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New products - Symington's takes Mug Shot into soups; Mars Milk Snacks chilled desserts roll out; Hershey's puts namesake bar with Reese's candy; HKScan launches Kariniemen poultry products

12 Oct 2018

This week's most eye-catching product news features sweet gyoza in the UK, a range of Sara Lee frozen desserts in Australia, a "super-hot" lifrom Seabrook Crisps, and meat-free meals from Pinnacle Foods' Gardein.

Sainsbury's baby food range; Kraft Heinz launches Jif Jaf biscuits for China; Mentos goes sugar-free with Stay Free mints; Perky Jerky moves into pork

27 Apr 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.

Pinnacle Foods turns to innovation to accelerate sales

2 Mar 2018

Pinnacle Foods, which owns the Birds Eye frozen food brand in the US, is hoping product innovation will add fuel to its sales growth in 2018.

Pinnacle Foods CEO Bob Gamgort to join Keurig Green Mountain

23 Mar 2016

Pinnacle Foods CEO Bob Gamgort plans to leave the Udi's and Gardein owner at the end of April to take over as chief executive at Keurig Green Mountain. 

The year in review - the top food industry interviews of 2015

16 Dec 2015

2015 was another year of insightful interviews with a wide range of senior executives in the international food sector. Here we present the most-read interviews on just-food this year. Click on the headlines for more.

Why Pinnacle Foods faces work on Boulder Brands

30 Nov 2015

There has been more consolidation in the US food industry, with another big player largely focused on stagnant categories moving for a business in a growing area of the sector. Pinnacle Foods, the business behind the Birds Eye brand in the US, as well as products like Duncan Hines baking mixes and Wish-Bone salad dressings, has struck a deal to buy Boulder Brands - a business in gluten-free but one that has struggled in recent quarters. Dean Best reports.

Food industry quotes of the week - Boulder Brands sale, Unilever on carbon

27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Pinnacle to buy Boulder Brands in $975m deal

24 Nov 2015

Pinnacle Foods has announced a deal to buy fellow US food group Boulder Brands for US$975m.

Pinnacle Foods "outperformed" categories in Q3 - CEO

29 Oct 2015

Pinnacle Foods CEO Bob Gamgort pointed said the US group outperformed the categories in which it operates and grew gross margins in the third quarter, a period when group sales rose but volumes from its larger North America retail division came under pressure.

WHO meat study - the reaction

27 Oct 2015

The World Health Organization's report on the possible links between colorectal cancer and processed and red meats sparked headlines around the world - and fierce debate between industry and health campaigners.

Food industry quotes of the week - Kellogg, KitKat

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.

Pinnacle Foods chooses East Coast plant for Gardein

14 Sep 2015

Pinnacle Foods has selected a location for a plant on the East Coast of the US to make products for meat-free unit Gardein.

Why Quorn Foods auction promises to be competitive

8 Sep 2015

The starting gun on the race for Quorn Foods is to be fired this week and interest in the UK meat-free business is likely to be high.

What US companies might Nomad Foods buy?

26 Aug 2015

Within a year of being established, Nomad Foods has made waves in Europe's frozen food sector, snapping up Iglo Group and agreeing a deal for much of Findus Group's assets. The UK-listed company is eyeing opportunities in the US. Stefan Kirk, just-food's M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, puts forward some possible targets for Nomad.

Pinnacle Foods sees H1 sales and profits rise

30 Jul 2015

US group Pinnacle Foods today (30 July) reported higher first-half sales and profits - and positively narrowed its forecast for annual earnings.

M&A Watch - Campbell Soup Co. should be more acquisitive - but avoid fresh

27 Jul 2015

Campbell Soup Co. has looked to inject growth into its business through acquisitions in recent years and the indications are this is likely to continue. But where should the US giant look to do deals? Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at M&A consultants Glenboden, weighs up the group's options.

Food industry quotes of the week: Gardein, Mondelez, Kerry

1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week: Mondelez, GMO labelling, Fonterra

1 May 2015

Mondelez International reported on its first-quarter results this week (1 May) and the group was eager to emphasise its performance in China, which was stronger than many multinational peers. Nestle is a company facing its own challenges in China and we analysed how the appointment of CFO Wan Ling Martello to head up its Asia unit can boost the group's outlook in the market. Elsewhere, we spoke to Gardein founder and CEO Yves Potvin as well as learning about Muller Wiseman's plans to launch a liquid milk brand in the UK. Here are the highlights from just-food this week.

Food industry results in brief: J&J, Lala, Pinnacle

1 May 2015

A busy week for results as the first-quarter reporting season got into full swing. We heard from global food manufacturers as far afield as Latin American and Russia, with the likes of Sigma Alimentos owner Alfa and Cherkizovo Group updating the markets. Here is just-food's weekly financial round up.

AUDIO: Gardein's Yves Potvin on withstanding competition

30 Apr 2015

Canadian meat-free business Garden Protein International - the company behind the Gardein brand - was snapped up by US group and Birds Eye owner Pinnacle Foods last autumn. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm spoke to Dean Best for our latest just the answer interview and you can hear an audio excerpt here.

Gardein mulling new plant on US East Coast

29 Apr 2015

Pinnacle Foods is looking at plans for a US manufacturing facility for recently-acquired Canadian meat-free business Gardein.

just the answer: Gardein founder and CEO Yves Potvin

29 Apr 2015

Canada's Garden Protein International - the company behind the meat-free brand Gardein - has enjoyed rapid growth and is hoping for more of the same under the ownership of US giant Pinnacle Foods, which bought the business last year. Yves Potvin, the founder and president of the Vancouver-based firm, has stayed on with Pinnacle and he spoke to Dean Best about expansion, competition and the outlook for the meat alternatives category.

Comment: US legacy brands still have pulling power

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.

Interview: Quorn CEO focuses on further growth

13 Mar 2015

There is speculation over the future ownership of UK-based meat-free business Quorn Foods. It is hardly surprising. Quorn has been owned by a private-equity firm since 2010 and is a business enjoying continued solid growth in a challenging industry. Dean Best spoke to Quorn CEO Kevin Brennan about the sale rumours and his plans for the business this year.

Deal or no deal: Why Quorn is a tasty takeover treat

10 Mar 2015

Rumours that private equity-owned Quorn Foods could have piqued the interest of the US's WhiteWave Foods caused a stir this week. Neither company was prepared to comment and it may be Quorn's owner Exponent Private Equity has yet to kick off an auction process but, nonetheless, the speculation highlights the potential the meat-free sector could afford branded food manufacturers. Katy Askew examines Quorn's appeal and who could be tempted by this tasty takeover target.

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

9 Mar 2015

The Natural Products Expo West has become a key date in the US food industry calendar - and its significance has grown amid changes in consumer demand. Categories like free-from and organic are buoyant in the US and are attracting the attention of mainstream manufacturers searching for growth. In these ever-more competitive categories, innovation is vital and here is just-food's pick of the top ten on-trend products showcased at this year's event.

Garden Protein launches on-the-go meat-free range

25 Feb 2015

Garden Protein, Pinnacle Foods' US-based meat-free business, has launched a range of on-the-go products in Canada.

Comment: Why Gardein is Pinnacle's ideal fodder

19 Nov 2014

Pinnacle Foods, owner of Wishbone dressings, has been shopping and has picked out a firm that is going to bulk out its presence in the frozen food aisle and win it brownie points with a heap of consumers.

Pinnacle Foods to acquire plant-protein food firm Gardein

14 Nov 2014

US food group Pinnacle Foods is to buy Canada-based plant-protein firm Garden Protein International for C$175m (US$154.6m), from investment firm TSG Consumer Partners and founder Yves Potvin.



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