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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.

US: Dawn Food expands Weight Watchers range

6 Sep 2013

US cake maker Dawn Food Products has extended the line of Weight Watchers Sweet Baked Goods it produces under licence from weight management company Weight Watchers.

US: General Mills unveils 2014 product pipeline

27 Jun 2013

US food group General Mills has indicated its plans to drive low single-digit sales growth in 2014 hinge largely on its extensive new product pipeline.

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

13 May 2013

The quarterly results continued to roll in this week and we listened to a number of CEOs talk about the challenges and opportunities they face in 2013. Elsewhere, just-food covered Hofex, the largest food and hospitality tradeshow in Asia-Pacific, where we spoke with UK SMEs about their international ambitions. Retailer Delhaize Group has also begun the search for a new CEO following the resignation of Pierre-Olivier Beckers.

just the answer: Walkers Shortbread on expansion in the breakfast aisle

10 May 2013

Walkers Shortbread recently launched a line of Weight Watchers breakfast biscuits, which are being produced under license in the UK. The company is hoping that the move will help it build on the growing demand for healthier options as well as the massive growth of the breakfast biscuit category. Katy Askew spoke to David Guest, commercial manager at Walkers Shortbread, about the group's hopes for the category.

UK: Heinz adds to Weight Watchers Squeeze & Stir line

18 Jan 2013

Heinz is adding to its Weight Watchers Squeeze & Stir soup line in the UK with the launch of a sachet range.

US: General Mills, Weight Watchers tie up for Yoplait launch

17 Aug 2012

General Mills has added to its Yoplait yoghurt line-up in the US with the launch of two variants as part of a tie-up with Weight Watchers.

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.

UK: Heinz expands Weight Watchers range with 'Steam & Serve'

6 Mar 2012

Heinz is adding to its Weight Watchers 'Even More' range in the UK with the launch of 'Steam and Serve' meals.

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.

On the money: Cranswick quietly sizzles despite tough UK market

14 Nov 2011

Analysts have commended UK pork supplier Cranswick's first-half performance, especially in light of what one called a "demonstrably difficult" UK marketplace.

UK: Heinz introduces bigger Weight Watchers meals

10 Oct 2011

Heinz is set to launch bigger Weight Watchers frozen ready meals in the UK.

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.

just-food's research round-up

29 Jul 2011

This week's reports include analysis of the food and drink sectors in emerging markets, a report on chocolate manufacturing and a study of the sugar and sweeteners industry in Brazil.

UK: Tesco to exclusively sell Bio-Synergy low-calorie dessert

7 Jul 2011

Tesco today (7 July) announced that it will exclusively sell Bio-Synergy's dessert range.

Focus: Pyramid to plate – simplifying the healthy-eating message

9 Jun 2011

The US government's new MyPlate healthy-eating guide, launched last week, has been enthusiastically welcomed by a broad range of stakeholders, not least because it aims to communicate dietary advice to consumers simply and succinctly. Ben Cooper reports.

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.

US: Del Monte Foods appoints Harrison as interim CEO

11 Feb 2011

Del Monte Foods has named Neil Harrison interim CEO as its US$5bn sale to a private-equity consortium nears completion.

just-food research round-up

25 Jan 2011

The latest batch of reports from the just-food research store includes analysis of the packaged food market, a look at Weight Watchers, opportunities in dairy and trends in food and drink in Japan.

US: General Mills unveils Green Giant frozen veg NPD

6 Jan 2011

General Mills has launched Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers in the US, a range of four frozen vegetable products that the US food giant said will provide consumers with more variety when choosing their veg.

UK: Bread, free-from fires Finsbury sales

30 Nov 2010

Sales of bread and free-from products have boosted turnover at UK baker Finsbury Food Group.

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.

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