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INDIA: PepsiCo, LT Foods in co-packing deal for Kurkure

16 Aug 2012

Global snacks giant PepsiCo has asked Indian firm LT Foods to co-pack its Kurkure rice snack brand for the local market.

UK: Alpen launches porridge pots

15 Aug 2012

Alpen has become the latest cereal brand in the UK to launch porridge pots.

Comment: Unilever continues pruning food business

31 Jul 2012

Unilever's latest disposal of food assets is just another sign the consumer goods giant is focusing more on its faster-growing home and personal care businesses.

Social media: from NPD to CSR, brand-owners look to harness networks

31 Jul 2012

At the brand level, many leading social media campaigns fall into one of the following two categories: to support a new product launch and to assist with marketing and promotional activity.

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

30 Jul 2012

Major food multinationals last week reported their first-half results. Unilever saw food volumes fall, PepsiCo insisted it had "momentum" in Europe, Hershey believed US candy had reached a new growth phase and Danone faced criticism from analysts. Elsewhere, the UK milk farmers' protests appeared to pay off, with processors shelving plans for price cuts.

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

30 Jul 2012

A number of food multinationals last week reported first-half results. Highlights among them were Hershey's belief the US confectionery sector was at a new, elevated level of growth, while Mead Johnson, the infant formula firm, cut its sales forecast on slower growth in China. Elsewhere, UK dairy companies shelved plans to cut the price they pay farmers for milk and the US drought caused fears for inflation next year.

On the money: PepsiCo "gaining momentum" in Europe

25 Jul 2012

PepsiCo, which today (25 July) reported a drop in quarterly profits, hailed a resilient performance in Europe, amid the economic strife in the region.

US: PepsiCo Q2 profits fall 21%

25 Jul 2012

US snack and cola maker PepsiCo has booked a 21% decline in second-quarter net profit.

The just-food interview - PepsiCo, Strauss JV Obela

25 Jul 2012

PepsiCo and Strauss Group have taken their Sabra dips and spreads business outside North America for the first time. The companies have launched the Obela brand in Mexico and, in this month's just-food interview, Michelle Russell catches up with Obela chief executive Giora Bar Dea to discuss the plans for the brand and its potential for international expansion.

US: Arle Capital chair Buckley to join PepsiCo board

23 Jul 2012

The chairman of private-equity firm Arle Capital Sir George Buckley is to join PepsiCo's board of directors.

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

23 Jul 2012

While the row over UK farmgate milk prices rumbled on this week, elsewhere first-half results hit the just-food news desk. Safeway sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its loyalty programme and the group's dominance in retail personalisation for consumers. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Mizkan EuroAmericas president Craig Smith who spoke about the firm's plansfor the business long-term.

UK: PepsiCo highlights commitment to healthier snacks

20 Jul 2012

PepsiCo has underlined its commitment to developing healthier snacks in the UK in the wake of saying it would make its "biggest ever" marketing investment behind its new Walkers Deep Ridged product.

UK: PepsiCo to launch Walkers Deep Ridged

16 Jul 2012

PepsiCo is aiming for the biggest launch the UK crisp category in ten years with the latest addition to its portfolio - Walkers Deep Ridged.

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

16 Jul 2012

The price of milk dominated headlines in the UK this week, with farmers gathering at a summit to air their views on the implications of the cuts and discuss what can be done. Elsewhere, French retailer Carrefour sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its domestic hypermarket business, while PepsiCo and Müller at last showed their hand as they joined the fray to win over US consumers in the Greek yoghurt market.

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

16 Jul 2012

UK dairy farmers this week gathered at a summit in London to air their views on recent cuts in prices to liquid milk and the implications of the cuts. In the US, PepsiCo and Müller made the much-anticipated launch of their yoghurt range, while Campbell Soup Co. indicated it is eyeing expansion into new categories through its acquisition of carrot-to-beverage firm Bolthouse Farms.

Comment: PepsiCo, Muller face US yoghurt fight

10 Jul 2012

PepsiCo and Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller have at last showed their hand as they join the fray to win over US consumers, who have found a love for yoghurt.

CHINA: PepsiCo's new plant "to fuel growth"

10 Jul 2012

PepsiCo has announced plans to open its sixth manufacturing plant in China, in a bid to drive its growth in the market.

UPDATE: US: PepsiCo, Muller see room for growth in US yoghurt

9 Jul 2012

PepsiCo and Unternehmensgruppe Theo Müller today (9 July) insisted there is an "opportunity" for the companies' new venture in the competitive US yoghurt sector as they unveiled the products they will sell to battle against the likes of Danone and Chobani.

US: PepsiCo-Muller JV debuts in yoghurt category

9 Jul 2012

Muller Quaker Dairy, the US joint venture between Muller and PepsiCo, has confirmed its plans to enter the dairy category in the country with the launch of a line of premium yoghurts.

US: Sartori acquires hummus maker Blue Moose

9 Jul 2012

Sartori Inspirations has acquired hummus-to-salsa maker Blue Moose.

UK: Kallo to make TV debut amid NPD

6 Jul 2012

UK natural and organic food firm Kallo Foods is to launch its first TV advertising campaign as it extends its product portfolio with a range of snacks.

In the spotlight: Rio+20

22 Jun 2012

This week world leaders and government representatives convened in Rio de Janeiro for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development, taking place 20 years after the 'Earth Summit' of 1992. Ben Cooper reflects on Rio+20.

US: PepsiCo dips JV Sabra to set up R&D facility

22 Jun 2012

Sabra Dipping Co., the dips venture run by PepsiCo and Israeli food group Strauss, is to set up an R&D facility in the US.

US/BRAZIL: PepsiCo eyes Brazilian revenue growth

20 Jun 2012

US snacks and beverage giant PepsiCo has said it is looking to double the revenue of its foods division in Brazil over the next three to four years.

US: ConAgra appoints Pepsi's Hutton international consumer foods chief

19 Jun 2012

ConAgra Foods has named former PepsiCo executive Bill Hutton as head of the company's consumer foods international business.

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

18 Jun 2012

Tesco and Sainsbury's reported first-quarter trading updates this week and both UK retailers faced questions over their prospects for the rest of the year. US meat giant Smithfield Foods also faced analysts after it posted its full-year results, with CEO Larry Pope arguing Wall Street does not value the company highly enough. Elsewhere, Arla announced a tie-up in China, PepsiCo made Mexico the first market for its global dips venture and UK firm Premier Foods plc offloaded another of its businesses.

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

18 Jun 2012

In the UK, the increasing level of couponing in retail set the industry talking this week as Tesco CEO Philip Clarke noted the step-up in this type of promotion, while industry analysts gave their views on this growing trend. Elsewhere, Smithfield Foods CEO Larry Pope insisted the group is under-valued after shares in the meat firm fell more than 7% after fourth-quarter results that failed to meet analyst expectations.

MEXICO: PepsiCo, Strauss start Obela dips launch in Mexico

12 Jun 2012

PepsiCo and Israeli food maker Strauss Group are to launch a range of dips and spreads for the Mexican market.

Promo Tracker: Sainsbury's leads promo activity in May

6 Jun 2012

Sainsbury's led an increased level of promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.

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

1 Jun 2012

The headlines had a European flavour this week with the ongoing uncertainty over the future of French poultry giant Groupe Doux and the takeover of Metro Group's UK cash-and-carry division by food wholesaler Booker. Elsewhere, we talked to Swiss manufacturer and retailer Migros about its sustainability, published a management briefing on fat reformulation and took an in-depth look at the UK's challenging milk sector.








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