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FMCG digital strategy in UK - hot topics

We know the digital sphere is having a profound impact on consumers but how can the food industry shape their businesses to capitalise? At t...

Greencore warning confirms market doubts over US

Ireland's Greencore has disappointed investors and analysts alike with a profit warning, a US factory closure and a shake-up of its US leade...

Can new CEO Steven Oakland rebuild TreeHouse?

TreeHouse Foods has hired industry veteran Steven Oakland to rescue what has become a sinking ship under the weight of its acquisition of th...

Focus: Tapping into growth of European foodservice

In Europe's main markets, purchases of food and drink to consume outside the home have been growing at an average of 2.5% per year since 201...

February sees spike in food M&A - data 2 Mar 2018

Dean Best

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.

Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  2 Mar 2018

Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 

The growing consumer pull for sustainable food in the US 1 Mar 2018

Ben Cooper

In just-food's latest deep dive into the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks in-depth at the US market.

Four things to learn from Bakkavor's 2017 results and 2018 outlook 1 Mar 2018

Andy Coyne

The publication of UK private-label supplier Bakkavor's first set of annual results since it floated on the London Stock Exchange late last year revealed higher revenues and profits. But what about the company future prospects? Andy Coyne reports.

General Mills sets cat among pigeons with move into pet food - analysis 27 Feb 2018

Dean Best

Three days after signalling more M&A was likely, General Mills on Friday announced a move into pet food with the acquisition of US firm Blue Buffalo Pet Products. The US$8bn deal appears pricey but should give General Mills' top line a boost and the company is confident its new asset can continue to grow. Some in the market, however, raised questions. Dean Best reports.

These are troubling times for the UK meat sector - analysis 26 Feb 2018

Ben Cooper

The recent spate of food safety infractions in UK meat and poultry production was followed by the publication late on Friday of further worrying revelations in The Guardian newspaper. Ben Cooper assesses the implications of this succession of incidents and reports for the UK meat sector, its regulators and the food manufacturers that depend on them both.

The new Kellogg CEO's quest for growth - CAGNY takeaways 23 Feb 2018

Dean Best

There were a number of companies presenting at this week's CAGNY conference in the US that had recently-installed CEOs making their first appearance at one of the key dates in the investor calendar as chief executive. Among them was Steve Cahillane, the former Anheuser-Busch InBev and Coca-Cola executive who took the helm at Kellogg in October. His job is to get a business with a sluggish top line back into growth. Dean Best tuned in.

General Mills' bid for growth - CAGNY 2018 takeaways 22 Feb 2018

Dean Best

In General Mills' most recent financial year, the Cheerios-to-Yoplait owner saw its net sales tumble 4% on an organic basis - and that decline followed two successive years of its sales by that metric being flat. However, company veteran and now CEO Jeff Harmening believes General Mills can get back to growth and, at this year's Consumer Analyst Group of New York conference, outlined why. Here are the top takeaways from the group's presentation.

How will brands connect with consumers in the post-trust era? 22 Feb 2018

Ben Cooper

The latest Edelman Trust Barometer found levels of trust in the US general population have declined by the largest margin the survey has ever recorded, while classifying 20 of the 28 countries surveyed as "distrusters". Ben Cooper asks Tonia Ries, executive director of Edelman Square, the intellectual property unit of the global PR giant, what declining trust means for brands and their relationship with consumers.

Five things to learn from Danone's 2017 results 20 Feb 2018

Andy Coyne

French dairy giant Danone - which owns Activia yogurts, dairy alternative Alpro and Evian water - has returned a positive set of full-year 2017 figures as synergies kicked in from its acquisition of US natural and organic foods business WhiteWave Foods. But that's not the full story. Andy Coyne delves a little deeper.

Nestle's 2017 results and 2018 outlook – five things to learn 19 Feb 2018

Simon Harvey

The climb just got steeper for Nestle chief executive Mark Schneider after only 12 months at the helm of the world's largest food company. The Swiss giant reported a sixth straight year of slowing organic growth last week, while profits again declined. Simon Harvey goes through the numbers and looks ahead to 2018 and beyond. 

What could drive evolution of India's food sector? 12 Feb 2018

Mini Pant Zachariah

For a flavour of senior industry executives working in India see the country's food industry developing, Mini Pant Zachariah went to India Food Forum in Mumbai to hear from some of the leading lights in the sector.

Kellogg's 2017 results and 2018 outlook - four things to learn 11 Feb 2018

Dean Best

Kellogg enjoyed improved profitability in 2017 but again saw pressure on its top line, with, notably, its US morning foods business continuing to suffer. However, some industry watchers saw some signs of progress in the fourth quarter - and even across the year as a whole. All eyes will be on how recently-installed CEO Steve Cahillane believes he can improve the cereal and snacks giant's performance.

Food M&A volumes hit index high in January - data 7 Feb 2018

Dean Best

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.

How is Big Food using accelerators and incubators? 6 Feb 2018

Simon Creasey

As the food majors of North America and Europe broadly struggle to rejuvenate sales in the face of changing consumer habits, company strategists are looking at a range of ways to kick-start their sales. Some have turned to accelerators and incubators to, one, support fledgling businesses and, two, try to tap into the new trends shaping the industry - and how to innovate to meet them. Simon Creasey reports.

Mondelez International's 2017 numbers and 2018 outlook - five things to learn 6 Feb 2018

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at what might be learned from Mondelez International's 2017 results and the snacks giant's outlook for the year ahead.

Food M&A deals up 17% in 2017 - data 1 Feb 2018

Dean Best

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.

McCormick's 2017 results and 2018 outlook - six things to learn 30 Jan 2018

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne gauges reaction to US flavourings business McCormick's full year results and looks at its future growth prospects. Here are five things he learned.

Can Nomad Foods heat up Goodfella's sales? 22 Jan 2018

Dean Best

UK-based, US-listed Nomad Foods - a business with M&A at its very origins – has re-entered the fray after pressure on sales and margins caused the company to focus inwards. The owner of the Iglo and Birds Eye (in the UK) brands has snapped up a clutch of pizza assets from UK group Boparan Holdings. Dean Best reports.

Is the Bell Food Group-Huegli deal a win-win? 19 Jan 2018

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the motives behind Bell Food Group's acquisition of Huegli and asks whether both parties are likely to benefit from this all-Swiss affair?

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