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

15 Oct 2012

The IGD's annual convention attracts the leading executives from the UK FMCG sector and last week they heard the likes of Tesco, Sainsbury's, Unilever and Heinz discuss the economy, multichannel strategies, labelling and innovation. Elsewhere, Wal-Mart outlined its expansion plans for next year, Mars called on the chocolate sector to co-operate more on sustainable cocoa (which it said would cost billions) and Kellogg revealed the possible financial impact of its latest recall.

GERMANY/UK: German food firm Zertus to buy UK snack group Zetar

8 Oct 2012

German food company Zertus has struck a deal to buy UK confectioner and snack firm Zetar.

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

23 Jul 2012

While the row over UK farmgate milk prices rumbled on this week, elsewhere first-half results hit the just-food news desk. Safeway sounded an upbeat note on the performance of its loyalty programme and the group's dominance in retail personalisation for consumers. Elsewhere, just-food spoke with Mizkan EuroAmericas president Craig Smith who spoke about the firm's plansfor the business long-term.

UK: Confectioner Zetar posts lower FY profits

18 Jul 2012

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has reported a fall in annual profits as retailers cut orders in the key Easter selling season.

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

21 May 2012

Arla Foods revealed 250 jobs could be cut as it drives efficiency and tries to keep pace with its international competitors - and admitted more could be made. The race to buy frozen food giant Iglo Group also continued to make the headlines and this week Thai food manufacturer CP Foods was linked to the business. Meanwhile, in the US, Kellogg "refreshed" its 106-year-old namesake brand, although industry watchers suggested the cereal maker might have to do more to drive sales.

UK: Zetar sales slide on "disappointing" Easter

15 May 2012

UK confectionery and snacks group Zetar booked a 5% slump in full-year sales, on the back of a weaker Easter performance and the offloading of lower-margin business.

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

27 Jan 2012

The UK government this week launched a series of measures, drawn up with industry, to drive the food sector's growth overseas. The so-called export action plan came in the week that food and drink giant Princes announced a venture in Italy and UK confectioner Zetar opened its first sales office in Europe. Zetar's CEO outlined the company's Continental sales target to just-food and, in a further interview with a top executive, Spar International MD Dr Gordon Campbell told us about the symbol retailer's expansion plans in India.

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

27 Jan 2012

Carrefour again grabbed the headlines this week, with speculation intensifying that there could be change of leadership at the company. just-food understands an announcement is due in days. Elsewhere in retail, Asda outlined its expansion plans in the UK and we spoke to the CEO of Spar International about the symbol group's ambitions in India. Meanwhile, Premier Foods admitted more jobs could be lost at the company, we took a look at why US baker Hostess Brands filed for Chapter 11 and, in our latest Sustainability Watch, we discussed HJ Heinz's CSR strategy.

UK/EUROPE: Confectioner Zetar sets European sales target

26 Jan 2012

UK confectioner Zetar is aiming to make GBP10m in sales in Europe over the next three years after opening its first office on the Continent.

On the money: Keep Easter caution in context - Zetar CEO Blackburn

26 Jan 2012

Zetar CEO Ian Blackburn has played down the UK confectioner and snack maker's caution over Easter.

UK: Confectioner Zetar cautious over Easter sales

24 Jan 2012

Shares in UK confectioner Zetar fell this morning (24 January) after the company warned its sales this Easter could be lower than last year.

UK: Cost efficiencies drive Zetar H1 sales

9 Nov 2011

Zetar has booked an increase in first-half sales, boosted by ongoing cost efficiencies and innovation.

UK: Zetar stock up on full-year net income growth

20 Jul 2011

Zetar saw its stock price jump today (20 July) as the UK confectioner reported a full-year increase in net-income.

UK: Zetar CEO Blackburn sets target for branded growth

19 May 2011

Zetar, the UK confectioner and snack maker, is looking to drive branded sales to account for half its turnover in four years time.

UK: Confectionery sales boost Zetar

18 May 2011

Zetar, the UK confectioner and snack maker, has reported a 2% increase in annual revenues thanks to growing confectionery sales.

UK: Zetar buys chocolate maker Derwent Lynton

14 Apr 2011

UK snacks and confectionery firm Zetar has snapped up local chocolate maker Derwent Lynton.

UK: Zetar upbeat on growth outlook

19 Jan 2010

Zetar returned to profitable growth in the first six months of 2009 and said it is “confident” of delivering strong growth for the full year.

UK: Zetar appoints Stott as finance chief

15 Jan 2010

UK confectioner and snack maker Zetar has appointed Mark Stott, previously finance chief of Noble Foods, as its group finance director.

UK: Zetar “confident” on full-year growth

11 Nov 2009

Zetar has said that it is “confident” on delivering full-year growth, having posted a 6% increase in first-half sales.

UK: Zetar posts sales increase for year

11 May 2009

UK confectionery and snack foods group Zetar posted an increase in group sales on Friday (8 May) and said it expects to post fiscal 2009 pretax profits in line with market expectations.

UPDATE: UK: Consumers need healthy snacks education - Zetar

1 May 2009

UK consumers still need to be “educated” about healthy snacks, the chief executive of local firm Zetar told just-food today (1 May).

UK: Zetar sells snacks business to unit's boss

1 May 2009

UK snack food firm Zetar has sold a loss-making snacks business to the unit's chief executive in a deal worth almost GBP2.7m (US$4m).

UK: Zetar sees profits plummet

20 Jan 2009

UK confectionery and snack foods group Zetar saw first-half profits drop 73% despite an increase in sales, as rising costs and the closure of UK retailer Woolworths took their toll.

UK: Zetar shares slide on Woolworths exposure

1 Dec 2008

Shares in UK confectioner Zetar fell in morning trade today (1 December) after the company revealed the scale of its exposure to the collapse of Woolworths Group.

UK: Zetar “confident” despite margin pressure

25 Sep 2008

UK snack maker Zetar has said that it remains confident of growing full-year profits despite the pressure being placed on its margins by increased costs and challenging trading conditions.

UK: Zetar comes through "most challenging" year

23 Jul 2008

Zetar, the UK snacks and confectionery group, has seen underlying annual profits climb 14% on the back of rising sales.

UK: Zetar predicts flat profits after snack losses

23 Apr 2008

Zetar, the UK snacks and confectionery group, said today (23 April) that full-year profits will be “in line” with the previous 12 months due to losses at its new snack unit.

Just the Answer - Dave Brooks, Finsbury Food Group

18 Mar 2008

Finsbury Food Group, the UK cake maker, has thrived despite soaring commodity costs and growing concern among consumers over following a more balanced diet. Chief executive Dave Brooks told Dean Best about the reasons behind the success of the business and why he believes Finsbury is well-placed to grow despite an ever-more turbulent operating environment.

UK: Snacks firm Zetar sees H1 profits jump

22 Jan 2008

Zetar, the London-listed confectionery and snack foods group, has reported a 17% climb in half-year profits thanks to rising sales.

UK/IRELAND: Zetar buys chocolate maker Lir

18 Dec 2007

UK-based confectioner Zetar has snapped up upmarket Irish chocolate maker Lir Chocolates for up to EUR8m (US$11.5m).


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