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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: On the money

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.


Seafood group Clearwater eyes agility through restructuring 10 Nov 2017

Column: On the money

Clearwater is looking to speed up its decision-making and become more agile through restructuring measures the Canada-based seafood giant announced alongside what CEO Ian Smith said was a set of "disappointing" third-quarter results.


From existential threats to working with science - the top takeaways from The International Dairy Federation World Dairy Summit 2017 8 Nov 2017

Column: In the spotlight

The volatility in commodity prices, the rise of plant-based alternatives, Brexit, Trump - there was plenty for delegates who headed to Belfast last week for the International Dairy Federation's annual World Dairy Summit to chew over. just-food deputy editor Andy Coyne gives us a flavour of the event.


It's not child's play for TreeHouse Foods right now - editor's viewpoint 3 Nov 2017

Column: On the money

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tough going in the last 18 months or so. And, worryingly for investors, the latest news coming out of TreeHouse this week did not make for happy reading, Dean Best reports.


It's not child's play for TreeHouse Foods right now - editor's viewpoint 3 Nov 2017

Column: In the spotlight

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tough going in the last 18 months or so. And, worryingly for investors, the latest news coming out of TreeHouse this week did not make for happy reading, Dean Best reports.


It's not child's play for TreeHouse Foods right now - editor's viewpoint 3 Nov 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tough going in the last 18 months or so. And, worryingly for investors, the latest news coming out of TreeHouse this week did not make for happy reading, Dean Best reports.


Eyeing Asia, Saputo moves for Murray Goulburn - editor's viewpoint 30 Oct 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group.


Eyeing Asia, Saputo moves for Murray Goulburn - editor's viewpoint 30 Oct 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group.


Seachill seen as good catch for UK meatpacker Hilton - analysis 23 Oct 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Hilton Food Group's acquisition of Seachill, announced last week, confirmed the UK meat processor's interest in the local seafood group, which raised a few eyebrows in the industry when a deal was first mooted back in August. Andy Coyne analyses why Hilton has moved for the owner of The Saucy Fish Co. and diversified into a new sector.


Ferrero strikes again in US - but whither Nestle assets? 23 Oct 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Ferrero and Ferrara Candy Co. have this summer been named as two possible bidders for Nestle's US confectionery assets. This week, they announced they were to join forces. What, then, could that mean for Nestle's bid to sell the business?


Brexit – threat to UK food security or opportunity for renewal? 18 Oct 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Brexit has been said to constitute a clear and present danger to UK food security - but what does food security mean in this context and to what extent do any opportunities offset the threats? Ben Cooper reports.


Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 Oct 2017

Column: Sustainability Watch

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become a leading force on the world food stage.


Kellogg - new CEO, same old problems 5 Oct 2017

Column: On the move

Kellogg this week welcomed a new CEO. Former Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola and The Nature’s Bounty Co. executive Steve Cahillane took the hot seat at the US cereal and snacks giant on Monday (2 October). The 52-year-old replaces Kellogg veteran John Bryant, who oversaw a challenging period for the business but made progress in some areas. Dean Best reports.


What lies ahead for FrieslandCampina's new CEO? 30 Sep 2017

Column: On the move

FrieslandCampina, the world's fifth-largest dairy business, has announced the departure of CEO Roelof Joosten, with CFO Hein Schumacher to take the helm of the Dutch cooperative in the new year. Simon Harvey looks at what could be at the top of Schumacher's to-do list.


Nestle 2017 Investor Day - 5 things to learn from CEO Mark Schneider's vision for food giant 29 Sep 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Nestle’s 2017 investor day had been much anticipated – and it did not disappoint. The event in London was the first of Nestle's annual investor gatherings to be led by CEO Mark Schneider, with the market keen to hear how the German saw the future for the world’s largest food maker. Dean Best gives you the top takeaways from the event.


Why did Post Holdings buy Bob Evans Farms? 25 Sep 2017

Column: In the spotlight

In the largest M&A deal in the US packaged food sector in 2017, on Tuesday (19 September) Post Holdings announced the acquisition of bacon, breakfast sausage and mac and cheese maker Bob Evans Farms. The transaction is the latest move by the deal-hungry Post, with the company, which some see as having a patchy record with its purchases, looking to inject some growth into its business, this time by targeting a business operating in more buoyant categories on the perimeter of US stores. Andy Coyne reports.


General Mills resolute but home discomfort clouds outlook 25 Sep 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

General Mills maintained its full-year forecasts after an opening quarter of falling sales and profits but there is uncertainty on Wall Street about the outlook for the US food giant, which continues to toil at home, writes Dean Best.


The rise - and potential - of certified transitional organic in US 19 Sep 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Sales of organic food in the US continue to be robust but a limit to the growth of the industry is the gap between demand and the supply of ingredients and raw products. just-food's US columnist, Victor Martino, says the growth of the US organic industry has prompted the sector to look at a new designation, the so-called "certified transitional" organic, which he argues can grow into a real segment in the category.


Recent M&A moves show Nestle has woken up and smelt the coffee 18 Sep 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Nestle's investment in US coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle is another sign of a change in the food giant's M&A strategy since the arrival of CEO Mark Schneider earlier this year, Dean Best writes.


Why Moy Park sale will help placate JBS creditors 14 Sep 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Market reaction to JBS' sale of Northern Ireland-headquartered food group Moy Park to the US' Pilgrim's Pride for US$1.3bn has centred squarely on the Brazilian meat giant's need to pay down debts, Andy Coyne writes.


Food in line for most pain from Brexit self-harm - comment 8 Sep 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

There have been plenty of occasions since the early hours of 24 June 2016 when those in the UK who voted for the country to stay in the EU would have held their heads in the hands.


Campbell Soup Co. results - five things to learn 4 Sep 2017

Column: On the money

Having last week reported full-year earnings short of analysts' expectations, Campbell Soup Co. noted a challenging business environment in the packaged foods industry amid changing consumer preferences.


Murray Goulburn's FY results, outlook and strategic review - four things to learn 24 Aug 2017

Column: On the money

Murray Goulburn has just closed what its CEO has called a "difficult" 12 months. In reality, it has been tough for the Australia-based dairy foods and ingredients group for longer than that. In April 2016, the Devondale brand owner announced a cut to the price it paid suppliers for milk, issued a profit warning and the departures of its CEO and CFO. Current chief Ari Mervis joined Murray Goulburn in February this year and has seen the supply of milk into the business continue to fall, denting sales. Under Mervis, Murray Goulburn has embarked on a strategic review and this week, the company, alongside its 2016/17 results and 2017/18 outlook, spoke at length about the reappraisal of its business. Dean Best reports.


Murray Goulburn's FY results, outlook and strategic review - four things to learn 24 Aug 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Murray Goulburn has just closed what its CEO has called a "difficult" 12 months. In reality, it has been tough for the Australia-based dairy foods and ingredients group for longer than that. In April 2016, the Devondale brand owner announced a cut to the price it paid suppliers for milk, issued a profit warning and the departures of its CEO and CFO. Current chief Ari Mervis joined Murray Goulburn in February this year and has seen the supply of milk into the business continue to fall, denting sales. Under Mervis, Murray Goulburn has embarked on a strategic review and this week, the company, alongside its 2016/17 results and 2017/18 outlook, spoke at length about the reappraisal of its business. Dean Best reports.


Where do Trump and corporate America go from here? 21 Aug 2017

Column: In the spotlight

Following the disbanding this week of two Presidential business advisory committees, Ben Cooper looks at Donald Trump’s relationship with business and suggests these events cannot be viewed as a standard contretemps between an interest group and the White House. A serious rift has developed and, on past record, the President will not be the one extending the olive branch.


Soft US cereal, shipping snacks, Australia recovery - five things to learn from Kellogg H1 4 Aug 2017

Column: On the money

Second-quarter profits that beat Wall Street forecasts gave Kellogg's shares a boost yesterday (3 August), closing up more than 4% after the US cereal and snacks giant reported its latest set of financial results. Nevertheless, Kellogg revealed continued pressure on its domestic breakfast cereal business and faced plenty of questions about its top line and about the change to the way it distributes its snacks in the US.


Plenty to ponder as Mondelez changes CEO 3 Aug 2017

Column: In the spotlight

One of the longest tenures at the top of a major food multinational is set to come to an end, with Irene Rosenfeld, the chairman and CEO of Mondelez International, set to leave the Cadbury and Oreo maker next March. Rosenfeld, who became the CEO of Mondelez forerunner Kraft Foods in 2006, will leave behind a very different business to the one at which she arrived 11 years ago. Dean Best reflects on her time at the helm and outlines what could lie ahead for her successor, the former Coca-Cola, Mars, Danone and McCain Foods executive Dirk Van de Put.


McCormick hot on Reckitt sauces deal despite fiery multiple 21 Jul 2017

Column: In the spotlight

McCormick & Co. this week emerged as the buyer of Reckitt Benckiser's food assets, which include French's mustard and Frank's RedHot sauce. The brands look a good fit with McCormick's own basket of sauces and spices but the US group has paid what appears to be a rich multiple for the assets and its shares cooled on Wednesday when the deal was announced. Can McCormick extract value? Dean Best reports.


General Mills' fiscal 2018 investor day - four things to learn 20 Jul 2017

Column: In the spotlight

General Mills is one of a clutch of US-centric businesses that have been under sales pressure for some time. In the 12 months to 28 May, the Yoplait maker's annual net sales fell 6% - the third successive year in which its top line contracted. Last week (12 July), the US food giant held its annual investor day to set out its plans for the new financial year, a chance for recently-installed CEO Jeff Harmening to outline how he believes the company can improve its performance. Here are the top takeaways from the event.

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