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Kraft Heinz Q1 - 5 things to learn

Kraft Heinz this week booked first-quarter sales and earnings that were down year-on-year and which missed analyst expectations. The company...

John Shepherd | 5 Apr 2017

Reckitt Benckiser, the UK consumer goods group behind brands including Durex condoms and Flash bleach (and, soon, Enfamil infant formula) looks set to sell off its food division. The company this week announced it would hold a "strategic review" on the "non-core" unit, which contains brands including French's mustard and Frank's Red Hot sauce. If RB parts company with the unit, a move analysts regard as a consequence of the group's focus on "consumer health", which companies may be interested in its condiments? John Shepherd looks at which suitors could be keen as mustard - and why.

Ravi Varghese, Ceres | 17 Mar 2017

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Unilever is seen as being in the vanguard of developing a sustainable business; Kraft Heinz, with its emphasis on cost control and margin improvement, less so. But how far do investors care? In a guest column, Ravi Varghese of US sustainability non-profit Ceres challenges mainstream investor thinking that sustainability is a drag on efficiency.

Katy Askew | 2 Mar 2017

Less than three days was all it took for Kraft Heinz's GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach to Unilever to become public, be rejected and subsequently taken off the table. The attempt is likely to have some significant and far-reaching consequences for Unilever. Here, just-food takes a look at the impact the episode could have on the Dove-to-Knorr manufacturer.

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Capital-owned US group with the European food-to-personal care company. just-food asks whether the takeover offer should be taken at face value. 

Latest News | 20 Nov 2017

just-food presents the key metrics from company financials in bitesize format, with analyst insight and social media comment alongside graphs illustrating a business' historical performance to give you an easy-to-read digest of the numbers you need to know. | 10 Nov 2017

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.

Dean Best | 30 Oct 2017

Kraft Heinz has set out a commitment to improve how the broiler chickens it uses for its products on sale in the US are treated.

Dean Best | 19 Oct 2017

Kraft Heinz has struck a deal to acquire a range of food brands marketed in Australia and New Zealand, including Saxa salt and Gravox gravy, from Japan's Suntory Food & Beverage.

Simon Harvey | 27 Sep 2017

Kraft Heinz is rolling out a new range of Weight Watchers frozen ready meals in the UK.

Dean Best | 18 Sep 2017

Mondelez International's licence to manufacture a range of condiments for Kraft Heinz in Germany is coming to an end.

Simon Harvey | 8 Sep 2017

Kraft Heinz said today (8 September) Paulo Basilio will become head of the US business, transferring from CFO.

Andy Coyne | 31 Aug 2017

Warren Buffett has cooled talk Kraft Heinz - in which the US billionaire is the largest investor - could look to make a move to buy Mondelez International.

Dean Best | 4 Aug 2017

Kraft Heinz CEO Bernardo Hees pointed to sequential improvement in the US giant's results in its fiscal second quarter as the baked beans and ketchup maker posted a fall in first-half sales.

Helen Arnold | 3 Jul 2017

Upstate Niagara Cooperative, a US dairy farmer co-op, has bought Kraft Heinz's New York state-based cheese factory that had been at risk of closure.

Helen Arnold | 26 Jun 2017

Kraft Heinz is adding to its soup stable in the UK with the launch of line of wet soups sold in ambient cartons.

Helen Arnold | 18 May 2017

US-based peanuts-to-ketchup maker Kraft Heinz has declined to comment on reports that it is preparing to mount a takeover bid for consumer giant Colgate-Palmolive.

Dean Best | 3 May 2017

Kraft Heinz today (3 May) reported first-quarter sales and earnings that were down year-on-year and which missed analyst expectations.

John Shepherd | 2 May 2017

Kraft Heinz is revamping its Oscar Mayer hot dogs brand in the US to make the range "the first to market with no added nitrates or nitrites, no artificial preservatives in their meat, and no by-products".

Dean Best | 24 Mar 2017

Kraft Heinz has announced another wave of job cuts in North America.

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Mar 2017

Kraft Heinz has announced a set of new sustainability targets that commit to decreasing its environmental footprint and creating a sustainable supply chain. 

Katy Askew | 3 Mar 2017

Commenting on topics as diverse as sugar reduction, job cuts and M&A, here is a summary of the food industry's week in its own words. 

Dean Best | 27 Feb 2017

Warren Buffett has said Kraft Heinz has not prepared "a back-up deal" in the wake of Unilever rejecting the US group's proposed takeover offer.

Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2017

Unilever rejected the GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach from Kraft Heinz because the US group's proposed offer did not value the Knorr maker highly enough, the CFO of the UK-based consumer goods giant CFO has argued.

Katy Askew | 20 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has pulled its GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover bid for consumer goods giant Unilever. 

Katy Askew | 17 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has indicated it is still working towards a merger with Unilever after revealing today (17 February) the European consumer goods giant had turned down an initial approach. 

Katy Askew | 16 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz continued to grow its margins in 2016 and returned to positive organic top-line growth, even as it booked lower sales.

Dean Best | 7 Feb 2017

Kraft Heinz has struck a deal with the developers of the children's characters Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol to launch a range of toddler snacks in the UK.

Dean Best | 27 Jan 2017

Kraft Heinz is launching a "no added sugar" version of Heinz Beanz in the UK, a product that will replace the 50% Less Sugar line on sale in the market.

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Katy Askew | 22 Jul 2016

Market speculation over a possible takeover of Kellogg surfaced this week, with the snacks-to-cereal maker linked to both Kraft Heinz and Coca Cola Co.

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2016

Kraft Heinz has won through in a court case over the rights to the Dip & Squeeze packets used for its Heinz tomato ketchup.

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