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Food industry quotes of the week: PepsiCo, Hostess, McCain

10 Jul 2015

This week, PepsiCo reported on its second quarter numbers and its conference call detailed its plans to prepare for a tough second half to the year. Elsewhere Hostess Brands' owners insisted they were not looking for an IPO or a sale at present. animal abuse and McCain announced an A$10m investment at a Tasmania plant. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week - PepsiCo, Sodiaal, Boulder Brands

10 Jul 2015

PepsiCo issued its second-quarter results this week - and upped its annual earnings forecast. The company's shares fell, amid concerns the second half of the year will prove more challenging. Under-pressure US group Boulder Brands, fresh from the departure of its CEO, announced restructuring plans likely to lead to 15% of jobs being cut. French dairy group Sodiaal announced another move in China, while we analysed the impact Russia's import restrictions have had on domestic companies.

PepsiCo announces executive reshuffle

9 Jul 2015

PepsiCo has announced a series of management changes, including the departure of its global categories and operations chief.

PepsiCo lifts FY earnings forecast

9 Jul 2015

PepsiCo has lifted its forecast for underlying annual earnings after an increase in second-quarter profits.

Briefing: Sustainable sourcing - Why focus on cane sugar supply chains set to increase

23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.

PepsiCo extends Walkers Sensations range in UK

22 Jun 2015

PepsiCo has taken its UK crisp brand Walkers Sensations into savoury biscuits.

PepsiCo upgrading Ontario plant

18 Jun 2015

PepsiCo is making a “significant” investment to upgrade its Canadian production plant in Cambridge, Ontario.

Briefing: Sustainable sourcing - Change on palm oil too slow for some

17 Jun 2015

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.

PepsiCo gives Quaker fresh push in granola in UK

8 Jun 2015

PepsiCo has decided to give its Quaker Oats brand a fresh push in the granola category in the UK.

Food industry quotes of the week - Divine Chocolate, Nomad, Abbott

5 Jun 2015

This week, Nestle said it was withdrawing its Maggi noodle brand in India after a food safety scare that has seen local authorities insist the product has elevated levels of lead. Elsewhere, Abbott Laboratories was tied up in a class action lawsuit over its Similac product with allegations it is misleading consumers since the product contains non-organic ingredients. Elsewhere Nomad Holdings confirmed it is in acquisition talks with Findus Group. just-food visited the Free-From Expo in Barcelona this week and spoke to Warburtons among others. We also interviewed the CEO at Divine Chocolate. Here is the week in quotes

Synder's-Lance wins appeal in TM spat with PepsiCo

4 Jun 2015

Princeton Vanguard, a division of Snyder's-Lance, has won an appeal to overturn a ruling preventing it registering Pretzel Crisps as a trademark.

RSPO palm oil certification gets industry criticism

1 Jun 2015

Food manufacturers including Kellogg, Mars and PepsiCo have criticised the Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil for failing to "address critical sustainability concerns" in the supply chain for the ingredient.

PepsiCo to launch Cheetos in UK

1 Jun 2015

PepsiCo is to launch its US snack brand Cheetos in the UK.

PepsiCo, PCPPI to make snacks in Philippines

19 May 2015

PepsiCo and its local bottling partner, Pepsi-Cola Products Philippines Inc, are preparing to start manufacturing the Cheetos snack brand in the Philippines.

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.

Orkla, PepsiCo expand Nordics deal

27 Apr 2015

Orkla is to distribute more PepsiCo products in the Nordic region, adding cereal and snacks lines to the juice brand Tropicana the company handles for the US giant.

Editor's viewpoint: PepsiCo's Nooyi underlines the challenge on health

24 Apr 2015

PepsiCo yesterday (22 April) reported a set of solid underlying first-quarter results. But it was away from the numbers that the US food and drinks giant stirred more interest, with Indra Nooyi's comments on the need to adapt to the changing ways consumers define health attracting attention.

PepsiCo launches Lay's Maxx in India

24 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has launched a product under its Lay's potato chip brand in India.

Food industry news of the week: Iglo, Blue Bell Creameries, Hershey

24 Apr 2015

The EUR2.6bn sale of European frozen food giant and Birds Eye owner Iglo Group grabbed the headlines this week - and we looked at where the new owners - Nomad Holdings - could look next. Blue Bell Creameries, the US ice cream maker linked to a fatal listeria outbreak, was in the spotlight for very different reasons, pulling all its products from the market after fresh tests.

PepsiCo underlying sales, earnings up

23 Apr 2015

PepsiCo today (23 April) reported falling first-quarter sales and earnings - in part due to the impact of foreign exchange - but said its core revenue and profitability improved year-on-year.

PepsiCo launches sweeter Rold Gold lines

15 Apr 2015

PepsiCo has added sweeter ingredients to its range of Rold Gold savoury crackers in the US through the launch of two lines.

In the spotlight: Is Heinz, Kraft merger "a growth story"?

25 Mar 2015

This morning's (25 March) news HJ Heinz and Kraft Foods Group have inked a definitive merger agreement sent shockwaves through the US food sector. But, when the dust settles, what are we likely to see from the enlarged Kraft Heinz Co.? Katy Askew investigates.

CAGE 2015: Strauss Group bullish on Sabra prospects

20 Mar 2015

Israel-based Strauss Group - joint owner of US hummus manufacturer Sabra Dipping Co. alongside PepsiCo - believes the US market for fresh dips will almost double by 2020.

Food industry news of the week: Nestle, General Mills, Danone

20 Mar 2015

We attended the Consumer Analyst Group of Europe conference in London this week, bringing you strategic updates from the likes of Nestle, Danone and Glanbia. Elsewhere, General Mills reported further pressure on sales and earnings and we profiled the growing importance of e-commerce to baby food makers in China.

PepsiCo "plans US$500m investment in Egypt"

16 Mar 2015

US snack giant PepsiCo is reportedly planning to invest US$500m in Egypt this year to expand production in the country.

Calbee UK plant to start production in June

12 Mar 2015

Japanese snacks group Calbee has confirmed production at its new UK plant will start in June.

Briefing: Shifting attitudes to health underpin US foodservice trends

6 Mar 2015

Profound adjustments in how consumers view health have been at the heart of a significant shift in consumption patterns in the US. Packaged and highly processed foods have fallen out of vogue. The country's largest food manufacturers have been left scrambling to catch up on trends like natural, gluten-free and protein-dense. Clean labelling has become a watchword and consumers are seeking out options free from artificial additives and GMOs. In the next instalment of the just-food briefing, we examine how this is playing out in the foodservice arena.

Briefing: How can brands capitalise in US foodservice?

4 Mar 2015

There are increasing signs foodservice is gaining share from the grocery retail channel in the US. However, branded manufacturers face the thorny question of how to use their brand strength in conjunction with foodservice operators, many of whom have their own, equally strong, brand pulling power. In this installment of the just-food management briefing we look at how brands can be leveraged in foodservice.

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.

Briefing: Foodservice in the US - what the analysts say

3 Mar 2015

The US foodservice market is worth US$702bn and is set to experience growth of close to 4% this year, according to US consultants Technomic. With mainstream grocery retail stagnant, could the foodservice channel offer packaged food manufacturers a route to growth? We speak to four industry analysts in the US to see how they view the opportunity for manufacturers in the foodservice sector.

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