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Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

17 Dec 2012

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann last week insisted its acquisition of Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients unit will strengthen its future with the deal making it the world's largest processor of cocoa and high-quality cocoa powder. Elsewhere, the European Commission said it would come forward with ideas for a grocery code adjudicator by next autumn if no system of self-regulation is put into place. Parmalat, meanwhile, confirmed a raid on its offices over tax investigations, and David Heath, UK minister for environment, food and rural affairs said his department was working with the UK Government to identify export priority markets.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

17 Dec 2012

The top two stories on just-food's pages last week included Barry Callebaut's deal to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients business and the European Commission's warning it will come forward with ideas for a grocery code adjudicator next autumn if no system of self-regulation is in place. Elsewhere, there has been a focus on the dairy sector with FrieslandCampina announcing plans to cut over 200 jobs across its business in Germany, and Parmalat having had its offices raided by Italy's financial police over an investigation into tax. We also brought you news from the FDEA's UK export event in London where just-food was an exclusive partner.

In the spotlight: Barry Callebaut believes in pricey Petra deal

13 Dec 2012

Increased exposure to emerging markets? Tick. Boost portfolio with more in-demand products? Tick. Barry Callebaut tried to outline the benefits of its move to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients arm but the market winced at the price paid. Dean Best reports.

UPDATE: SINGAPORE: Petra deal will boost growth - Barry Callebaut

12 Dec 2012

Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann has insisted the group's acquisition of Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients division will boost its growth as shares in the Swiss B2B chocolate firm fell.

SWITZ/SINGAPORE: Barry Callebaut buys Petra Foods' cocoa arm

12 Dec 2012

Barry Callebaut said today (12 December) it had become the world's largest cocoa processor after agreeing to buy Petra Foods' cocoa ingredients business for US$950m.

UPDATE: UK: Barry Callebaut eyes 'production optimisation'

4 Dec 2012

Barry Callebaut has said its move to consolidate UK chocolate production will boost efficiency.

UK: Barry Callebaut to close Chester factory

4 Dec 2012

Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has revealed it plans to close its liquid chocolate facility in Chester, with the loss of around 25 jobs.

Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

12 Nov 2012

A raft of quarterly results hit the just-food newsdesk this week, with the likes of Morrisons, Associatied British Foods and Marks and Spencer all revealing figures for the last three months. Morrisons spoke about its need to strengthen its marketing message and promotional mechanics, while ABF insisted its grocery business after profits fell in the last 12 months. just-food's latest exclusive interviews included chats with executives Spain's Campofrio and Swiss dairy group Emmi.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

12 Nov 2012

In a week of trading updates and financial results, we spoke to Associated British Foods finance chief John Bason about the UK group's grocery business, heard how retailer Morrisons plans to revitalise its sales and why Mondelez International CEO Irene Rosenfeld believes its operations in Brazil and Russia can bounce back after a challenging quarter.

FRANCE: Bomb alert at Barry Callebaut plant

8 Nov 2012

Barry Callebaut's production plant in Dijon, in eastern France, was evacuated today (8 November) following a bomb alert.

SWITZ: Barry Callebaut reaffirms guidance despite profit drop

7 Nov 2012

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has reaffirmed its mid-term guidance, depsite booking a drop in full-year profit.

On the money: Barry Callebaut "confident" following investment surge

7 Nov 2012

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut insisted it is "confident" on the outlook for the coming fiscal year after investments weighed on the group's bottom line.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

5 Nov 2012

Hurricane Sandy, which swept across the eastern part of the US, dominated headlines worldwide this week - and its impact was felt on the food sector. Elsewhere, US bakery giant Hostess Brands warned it may have to close if workers strike, UK food group Premier Foods sold off another brand - Branston pickle - to Japan's Mizkan and the country's food industry made a wide-ranging pledge on palm oil. just-food's insight pages were busy, with an in-depth look (for subscribers only) at the debate on nutrient taxes and an interview with the executive that runs McCormick & Co's business in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

TURKEY: Barry Callebaut to build chocolate plant

31 Oct 2012

Barry Callebaut is to build a chocolate plant in Turkey, a market it says has low per capita consumption of the product but where demand is growing quickly.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food last week

29 Oct 2012

A busy but fruitful week for just-food was dominated by the SIAL trade expo in Paris, where thousands of international manufacturers gathered to showcase products and discuss the challenges and opportunities facing them. Elsewhere, the UK unveiled plans to introduce a hybrid nutrition labelling system, Premier Foods plc pledged to "unlock value" from its bread division and French retailers Carrefour and Casino found their international operations in the spotlight.

SWITZ: Unilever's Boone to head Barry Callebaut R&D

25 Oct 2012

Barry Callebaut has hired Unilever executive Peter Boone to head up its R&D.

US: Barry Callebaut signs Arcor-Dos en Uno supply deal

23 Oct 2012

Barry Callebaut has signed a deal for the supply of compound and chocolate products to Argentine confectioner Arcor-Dos en Uno in South America.

UK: Strikes off after Barry Callebaut staff accept pay deal

1 Oct 2012

Barry Callebaut workers in the UK have called off the threat of strike action after agreeing a deal on pay.

UK: Barry Callebaut faces more strikes over pay

24 Sep 2012

Workers at a Barry Callebaut chocolate facility in the UK have warned of further strike action planned if the company does not enter into "meaningful" negotiations over pay.

FRANCE: Barry Callebaut sells Dijon unit

21 Sep 2012

Barry Callebaut has announced that it plans to sell its factory and the related business in Dijon to its management team, led by Philippe de Jarcy.

SWITZ: Americas sweeten Barry Callebaut sales

5 Jul 2012

Barry Callebaut, the Swiss B2B chocolate manufacturer, today (5 July) reported a 2% increase in sales for the first nine months of its fiscal year, with contracts in the Americas helping revenue.

COTE D'IVOIRE: Barry Callebaut breaks ground at cocoa research centre

29 Jun 2012

Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has broken ground at its first Center of Cocoa Excellence in west Africa.

US: Candy firms Farley's and Ferrara Pan merge

20 Jun 2012

US confectioners Farley's & Sathers and Ferrara Pan Candy Co. have merged, the companies have announced.

SWITZ: Barry Callebaut R&D chief Vriens quits

15 Jun 2012

Hans Vriens has resigned from his role as chief innovation officer at chocolate giant Barry Callebaut.

JAPAN: Morinaga deal prompts Barry Callebaut revamp

14 Jun 2012

A new deal to supply Japanese confectioner Morinaga has led Barry Callebaut to shake up its production network in the country, including ending manufacturing at one factory.

US/CANADA: Barry Callebaut acquires Ontario facility

11 Jun 2012

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut is to expand its liquid and chocolate moulding capacity in North America with the purchase of a facility in Ontario.

SINGAPORE: Petra Foods downbeat over low cocoa prices

10 May 2012

Petra Foods, the Singapore-based consumer and B2B chocolate and cocoa group, has sounded a warning over the prospect of lower cocoa prices on its ingredients business this year.

just-food Confidence Survey - emerging markets and sustainability

30 Apr 2012

just-food's Confidence Survey also included questions on the emerging markets and sustainability. Of the BRIC markets, China gave respondents most cause for optimism. Outside those four countries, markets from Colombia to Vietnam filled others with confidence. And, on the issue of sustainability, alleviating their company's impact on the environment remained a priority for many despite the gloomy economic landscape.

Editor's choice: the highlights on just-food this week

10 Apr 2012

M&A in the UK food sector was again a hot topic this week as news emerged that private equity investors could be preparing to merge Premier Foods' unwanted brands with fellow UK food group Symington's.

On the money: Barry Callebaut defends investment after profits fall

3 Apr 2012

Barry Callebaut has insisted the investments it made during the first six months of its financial year have provided it with a "good base" for future growth after it reported a fall in half-year profits.









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