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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.

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.

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.

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.

UK: Weight Watchers to revamp dessert range

27 Apr 2009

Weight Watchers is to revamp its low-fat chilled yoghurt and dairy dessert brands with refreshed packaging across its UK range.

US: Weight Watchers expands product portfolio

19 Mar 2009

Weight Watchers is expanding its portion and calorie-controlled food options in the US market with the launch of thirteen products in several categories including sweet baked goods, frozen novelties and cheeses.

UK: Weight Watchers expands iced desserts range

9 Mar 2009

Weight Watchers has expanded its range of low-calorie iced desserts on sale in the UK with the addition of a range of single-serve products.

US: Weight Watchers income flat on charges

5 Mar 2009

Weight Watchers has posted flat full-year income as charges and start-up costs eat into the group’s modest sales gains.

UK: Weight Watchers adds to frozen desserts range

9 Feb 2009

Weight Watchers is adding to its range of iced desserts on sale in the UK.

AUS: Heinz expands frozen food offering

4 Feb 2009

HJ Heinz has announced two new launches to its frozen foods range in the US.

UK: Health key to brand success – survey

24 Sep 2008

Brands that have emphasised health and nutrition have seen the biggest growth in sales this year, the latest Biggest Brand survey by TNS Worldpanel revealed today (24 September).

Would acquiring Campbell’s be ‘Mmm mmm good’ for Heinz?

14 Aug 2008

Heinz has signalled that it is on the acquisition hunt, having built up a sizeable war chest to fuel growth. At yesterday’s (13 August) AGM, the Pittsburgh-based ketchup maker hinted that US soup giant Campbell Soup Co could be one of the targets in its sights. Katy Humphries reports.

UK: Heinz invests in 13 additions to soup range

11 Aug 2008

Heinz is investing GBP2.5m (US$4.7m) and adding thirteen new varieties to its soups range this autumn.

UK: Finsbury sees margins drop as costs mount

2 Jul 2008

UK cake maker Finsbury Food Group said it foresees tough trading over the next 12 to 18 months after higher wheat, dairy and egg costs ate into margins.

UK: Warburtons adds to Weight Watchers range

1 Jul 2008

UK baker Warburtons has made an addition to its range of Weight Watchers breads.

US: Heinz to build ready-meals site

4 Jun 2008

Heinz is to build a ready-meals production facility in the US state of South Carolina.

In The Spotlight - Bill Johnson, Heinz

2 Jun 2008

Rising costs and weak consumer spending is hitting much of the US food industry but one company weathering the storm is Heinz. Two years after a boardroom battle engulfed the ketchup maker, CEO Bill Johnson has steered the company into calmer waters and has targeted sustained growth in the years ahead. Dean Best reports on how Heinz rediscovered the ingredients for success.

US: Heinz unveils growth plan as profits rise

29 May 2008

US food giant Heinz has raised its earnings forecast for the next two years after announcing a rise in full-year sales and profits today (29 May).



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