The pressure of rising commodity costs has grabbed the headlines this week as manufacturers wrestle with higher raw-material bills. Elsewhere, just-food took an in-depth look at the US cereal sector, the moves Japan’s largest grocers are making in China and we interviewed a senior executive at Swiss dairy giant Emmi.

On the money: Premier can “contain” commodity-cost hike
Premier Foods plc chief executive Robert Schofield today (28 October) insisted the UK’s largest food group can “contain” the jump in wheat prices seen this year.

Focus: What now for United Biscuits?
Talks between Bright Food, the Chinese food firm, and the owners of United Biscuits over a possible acquisition of the UK snacks group, have apparently failed. What lies ahead for the Penguin biscuits owner?

just the answer – Robin Barraclough, Emmi
Swiss dairy giant Emmi is embarking on significant international expansion and a global marketing programme that emphasises the “Swissness” of its products. Dean Best met Emmi’s head of marketing Robin Barraclough.

FRANCE: Carrefour launches ‘non-GM’ labels
French grocery retailer Carrefour is launching a label to tell its customers that its animals have not been fed genetically-modified food.

US/SPAIN: Bunge in talks over stake in Bertolli owner SOS
US agribusiness giant Bunge is in talks over a possible stake in SOS Corporacion Alimentaria, the Spanish food group behind Bertolli and Carbonell olive oils.

US: Food industry launches front-of-pack labelling plans
US food manuafcturers, retailers and wholesalers have announced plans for new front-of-pack labels based on information that shows calories and nutrients to limit.

Talking shop: Japan’s retailers look abroad for growth 
Facing continued challenging economic conditions at home, Japan’s retailers are looking abroad for growth and the likes of AEON and Seven & I Holdings are launching aggressive expansion plans.

The just-food management briefing – how to ‘green’ your supply chain

It is no longer enough for sustainability to be a buzzword slapped on a company’s corporate brochure. Supplier and stakeholder engagement is vital for effective measures. This briefing analyses the industry’s latest efforts on how to implement programmes that build a greener business.