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Heinz to sell frozen meal plant in Ireland

4 Dec 2014

Condiments maker Heinz has announced it is planning a sale of its frozen ready meals plant in Ireland to The Authentic Food Co.

MOM Brands launches Weight Watchers cereal range

27 Oct 2014

US breakfast cereal producer MOM Brands has developed a line of Weight Watchers-branded products.

Comment: Unilever's Slim-Fast sale evidence of declining diet category

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.

UK: Symington's plans to close Victoria Foods plant

1 Aug 2012

UK food group Symington's has announced plans to close its recently-acquired Victoria Foods plant.

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.

UK: Symington's buys baking firm Victoria Foods

21 Jun 2012

Symington's has acquired fellow UK baking business Victoria Foods, a company that supplies products under licence for Nestle and Weight Watchers.

US: Walgreens innovation chief Watts to take Weight Watchers role

13 Dec 2011

Colin Watts, chief innovation officer at US retailer Walgreens, will move to Weight Watchers in the New Year to take a similar role at the weight management group.

US: Heinz launches Weight Watchers ready meals in US

7 Oct 2011

HJ Heinz has launched a range of ready meals in the US under the Weight Watchers Smart Ones brand.

Focus: Clamour for health drives French chilled foods

4 Aug 2011

Chilled processed food was one of the best performers within the broader French packaged food market in both value and volume terms in 2010. Sales were underpinned by strong demand for natural products beneficial to health and wellbeing, combined with increased innovation and consumers eating in more regularly. Euromonitor International's Anastasia Alieva looks at how the channel grew over the last year.

UK: Weight Watchers launches Strawberry and Vanilla Sundae

4 May 2011

Weight Watchers has launched a Strawberry and Vanilla Sundae in partnership with Icefresh, its iced desserts licensee.

US: Heinz extends Smart Ones line up

17 Mar 2011

Heinz has extended its Weight Watchers Smart Ones brand in the US with the introduction of two new frozen breakfasts to its Morning Express line.

Focus: Russian recovery boosts snacks sector

2 Mar 2011

Economic recovery and growing consumer expenditure on food are underpinning demand for sweet and savoury snacks in Russia. According to Euromonitor International's Countries & Consumers database, Russian GDP grew by 4% in real terms in 2010, reversing the 8% decline registered the previous year.

UK: Finsbury chief points to "progress" after mixed FY

30 Sep 2010

The chief executive of Finsbury Food Group, the UK cake maker, today (30 September) insisted the company had made progress during the last 12 months despite a fall in sales.

AUS: Biscuit maker Unibic opens plant

13 Jul 2010

Australian biscuit maker Unibic today (13 July) cut the ribbon on a new A$44m (US$38.5m) biscuit and cake plant in the state of Victoria.

UK: Slow economy hits Weight Watchers Q1 profits

7 May 2010

Weight Watchers International has booked a drop in earnings for the first quarter, hurt by poor weather, a slowdown in the economy and “difficult” operating conditions.

UK: Heinz sells own-label frozen dessert unit

25 Nov 2009

Heinz has sold its private label frozen desserts business in the UK to PoleStar Foods.

UK: Branded pasta sauces fall foul of salt campaigners

12 Nov 2009

The food industry has hit back at the latest research to question the levels of salt in UK shoppers' food by saying low-salt options are available on supermarket shelves and are clearly labelled thanks to the Guideline Daily Amount (GDA) system.

US: Falling sales hit Weight Watchers earnings

11 Nov 2009

Weight Watchers International has posted a 0.2% dip in third-quarter earnings as cost savings offset lower sales.

INSIGHT: Finsbury CEO admits promotions will continue

30 Sep 2009

Finsbury Food Group expects to continue its promotional activity over the next six months even after a year when the UK cake and bread maker had to promote its products more than it wanted to, its chief executive has said.

UK: Shares in cake maker Finsbury soften

30 Sep 2009

Shares in UK cake maker Finsbury Food Group tumbled this morning (30 September) after the company reported a slide in annual profits.

UK: Glisten savoury MD hails new unit

29 Sep 2009

Glisten has announced plans to unify its savoury snack businesses into a single operating unit.

Top stories on just-food this week

18 Sep 2009

JBS's bold attempt to become the world's largest meat processor grabbed your attention this week, with its proposed acquisition of US poultry firm Pilgrim's Pride and its planned merger with Brazilian food group Bertin among the ten most-read stories on just-food. The continued rumblings over the future of Cadbury also caught your eye, as did the goings-on with Woolworths Ltd and Coles in Australia's grocery retailing sector.

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

18 Sep 2009

The M&A spotlight moved away from Cadbury this week and shone on JBS, the Brazilian meat group, which, in two fell swoops, looks set to become the world's largest meat processor. The dairy sector - in the UK, Europe and Down Under - hit the headlines, while Australia's grocery retail sector should soon see more competition after the watchdog struck a deal with Woolworths Ltd and Coles, the country's two largest players.

UPDATE: US: Weight Watchers suit “without merit” - Nestle

17 Sep 2009

Nestle has insisted that it will “vigorously” resist claims from Weight Watchers International that the Swiss food giant has infringed trademark rights.

US: Weight Watchers sues Nestle over TM claims

17 Sep 2009

Weight management company Weight Watchers International has filed a lawsuit against Nestle, accusing the world's largest food maker of trademark violations in the US.

US: Heinz expands Weight Watchers Smart Ones

11 Aug 2009

Heinz has expanded its Weight Watchers Smart Ones range in the US with the launch of Artisan Creations Grilled Flatbreads.

US: Weight Watchers sees H1 revenues slide

7 Aug 2009

Weight Watchers has revealed that the “uncertain economic environment” has caused the company's first-half revenues to fall.

FRANCE: LDC in exclusive talks for Uniq unit

26 Jun 2009

French poultry group LDC has entered into exclusive talks to acquire Marie, the French chilled and frozen prepared food business of Uniq.

UK: Yoplait unveils Weight Watchers chocolate dessert

17 Jun 2009

Yoplait has launched a Weight Watchers-branded, low-fat, “indulgent” rich chocolate dessert in the UK.

UPDATE: US: Greencore CEO eyes US expansion

26 May 2009

Greencore, the Irish food group, is looking to further expand its business in the US as it looks to build on its “positive momentum” 12 months after it entered the market.

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