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Briefing: Why foodservice could offer US firms route to growth

3 Mar 2015

A swathe of mainstream US packaged food manufacturers are searching for growth as grocery retail stagnates amid significant changes to consumer habits. In just-food's latest management briefing, we look at whether the foodservice channel could present opportunities for growth.

Boulder Brands cuts 2015 sales forecast

27 Feb 2015

Shares in Boulder Brands tumbled yesterday (26 February) after the US food group cut its forecast for 2015 sales, pointing to expected lower growth from its gluten-free brands.

Boulder confirms losses on Smart Balance charges

6 Nov 2014

One-off charges related to Boulder Brands' under-performing Smart Balance brand have led the US food group to generate an operating loss in the third quarter of the year.

Food industry news of the week: Chiquita, Premier Foods, LDC

24 Oct 2014

The most eye-catching story came on Friday with the surprise news Chiquita Brands International shareholders had voted against the US produce group's plan to merge with Fyffes.

Editor's viewpoint: Boulder Brands should consider Smart Balance sale

23 Oct 2014

The US spreads and gluten-free group saw its shares slump yesterday after warning about its short-term profitability. Boulder's Smart Balance business continues to struggle and Dean Best argues the company should be mulling the brand's future within the group's portfolio.

Boulder Brands shares tumble after warning of Q3 loss

22 Oct 2014

Shares in Boulder Brands slumped today (22 October) after the US spreads and gluten-free business said impairment charges on its Smart Balance business would lead it to report a third-quarter loss.

just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo East ... in tweets

22 Sep 2014

Nothing gives you the experience of being on the ground at a trade show - without actually being on the ground - as well as social media. The buzz and activity of the event, the networking and discussion points, the emerging trends and product innovations, are all highlighted on social media pages. So, for those of you that couldn't make it to the Natural Products East Expo in Baltimore last week (18-20 September), here is our pick of the highlights from Twitter.

just-food's pick: Top ten on-trend products at Natural Products Expo East

19 Sep 2014

just-food's picks of products at the Natural Products Expo East that tap into the hot trends in US grocery.

Editor's viewpoint: US health food in play - but could be pricey

11 Sep 2014

General Mills' move for Annie's has further fuelled the belief US natural and organic food companies, including Hain Celestial and WhiteWave Foods, could become takeover targets for mainstream groups searching for growth. But the price General Mills has agreed to pay for Annie's also underlines such deals would likely be expensive.

US: Boulder Brands H1 profits down, keeps FY forecasts

7 Aug 2014

Boulder Brands, the US company behind gluten-free brand Udi's and Smart Balance spreads, has reported a fall in first-half profits - but stuck to its forecasts for the year.

US: Boulder Brands earnings hit by input costs, mix

8 May 2014

Gluten free manufacturer Boulder Brands lowered the top end of its full year guidance as it blamed a drop in first quarter earnings on higher egg white prices, product mix and one-off costs.

US: Boulder to relaunch buttery spreads as GMO-free

3 Mar 2014

US firm Boulder Brands has announced it is to relaunch its Smart Balance buttery spreads as GMO-free.

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

3 Mar 2014

Tesco's bid to try again to revitalise its UK sales grabbed the headlines this week and we looked at the retailer's moves to build a multichannel business. just-food also reported from the Gulfood trade fair in Dubai, where we met a series of senior executives including Mondelez International's regional boss. Our interview pages this week also featured the boss of gluten-free firm Dr Schär's UK arm and the CFO of Scandinavian dairy giant Arla Foods.

US: Boulder shares jump after Q4 profit growth

27 Feb 2014

Shares in Boulder Brands climbed today (27 February) after the US company posted a rise in fourth-quarter profits.

just the answer - Dr Schar UK MD Bob Trice

26 Feb 2014

Gluten free is a category growing rapidly in a number of markets, including the UK, where mainstream companies like Warburtons, as well as overseas firms like US group Boulder Brands, have moved into the sector. Italy-based Dr Schar is the world's largest gluten-free specialist. Bob Trice, the MD of Dr Schär's UK arm, spoke to Dean Best about the growing competition in and the outlook for the industry.

US: Boulder Brands buys convenience firm EVOL Foods

23 Dec 2013

US-based gluten-free group Boulder Brands has signed a deal to buy Phil's Fresh Foods, the owner of frozen convenience foods firm EVOL Foods.

just-food's review of 2013: the year's most-read interviews

19 Dec 2013

2013 was a bumper year for senior executive interviews on just-food and your top ten most-read pieces included our meetings with the CEOs of Nestle, Unilever and Greencore.

US: Boulder Brands narrows Q3 net loss

8 Nov 2013

US dairy and gluten-free firm Boulder Brands narrowed its net loss in the third quarter and reaffirmed its full-year guidance.

US: Boulder Brands creates COO role

8 Oct 2013

Boulder Brands, the US company behind Udi's gluten free and Smart Balance spreads, has created a new role of COO to oversee operations at the business.

EUROPE: Dr Schar continues roll out of gluten free pasta

25 Sep 2013

Dr Schär, the gluten-free specialist, is introducing an "authentic" line of Italian gluten-free pasta products across a number of European markets.

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

23 Sep 2013

Danone was this week under scrutiny in China amid claims local staff bribed hospitals to promote its baby food products in the country. The allegations are the latest blow to the reputation of Western firms in China following price fixing on formula and the Fonterra botulism saga. The stories will not harm the reputation of China's dairies and, this week, one processor, China Huishan Dairy Holdings Co., launched a successful IPO in Hong Kong.

Interview: Boulder Brands CEO part two - Smart Balance

17 Sep 2013

Boulder Brands, the US group, is a company buoyed by its recent expansion into gluten free, a booming sector in its home market. However, 40% of its sales remain in Smart Balance, the acquisition of which started the business in 2007, and which Boulder faces a challenge to revitalise. In part two of an interview with just-food, Boulder CEO Stephen Hughes told Dean Best how the company plans to re-boot growth from Smart Balance.

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

16 Sep 2013

Tesco grabbed the headlines last week after signing an agreement with Yucaipa for its US stores, bringing an end to its failed venture across the Atlantic. Amongst other retailers, Morrisons insisted the "space race" among major UK grocers was "well and truly over" as it released its latest sales and earnings figures. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Boulder Brands CEO Stephen Hughes about its buoyant gluten-free business. Here is a selection of quotes from last week's news and insight.

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

16 Sep 2013

Tesco finally drew a line under its failure in the US with a deal to offload its Fresh & Easy business to investment fund Yucaipa. The detail of the agreement, however, was a rather apt way to end the venture. UK rival Morrisons announced lower half-year sales and profits but a capex cut cheered the City. Elsewhere, we analysed New Zealand's attempt to restore the reputation of its dairy industry after the Fonterra botulism saga, while we interviewed the CEO of US gluten-free firm Boulder Brands.

Interview: Boulder Brands CEO Stephen Hughes - part one

12 Sep 2013

Boulder Brands is a business under a decade old but one now approaching annual sales of over US$450m. CEO Stephen Hughes set up an investment vehicle in 2005 that became Smart Balance in 2007 when it acquired GFA Brands, the owner of the Smart Balance brand. However, in the last two years, with the spreads sector under pressure, Hughes has brought balance to the business with moves into gluten free - and changed its name to reflect its wider portfolio. In part one of a two-part interview, Hughes discusses Boulder Brands' buoyant gluten-free business.

US: FDA issues rules on gluten free

5 Aug 2013

The US Food and Drug Administration has issued rules governing the composition of products sold as gluten free.

US: Boulder Brands ups EBITDA forecast after "terrific" Q2

1 Aug 2013

US dairy and gluten-free firm Boulder Brands has upped its EBITDA forecasts after a "terrific" second quarter, boosted by M&A and higher sales on an organic basis.

US: Boulder invests in diabetes brand, hints at more deals

11 Jul 2013

US firm Boulder Brands has bought 80% of GlucoBrands, the owner of Level Life Foods, a brand aimed at those with diabetes - and struck a new financing deal it said could help secure more acquisitions.

US: Boulder Brands agrees Smart Balance milk deal

11 Jul 2013

US food group Boulder Brands has decided to operate its Smart Balance milk line through a licence deal with co-packer Byrne Dairy.

US: The American Popcorn Co. teams up with Boulder Brands on NPD

20 May 2013

The American Popcorn Co., the owner of the Jolly Time brand, has worked with US group Boulder Brands to develop popcorn for "health-conscious" consumers.

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