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The week ahead - Citi FMCG conference, Sanderson H1s

28 May 2013

The UK and the US enjoyed a public holiday on Monday and the shorter week is a quieter one for results. However, US poultry group Sanderson Farms and South Africa's Tiger Brands will report H1s, while Tate & Lyle plc will announce annual figures. In New York, Citi will hold a conference featuring the likes of Mondelez International and General Mills.

US: TreeHouse records "best" Q1 earnings

9 May 2013

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods said it has recorded its best-ever first-quarter earnings, with gross margin up and sales growing.

The week ahead - Sainsbury's FY results, Tyson H1, Mondelez Q1

3 May 2013

First-quarter results continue to come in next week, with Cadbury owner Mondelez International among the companies reporting numbers to the end of March. Elsewhere, US meat giant Tyson Foods will file half-year figures and UK grocer Sainsbury's will report annual numbers.

US: Restructuring costs hit TreeHouse Foods FY

21 Feb 2013

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has booked a decline in full-year profits as restructuring and other one-off costs hit earnings.

In the spotlight: ConAgra's belief in future of US private label

3 Dec 2012

ConAgra Foods has said it is "excited" about a deal that will mean it becomes the largest private-label group in the US despite concerns over its ability to grow brands and own label, as well as the long-term prospects of store brands in the US.

US: TreeHouse buys Associated Milk Producers own-label assets

3 Dec 2012

US private-label group TreeHouse Foods has snapped up cheese and pudding assets owned by dairy co-op Associated Milk Producers.

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.

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: TreeHouse Foods Q3 profits slide

6 Nov 2012

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has booked a decline in third-quarter profit as a result of higher input costs and drop in volumes.

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

13 Aug 2012

Nestle reported its half-year results last week and said innovation was vital to growth in developed markets, where doing business at the moment is, it said, "no walk in the park". Produce giant Chiquita's first-half numbers included plans for a new strategy, while at US dairy group Dean Foods, it announced a move to list its soy and organics unit alongside its figures. In the retail sector, UK grocer The Co-op announced chief executive Peter Marks was to retire.

On the money: Soup "vital" despite closure, insists TreeHouse

8 Aug 2012

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has insisted its soups unit remains a "vital" part of the business despite its decision to close a production facility.

US: TreeHouse to close two plants, cuts FY guidance

8 Aug 2012

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has cut its full-year earnings guidance as it announced plans to shut its soup and salad dressing facilities.

US: TreeHouse hands new Bay Valley role to Dean Foods' Silva

25 Jul 2012

TreeHouse Foods has named Dean Foods executive Chris Sliva as COO of its Bay Valley Foods unit.

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: Price increases boost TreeHouse Foods Q1

8 May 2012

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has booked an increase in first-quarter profits, boosted by price increases on products it sells to retailers in North America.

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

26 Mar 2012

The Consumer Analyst Group of Europe investment conference in London dominated just-food's working week and we exclusively provided the news and views from the event.

US: TreeHouse Foods acquires Naturally Fresh

20 Mar 2012

US own-label firm TreeHouse Foods has struck a deal to buy privately-owned dressings and sauces firm Naturally Fresh.

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

13 Feb 2012

The US grabbed the industry headlines this week, with PepsiCo at last outlining its plans to drive growth at the business, although the measures it has lined up has led to more questions from Wall Street analysts. And the uncertainty around the sale of global snacks brand Pringles has intensified after prospective buyer Diamond Foods decided to appoint a new CEO and CFO after it found improper accounting at the company.

US: Treehouse Foods hits reduced earnings target

10 Feb 2012

Shares in US private-label group TreeHouse Foods rose today (10 February) after it met its target for fourth-quarter earnings, which the company lowered last month.

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

23 Jan 2012

Executives at Müller and Robert Wiseman Dairies espoused the benefits of the German yoghurt maker's decision to buy the UK milk supplier, a deal that divided analysts. Industry watchers also scrutinised the latest trading updates from Premier Foods plc, the UK's largest food manufacturer and Carrefour, the French retail giant, while Kraft Foods chief Irene Rosenfeld said the US group's 2011 results means it is one of the industry's better performers - on the day job cuts of 1,600 were announced.

US: TreeHouse cuts earnings forecast

20 Jan 2012

US private-label manufacturer TreeHouse Foods has issued a profit warning as a result of a fourth-quarter fall in volumes.

US: TreeHouse set to expand following strong Q3

8 Nov 2011

US private-label manufacturer TreeHouse Foods has announced plans for expansion, following an increase in sales and profits in its third-quarter.

Focus: What next for ConAgra and Ralcorp?

23 Sep 2011

Three times ConAgra Foods made offers for Ralcorp Holdings and three times its fellow US food group refused to even hold talks on a potential sale. This week, ConAgra withdrew its final bid, leaving industry watchers to ask what lies ahead for the two companies. Sam Webb reports.

Best bits: Ralcorp stands firm as ConAgra ups ante

15 Aug 2011

ConAgra Foods, keen to tap into the growing private-label market in the US, has made a higher bid for Ralcorp Holdings. Its takeover target, however, has again rejected the company's advances.

US: Treehouse posts expected profit fall but shares rise

5 Aug 2011

Shares in US private-label manufacturer Treehouse Foods closed up in New York yesterday despite the company posting a fall in second-year profits.

US: TreeHouse Foods cuts FY earnings guidance

23 Jun 2011

TreeHouse Foods has lowered its full-year earnings guidance due to a lag in the company's pricing actions on the back of rising input costs.

US: TreeHouse plans price hikes

5 May 2011

TreeHouse Foods today (4 May) insisted that it would pursue "aggressive" price increases in the remainder of the year as it looks to mitigate the impact of rising costs on profitability.

US: TreeHouse to close Bay Valley plant

1 Mar 2011

TreeHouse Foods has signalled its intention to close its Bay Valley Foods pickle plant in Springfield, Missouri, with the loss of 46 jobs.

US: TreeHouse COO Vermylen to step down

10 Feb 2011

TreeHouse Foods, the US private-label processor, has announced that president and COO David Vermylen is to step down from the role.





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