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Why latest Tyrrells takeover is no major surprise 18 May 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

UK-based savoury snacks business Tyrrells is getting its third owner in two years - but the latest deal is no surprise, writes Dean Best.


Premier Foods gives grounds for (cautious) optimism - analysis 17 May 2018

Column: On the money

What a difference twelve months makes as Premier Foods plc recorded its fastest pace of annual revenue growth in five years, a stark contrast to the disappointing results unveiled by chief executive Gavin Darby in 2017. And, at this juncture, the UK's fourth-largest food company is perhaps on a firmer footing to achieve its ongoing, yearly, sales growth target having seen a surge in demand in Australia and, at the same time, witnessed a revival in its Batchelors and Angel Delight brands. Simon Harvey investigates. 


London Mayor's bold plan on food ads should be welcomed 11 May 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

How the owners of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar advertise their products has long been a contentious issue in the UK, with campaigners calling for further restrictions. Today (11 May), London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has won praise for his proposals to introduce regulations within his area of influence.


Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  11 May 2018

Column: In the spotlight

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


TreeHouse Foods' CEO Steven Oakland faces turnaround challenge 7 May 2018

Column: On the money

New TreeHouse Foods chief Steven Oakland has only been in the hot seat at the US own-label supplier for a matter of weeks but, despite better-than-expected underlying earnings per share, the company's results for the first quarter of 2018 gave an indication of the challenge ahead. Simon Harvey reports.


How frozen food is seeing renaissance in Europe 7 May 2018

Column: IRI's inside track

For years seen as the less glamorous alternative to fresh, frozen food has been making a quiet comeback across Europe. Olly Abotorabi, senior insights manager at IRI International, considers why demand for frozen is hotting up.


What might Pinnacle Foods' new activist investor mean for US group? 20 Apr 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the US group that talk will intensify.


Nestle on Brazil, China, US, AgeCore row and M&A - top takeaways from Q1 commentary 19 Apr 2018

Column: On the money

On an organic basis, Nestle's first-quarter sales beat analyst expectations as volumes offset the company's weakest pricing since 2000. The result meant the world's largest food maker stuck to its forecast for its organic sales to grow by 2-4% this year. However, beyond the numbers, Nestle's senior management issued some interesting commentary on trading in countries key to many food multinationals, on its pricing dispute with European buying group AgeCore and gave a flavour of its appetite for M&A


General Mills' profit warning - five things to learn 27 Mar 2018

Column: On the money

General Mills caused grumbles on Wall Street last week with another downward revision to its forecast for a key profit metric - the second change announced in a month. The US group "feels good" about its top-line performance but knows it needs to work on its profitability, even if it insists some of the factors affecting its bottom line are sector-wide. How General Mills reacts will be keenly watched by investors and industry. Dean Best reports.


M&A, rather than Brexit, is behind Unilever's HQ decision 16 Mar 2018

Column: In the spotlight

Unilever this week announced a change in its legal structure, which will see the FMCG behemoth have its main base in the Netherlands. The UK media swiftly pointed to Brexit - but the key factor would likely have been to have given the group more options when it comes to M&A.


M&A, rather than Brexit, is behind Unilever's HQ decision 16 Mar 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Unilever this week announced a change in its legal structure, which will see the FMCG behemoth have its main base in the Netherlands. The UK media swiftly pointed to Brexit - but the key factor would likely have been to have given the group more options when it comes to M&A.


Greencore warning vindicates market doubts about US foray - analysis 15 Mar 2018

Column: In the spotlight

Ireland's Greencore has disappointed investors and analysts alike with a profit warning, a US factory closure and a shake-up of its US leadership team. Andy Coyne looks at the issues it is facing.


The UK's calorie plan is cogent - and industry will be content 12 Mar 2018

Column: Editor's viewpoint

Faced with some alarming data on obesity, the UK this week announced its latest strategy to battle the bulge. A target for industry to reduce calories has its merits and, Dean Best writes, will have pleased industry, too.


Can new CEO Steven Oakland rebuild TreeHouse Foods? 8 Mar 2018

Column: In the spotlight

TreeHouse Foods has hired industry veteran Steven Oakland to rescue what has become a sinking ship under the weight of its acquisition of the then ConAgra Foods' private-label arm in 2016. Simon Harvey looks at the job in hand for the former J.M. Smucker chief executive, who inherits a transformation programme still in its infancy and losses of more than US$200m.


Can new CEO Steven Oakland rebuild TreeHouse Foods? 8 Mar 2018

Column: On the move

TreeHouse Foods has hired industry veteran Steven Oakland to rescue what has become a sinking ship under the weight of its acquisition of the then ConAgra Foods' private-label arm in 2016. Simon Harvey looks at the job in hand for the former J.M. Smucker chief executive, who inherits a transformation programme still in its infancy and losses of more than US$200m.


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

Column: On the money

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's future prospects? Andy Coyne reports.


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

Column: In the spotlight

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.


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

Column: Editor's viewpoint

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

Column: In the spotlight

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

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.


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.

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