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Katy Askew | 11 Jul 2014

Unilever announced late yesterday (10 July) that it has sold its Slim-Fast diet foods business as it trims the fat from its food portfolio. The news comes as further evidence of the overall decline in the weight management foods sector in markets like the US and UK, Katy Askew suggests.


Katy Askew | 22 Jan 2014

Unilever has indicated that it plans to accelerate growth of its food brands in 2014, after taking a number of actions to stabilise the performance of the unit over the past 12 months.


Ben Cooper | 6 Jul 2006

The diet foods market may be seen as volatile and faddish, but Nestlé clearly feels the growth prospects outweigh the risks, acquiring the Jenny Craig business for US$600m last month. Ben Cooper reports.


Elena Ruiu | 6 Apr 2006

As slimmers lose interest in low-carb diets, meal replacement products are primed to benefit. Can Unilever’s Slim-Fast flex quickly enough to capitalise or will its rivals conquer through innovation? Elena Ruiu reports.

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Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 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.


Katy Askew | 14 Jul 2014

Two key themes were once again in evidence on our pages this week: the importance of securing the supply chain in a world where commodities are becoming more hotly contested and the task of leveraging areas of growth in developed and developing markets.


Katy Askew | 14 Jul 2014

Two key themes were once again in evidence on our pages this week: the importance of securing the supply chain in a world where commodities are becoming more hotly contested and the task of leveraging areas of growth in developed and developing markets.


Dean Best | 10 Jul 2014

Unilever announced today (10 July) it had sold its Slim-Fast weight management brand to private-equity firm Kainos Capital.


Dean Best | 28 Apr 2014

Chobani, the yoghurt maker that has grown to a business generating US$1bn in sales in under a decade, grabbed the headlines this week with news it had secured investment for further growth from private-equity firm TPG Capital. Elsewhere, the trademark spat between Mars and Hershey remained popular among you throughout the week, while Unilever admitted it is weighing up its options over Slim.Fast and its North American pasta sauces unit.


Hannah Abdulla | 28 Apr 2014

This week, Mars waged war on Hershey, alleging its US rival was selling "fake" confectionery under the Malteser brand. Q1 results seasons gathered steam and one of the companies reporting, Unilever, admitted it was considering the future of two units. Elsewhere, in an apparent bid to keep up with the grocery sector price war, The Co-operative Group announced it was plugging GBP100m into price cuts and Hillshire Brands announced the purchase of US waffle-to-cereal maker Van's Natural Foods.


Dean Best | 24 Apr 2014

Unilever today (24 April) confirmed it is reviewing its options over the future of its Slim.Fast and North America pasta sauces businesses.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jan 2014

Anglo-Dutch food and personal care company Unilever has declined to comment on speculation it is to sell off its weight loss brand, Slim Fast.


Michelle Russell | 3 Jul 2012

Waitrose led the promotional activity in the UK grocery sector last month, according to the latest data from the just-food Promo Tracker.


just-food.com | 1 Mar 2010

Unilever has welcomed a study by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) that supports evidence of a link between meal replacements for weight control and lower body weight.


just-food.com | 7 Oct 2009

Unilever has continued with its long-running programme to change its ice cream production in the US with fresh investment in a facility in Tennessee.


just-food.com | 16 Feb 2009

Unilever is recalling three of its Slim-Fast bar products in the US due to them possibly containing peanuts being recalled by Peanut Corporation of America (PCA).


just-food.com | 4 Sep 2008

The market has roundly welcomed news that Nestlé executive Paul Polman will replace Unilever CEO Patrick Cescau, with shares in the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate jumping the highest on the FTSE 100 in morning trading.


just-food.com | 19 Oct 2006

Slim-Fast has launched a line of ‘Easy to Digest’ weight-loss shakes to appeal to the 25% of the US population who suffer from lactose intolerance and the additional 3m who suffer from gluten sensitivity.


just-food.com | 19 Sep 2006

Unilever United States has announced the introduction of a front-of-pack nutritional logo programme called Choices.


just-food.com | 9 Feb 2006

The Anglo-Dutch consumer goods group Unilever has reported a leap of 37% in earnings per share to EUR3.88 (US$4.65), despite continued challenges in Western Europe.


just-food.com | 20 Jan 2006

Bravo! Foods International has bolstered its operations team with two management appointments.


just-food.com | 4 Aug 2005

Anglo-Dutch food and consumer goods company Unilever has reported a fall in profit for the second quarter of 2005 and said it needs to do more to improve its competitiveness in Western Europe.


just-food.com | 27 Oct 2004

Anglo-Dutch food and consumer goods giant Unilever has reported a 6% rise in quarterly net profit, despite a 4% fall in turnover.


just-food.com | 22 Mar 2004

US frozen novelty foods company Silhouette Brands has announced it has successfully launched its Skinny Cow low-fat ice cream brand in the UK, through a licensing agreement with UK ice cream maker Richmond Ice Cream.


just-food.com | 12 Feb 2004

Anglo-Dutch food and consumer goods group Unilever has said growth of its top brands did not meet its targets in 2003 and also announced the retirement of its chairman.


just-food.com | 15 Jan 2004

Anglo-Dutch consumer products giant Unilever has said it has launched a line of low-carb products in order to take advantage of the popularity of low-carbohydrate diets.

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Dean Best | 17 Feb 2014

Weight Watchers' current plight is symptomatic of two trends.

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