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

Column: In the spotlight

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.


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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: In the spotlight

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.


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

Column: On the money

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

Column: On the money

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. 


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

Column: On the money

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.


Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  6 Feb 2018

Column: In the spotlight

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


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

Column: On the money

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


Decision on Murray Goulburn sale delayed 2 Feb 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Australia's competition watchdog has pushed back the date on which it is set to announce its verdict on Saputo's planned acquisition of the operating assets and liabilities of local dairy giant Murray Goulburn.


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

Column: On the money

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.


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers 26 Jan 2018

Column: IRI's inside track

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food.


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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: In the spotlight

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?


What next after Ferrero's move for Nestle's US candy assets? 19 Jan 2018

Column: In the spotlight

After months of speculation, Italian candy maker Ferrero finally emerged this week as the winner in the race for Nestle's US confectionery assets, reportedly pipping rival Hershey to a business that has largely been sluggish in delivering results. But what lies ahead? Simon Harvey investigates.


Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 2018

Column: In the spotlight

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.


Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.


Why - and how - 2018 promises to be buoyant year for M&A in food 10 Jan 2018

Column: M&A Watch

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 year looks set to be another busy one for food-company strategists. Dean Best looks at what could lie ahead.


Campbell's move for Snyder's-Lance is positive but risks lie ahead - analysis 4 Jan 2018

Column: In the spotlight

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 to buy US snacks maker Snyder's-Lance. Snacks will become a larger component of Campbell's sales mix but integrating a business that has had its own issues in recent quarters will be a challenge. Dean Best reports.


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

Column: In the spotlight

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

Column: Sustainability Watch

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

Column: In the spotlight

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


Gove wins UK exporter praise but Brexit looms - editor's viewpoint 15 Dec 2017

Column: Editor's viewpoint

For all the qualified optimism about the UK government's renewed pledges to work "in partnership" with the country's food industry to grow the sector, Brexit presents significant unknowns and departure from the EU could have significant ramifications for manufacturers.


Industry gets obesity praise but could UK politics shift? 23 Nov 2017

Column: Consuming issues

The annual Food Matters Live conference and exhibition has been held in London this week, with industry, politicians, campaigners and academia meeting at a three-day business event that focuses on the links between food, health, nutrition and sustainability. Ben Cooper reports on the discussions centring on the UK government's bid to tackle childhood obesity.


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

Column: In the spotlight

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.


Should Nestle buy Hain Celestial? 22 Nov 2017

Column: In the spotlight

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.


Should Nestle buy Hain Celestial? 22 Nov 2017

Column: Deal or no deal

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.


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

Column: On the money

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

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.

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