Saputo's Warrnambool to acquire Lion's cheese business

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory - the Australian arm of Canadian dairy group Saputo - has struck a deal to acquire the everyday cheese business of local rival Lion for approximately A$137.5m (US$107.1m).

US ports: backlog will take "weeks" to clear

US shipping companies and workers have reached a tentative deal that will eventually clear a cargo-handling backlog snarling food product movements at 29 West Coast ports.

Kerry CEO expects more M&A in 2015

Kerry Group CEO Stan McCarthy expects the Ireland-based food group to make "a number" of acquisitions in 2015.

M&A Watch: Who could be on 3G Capital's radar?

Given 3G Capital's track-record, the next big takeover target for the co-owner of Heinz is almost certainly a legacy branded business in the FMCG world. But which companies would be on a shortlist at the private-equity firm?

Editor's viewpoint: Upheaval in the US

A number of traditional packaged food companies are finding the going tough in the US, a market undergoing unprecedented change.

UK organic industry's bullish outlook

After some rocky years, the UK organic sector has reason to be cheerful again, with sales rising in 2014 against the backdrop of a declining...

Sustainability Watch: The US packaging challenge

The degree to which structural factors are inhibiting food companies from making faster progress on using recycled material in packaging and...

Maspex: M&A opportunities in eastern Europe

Poland-based food and drink group Maspex has grown to become one of the sector's largest companies in central and eastern Europe. A move in...

Why US Dietary Guidelines report deserves praise

With a call for nutrient taxes and linking the impact of diet on the environment, the advisory committee's recommendations for the 2015 Diet...

Why "simple" and "real" will be industry buzzwords

If there's one thing the industry is sure of, it's that consumer demand for cleaner, simpler food is on the rise in the US. This was underli...

On the money: Can Danone grow fresh dairy?

Danone's fresh dairy sales struggled throughout 2014. Nevertheless, as the world's largest dairy manufacturer, the company believes it can l...

CAGNY: Hain CEO Simon sanguine about competition 19 Feb 15

Hain Celestial can deal with any increase in competition in the US natural and organic sector from the country's mainstream consumer packaged goods companies. That was the typically bullish message from Irwin Simon, Hain's founder and CEO, as he addressed the Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference this week.

10 Things to Learn: Nestle's full-year results and the prospects for 2015 19 Feb 15

Nestle reported full-year results that were broadly in-line with expectations, along with a slight beat on margin, this morning (19 February). While the company is struggling to hit its medium-term organic growth target of 5-6%, the "Nestle Model", it is nevertheless driving efficiency gains while investing in its advantaged brands and categories. Here are some key points from Nestle's full-year results.

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Saputo's Warrnambool to buy Lion's cheese arm

Katy Askew | 2 Mar 15

Warrnambool Cheese and Butter Factory - the Australian arm of Canadian dairy group Saputo - has struck a deal to acquire the everyday cheese business of Lion Pty Ltd for approximately A$137.5m (US$107.1m).

JBS suspends Foods listing

Katy Askew | 2 Mar 15

JBS, the Brazilian meat giant, has suspended plans to list its processed food business, JBS Foods, in Brazil.

Bel warns on 2014 operating profit

Dean Best | 2 Mar 15

Groupe Bel has said it expects its operating profit to have fallen in 2014 amid high raw material prices and fluctuations in foreign exchange.

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The just-food interview part one: Bega Cheese CEO Aidan Coleman 26 Feb 15

Hannah Abdulla

Bega Cheese has had a whirlwind couple of years. Seeking greater consolidation of the Australian dairy industry, it made a play for Warrnambool Cheese and Butter in 2013, kicking off a takeover battle, in which Canada's Saputo emerged the victor. In a two-part interview, just-food catches up with Bega CEO Aidan Coleman, to find out why it gave up on the takeover dream and whether it is eyeing any other opportunities.

Interview: Enjoy Life Foods on "tremendous partnership" with Mondelez 17 Feb 15

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Privately-owned US free-from snacks group Enjoy Life Foods has joined the likes of Cadbury and Oreo in the global giant's portfolio. Joel Warady, Enjoy Life's chief sales and marketing officer, has been at the business since it was set up in 2001. He speaks to Dean Best about why Enjoy Life was looking for a "partner", what Mondelez's ownership means for the business and the fledgling firm's growth ambitions.

The just-food interview: R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi - part two 11 Feb 15

Dean Best

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.

Unilever investors want spreads to be sold

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CAGNY 2015

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Food majors publish 2014 results - and look to 2015

The likes of Mondelez International and Kellogg have this week announced how they fared in 2014 - and provided guidance over they see their prospects in the year ahead.

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The UK's grocery watchdog has launched an investigation into Tesco's payments to suppliers, another blow for the retailer and more headlines over how firms are paid in the up and down the supply chain.

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