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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.

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

22 Jul 2013

Last week we published our interview with Nestle CEO Paul Bulcke from China where he spoke about how Nestle is driving global sales growth and its focus on delivering science-based nutrition solutions.

just the answer - Anna Rosier, Organix Baby Food

17 Jul 2013

The UK organic food market has experienced some ups and downs in recent years but organic baby food producer Organix has remained consistent in its approach to delivering high-quality organic products. Michelle Russell met up with managing director Anna Rosier to find out how the company is driving growth and find out more about the opportunities it see at home and abroad.

Organic baby food: Corporates M&A flurry in growing segment

17 Jul 2013

For three weeks in May, the industry's M&A spotlight shone brightest on the organic baby food sector.

Organic baby food: Campbell looks to leverage Plum

17 Jul 2013

The Campbell Soup Company's recent acquisition of organic baby food maker Plum Organics must be viewed in the context of the group's aim to drive its top line by increasing its exposure to high-growth categories and markets. The deal opens the door to the rapidly expanding organic baby food sector, where growth is significantly outpacing conventional sales. And, moving forward, it is likely that Campbell will hope to leverage the strengths of each group to step up the pace of growth. Katy Askew reports.

Organic baby food: Danone builds on infant nutrition success with Happy Family buy

17 Jul 2013

Danone's deal to acquire over 90% of US organic baby food firm Happy Family is a first for the French food giant in the category and appears to strengthen its fast-growing infant-nutrition division. Michelle Russell takes a look at the move.

US: Plum Organics launches toddlers snacks

10 Jul 2013

US baby food business Plum Organics has expanded its product line with the launch of a toddler snack range in its domestic market.

In the spotlight: PZ Cussons' Rafferty's deal to boost core Asia presence

5 Jul 2013

UK-based consumer goods group PZ Cussons this week struck a surprise deal to buy Australian baby food business Rafferty's Garden. Analysts have suggested the acquisition is not a sign PZ Cussons plans a significant push into food and see the deal as one that can support its core home and personal care businesses in the region. Michelle Russell reports.

In the spotlight: Campbell continues to rebalance portfolio

21 Jun 2013

Campbell Soup Co. has gone on quite the acquisition spree of late as it looks to rebalance its portfolio. From US chilled foods firm Bolthouse Farms, and organic baby food maker Plum, to this week's deal to acquire Kelsen, Campbell is trying to boost its presence in high-growth categories and high growth markets. At the same time, the firm is making continued progress in revitalising its core US operations. Katy Askew reports.

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

28 May 2013

Campbell Soup Co. became the third major multinational to invest in the buoyant organic baby food sector in a month with a deal to buy US firm Plum Organics. Danone is another of the three food giants to do business in organic baby food - and this week it continued its investment in faster-growing categories and markets with a fresh attempt to crack China's booming yoghurt sector.

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

28 May 2013

Plum Organics this week joined Happy Family and Ella's Kitchen as three organic baby food brands set to have new, multinational owners. Campbell Soup Co. is to buy Plum, joining Danone and Hain Celestial as three food majors that have looked to invest in the growing category in just a month.

US: Campbell to buy US baby food group Plum Organics

24 May 2013

Campbell Soup Co. has struck a surprise deal to buy US baby food business Plum Organics.

UK: Baby-food firm Plum launches toddler meals

14 May 2013

Baby food firm Plum Inc is rolling out a range of meals aimed at children aged over a year in the UK.

Best bits: Ella's Kitchen is Hain's most promising UK buy

10 May 2013

US manufacturer Hain Celestial has struck again across the pond. And its latest acquisition in the UK seems to be the one with most potential, writes Dean Best.

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

28 Jan 2013

This week saw the debate around the food industry's role in the obesity epidemic come to the fore once again, as the UK Government warned that the industry must do more or face the possibility of legislation. The inauguration of Barack Obama for his second term in office gave us a timely opportunity to look at what has been achieved under his administration - and what could be in store for US food makers. Meanwhile, news that Christine Tacon has been named UK Groceries Code Adjudicator put supply chain relationships firmly in the spotlight. We were able to delve a little deeper into Tacon's take on the subject when we interviewed her shortly after her appointment.

just the answer: Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer, Plum UK CEO Scott Wotherspoon

25 Jan 2013

US and UK baby food makers Plum Organics and Plum UK have more than their names in common. Both start-ups were founded by parents seeking an alternative to mainstream baby foods. Both group's share a passion for providing quality products that meet the needs of young children and their parents. Both have come to a high growth area of the baby food category as challenger brands to then expand quickly using clever marketing and a fresh approach to innovation. The similarities are so striking that yesterday's (24 January) announcement that US-based Plum Organics has acquired Plum UK seems almost written in the stars. Katy Askew caught up with Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer and Plum UK CEO Scott Wotherspoon to discuss how the tie-up will act as a platform for growth.

US: Plum eyes international growth after UK acquisition

25 Jan 2013

Plum Organics plans to expand its business further in international markets following yesterday's (24 January) acquisition of UK baby food group Plum UK.

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

25 Jan 2013

just-food managed to secure a number of key interviews with leading industry figures this week, including that of the new Groceries Code Adjudicator, Christine Tacon, who outlined her new role and the challenges she might face. Other interviews included Warburton's free-from director Chris Hook Plum Organics CEO Neil Grimmer who told just-food about the firm's recent acquisition of Plum UK. Elsewhere, Unilever CEO Paul Polman told of his disappointment at the performance of its food division last year and the horsemeat scandal rumbled on.

UK: Plum Organics acquires Plum UK baby food firm

24 Jan 2013

US baby food producer Plum Organics has acquired London-based organic baby food firm Plum UK.


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