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Does Campbell Soup Co.'s growth strategy make sense?

12 Dec 2018

Andy Coyne looks at Campbell Soup Co.'s future growth strategy and asks whether it is a plan of counter-intuitive genius or simply wrong-headed?

How big packaged food companies can create a challenger brand playbook of their own

28 Aug 2018

Acquiring challenger brands is one thing but how do big food businesses make a success of them when they are integrated into a very different corporate culture?

Why should food companies consider becoming B Corp?

5 Apr 2018

Some food manufacturers have found themselves drawn to B Corp ideals of sustainable business - and we look at why.

Campbell Soup Co. results - five things to learn

4 Sep 2017

Having last week reported full-year earnings short of analysts' expectations, Campbell Soup Co. noted a challenging business environment in the packaged foods industry amid changing consumer preferences.

Campbell is sole investor in US nutrition start-up Habit

26 Oct 2016

Campbell Soup Co. confirmed yesterday (25 October) it is the sole investor in San Francisco start-up Habit – a personalised food nutrition company set to launch early next year.

How Campbell's Plum plans to tap infant formula – interview 

14 Apr 2016

Plum Organics, the US-based baby food business owned by Campbell Soup Co., launched itself into the infant formula category last month. The business's entry into the sector represents the culmination of more than five years work. Katy Askew spoke to Plum senior vice president and innovation director Ben Mand and brand manager Larissa Friesen to find out why Plum believes it is well-positioned for success in the category. 

Plum Organics enters US infant formula sector

9 Mar 2016

Plum Organics, the US baby food business owned by Campbell Soup Co., has broadened its business into the infant formula industry.

Plum Organics alters product names after ingredient scrutiny

22 Oct 2015

Plum Organics, the US baby food business owned by Campbell Soup Co., has changed the names of a clutch of products after claims the labels were misleading.

Campbell Soup Co. forecasts FY earnings above Wall Street

3 Sep 2015

Campbell Soup Co. today (3 September) predicted earnings for the new financial year above the consensus estimate on Wall Street alongside numbers for its last quarter that met analyst forecasts.

Campbell Soup Co. cuts long-term sales target

22 Jul 2015

Campbell Soup Co. today (22 July) lowered its long-term sales target, citing "the current conditions in the food industry".

Editor's viewpoint: Campbell working hard but challenges remain

27 May 2015

Campbell Soup Co.'s third-quarter results included some positive news. Sales from the US group's baking and snacking arm grew solidly, while the company's profitability beat analyst expectations amid productivity savings and a pull back on promotional spending. However, Campbell's top line remains under pressure and it may have to turn to other measures to get sales growing.

Campbell targets US$200m in extra cost cuts

18 Feb 2015

Campbell Soup Co., which last week cut its forecast for annual earnings, said today (18 February) it had identified ways of reducing its overheads by US$200m beyond its ongoing productivity measures.

Plum Organics enters US soup category

4 Feb 2015

Campbell Soup Co.-owned organic kids food maker Plum Organics has expanded into soups with the launch of a range of single-serve pouches.

Campbell expands Plum Organics into adult snacking

8 Oct 2014

Campbell Soup Co.-owned baby food manufacturer Plum Organics is expanding into adult snacking in the US with the launch of Plum Vida pouches.

US: Plum halts Little Cremes production following recall

12 Sep 2014

Campbell Soup Co.'s Plum Organics has stopped production of its Little Crèmes rice snacks range after the product was a subject of a recall last week.

Deal or no deal: Will United Biscuits owners float or sell?

5 Sep 2014

Blackstone Group and PAI Partners are progressing with plans to offload UK Jacob's-to-McVitie's manufacturer United Biscuits. The question on everyone's lips is whether the business will be floated or sold. Katy Askew reports.

Editor's viewpoint: Land of the minnows

4 Aug 2014

Size matters, right? Scale - and the economic benefits that come with it - provide a business with clout smaller competitors find hard to battle. However, could large food companies be losing some of the advantage gained from their size?

US: V8 "protein platform", organic soups in Campbell NPD push

22 Jul 2014

Campbell Soup Co. is to launch protein shakes and bars under the V8 label, a range of organic soups under its namesake brand and add a kids range to its Bolthouse Farms portfolio in a bid to boost sales in the next 12 months.

UK: Plum launches "super-nutritious" toddler snack pouches

20 Jan 2014

Plum Inc is launching what it has described as a "super-nutritious" organic snack pouch for toddlers in the UK.

just-food's review of 2013: the trends that shaped 2013 M&A

6 Jan 2014

M&A levels remained relatively subdued in 2013. Growing private-equity interest and something of a shift in capital flows to mature markets have been significant trends shaping the M&A landscape. While gaining routes-to-market in emerging economies has remained key for strategic buyers. Katy Askew examines some of the stand-out deals of the past 12 months.

just-food's review of 2013: Food firms eke out growth in down environment

6 Jan 2014

Continued evidence of the global slowdown has meant that food companies faced a year of weak consumer sentiment in 2013. This impacted demand across global markets. The food industry responded by increasingly looking to pockets of growth to maintain sales momentum. Katy Askew takes a look at which categories presented the greatest opportunities to expand the top line in mature markets.

just-food review of 2013: the year's most-read news stories

19 Dec 2013

The horsemeat scandal, the fixing of infant formula prices in China, Fonterra's botulism scare and the UK's push towards "hybrid" nutrition labels were among the news stories that grabbed your attention in 2013.

CANADA: Amazon to offer grocery products

1 Nov 2013

Amazon has added a range of grocery products to its online range in Canada.

US/UK: Plum Organics launches baby food lines into UK

28 Oct 2013

US baby food producer Plum Organics is to launch three of its ranges into the UK for the first time.

On the money: Campbell eyeing "smart external development"

30 Aug 2013

After an active year for M&A, Campbell Soup Co. has said that it remains on the lookout for further opportunities to strengthen its portfolio through "smart external development".

US: Campbell Soup Co. sees FY earnings slide on acquisition costs

29 Aug 2013

Acquisitions boosted full-year sales but dented net profit at US soup-to-snack group Campbell Soup Co.

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

19 Aug 2013

A selection of quotes and insight from last week's news.

Comment: European sale shows Campbell focus on faster growth

13 Aug 2013

Campbell's talks to offload a clutch of European assets fits its recent strategy of focusing on more rapidly growing sectors and markets, writes Dean Best.

Focus: Campbell renews focus on consumer insight for NPD

25 Jul 2013

A renewed focus on consumer insight and innovation seems to be at the heart of Campbell Soup Co.'s attempt to stabilise its core business and the group aims to strengthen its relationship with its loyal customer base while also broadening its appeal through product development.

US: Campbell to "accelerate growth" in 2014

25 Jul 2013

Campbell Soup Co. expects its growth to "accelerate" in 2014 as it performs against the "dual mandate" of strengthening its core business and expanding into higher growth areas.

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