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Interview: ConAgra sales chief Knudsen on Ralcorp deal

28 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods will become the largest own-label firm in the US with an acquisition of Ralcorp Holdings but there are concerns over whether it can manage brands and private label. There are also questions over the potential private label has for further growth in the US. Doug Knudsen, president of sales at ConAgra, tells Dean Best why the company is upbeat about the deal, its ability to grow brands and own label and the private label sector.

UPDATE: US: ConAgra CEO Rodkin touts benefits of Ralcorp deal

27 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods CEO Gary Rodkin today (27 November) claimed the US food group's planned acquisition of private-label rival Ralcorp Holdings will put the company "front-of-centre" with retailers in North America.

US: ConAgra to buy long-time target Ralcorp Holdings

27 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods has swooped to buy US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

Timeline: The story of ConAgra's pursuit of Ralcorp

27 Nov 2012

This morning (27 November) saw the announcement that ConAgra Foods finally acquired US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

just the facts - ConAgra Foods and Ralcorp

27 Nov 2012

ConAgra Foods this morning (27 November) announced it has swooped to buy US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, a business that rejected a number of takeover bids from the company last year.

US: Ralcorp reports FY profit alongside ConAgra bid

27 Nov 2012

US own-label group Ralcorp Holdings, which today (27 November) agreed to a takeover bid from ConAgra Foods, returned to profit in its fiscal 2012 year, boosted by acquisitions made during the year.

US: Snyder's-Lance "in talks to sell own-label unit"

16 Nov 2012

US snack firm Snyder's-Lance is reported to be in negotiations to offload its own-label snacks business Vista.

US: Post Holdings Q3 profits climb

10 Aug 2012

US cereal maker Post Holdings has recorded an increase in third-quarter profits and reaffirmed its outlook for the year.

On the money: Ralcorp believes volumes will improve

9 Aug 2012

US private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings has said it expects to see volume trends improve after recording a 6% decline in its third quarter.

US: Sales, hedging gain boost Ralcorp Q3 profits

8 Aug 2012

US private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings has reported an increase in third-quarter profits, helped by higher sales and a gain from hedging contracts.

US: Ralcorp to consolidate units to cut costs

1 Aug 2012

US private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings plans to bring its subsidiaries together to save money and drive "sustainable" growth.

US: Ralcorp cereal exec Wilkinson to retire

4 Jul 2012

Ron Wilkinson, president of Ralcorp Holdings' own-label cereal business, plans to leave the US food company.

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

25 Jun 2012

The top stories on just-food this week had a distinctly French flavour. Danone issued a profit warning, with Spain's problems affecting the Activia maker. Meanwhile, French retail giant Carrefour's new CEO Georges Plassat made his first public appearance since taking the job, with the industry keen to hear how he planned to revitalise the world's second-largest retailer.

US: Ralcorp's Gelit purchase for benefit of US operations - analysts

19 Jun 2012

Ralcorp Holdings' motive for tits purchase of Italian private-label frozen ready meals maker Gelit may have been to gain access to alternative channels in the US, according to analysts.

US/ITALY: Ralcorp acquires Italian firm Gelit

18 Jun 2012

Ralcorp Holdings has acquired Italian private-label frozen ready meals maker Gelit for an undisclosed sum.

In the spotlight - US private-label consolidation heats up

1 Jun 2012

Private label was slower to gain a foothold in the US compared with some European countries but the market has expanded in recent years and manufacturers are keen to jump on this wave through acquisitions, Michelle Russell reports.

US: Post Holdings H1 profits slide on costs

25 May 2012

US cereal maker Post Holdings has booked a drop in first-half earnings as the company struggled with higher ingredient costs, lower cereal sales and expenses from its spin off from Ralcorp Holdings.

US: Ralcorp acquires cookie maker Petri Baking Products

23 May 2012

Ralcorp Holdings has acquired US private-label cookie producer Petri Baking Products Inc.

US: Ralcorp H1 profits slide on costs

23 May 2012

Ralcorp Holdings has booked a drop in first-half profits as charges related to plant closures, a legal settlement provision and merger costs weighed on the firm's bottom-line results.

US: Profits down at cereal maker Post

9 Mar 2012

US cereal maker Post Holdings has reported a fall in profits in its first quarterly report since its spin off from private-label manufacturer Ralcorp Holdings.

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

13 Feb 2012

A new strategy - which has led to thousands of job cuts - at PepsiCo and the prospect of a new CEO and CFO at beleaguered Diamond Foods caught your attention last week but, beyond those headlines, just-food analysed organic food in China in its Brics and beyond column, we issued the latest data from our Promo Tracker and heard why columnist and SymphonyIRI vice president Rod Street believes suppliers and retailers need to develop a multi-channel strategy now.

US: Profits from Post cereal unit down 30%, says Ralcorp

8 Feb 2012

Profits from US cereal maker Post fell 30% in last three months of 2011, Ralcorp Holdings, the private-label group that has spun off the business, has revealed.

US: Nutrition bar contract loss hits Ralcorp plant

8 Feb 2012

The loss of a nutrition bar manufacturing contract has led US food group Ralcorp Holdings to decide to close a production facility.

US: Post shares begin trading after Ralcorp spin-off completed

7 Feb 2012

Shares in Post Holdings have begun trading in New York after the US cereal maker was spun off from private-label food group Ralcorp Holdings.

2012 - Supermarket battles to drive supplier M&A

6 Feb 2012

Some of the world's largest retailers struggled in 2011, which promises to mean even more intense competition in 2012. What could this mean for suppliers? Ultimately, it could mean the industry witnesses more consolidation this year.

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

6 Jan 2012

just-food's first week back after the Christmas and New Year break included PepsiCo brushing off a US report of plans to cut 4,000 jobs, UK seafood firm Young's Seafood shedding over 500 posts and Arla Foods pledging to expand in Scotland - but saying the move could still affect employees. In the week between Christmas and New Year, we saw China's food sector rocked by its latest safety scandal, with news that dairy group Mengniu Dairy produced milk containing a carcinogen. Click on the headlines for more.

US: Post strikes US cycling sponsorship deal

4 Jan 2012

Post Foods, the third-largest ready-to-eat cereal maker in the US, has agreed a deal for its Grape-Nuts brand to sponsor USA Cycling, the sport's governing body in the country.

US: Post to revamp marketing, target larger customers

3 Jan 2012

A revamp of Post Holdings' marketing team and a greater focus on the US cereal maker's largest retail accounts are among the ways the firm plans to grow its business after it spins off from private-label group Ralcorp Holdings.

2011 in review - M&A activity fails to meet expectations

22 Dec 2011

A year ago, there was consensus that M&A activity would pick up in 2011. As we look back on the last 12 months, there were some major deals but concern over the economy meant the numbers of deals fell short of expectations. Dean Best reports.

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

5 Dec 2011

India's plan to relax restrictions on foreign investment in its retail sector continued to generate fierce debate this week. Two other contentious issues - the EU health claims process and the true potential of intense sweetener stevia - were also covered on just-food this week, as was the latest attempt by Nestle to eradicate child labour in cocoa production.

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