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Unilever relaunches Becel with "simpler ingredients" in Canada

1 Mar 2016

Unilever is reformulating its Becel margarine in Canada to be free of artificial colours, flavours and preservatives.

Unilever names Marijn Dekkers chairman 

25 Feb 2016

Unilever has said Bayer CEO Dr. Marijn Dekkers will succeed Michael Treschow as group chairman. 

What are the implications of Brexit for UK food manufacturing?

22 Feb 2016

The UK could vote on its membership of the EU in little more than four months but little attention has been paid to what impact an exit could have on the country's largest manufacturing sector. Ben Cooper weighs up the issue, speaking to executives from across the industry.

Unilever to move Netherlands IT, accounting roles

12 Feb 2016

Unilever is to move around 200 IT and accounting jobs from the Netherlands to other markets and on to third parties.

Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever's UK spreads sales?

5 Feb 2016

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning over a few free-from supporters and consumers with lactose or dairy allergies enough to do the trick? Hannah Abdulla explores.

Unilever continues NPD offensive with dairy-free Ben & Jerry's US launch

3 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a dairy-free and certified vegan line of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the US.

Unilever launches eggless Hellmann's mayonnaise in US

2 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a version of its Hellmann's mayonnaise in the US that contains no eggs, creating a close competitor to fast-growing upstart Just Mayo.

Valio turns to quark to launch healthy spread

27 Jan 2016

Valio, the Finnish dairy group, has launched a spread containing quark in its domestic market to compete with Unilever's Becel in the "wellbeing" segment.

Unilever takes Flora into UK dairy-free market

25 Jan 2016

Unilever is launching a dairy-free version of its Flora spread in the UK, the company's latest bid to boost sales of the product in the country.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - climate change tops poll

22 Jan 2016

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could have the greatest impact on business. In addition, Ben Cooper writes, the prevalence of climate change risk and the way it is expected to exacerbate other environmental, societal and economic impacts underlines the increasing interconnectedness of business risk, which is an overarching theme of the report.

World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 - cyber attack rises up WEF risk roll call

22 Jan 2016

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2016 underlines the threat of cyber attack as a growing menace facing major companies. Ben Cooper examines the report’s findings on the dangers of cyber attacks and other principal risks facing companies over the next ten years identified in the report.

Food industry news of the week - Yildiz's snack ambitions, Unilever's 2016 outlook, Scotland proposes sugar tax

22 Jan 2016

Godiva and McVitie's owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.

Food industry quotes of the week - Unilever on 2016, Scotland eyes sugar tax, MEPs on sugary baby food

22 Jan 2016

This week, Unilever was the first of the food majors to reports its results for 2015 - and its comments about the year ahead caught the eye. Sugar remained firmly in the headlines with Food Standards Scotland warning a sugar tax could be considered as the nation continues to face rising obesity and the European Parliament voting against a move from Brussels to allow baby foods to contain sugar far above WHO recommendations. Elsewhere, on our M&A pages, Emmi took full control of German organic milk processor Glaserne Molkerei and US private-equity firm Highlander Partners acquired invested in Polish meat firm QFG. Click on the links for more.

How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016?

19 Jan 2016

Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get worse. So how is the ice cream-to-condiments manufacturer preparing? 

Unilever sees core full-year growth, warns on tough 2016

19 Jan 2016

Unilever booked an increase in full-year core earnings this morning (19 January) but warned trading conditions in 2016 could get even tougher. 

Brazil accuses Unilever, Nestle and PepsiCo of slack filling 

8 Jan 2016

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has accused Unilever, Nestle and PepsiCo of reducing the weight of certain products without cutting packaging size or alerting consumers to the change. 

The food industry in 2016 – Tapping global growth in e-commerce 

5 Jan 2016

Online shopping, apps, mobile proliferation and delivery services are transforming how consumers shop. In grocery, the changes sparked by e-commerce have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Nevertheless, across developed and developing markets, the growth in e-commerce outpaces bricks-and-mortar retail. In the latest instalment of our management briefing on what to watch in 2016, we take a look at the prospects for online grocery. What markets and categories will offer food makers the greatest growth potential in e-commerce over the coming year? 

The food industry in 2016 - beyond the BRICs

3 Jan 2016

With significant question marks over the growth prospects of three of the BRICs, packaged food strategists are weighing up which other emerging markets could offer opportunities. Hannah Abdulla picks out three markets to watch in 2016.

The food industry’s vital role in realising COP21 vision

17 Dec 2015

The COP21 agreement marks the start of a huge concerted effort in which the food industry will have a leading role to play, Ben Cooper writes.

30 US food firms sign up to SmartLabel transparency initiative

3 Dec 2015

More than 30 US food companies including the likes of ConAgra Foods, Smucker, Kellogg and General Mills have signed up to SmartLabel technology, committing to being more transparent about the ingredients that go into their products.

Unilever sets 2030 carbon positive goal

27 Nov 2015

Unilever has announced a deadline of 2030 for its operations to become carbon positive.

Food industry quotes of the week - Boulder Brands sale, Unilever on carbon

27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.

Food industry news of the week - Boulder Brands, Chicken of the Sea, Unilever

27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.

Food industry news of the week - Chobani, Vinamilk, Nestle

16 Oct 2015

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, has admitted it is weighing up interest from companies looking at investing in the business - and this week the identity of some purported suitors emerged. Staying in dairy, Vietnam's government is looking to sell its 45% stake in Vinamilk, which dominates much of the growing sector there. And a Friday one-two from Nestle, which cut its forecast for annual sales after a challenging, Maggi-affected third quarter and then confirmed tests in India allow the company to at least resume production of the noodles.

Unilever's sales are up, will margins follow?

15 Oct 2015

Unilever beat market expectations with a stellar third-quarter sales update this morning (15 October). However, with growth driven by its lower margin refreshments unit, could this put pressure on Unilever's group margin? Katy Askew reports. 

Unilever "strong" Q3 boosted by ice cream 

15 Oct 2015

Unilever reported a better-than-expected third quarter performance this morning (15 October) when ice cream sales and soft comparables in China enabled the group to book “strong” underlying sales growth. 

Unilever, PepsiCo, McCain team up on foodservice waste

15 Oct 2015

Food manufacturing giants PepsiCo, McCain Foods, Unilever and Ardo, plus foodservice group Sodexo, have teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund, to create the International Food Waste Coalition (IFWC), which aims to combat food waste in the sector.

Unilever opens South African ice cream factory 

14 Oct 2015

Unilever has opened its ZAR600m (US$44.6m) ice cream factory in Midrand, South Africa, as part of its investment programme in the region. 

Sustainability-focused FMCG brands "outperform" - Nielsen

13 Oct 2015

Sustainability is becoming a key factor among shoppers when deciding which consumer brand to buy, according to a new US Nielsen study. 

Food industry quotes of the week - R&R, TPP, Unilever

9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.

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