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Morrisons pins fightback on David Potts 25 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

Morrisons has named David Potts to the post of CEO in the hope the former Tesco executive will lead a fight back at the struggling supermarket group.


Europe further probes Cargill's ADM chocolate buy 24 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

The European Commission is launching an in-depth investigation into Cargill's US$440m purchase of Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate manufacturing business.


US regulator blocks Sysco, US Foods foodservice mega-deal 23 Feb 2015

Dean Best

The US competition watchdog has shown its teeth and moved to block Sysco's takeover of fellow US foodservice distributor US Foods.


Ferrero moves to dismiss sale rumours 18 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.


Gulfood 2015: Popcorn firm says promos, marketing key to category growth 12 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

The Middle East snack market is experiencing a surge of growth. At this year's Gulfood in Dubai, 'snacking', was identified as one of the top three trends in the region for 2015. According to a recent report from TechSci Research, one in five consumers are now grazing on snacks throughout the day instead of eating three square meals.


MEPs back country of origin meat regs 12 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

The European Parliament has backed calls to create new country of origin meat labelling regulations in processed foods.


Are there signs of a recovery from the UK's Big Four? 10 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Figures released today (10 February) by Kantar Worldpanel made for interesting reading.


just-food all set for Gulfood 6 Feb 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Dubai is the modern day New York, with its towering skyscrapers and bright lights and tomorrow just-food is again flying over to the city for this year's annual Gulfood exhibition, where food manufacturers convene to build their presence in the city and the wider Middle East.


JM Smucker continues diversification with pet food buy 4 Feb 2015

Katy Askew

US jam, peanut butter and coffee maker JM Smucker has continued its diversification drive with a deal to acquire Big Heart Pet Brands, formerly part of Del Monte Foods, in a deal worth more than US$5.8bn.


Ocado shines but manufacturers see problems with shift to online 3 Feb 2015

Dean Best

Fifteen years after starting out, UK pure-play online grocer Ocado today (3 February) announced its first annual profit - and claimed the trend towards online shopping was continuing. Manufacturers are taking note and diverting more resources to the channel but are encountering challenges.


UK grocery adjudicator could receive power to fine 2 Feb 2015

Dean Best

The UK grocery watchdog may be handed the ability to fine supermarkets that breach the code that governs their relationship with suppliers.


Hershey in Twitter backlash over Brit choco-ban 28 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US fans of British chocolate imports have taken to social media to vent their frustration after Hershey earlier this week reached a settlement with an importer to stop distributing British-made candy bars into the country.


Kellogg under fire for "double entendre" in Pop Tarts ad 27 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Ads are commonly a bone of contention in this industry, with food manufacturers regularly coming under fire for what they believe is creative use of media.


Russia: "no plans" to lift food ban 23 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Russia has insisted it has no plans to lift the EU ban on food imports, its deputy prime minister, Arkady Dvorkovich, told an audience at the World Economic Forum on Wednesday (21 January).


Wilmar International lifts lid on palm oil sourcing 22 Jan 2015

Dean Best

Singapore-based agribusiness giant Wilmar International is to publish more information on how it sources its palm oil, a move welcomed by environmentalists.


A warning over future of 100 UK food and drink SMEs 16 Jan 2015

Dean Best

Just two weeks into 2015 and competition among UK grocers is heating up further. Will suppliers be caught in the crossfire? Corporate restructuring firm Begbies Traynor thinks so.


PepsiCo hits out at palm oil "PR stunt" 14 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US campaign group Sum Of Us has launched what PepsiCo called a "public relations stunt", criticising the beverage and snacks giant for its palm oil practices.


Boulder expands in foodservice with Pizza Hut tie-up 14 Jan 2015

Katy Askew

Boulder Brands is expanding its Udi's brand in the foodservice channel through a tie-up that will bring two varieties of gluten-free pizza to Pizza Hut outlets throughout the US.


Mondelez faces fan fury over Creme Egg changes 12 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Mondelez International has been accused of "ripping off fans" in the UK after it altered the recipe for its much-loved Cadbury Creme Egg and pulled an egg from the original six-pack.


UK Labour "plans junk food ad watershed" 9 Jan 2015

Hannah Abdulla

There is speculation in the UK the Labour Party is planning a 9pm watershed on junk food advertising if it wins power at the country's General Election in May.


Why IRI believes a price war is hitting private label in Europe 6 Jan 2015

Dean Best

Brands are putting private label under increasing pressure in Europe, data from industry analysts IRI has claimed.


Sugar stays in spotlight 5 Jan 2015

Katy Askew

Sugar consumption has again been placed in the spotlight in the UK as Public Health England kicks off a new campaign that aims to get parents to reduce the amount children consume.


What lies ahead this year? 2 Jan 2015

Dean Best

just-food is open today after a fun festive break. As you ease yourselves into the new year, take a look at what our team of writers think will be the key issues facing your businesses in 2015.


just-food closed for the holidays 23 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

just-food's editorial team will be taking a well-earned festive break over Christmas. Our office will be closed from 24 December to 2 January.


Barilla eyeing 3D printing 23 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.


Hershey trials first 3D chocolates 22 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Hershey has launched 3D chocolate for consumers to try after announcing plans to do so earlier this year.


Olam to become "global leader" in cocoa with ADM deal 16 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Singapore-based agribusiness group Olam International is to become a major international cocoa supplier after announcing a US$1.3bn deal for Archer Daniel Midlands' cocoa business.


German watchdog rebukes retailers Edeka and Tengelmann 12 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Germany's competition watchdog has issued an interim injunction against retailers Edeka and Tengelmann over their planned deal over the Kaiser's supermarket chain.


Woolworths campaigns to boost popularity of not-so-perfect veg 10 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Imperfection is quickly becoming a way for the food industry to tackle the problem of food waste.


Big business backs Aldersgate call for more equitable UK 9 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

The Aldersgate Group - an alliance of big business, NGOs and civil society pushing for a "sustainable economy" - has set out a new campaign calling for the introduction of a fiscal policy that tackles rising inequality in the UK, as well as issues such as resource pressures.


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