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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.

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

25 Nov 2013

Last week saw the latest in our series of just-food interviews, with Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney talking horsemeat, the ups and downs of M&A attempts and expansion in the US. The last five days also saw Burton's Biscuit Co. sold and more underwhelming results in the US with Campbell Soup Co.'s profit warning.

The just-food interview part one - Patrick Coveney, Greencore

22 Nov 2013

Convenience food group Greencore has experienced an eventful few years. The Ireland-based manufacturer was beaten to the acquisition of the UK's Northern Foods. This year, Greencore was caught up in the horsemeat contamination saga that rocked the European food industry. However, the company has continued to expand in the UK and in the US. In part one of the just-food interview, Michelle Russell speaks to chief executive Patrick Coveney about the challenges of operating in a difficult UK market.

Deal or no deal: 2 Sisters touted prime Bernard Matthews bidder

20 Jun 2013

Bernard Matthews Farms has admitted it may look for outside investment and 2 Sisters Food Group is reportedly considering a bid for the business. Industry watchers believe the UK food giant is the prime candidate to acquire the poultry processor. Michelle Russell reports.

UK: Goodfella's launches Stonebaked Extra Thin range

20 Mar 2013

Northern Foods has added to its Goodfella's pizza range in the UK with the addition of a Stonebaked Extra Thin range.

In the spotlight: Boparan continues M&A march with Vion buy

5 Mar 2013

Boparan Holdings, the parent company of 2 Sisters Food Group, has continued its drive to rapidly expand its footprint with the announcement that it has acquired the remaining Vion meat businesses in the UK. Katy Askew takes a look at how ambitious 2 Sisters hopes to succeed in a market where Vion struggled.

Comment: Horsemeat saga exacerbates ready meal sales decline

5 Mar 2013

Nearly two months into the horsemeat scandal that has rocked the food industry, UK figures highlighting a sales slowdown in ready meals raise the question of whether this is a temporary blip or a long-term structural decline.

UK: Boparan sells Christmas pudding asset

26 Oct 2012

Boparan Holdings has agreed to sell its Avana christmas pudding unit to Sargents Bakeries to settle competition concerns over its acquisition of Brookes Avana from Premier Foods.

UK: Boparan mulling sale of Avana Christmas puddings

21 Mar 2012

UK food group Boparan Holdings is considering selling its Avana Bakeries' Christmas pudding business to assuage competition concerns over its GBP30m acquisition of Brookes Avana from Premier Foods plc.

UK: Stein to retire as Samworth Brothers CEO

2 Mar 2012

Brian Stein will step down as CEO of UK own-label manufacturer and Ginsters pasties owner Samworth Brothers at the end of the month.

UK: Boparan Holdings cautious on margins

26 Jan 2012

UK food manufacturer Boparan Holdings has warned stubbornly high commodity costs and increased competition over Christmas has weighed on its margins in recent weeks.

UK: Northern Foods stands by industry pledge on battery eggs

17 Jan 2012

Northern Foods has said that it is fully compliant with a voluntary agreement set up by the UK government urging manufacturers and retailers to abstain from using battery eggs.

UK: Premier bakery boss Williams to lead grocery after Hunter U-turn

17 Jan 2012

Iwan Williams, MD of Premier Foods plc's bakery operations, is to also lead the UK manufacturer's grocery business - at least on an interim basis - after Graham Hunter, the executive lined up for the role, decided to join Tangerine Confectionery.

UK: Hunter turns down Premier to take Tangerine CEO role

16 Jan 2012

2 Sisters Food Group executive Graham Hunter, who was set to join Premier Foods plc as MD of its grocery operations, is to become CEO of UK sweets maker Tangerine Confectionery.

GERMANY/UK: Intersnack UK arm names Wilson marketing chief

13 Jan 2012

The UK arm of Germany-based snack maker Intersnack has named former Northern Foods executive Dave Wilson to the new role of marketing director.

The most-read comment articles on just-food in 2011

23 Dec 2011

Our comment pages in 2011 looked at Tesco's challenges in the US, the uncertainty that surrounded the country's largest dairy processor, Dean Foods, the disposals made by the UK's largest food manufacturer, Premier Foods plc, and the price war that developed between Australia's two largest retailers, Woolworths Ltd and Coles.

2011 in review - M&A activity fails to meet expectations

22 Dec 2011

A year ago, there was consensus that M&A activity would pick up in 2011. As we look back on the last 12 months, there were some major deals but concern over the economy meant the numbers of deals fell short of expectations. Dean Best reports.

UK: Premier offloads Brookes Avana to 2 Sisters

9 Dec 2011

Premier Foods plc is to sell its under-performing Brookes Avana subsidiary to 2 Sisters Food Group for GBP30m (US$46.8m).

IRELAND: Greencore reports drop in FY profits

6 Dec 2011

Irish food group Greencore today (6 December) reported a drop in annual profits as costs linked to its aborted merger with Northern Foods hit the company's bottom line.

UPDATE: Companies criticised over palm oil

22 Nov 2011

Environmental charity WWF has published a report which identifies companies who it claims haven't made a commitment to sustainable palm oil.

UK: 2 Sisters announces management changes

15 Nov 2011

UK-based 2 Sisters Food Group today (15 November) announced two senior appointments.

UK/US: Private equity firm linked to Greencore

7 Nov 2011

Irish own-label supplier Greencore's mystery buyer is an American private equity firm, according to The Sunday Times.

Best bits: Kerry, Hain Celestial, Greencore put M&A back in headlines

2 Nov 2011

After a few months of relative calm, the food industry has, in the last week or so, seen a number of takeovers - signed or speculated - hit the headlines.

UK: Premier shakes up management team

31 Oct 2011

Premier Foods plc chief executive Michael Clarke has revamped the UK manufacturer's management structure as he presses on with plans to revitalise the company.

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

31 Oct 2011

We had this week that M&A activity in the food industry - at least in the UK - had slowed in the third quarter of the year but the final three months has seen deal-making return to the headlines with Hain Celestial's takeover of Daniels Group and rumours around the future of Greencore. Click on the headlines for more.

Focus: Greencore becomes a takeover target

26 Oct 2011

It's been quite a year for own-label supplier Greencore. A plan to merge with UK rival Northern Foods was gazumped by poultry magnate Ranjit Boparan. Greencore then licked its wounds and acquired UK desserts and sandwich maker Uniq. Now, however, the company is the subject of a takeover approach. Dean Best reports.

The just-food interview - Brian Stein, Samworth Brothers

30 Sep 2011

Privately-owned Samworth Brothers is one of the UK's largest chilled food producers, owns the Ginsters brand and makes own-label convenience food for the likes of Tesco and Waitrose but it operates away from the public eye. Dean Best spoke to CEO Brian Stein about the company's development and its ambitions.

UK: Lorman to lead Mars ice cream arm

15 Aug 2011

Mars Inc has named Tony Lorman as general manager of its ice cream business in the UK.

UK: Northern decides against Fox's biscuits super site

26 Jul 2011

Northern Foods has decided not to build a super site for its Fox's biscuits brand, a decision that keeps open three plants.

Best bits: Brasil Foods and Premier look to the future

18 Jul 2011

The largest food manufacturers in Brazil and the UK can look ahead with more certainty than they could a week ago, Dean Best writes, but doubts still hang over the future of Latin American country's biggest retailer.

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