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Ferrero is an international confectionery company. Founded by Pietro Ferrero Jr. in 1946, Ferrero is a private company. The head office for Ferrero is located in Alba, Piedmont, Italy.

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Food M&A dips in March but climbs in Q1 - data

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as c...

Ferrero move for Nestle candy assets: what next?

After months of speculation, Italian candy maker Ferrero finally emerged this week as the winner in the race for Nestle's US confectionery a...


Andy Coyne | 15 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2017.


Katy Askew | 6 Oct 2015

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the only manufacturer working to expand its branded retail presence, particularly in "treat" or gifting categories. Katy Askew looks at the benefits branded retailing offers food manufacturers. 


Cristina Lazzaroni, IRI | 14 Aug 2015

Europe's confectionery market is the world's largest but sales are stagnant. How can confectioners eke out growth? IRI business insight manager Cristina Lazzaroni, investigates.


Hannah Abdulla | 23 Jun 2015

Italian confectioner Ferrero has made a surprise move for UK chocolate maker and retailer Thorntons. One cannot ignore the fact Thorntons has had some challenges, not least in recent quarters with sales to UK multiples under pressure. What could be behind Ferrero's decision? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Latest Interviews

Michelle Russell | 17 Jan 2013

UK confectioner Thorntons is undergoing something of a transformation. The chocolate and toffee producer, which has been hit hard by the consumer downturn, is midway through a strategic shift to close the bulk of its store network and focus on commercial sales. Since taking the helm in May 2011, Jonathan Hart has had a mountain to climb: rebalancing the portfolio while tackling weak consumer demand. Nonetheless, the chief executive tells Michelle Russell that the firm is now on the right road for its strategy re-think to deliver improved results.


Dean Best | 31 Jan 2011

Ferrero, the Italy-based confectionery giant, first entered the UK back in 1966 and has steadily built a business generating GBP200m sales a year. However, under local managing director Christian Walter, the group is planning an offensive on this side of the English Channel. For this month's just-food interview, Dean Best met Walter to discuss Ferrero's plans.

Latest News

just-food.com | 8 Jun 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.


Simon Harvey | 26 Mar 2018

Ferrero has revealed the sources of its palm oil amid an initiative by Greenpeace International to clamp down on deforestation by producers of the commodity before the end of the decade. 


Simon Harvey | 20 Mar 2018

Environmental pressure group Greenpeace International says some global food companies such as Kraft Heinz, Kellogg, Ferrero and J.M. Smucker are failing to disclose their sources of palm oil despite an initiative to clamp down on deforestation by producers before the end of the decade.


Dean Best | 17 Jan 2018

Ferrero has clinched a deal to buy Nestle's confectionery business in the US.


Simon Harvey | 11 Jan 2018

A potential deal of around US$2.5bn to buy Swiss food giant Nestle's US confectionery business could be completed this week, with Italy's Ferrero seen as the frontrunner to outbid rival Hershey.


Andy Coyne | 8 Jan 2018

Confectionery giants Hershey and Ferrero have reportedly submitted final bids for the up-for-sale Nestle US candy business.


Simon Harvey | 12 Dec 2017

Ferrero has painted a bleak picture for its business in the UK should the country fail to reach a suitable trade agreement upon leaving the EU, with a potential increase in import tariffs and a divergence in labelling among the key risks to higher costs.


Andy Coyne | 16 Nov 2017

Top cocoa-producing nations Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana and major confectionery companies have agreed to take action to help eliminate deforestation.


Andy Coyne | 8 Nov 2017

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has admitted it has made a "minor adjustment" to the recipe for its popular hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella.


Andy Coyne | 19 Oct 2017

Italian confectionery business Ferrero has announced it is to acquire US firm Ferrara Candy Co. via an affiliated company.


Simon Harvey | 18 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is teaming up with consumer goods giant Unilever in a new range of ice cream through the Kinder brand to be launched in select European countries in 2018.


Andy Coyne | 12 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero has revealed plans to again expand a plant in Canada.


Dean Best | 29 Sep 2017

Ferrero is trialling European biscuit brand Nutella B-ready in the US.


Andy Coyne | 5 Sep 2017

UK bakery business Finsbury Food Group has renewed its long-standing partnership with chocolate maker Thorntons.


Andy Coyne | 29 Aug 2017

California confectionery company Leaf Brands is the latest firm to be linked with a bid for Nestle's US candy business.


Andy Coyne | 15 Aug 2017

Ferrero has held talks with the government of Azerbaijan that could lead the Italian food giant supporting the cultivation of hazelnuts in the country.


Andy Coyne | 14 Aug 2017

Ferrero is formally launching Nutella B-ready in the UK following a trial, marking the spread brand's debut in the country's biscuits category.


Dean Best | 24 Jul 2017

Ferrero, the Italy-based food group behind Kinder chocolate, is reportedly weighing up a move for Nestle's confectionery business in the US, which the world's largest food maker may be ready to sell.


Dean Best | 13 Jul 2017

Kinder Bueno and Nutella owner Ferrero has opened a logistics and co-packing centre in France as part of the Italian group's strategy to market its products in different types of packaging as consumers shop in different channels.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

Kinder and Nutella owner Ferrero has opened an innovation centre in Singapore.


Dean Best | 14 Jun 2017

Confectionery giant Ferrero, preparing to take its Tic Tac gum to the US by the end of 2017, has also lined up more markets for the product this year.


Katy Askew | 8 Jun 2017

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has won a court case against Dutch retailer Ahold Delhaize over the group's marketing claims its Delhaize own-label chocolate spread is a healthier and more environmentally friendly option because it does not contain palm oil.

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2018

The pandemonium in stores of Intermarché as shoppers scrambled to grab jars of cut-price Nutella went viral - but the country's competition watchdog has announced the French retailer broke rules on selling below cost.


Dean Best | 18 Feb 2015

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.

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