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Top stories on just-food this week

5 Feb 2010

Results season started in earnest this week, with Unilever, Kellogg and Hershey among the food giants announcing annual results.

The just-food interview - Juergen Steinemann, Barry Callebaut

2 Feb 2010

2010 promises to be a tough year in chocolate. Faced with high cocoa and sugar prices on one side, and a continued weak consumer environment on the other, the chocolate industry remains challenging - despite Kraft Foods' delight at acquiring Cadbury. However, one company that appears well placed to prosper is Barry Callebaut, the global supplier to many of the world's confectioners. Barry Callebaut CEO Juergen Steinemann tells Dean Best why he thinks the Swiss group's global footprint means the future is sweet for the chocolate maker.

GLOBAL: Chocolate demand to return in 2012 - Callebaut CEO

2 Feb 2010

The chief executive of chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has warned that it will take two years before global volumes return to the levels seen before the recession.

SWITZ: Callebaut sees “flat” 2010 chocolate market

13 Jan 2010

Swiss chocolate group Barry Callebaut booked an increase in first-quarter sales today (13 January) - but said it expects the global chocolate market to remain “flat” in 2010.

GLOBAL: Cargill, Callebaut await customer-fuelled M&A

20 Nov 2009

Chocolate processing giants Cargill and Barry Callebaut have suggested that any consolidation between the sector's leading brand-owners could lead to more M&A activity among the industry's suppliers.

Top stories on just-food this week

20 Nov 2009

This was the week when even the ongoing speculation over the future of Cadbury was trumped as the headline-grabbing story. That honour fell to UK retail's leading Dutchman, Marc Bolland, who is set to switch from Morrisons after three successful years for upmarket rival Marks and Spencer. The Bolland bombshell overshadowed the latest twist in the Cadbury saga, which saw Hershey and Ferrero indicate they could enter the fray - with a possible joint bid for the Dairy Milk maker a possibility. These are the top stories on just-food this week.

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

20 Nov 2009

Here is just-food's week in words.

INSIGHT: Chocolate makers face "tough" 2010

16 Nov 2009

The world's chocolate makers face a challenging next 12 months as they try to balance facing higher cocoa and sugar prices with weak consumer confidence.

INSIGHT: Barry Callebaut bullish despite outlook cuts

12 Nov 2009

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut today (12 November) cut its mid-term outlook as the global chocolate market continued to suffer in the face of the global recession.

SWITZERLAND: Barry Callebaut's solid growth bucks market

12 Nov 2009

Barry Callebaut has delivered strong sales and profit growth in its full-year results, outpacing the general market for chocolate.

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

6 Nov 2009

Private label was the topic on the lips of Xavier Govare, CEO of Alfesca, Pierre-Olivier Beckers, Delhaize CEO, and Sara Lee's Brenda Barnes this week, while Sir Stuart Rose stole the limelight with the news that Marks and Spencer is to roll out branded products across the UK.

SWITZ: Barry Callebaut to buy Spanish chocolate maker

4 Nov 2009

Swiss chocolate group Barry Callebaut is to acquire Spanish chocolate maker Chocovic.

SWITZ/SPAIN: Barry, Natra fail to strike deal

9 Sep 2009

The planned sale of Barry Callebaut's European consumer chocolate business to Spanish group Natra has fallen through, the Swiss chocolate maker said today (9 September).

BELGIUM: Barry Callebaut closes production line

17 Aug 2009

Barry Callebaut has confirmed that it plans to close a liquid production line at its manufacturing facility in Eupen, Belgium.

Top stories on just-food this week

26 Jun 2009

At a time of economic uncertainty – when our pages can sometimes make for gloomy reading – the confectionery sector was given cause for optimism last week

SPAIN: Natra publishes capital increase prospectus

26 Jun 2009

Spanish private-label chocolate specialist Natra has filed a prospectus with the Spanish Stock Market Regulation Authorities (CNMV) for its planned capital increase of EUR40.5m (US$57m).

UPDATE: SWITZ: Barry Callebaut sees "continuing growth" in developed markets

25 Jun 2009

Swiss chocolate group Barry Callebaut told just-food today (25 June) that it expects to see continuing growth from its businesses in the developed markets of Western Europe and the US, despite stable or declining chocolate consumption.

SWITZ: Barry Callbaut sales pick up pace

25 Jun 2009

Barry Callebaut offered the market some cheer today (25 June) by suggesting that it was seeing positive momentum in its sales growth in what it described as “recessionary markets”. However, sales values were hit by foreign exchange issues.

SPAIN: Natra plans share issue

12 Jun 2009

Private-label chocolate manufacturer Natra is to issue over EUR42m (US$59m) in shares to fund investment and cut debt.

UPDATE: SWITZ: Eurogran buy “fits” Callebaut strategy

4 Jun 2009

Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut said it acquisition of Eurogran is in line with its strategy to focus on its core business.

SWITZ: Callebaut buys vending firm Eurogran

4 Jun 2009

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has signed an agreement with MISP Holding to acquire 100% of the shares of its subsidiary Eurogran.

SPAIN: Natra ditches plans to halve Natraceutical stake

3 Jun 2009

Spanish food company Natra said it has scrapped its plan to halve its stake in affiliate Natraceutical to 25%.

SWITZ: Callebaut quashes majority shareholder talk

13 May 2009

Chocolate giant Barry Callebaut has played down reports that the company's majority shareholder wants to increase its stake in the business.

SWITZ/SPAIN: Callebaut sticks to Natra timetable

13 May 2009

Swiss chocolate giant Barry Callebaut insisted today (13 May) its plan to sell its consumer chocolate division to Spain's Natra remains on track.

FRANCE: Callebaut silent on court order

29 Apr 2009

Barry Callebaut, the Switzerland-based chocolate manufacturer, has refused to comment on a French court's order for the business to halt planned job cuts in the city of Dijon.

US/SWITZ: Michael Foods CEO joins Barry Callebaut

17 Apr 2009

Chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has today (17 April) announced that it is hiring the CEO of US food group Michael Foods to head up its operations in the Americas.

Top stories on just-food this week

3 Apr 2009

Once again, the issue of food safety reared its head in the US and once again, a nut maker is at the centre of the outbreak. The likes of PepsiCo, Kraft Foods and Kroger have pulled lines after the country's second-largest pistachio maker announced a recall over salmonella fears. In Europe, Bakkavor booked a loss for 2008 and Cadbury announced plans to close a gum plant in Spain. And, in Asia, Heinz entered India's cereal market. These are the top stories on just-food this week.

SWITZ: Callebaut CEO De Maeseneire to depart

2 Apr 2009

Barry Callebaut CEO Patrick De Maeseneire is to leave the company after seven years at the top of the Swiss chocolate maker.

In the Spotlight - Barry Callebaut

2 Apr 2009

Barry Callebaut, the Swiss firm that supplies chocolate to the likes of Hershey and Nestle, has undergone something of a transformation in recent years. Today (2 April), however, it was announced that CEO Patrick De Maeseneire, the man who oversaw much of that change, was leaving the business. Michelle Russell reports.

SWITZ: Product margins boost Callebaut profits

2 Apr 2009

Swiss chocolate maker Barry Callebaut has booked a 15.3% increase in half-year profits, boosted by tight cost-control and higher cocoa product margins.









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