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M&A deals dip in December despite busy final week

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as c...

Why 2018 promises to be buoyant year for food M&A

The final days of 2017 saw a flurry of transactions in the international food sector, bringing to an end an active year of deal-making. This...

Focus: Campbell snack push welcome but risks ahead

Campbell Soup Co., facing continued pressure on its core soup business in the US, has again used M&A to broaden its range, striking a deal t...

2018 outlook: navigating a UK market in spotlight

As we approach the New Year, food industry watchers are predicting what we are likely to see in the UK in 2018. Andy Coyne reports....

The food industry in 2018 - bolder aims, broader horizons for sustainability 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

Food companies are being spurred by the UN Global Goals and heightened consumer expectations to increase the ambition and broaden the scope of their sustainability programmes. Ben Cooper identifies the issues and trends that will shape policy and action in 2018.

just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey – sales, profits, consumer confidence, efficiency 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we asked a series of questions about how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year. The results are in and, in a series of articles, we weigh up how you feel about the year ahead. First up are your thoughts on areas including sales, profits and consumer confidence. Ben Cooper reports.

just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey – your take on international expansion and on M&A 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

The third part of just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey asked for your thoughts on plans to expand internationally next year - and for a flavour of your M&A intentions. Ben Cooper reports.

just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey - sustainability and regulatory pressures 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

Our poll asked a series of questions on sustainability for a flavour of your priorities in areas like environment and health next year, as well as you expect regulators to focus in 2018.

just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey - how you see innovation, digital sphere and sales channels 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

The final part of the just-food 2018 Confidence Survey looked at innovation and sales channels.

just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey – your thoughts on Trump and on Brexit 1 Jan 2018

Ben Cooper

The second part of just-food's 2018 Confidence Survey asked our readers for their thoughts about Trump and Brexit - and how they saw these geopolitical earthquakes affecting their business. Ben Cooper reports.

What will KKR do with the former Unilever spreads division? 21 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne

Analysts have been trying to predict what private-equity firm KKR is likely to do with its new asset - the former Unilever spreads division. Andy Coyne picks through their musings.

Why there is room for two US fair trade organisations in US 20 Dec 2017

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper examines the market for fair trade in the US, where two organisations are looking to grow the market for the ethically-traded goods.

Does Hershey's acquisition of Amplify Snack Brands make sense? 19 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the US confectionery giant's latest move to broaden its portfolio and weighs up reaction to the deal.

How the snacking universe is evolving 19 Dec 2017

Sally Lyons Wyatt, IRI

IRI's latest exclusive column on just-food sees Sally Lyons Watt, executive vice-president and practice leader for the consultancy's US arm, looks at the trends evolving across that market, as well as in Europe and Australia, to identify the key opportunities for food manufacturers in this growth area.

2017 - the year in food industry M&A 15 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2017.

Food companies seek boost from revenue growth management 6 Dec 2017

Simon Creasey

In mature markets like North America and western Europe, packaged food manufacturers have in recent years found top-line growth hard to come by. Some have turned to revenue growth management - moves to optimise their prices, promotions and product range - to try to revitalise sales. Simon Creasey analyses the benefits and challenges of implementing the practices.

Capturing the vegan opportunity in UK foodservice 6 Dec 2017

David Burrows

The number of vegans in the UK has rocketed in the past decade, while the number of meat-eaters looking to reduce their consumption of meat continues to rise. Both trends represent an opportunity for foodservice operators in the country and their suppliers but how can ride the wave? David Burrows reports.

The healthier foods challenge - reformulation, renovation or innovation? 4 Dec 2017

Ben Cooper

A recurring subject at the Food Matters Live conference and exhibition in London last week was, not surprisingly, reformulation. Ben Cooper reports.

Should Nestle buy Hain Celestial? 22 Nov 2017

Andy Coyne

Nestle was this week reportedly said to be eyeing a possible takeover bid for US natural and organic products group Hain Celestial - but would it be a shrewd move for the world's largest food maker? Andy Coyne reports.

Tesco/Booker, Co-op/Nisa - how might suppliers be affected? 22 Nov 2017

Simon Creasey

Two prospective takeovers in the UK grocery retail channel have shaken the sector, with food manufacturers weighing up the consequences. Simon Creasey analyses the possible impact on suppliers.

Premier Foods - cautious optimism or false promises? 20 Nov 2017

Simon Harvey

Shares in Premier Foods rose on Wednesday (15 November) after the UK group posted second-quarter numbers that cheered the market. However, while group sales picked up, profits through the half year were flat, as were revenues from the mainstay branded division. Analysts, disappointed with Premier’s previous false harvests, are not rushing for the jam pots just yet, Simon Harvey reports.

Scotland's obesity offensive begs questions - analysis 17 Nov 2017

David Burrows

With health a devolved policy area in the UK, Scotland has come forward with its own plans to tackle obesity in its country. David Burrows looks at the proposals put forward by Edinburgh, how they differ to those announced last year in London and how industry and campaigners have reacted.

Tyson Foods' "record" FY 2017 and prospects for new year - 7 things to learn 16 Nov 2017

Andy Coyne

Tyson Foods this week issued a set of annual results that included rising sales, a record level of operating income and record earnings per share. Andy Coyne looks at where it all went right for the US food industry giant and at its prospects for the next year.

Why are food companies aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals? 9 Nov 2017

Ben Cooper

Over the two years since the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs) were launched, increasing numbers of food companies have sought to align their sustainability aims and objectives with the targets. Ben Cooper examines why and what benefits alignment could bring for the goals and for the companies themselves.

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