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Hain Celestial, facing slowing sales growth in the US, recently reviewed its operations and this week we heard its plans. Dole Food Co. revealed it is working with the US Department of Justice over a listeria outbreak and Nestle announced plans to cut the amount of salt used in its food. Click on the headlines for more.

How Hain Celestial is refocusing amid growing competition – analysis

Despite Hain Celestial lowering the top end of its forecasts for annual net sales and earnings yesterday this week, the US group earned praise from Wall Street for the steps it is taking to cut costs and zero-in on health and wellness trends in the US. On an investor call, Hain Celestial’s management team talked at length about what it is taking to position itself for future growth. Hannah Abdulla reports.

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Dole Food Co. has confirmed that it is “co-operating” with a US Department of Justice criminal investigation regarding a listeria monocytogenes outbreak linked to packaged salad products from its processing plant in Springfield, Ohio.

Nestle unveils global salt reduction drive

Nestle has said it aims to reduce the amount of salt across its global portfolio and – in the US – has thrown its weight behind the introduction of government-backed salt reduction targets. 

Amplify Snack Brands acquires Boundless Nutrition

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Cerealto to focus on gluten-free, international growth with EUR68m investment

Cerealto, the international business of Spanish food firm Grupo Siro, has outlined a EUR68m (US$78.2m) investment into growing its business internationally and enhancing its presence in the UK’s gluten-free sector.

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