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Greencore switches to "singular focus" after US exit - analysis 15 Oct 2018

Andy Coyne looks at the ramifications of Greencore's decision to quit the US after a decade of trying to build a successful own-label business in the market.


How might move from NAFTA to USMCA affect food industry? 11 Oct 2018

Since President Trump's election, the future of the 24-year-old North American Free Trade Agreement has at various times looked uncertain but the US, Canada and Mexico have struck a revised deal. Ed Zwirn, Keith Nuthall and Diana Yordanova look at what the prospective USA-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) could mean for the food industry.


Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  5 Oct 2018

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


Has Aryzta found right mix to grease recovery wheels? 4 Oct 2018

Despite another year of losses, Aryzta chief Kevin Toland is adamant he can return the business to growth after offloading a number of assets - with potentially more to come. But success hinges on a shareholder vote on a capital-raising exercise. Simon Harvey assesses the outlook.


What might Tesco's new Jack's format mean for suppliers? 27 Sep 2018

Tesco is fighting back in the UK against Aldi and Lidl with the opening of its own discount chain, Jack's. Simon Creasey outlines what the move could mean for manufacturers.


The rise of 'stealth small brands' as Big Food fights back 20 Sep 2018

just-food's incisive US columnist Victor Martino is introducing a new term to the CPG lexicon - stealth small brands.


Mondelez CEO puts new growth engine into gear - key takeaways 12 Sep 2018

Mondelez International chief executive Dirk Van de Put revealed a new strategic framework for the snacks giant on Friday as he hosted his first investor day since taking the job last autumn. The former McCain Foods boss unveiled a focus on top-line growth rather than a primary play on boosting margins. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways as the Cadbury chocolate owner embarks on a plan to "re-energise" its global brands and divest non-core assets.


China the next frontier for determined US grocer Kroger 17 Aug 2018

Kroger, one of the largest grocers in the US, has, in the face of a challenging domestic market and the spectre of Amazon, rolled up its sleeves in recent months and announced a series of moves in developing parts of the food industry. This week, Kroger announced another initiative but, this time, it was international. Dean Best reports.


Cereal? Health? A company split? What might be next for PepsiCo under new CEO Ramon Laguarta 8 Aug 2018

Indra Nooyi is stepping down as PepsiCo CEO, to be replaced by another 20-year company veteran, group president Ramon Laguarta. What could lie ahead for the food and beverage giant? Dean Best reports.


What could no-deal Brexit mean for UK, EU food sectors? 31 Jul 2018

The prospect of the UK and the EU not reaching a deal on the country's departure from the bloc has risen in recent weeks amid close votes at Westminster and Brussels expressing opposition to London's latest proposals on customs. As food-industry concerns mount, Rose Pengally surveys what could be the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the sector on both sides of the Channel.


Nestle results provide food for thought - key takeaways 30 Jul 2018

Nestlé revealed a generally positive set of first-half results on Thursday that were received favourably by the stock market, despite a tweak to the Swiss food giant's organic growth outlook. But what was most interesting is what can surely only be deemed as a veiled kickback by CEO Mark Schneider at activist investor Daniel Loeb. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.


Will incoming Hain Celestial chief usher in new era? 10 Jul 2018

Finding a successor to Hain Celestial founder and chief executive Irwin Simon could prove tricky in light of the pressure from activist investor Engaged Capital to sell the US business. But what might the options be for an incoming CEO faced with a product portfolio bloated by acquisitions and with 'Big Food' companies and retailers fast encroaching on its organic roots? Simon Harvey investigates.


Frustration with Brexit blind date prevails at FDF's annual gathering 15 Jun 2018

With nine months to go until the UK is set to officially leave the EU, politicians are still battling it out to resolve complex trade and regulatory issues two years after the Brexit referendum. The UK food industry can only sit and watch events unfold but is eager to see concrete resolutions so they can get on with planning for an exit. Simon Harvey went to the UK Food and Drink Federation's annual convention to hear what delegates had to say.


Bakery giant Aryzta's fresh profit warning raises concerns 29 May 2018

It has been clear for months there are some sizeable challenges facing Aryzta, the Swiss-Irish bakery giant - and there were signs this week the company's problems persist.


What are the options for incoming 2 Sisters CEO Ronald Kers? 24 May 2018

After 25 years at the helm of 2 Sisters Food Group, one of the UK's largest food companies, multi-millionaire founder Ranjit Singh Boparan is stepping aside. Having recently faced a recent hygiene scandal, which dug holes in its finances, he has hired Ronald Kers as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the challenges ahead for the former Müller executive.


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