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US: PepsiCo H1 profits up, forecast raised

23 Jul 2014

Shares in PepsiCo increased 3.5% today (23 July) on news the firm was raising its full year-earnings outlook.

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

14 Jul 2014

This week, Unilever announced the sale of Slim-Fast to Kainos Capital. Abbott and Fonterra announced a partnership to create a dairy farm hub in China and Marfrig revealed plans to investment of GBP170m into Moy Park. We also looked at why firms are queueing up to invest in Egypt and looked at the global growth of the halal food sector. Here is the week in quotes.

BRICs and beyond: Eyeing Egypt: Why firms are queueing up to invest

10 Jul 2014

A new president and a revised investor law for Egypt appears to be restoring business confidence. Last month three food and beverage giants announced plans to invest in expanding operations in the country. But with a growing population and high levels of unemployment, plus a cut in fuel subsidies that could put pressure on the average citizen's pocket, is now really the right time to be eyeing Egypt? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Interview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer Dr Mehmood Khan

10 Jul 2014

Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at PepsiCo, discusses research and development with Olly Wehring, the editor of just-food sister site just-drinks. Khan discusses the changing role of research and development in recent years, and where R&D sits in the company's armoury for growth.

Consuming issues: Oxfam as industry's "critical friend"

30 Jun 2014

Oxfam's latest analysis of the food industry's efforts on to tackle climate change demonstrates how the NGO can partner with industry at time but still play a role in handing out stinging criticism where necessary, Ben Cooper believes.

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

30 Jun 2014

Sugar is firmly at the centre of the diet and health debate in the UK - and this week we reflected on recommendations from government advisers to lower the guidance on how much of the ingredient should be consumed. Elsewhere, we analysed General Mills' annual results and where the US food giant goes from here, shone the spotlight on China's slowing biscuit market and looked at why more companies are putting more of their sustainability efforts into their supply chains.

Sustainability Watch: Supply chain focus comes down to four-letter word

27 Jun 2014

Among all the sustainability issues food companies are addressing, agricultural supply chains are month by month becoming an ever more predominant focus. In his fiftieth Sustainability Watch feature, Ben Cooper reflects on why.

EGYPT: Nestle opens confectionery plant

24 Jun 2014

Nestle has opened its first confectionery plant in Egypt as it looks to tap into the "rapid" growth of the country's snack market.

UK: Government, food sector probe health and diet

24 Jun 2014

Two government-baked UK research councils are working in conjunction with 15 food and drinks companies - including the likes of Nestle, PepsiCo, Mondelez and Unilever - to fund research into the relationship between diet and health.

EGYPT: Almarai, PepsiCo JV plans Egypt expansion

23 Jun 2014

The venture between Saudi Arabian group Almarai and PepsiCo is lining up further investment in Egypt.

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

23 Jun 2014

This week shares dipped in both Premier Foods and ConAgra Foods after the firms said they were likely to miss earnings forecasts for their respective quarters. Elsewhere, PepsiCo and Mondelez both showed their commitment to R&D through the opening of new facilities. Danone debuted its desserts range in the US, but in the UK was in hot water with the advertising watchdog who claimed its Nutricia Growing Up Milk ad implied the health of kids that didn't consume the product would suffer. Here is the week in quotes

GLOBAL: Food groups set out industry-wide health pledges

19 Jun 2014

Food giants including Nestle, Kellogg and Mondelez International have drawn up a series of initiatives, including the end of advertising junk food to children, they believe will improve the health of consumers.

MEXICO: PepsiCo opens baking innovation centre

16 Jun 2014

PepsiCo has opened an R&D site in Mexico to develop baked products for markets worldwide.

UK: PepsiCo launches Walkers "premium" Deli range

16 Jun 2014

PepsiCo is targeting "premium" snackers with the launch of the Market Deli crisps range under the Walkers banner this summer.

SOUTH AFRICA: Pepsico opens third Simba manufacturing plant

12 Jun 2014

Growing demand for its potato chips has seen Pepsico open a new manufacturing plant in South Africa under its Simba brand.

just-food's research round-up: PepsiCo's packaged food strategy, the outlook for Brazil

3 Jun 2014

PepsiCo's global growth strategy in packaged foods and whether the deterioration of economic conditions in the market will hit prospects for the food sector are included in this week's round-up of essential research from the just-food research store.

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

27 May 2014

Japan's Mizkan Group got out the chequebook again this week, with the acquisition of Unilever's North American pasta sauces business. The deal followed its 2012 purchases of brands including Branston and Haywards from Premier Foods in the UK. Elsewhere, we ran interviews with the CEOs of UK pork processor and dairy group Adams Foods.

DATA: The top ten most-chosen foods brands in Russia

23 May 2014

Working with Kantar Worldpanel, just-food provides a data set showing the ten most-chosen food brands in the BRICs in 2013. Ferrero's Kinder and Mondelez International's Alpen Gold were new entrants into the list.

Quote, unquote: Food companies refute Oxfam climate change criticism

20 May 2014

Oxfam International today (20 May) issued a report calling on ten of the world's largest food and drinks companies - including Associated British Foods, Danone, General Mills, Kellogg, Mars, Mondelez International, Nestle, PepsiCo and Unilever - to take more decisive action on climate change.

WORLD: Oxfam hits out at food giants over CO2 emissions

20 May 2014

Oxfam International has criticised ten of the world's largest food makers - including Nestle, PepsiCo and Danone - for "not doing nearly enough" to help tackle climate change.

US: PepsiCo venture files FDA hummus petition

19 May 2014

Sabra Dipping Co., the venture between PepsiCo and Israel's Strauss Group, has filed a petition in the US to establish standards for hummus.

FMCG in the Middle East: Profile - Almarai

2 May 2014

For packaged food manufacturers with ambitions for international growth, the Middle East presents an opportunity, with growing populations enjoying rising incomes. However, in recent decades, a number of local industry giants have developed, building robust positions in a number of food sectors, armed with solid supply chains and intimate knowledge of the consumers of the region. One such company is Almarai, the bakery, dairy and poultry processor based in Saudi Arabia.

Sustainability Watch - Andy Challinor, IPCC

30 Apr 2014

For those with an interest in the issue of climate change - and in truth that's approximately 7bn people - 2014 is an extremely significant year.

US: PepsiCo takes Twistos baked snacks into US

23 Apr 2014

PepsiCo has decided to launch its Twistos Baked Snack Bites brand, already available in Canada and South America, into the US.

US: Snacks help PepsiCo beat Wall St forecasts

17 Apr 2014

PepsiCo reported first-quarter top and bottom lines that beat Wall Street estimates today (17 April), helped by solid growth from the US group's snacks business.

INDIA: PepsiCo takes Kurkure to Canada and Gulf

1 Apr 2014

PepsiCo has announced it is to launch Indian snack brand Kurkure to the Canadian and Gulf markets.

UK: Popchips welcomes competition in "popped snacks"

27 Mar 2014

More players joining the UK "popped snacks" category will only help it to grow, Popchips commercial director Ben Heathorn has said.

ISRAEL: PepsiCo dips JV helps Strauss FY profits

26 Mar 2014

Israel-based food and beverage maker Strauss Group today (26 March) reported a jump in annual profits.

just the answer - Strauss Group CFO Shahar Florence

25 Mar 2014

Israel's Strauss Group is a food and beverage maker with interests in sectors from coffee and chocolate to dairy and dips. Coffee accounts for over half of Strauss's sales but the company has aspirations to grow its food business. Hannah Abdulla met Strauss CFO Shahar Florence to find out more.

US: PepsiCo launches Lay's Kettle cooked lattice cut chips

25 Mar 2014

PepsiCo claims to be introducing a "new chip style" with the launch of Lay's Kettle cooked lattice cut potato chips.

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