mount. As sales continue to disappoint and market share continues to be eroded, some serious questions are being asked about the strategic direction pursued by the likes of Morrisons and Tesco.


Will Roshen be on the block now its owner is the Ukrainain president? 5 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Petro Poroshenko's ascent to the presidency of the Ukraine could see the world's 18th largest confectionery company put up for sale as the "candy king" turns his attention to the pressing issues of the day, like sweet-talking Russia.


just-food attends the European Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil 4 Jun 2014

Ben Cooper

Today's European Roundtable being held in London by the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO), the multi-stakeholder initiative aimed at creating a sustainable global supply of palm oil, promises to be an absorbing occasion.


just-food visits the 2014 Free-From Expo 4 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

The free-from sector is witnessing strong growth in developed markets from Europe to the US and beyond.


Food firms capitalise on upcoming World Cup to drive sales 2 Jun 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Food manufacturers are capitalising on the impending World Cup and looking at ways of maximising their product sales.


Parmalat's Lactalis court case comes to an end 29 May 2014

Dean Best

The Italian dairy group was in the spotlight last year after minority investors complained about its acquisition of Lactalis American Group, the US-based arm of majority shareholder Lactalis. This week, an appeals court in Italy brought an end to the protracted legal dispute.


just-food closed for public holiday - but catch up with our top content here 26 May 2014

Dean Best

We have downed tools today for the spring public holiday in England and Wales. However, while we are dodging the showers, those of you at work can catch up with some of our top content from the last seven days.


ConAgra, Cargill milling JV cleared - but plants must be sold 21 May 2014

Dean Best

ConAgra Foods has secured clearance for its move to join its flour milling business with a venture run by Cargill and CHS - but after the parties agreed to sell off four plants.


FMCG veteran Kankiwala joins Hovis as chairman 20 May 2014

Dean Best

UK bread manufacturer Hovis, embarking on life under the majority control of US private-equity firm Gores Group, has named former Unilever, PepsiCo and Burger King executive Nish Kankiwala its new chairman.


The spotlight shines again on breakfast cereal and sugar 15 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

If the pressure of a stagnant sector wasn't bad enough, cereal manufacturers are feeling the heat once again after being named and shamed in the US for the amount of sugar in cereals.


How UK coeliac data underlines business opportunity 14 May 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Gluten-free food manufacturers have likely rejoiced at news the number of people diagnosed in the UK with coeliac disease increased fourfold between 1990 and 2011. Obviously it's not good news people have the condition. But it does mean awareness of the condition is growing and therefore demand for gluten-free foodstuffs is on the up.


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