As well as our raft of insight articles, just-food continued to provide all the breaking news throughout the food industry in 2011. Below are the ten articles that had you clicking the most throughout the year.
US: Wal-Mart unveils major health initiative
Wal-Mart Stores has announced plans to reformulate thousands of its packaged food products including slashing sodium by 25% and cutting sugars by 10% by 2015.
UK: Heinz launches instant puree soup
HJ Heinz has entered the instant soup category in the UK with Heinz Squeeze & Stir, a concentrated purée soup.
FRANCE: Nestle recalls baby food over broken glass scare
Nestle has recalled bottles of its P’tit Pot baby food range in France due to a possible broken glass risk.
US: 18 dead in cantaloupe listeria outbreak
The number of people killed in the US by an outbreak of listeria caused by contaminated cantaloupes has risen to 18, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
EUROPE: EU approves stevia sweetener use
The European Commission has formally approved stevia sweeteners for use within the European Union for the first time.
GLOBAL: Kraft split to create global snacks business
Kraft Foods is to split into two companies, a move that will create a global snacks maker that would sell brands including Oreo biscuits and Cadbury chocolate.
CAGE: Unilever CEO Polman looks to “optimise” spreads unit
Unilever CEO Paul Polman has revealed that the Flora and Becel maker will look to run its spreads business with “30% less people” as the Anglo-Dutch conglomerate looks to make the unit more efficient.
Europe’s E. coli outbreak – as it happens
Europe’s E. coli outbreak, one of the largest the world has seen, has killed dozens and sickened thousands. The continent’s fresh produce sector has been hit hard, with mis-information hitting consumer demand and sales. just-food has followed the major developments in the crisis.
UK: Sainsbury’s boss King issues warning to suppliers
The chief executive of UK grocer Sainsbury’s said today (12 January) that suppliers would have to “work very hard” to justify price increases as commodity costs continue to rise.
GLOBAL: Most firms do not measure social media ROI – survey
Over half of executives in the food and drink industries do not measure the return on investment (ROI) they get their use of social media, according to a just-food survey.