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Food makers pressured to cut salts but Brits fail to see problem 22 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Given the government's efforts to push manufacturers to lower the salt content of foods under the new Responsibility Deal, one would think more would be done - or should be done - to educate people around why manufacturers are being pressured to cut salt in products.


Popularity a challenge and opportunity for US organic movement 19 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

Growing demand for organic foods in the US is propelling sales in the sector. Organic products are moving from their niche to gain mainstream traction. Penetration is high - more than 80% of families "sometimes" buy organic - and sales in the market reached a record US$35bn in 2013.


How ABF is fighting back on sugar 17 Sep 2014

Dean Best

The health story of 2014 has been the debate over the impact sugar has on obesity. The issue hit the headlines in January and has stayed there, with only yesterday a study published in the UK calling for consumption guidelines to be cut. Industry has faced a tide of criticism and is battling growing consumer concern. The owners of British Sugar is taking matters into its own hands.


Asda goes all in on gluten-free pledge 16 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

With demand for gluten-free on the rise, retailers in a number of countries have been building ranges of products to capitalise on a significant growth spot in challenging trading conditions. In the UK, Asda has looked to steal a march on its rivals with a notable product pledge.


International brands face stronger customer after Auchan, Systeme-U deal 15 Sep 2014

Dean Best

France's fifth- and sixth-largest retailers, Auchan and Système U, are to team up on buying - with the companies to work together when dealing with international brands.


Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall? 12 Sep 2014

Katy Askew

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?


EU shuts down EUR125m emergency fund for producers 11 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Just days after Copa-Cogeca's groans the EU's measures to support fruit and veg producers after Russia's import ban were "not nearly enough", the European Commission has put a temporary halt on the measures citing "a disproportionate surge in claims".


Russia sets out plans to invest in agriculture 9 Sep 2014

Dean Best

Dmitry Medvedev has announced Moscow's plans to invest "tens of billions of roubles" into the country's agriculture sector, a move that would appear a way to alleviate the impact within Russia of its food embargo.


EU farmers demand more help after Russia ban 8 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Copa-Cogeca has called on the European Commission to roll out further support measures for producers hit by the Russia ban on EU agricultural products saying EUR125m is "not nearly enough".


PepsiCo's tweet-to-eat vending machine 3 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

PepsiCo has devised a new way to connect with today's tech-savvy consumer - a Twitter-activated vending machine.


Cargill snaps up ADM's chocolate business 2 Sep 2014

Dean Best

Five months after Cargill's rumoured interest to buy Archer Daniels Midland's cocoa and chocolate businesses came to nothing, the company today (2 September) announced a deal for part of the assets.


UK health leaders say obesity threat "severe", call for "emergency task force" 1 Sep 2014

Hannah Abdulla

UK health leaders have called for an "emergency task force" to tackle the childhood obesity crisis in the country as, for the first time, they are faced with a generation of patients "who may predecease their parents".


Hillshire CEO Connolly bids farewell as Tyson sale sealed 29 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Tyson Foods has completed its US$8.55bn acquisition of Hillshire Brands, with shares in the Jimmy Dean sausage maker delisted before the market opened today (29 August) - and its CEO leaving the business.


Progress at Synlait but challenges remain 28 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

New Zealand dairy group Synlait Milk revealed today (28 August) it has hit the "major milestone" of receiving regulatory clearance to begin exporting finished product from its new NZ$28.5m dry blending and consumer packaging plant.


Shareholder pressure prompts ConAgra palm oil commitment 27 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

ConAgra Foods has responded to investor criticism of its palm oil usage by committing to source 100% sustainable palm oil by December 2015.


Brussels ready to move again to help Russia-hit EU producers 26 Aug 2014

Dean Best

Fresh produce growers in the EU have secured assistance from the European Commission in the wake of the Russian embargo and Brussels has indicated it would be prepared to step in again.


just-food closed on Monday - but catch up on what you may have missed 22 Aug 2014

Dean Best

A quick note to say we are closed on Monday (25 August) for a public holiday in England and Wales - but there's plenty for you to peruse on the site before we return on Tuesday.


Sandwich maker looks to capitalise on Nestle's Hot Pockets switch 22 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

They say one man's trash is another man's treasure. In the US, Nestle is scrapping production of its Hot Pockets sandwiches at a plant in California plant, leaving 360 staff out in the cold. But a small local bakery is using the opportunity to announce it is expanding - and hiring.


Family Dollar dismisses Dollar General offer 21 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The takeover battle for Family Dollar Stores has taken another twist, with the US retailer rejecting a takeover bid from rival Dollar General and in-the-spotlight CEO Howard Levine citing anti-trust concerns.


Hain Celestial CEO characteristically jovial 20 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Hain Celestial founder, president and CEO Irwin Simon is not one to maintain a stony face when discussing his company's performance. This morning's (20 August) conference call was no exception.


Dollar General in rival bid for Family Dollar 19 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Dollar General has moved to derail Dollar Tree's proposed acquisition of Family Dollar Stores by trumping the US$9.2bn offer already on the table with a competing $9.7bn bid.


Elliott Review was not blocked, insists Defra 18 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The UK government has insisted there was no moves to block the review of the UK food supply chain and said it will published "shortly".


Russia ban prompts Dutch growers to look for home comfort 15 Aug 2014

Hannah Abdulla

"We eat our problem" is the latest approach being taken by Dutch farming groups to flog surplus fruit destined for Russia.


Brussels to convene "task force" on Russia embargo 11 Aug 2014

Dean Best

The EU said today (11 August) a "joined up" response across the bloc is needed to Russia's move to ban a swathe of food imports from the market.


ADM preparing Q3 chocolate sale 6 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

Agri-giant Archer Daniels Midland Company plans to sell its global chocolate operations by the end of the third quarter, the company said this week.


US gluten-free labelling regulations kick in 5 Aug 2014

Katy Askew

The US Food and Drug Administration's rules on what constitutes "gluten-free" - first unveiled in August last year - come into effect today (5 August).


Nestle's UK and Irish business set to hit 100% sustainable cocoa 4 Aug 2014

Dean Best

It may have been Cadbury that made the first high-profile move on sustainable cocoa in the UK when it switched Dairy Milk to Fairtrade in 2009. However, Nestle has claimed it will be the "first major confectionery company" in the market to use only sustainable cocoa by the end of next year.


Carlyle snaps up FMCG agency Acosta - but was the deal worth it? 30 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Acosta Sales & Marketing, the US agency that works on in-store executions with US FMCG giants, has been snapped up by Carlyle. But was the multiple the private-equity firm is said to have paid too pricey?


Japan's Itochu in another agrifood deal 28 Jul 2014

Dean Best

Almost a year after buying Dole Food Co.'s international packaged food and Asian fresh businesses, Japanese trading house Itochu Corp. has looked again to the wider agrifood sector to diversify its business interests.


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.


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