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General Mills must tread carefully with Epic

Either side of Christmas, General Mills turned to M&A to try to inject some growth into its business. On 23 December, the company announced...

General Mills' home discomforts raise questions

General Mills' latest numbers have put the US food giant under scrutiny once more. Last week, the company reported lacklustre second-quarter...

Katy Askew | 18 Sep 2015

The natural products sector has waived in a seismic shift in the mainstream shopping habits of American consumers. This has attracted the attention of legacy brand manufacturers. But as the forces of big food look to cash in, SMEs have leveraged their agility to focus on delivering new products. Here is just-food's pick of some of the most exciting new products on show from SMEs at this year's Natural Products Expo East.

Katy Askew | 3 Jul 2015

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the group's largest revenue stream, this has weighed on the group's overall results and addressing these issues is a priority for the Cheerios maker. But are General Mills' product innovation and renovation plans enough to get the top line moving in the US? Katy Askew investigates.

Dean Best | 30 Mar 2015

The US food industry is going through a period of significant change and the major names have struggled to come up with the answers to meet new consumer habits. There have already been signs some are turning to M&A - think of the sales of Bolthouse, of Annie's and even Krave jerky last month - and the Kraft/Heinz mega-merger suggests deal-making could accelerate.

Katy Askew | 18 Mar 2015

Up-and-coming categories and companies are increasingly setting the pace in the US food sector. Demand for natural, healthy, fresh and sustainable products is on the rise. This has left legacy brands facing slumping sales. But, as yesterday's Kraft Foods Group recall shows, there is still considerable interest in the old brands, Katy Askew suggests.

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Hannah Abdulla | 2 Dec 2014

Americans consume 16bn quarts of popcorn annually, with 70% of popcorn eaten at home. Capturing a share of this is all about keeping it simple and being honest with consumers, Angie Bastian, co-founder of popcorn firm Angie's Artisan Treats tells just-food's Hannah Abdulla.

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Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 2016

Yoghurt is the latest niggle on General Mills' list of woes, the Yoplait owner revealed on a conference call on its third-quarter and nine-month results yesterday (23 March).

Dean Best | 10 Mar 2016

General Mills believes it will reach a target of doubling its organic acreage in 2019, a year earlier than the Annie's owner had originally estimated.

Hannah Abdulla | 16 Feb 2016

General Mills plans to launch more gluten-free cereals and take its Annie's brand in the category in order to build on the growth the company has seen from aiming cereal products at more health-conscious consumers in the US.

Hannah Abdulla | 6 Jan 2016

General Mills has snapped up US-based meat snacks company Epic Provisions, the group's second acquisition in two weeks.

Dean Best | 22 Dec 2015

General Mills is to launch US natural and organic brand Annie's into the country's yoghurt sector.

Dean Best | 17 Dec 2015

General Mills today (17 December) lowered its forecasts for annual sales and earnings on the back of lower sales in the second quarter, when the US group's domestic performance was subdued.

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Sep 2015

This week, Kellogg announced plans to increase its exposure in Africa through a joint-venture with local player, Tolaram Foods. Elsewhere, Tyson Foods was once again in the spotlight over animal abuse allegations. Nestle lost its battle to trademark its KitKat product in the European Court of Justice Midamar pleaded guilty to allegations it mislabeled products for export as halal.

Katy Askew | 16 Sep 2015

General Mill's natural food business Annie's is launching a line of certified organic soups.

Hannah Abdulla | 29 Jul 2015

General Mills' US unit Annie's Inc has added to its cookie range in the US.

Katy Askew | 10 Jul 2015

General Mills-owned natural and organic food group Annie's has expanded its range with the addition of five macaroni & cheese varieties.

Katy Askew | 1 Jul 2015

General Mills has conceded that the performance of its US brands weighed on full-year sales and earnings in a 12 month period that the company described as “mixed”.

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2015

Last week, just-food was live at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference, where some of the largest industry names including Nestle, Strauss and Danone provided business updates. Elsewhere, Mars confirmed plans to invest in a Snickers production plant in India. Rumours were also rife General Mills was looking to offload its Green Giant business. Here is the week in quotes.

Hannah Abdulla | 18 Mar 2015

General Mills today (18 March) posted lower nine-month sales and profits amid signs the US group's domestic business remains under pressure.

Katy Askew | 7 Nov 2014

General Mills has lowered its forecasts for annual sales and earnings, blaming "continued weak food industry trends" in the US and "slowing growth" in key emerging markets.

Dean Best | 9 Oct 2014

Annie's, the US organic food maker set to be acquired by General Mills, has launched a "grass-fed" macaroni and cheese line, targeting consumers interested in animal welfare.

Dean Best | 22 Sep 2014

After General Mills' move to buy Annie's, M&A advisor Stefan Kirk took to just-food's pages to argue Lifeway Foods could be a takeover target for Danone. General Mills, meanwhile, battling to improve the performance of its US business revealed it will close two plants. And we took a look at the most eye-catching products being showcased at the Natural Products Expo East show in Baltimore.

Hannah Abdulla | 15 Sep 2014

In this week's big acquisition, General Mills moved to boost its domestic business with a deal to buy natural and organic firm Annie's. Elsewhere Arla Foods announced it had entered the race to take over Egypt's Arab Dairy Products Co. Indian dairy firm Amul hinted at plans to start exports to Russia while local conglomerate ITC announced it would grow its presence in the Indian dairy sector. Things also continued to heat up in the battle for Chiquita Brands International, with the produce giant announcing it had been granted a waiver from Fyffes to enter into discussions with Cutrale Group and Safra Group.

Katy Askew | 15 Sep 2014

M&A was once more a focus on just-food as consolidation of the food sector continued. US natural and organic food group Annie's was snapped up by General Mills.

Dean Best | 9 Sep 2014

General Mills is set to buy US natural and organic food firm Annie's in a deal worth US$820m.

Katy Askew | 5 Sep 2014

Natural and organic food maker Annie's has launched two lines of frozen pizza snacks in the US, Annie's pizza poppers and mini pizza bagels.

Dean Best | 8 Aug 2014

US food group Annie's has kept its forecasts for annual sales and earnings despite a mixed first quarter.

Katy Askew | 11 Jun 2014

Annie's is adding four new products to its Barnie's Farm line: animal cookies, cheddar crackers, fruit snacks and a microwave macaroni and cheese cup.

Katy Askew | 5 Jun 2014

A US law firm, Kahn Swick & Foti (KSF), has launched an investigation into Annie's over concerns surrounding the organic food group's accounting practices and possible "insider sales".

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Hannah Abdulla | 25 Sep 2014

Genetically modified ingredients is a hot issue, nowhere more so than in the US. Most food makers in the country, through a number of industry organisations, maintain GMOs are safe and insist their use crop cultivation carry environmental and economic benefits. But, at General Mills' shareholder meeting this week, investors in the food giant were asked to vote on whether the company should no longer use the ingredients.

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