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The just-food interview - Tony Tavares, SunOpta

31 Oct 2011

Canada-based natural and organic food group SunOpta supplies a number of the world's largest food makers and retailers with products from soy ingredients to private-label snack bars. The company is undergoing significant change and has decided to offload non-core assets and focus squarely on food. Dean Best met SunOpta COO Tony Tavares at international trade show Anuga in Germany to discuss the company's ambitions.

UK: French's launches Smooth & Spicy sauce in UK

11 Oct 2011

Owner of French's mustard brand, Reckitt Benckiser has launched its new Smooth & Spicy sauce in the UK.

CANADA: Hain Celestial extends Greek yoghurt range

30 Sep 2011

Hain Celestial has added to the range of Greek yoghurt it sells in Canada.

US: Private-equity firms "eye Whole Foods Market"

19 Aug 2011

Private-equity firm Kohlberg Kravis Roberts has remained coy on speculation that it could be preparing a bid for US organic food retailer Whole Foods Market.

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

19 Aug 2011

M&A talk has continued unabated, with ConAgra revealing its disappointment around its latest offer for Ralcorp being rebuffed. The owner of former Bright Food target United Biscuits has cooled reports that it is looking to split the manufacturer in two. Happier news for Bright Food this week, however, with the company reaching an agreement to buy Manassen Foods.

UPDATE: US: Smart Balance plans gluten-free drive with Glutino

4 Aug 2011

The CEO of Smart Balance today (4 August) outlined the opportunity the US health food company sees in the gluten-free category following its acquisition of Canadian firm Glutino Food Group.

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

29 Jul 2011

The week saw more of the major food manufacturers report their half-year results. Aside from their numbers, Danone faced questions on the performance of its business in Russia, while Hershey's new CEO was quizzed over its future in India. Meanwhile, Superquinn directors dropped their legal action against the Irish retailer's receivership and a group of UK politicians urged the Government to strengthen the powers of the proposed grocery watchdog. Click on the links for more.

US/UK: Whole Foods to open UK store in Cheltenham

28 Jul 2011

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market plans to open another store in the UK.

US: Whole Foods ups earnings target after healthy Q3

28 Jul 2011

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has raised its target forfull-year earnings after its third-quarter profits jumped 35%.

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

24 Jun 2011

Fonterra confirmed plans this week that it is in talks over a joint venture in cheese and whey production in Europe. Meanwhile, ConAgra has affirmed that its sights are still firmly set on acquiring Ralcorp. Wal-Mart has continued to see its top executives leave, with the third executive leaving its Chinese unit, while its UK division, Asda, lost its COO Simon King. Click on the headlines for more.

US: Whole Foods Market eyes US store growth

22 Jun 2011

Whole Foods Market has said that it aims to eventually have around 1,000 stores in the US after telling analysts that it has the cash to expand.

US: UNFI Q3 profits rise

2 Jun 2011

United Natural Foods posted an increase in third-quarter income as the US distributor said it continued to see "strong demand" for its products.

US: Whole Foods boosts full-year profit forecast on strong Q2

5 May 2011

Whole Foods Market increased its full-year forecast after the upmarket US grocer reported its "strongest overall results" in the past five years.

US/UK: Fischer & Wieser plans international growth

16 Mar 2011

High-end US condiments maker Fischer & Wieser Speciality Foods is preparing to expand internationally, with the introduction of 12 new products to the UK market next month.

just the answer - Kevin Brennan, Quorn Foods CEO

11 Mar 2011

Premier Foods plc's decision to sell its meat-free business was seen as a move to reduce a debt pile at the UK's largest food group that, last summer, reached over GBP1.3bn. The unit, renamed Quorn Foods, is now in the hands of Exponent Private Equity. Dean Best spoke to Kevin Brennan, the former Kellogg executive that Premier appointed to run its meat-free operations, and who is now CEO of the new firm.

US: Whole Foods boosts outlook on strong Q1

10 Feb 2011

Whole Foods Market has increased its sales and earnings per share forecasts for the 2011 fiscal year on the back of strong first-quarter results.

US: Whole Foods Market recalls Sally Jackson cheese

22 Dec 2010

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market has announced a recall on cheese sold in four states due to possible contamination with a bacteria.

Talking shop: A&P's future is uncertain after bankruptcy

14 Dec 2010

A&P's descent into Chapter 11 protection has taken few in the US retail sector by surprise but what does the future hold for the historic grocer? And which competitors could benefit?

US: United Natural Foods boss hails "strong" sales after Q1

8 Dec 2010

The chief executive of United Natural Foods (UNFI) has pointed to the US grocery distributor's "sales strength" after the company generated US$1bn of sales in a quarter for the first time.

Best bits: Bolland set to make his Marc on M&S

8 Nov 2010

Evolution, not revolution. It's a favourite phrase of Marks and Spencer chief executive Marc Bolland and tomorrow (9 November) the City and the food industry will hear just what the Dutchman has in store for the UK retailer.

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

5 Nov 2010

This week has seen a raft of financial results that have given us a chance to gauge the health of the sector. It's been a mixed bag - Kellogg's sales and profits slid - but there were positives to take from the likes of Kraft Foods and Unilever. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart Stores has its eyes on emerging markets expansion, we have had analysis of Whole Foods Market's performance and a discussion of public health policy in Canada.

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

5 Nov 2010

Within a raft of trading updates this week, Kellogg and Chiquita Brands International posted disappointing results, although Unilever and organics retailer Whole Foods Market had better news for the market. Heinz is entering what may become a protracted series of negotations with its Wigan staff over wages, while rumours abound that Marks and Spencer may look to re-acquire the stores in western Europe that it sold in 2001. Here's the best of what was said this week.

Talking shop: Whole Foods expands as organics recover

4 Nov 2010

For all the talk of a persistent lack of consumer confidence on both sides of the Atlantic, there are indications that natural and organic food manufacturers and retailers are seeing demand recover after a tough two years.

UK/US: Whole Foods to open more stores in UK

4 Nov 2010

US natural and organic retailer Whole Foods Market is to open its first stores in the UK since before the economic crisis.

US: Whole Foods Market results "surpass expectations"

4 Nov 2010

Upmarket US grocery retailer Whole Foods Market has said its net income nearly doubled during its 2010 financial year as the company's results surpassed its expectations.

US: Whole Foods launches new iPhone App

20 Aug 2010

US-grocery retailer Whole Foods market has launched an App to help users eat and live better.

US: Whole Foods adds Little Duck Organic to range

6 Aug 2010

US organics retailer Whole Foods Market is to extend its baby snack category with the addition of three products.

US: Whole Foods Market gains market share in Q3

4 Aug 2010

Whole Foods Market's income climbed 53% during the third quarter on the back of market share gains.

US: Smart Balance to launch organic soy milk

27 Jul 2010

Smart Balance has announced its entry into the US organic soy milk category with the launch of Earth Balance Organic Soymilk.

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

9 Jul 2010

This rounds up what has mostly been a week of speculation, of Carrefour's exit from three Asian markets, the success of Ocado's IPO and the success of Amazon's new grocery venture.

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