Tescos likely exit from the US, announced in December, was among the most-read news stories on just-food

Tesco's likely exit from the US, announced in December, was among the most-read news stories on just-food

It's the time of the year when we look back at the 12 months just past to see what was getting you clicking on just-food. The ten most-read news stories of 2012 include UK grocers signing a code of conduct on promos and Tesco announcing it would put traffic-light labels on its food in the UK. Tesco's likely exit from the US also proved popular, as did a series of M&A stories, including major deals by Hain Celestial, R&R Ice Cream and Hershey. 

UK: Grocers sign up to OFT code of conduct on promos
Eight of the UK's major grocers have agreed to sign up to a set of "principles" on special offers and promotions on food and drink products.

UK: Tesco U-turn on traffic-light labels
Tesco has announced plans to add traffic-light labels to the nutritional information it puts on products.

UK/US: Hain Celestial to buy Premier Foods spreads business
Hain Celestial has today (22 August) been announced as the buyer of Premier Foods plc's spreads assets, including brands such as Hartley's jam and Sun-Pat peanut butter.

UK/US: Tesco US review "likely" to lead to exit - CEO Clarke
Tesco is "likely" to quit the US, CEO Philip Clarke admitted today (5 December), after the UK's largest retailer confirmed it is reviewing its options for its Fresh & Easy business in the country.

UK/ITALY: R&R Ice Cream scoops up Italy's Eskigel
UK-based private-label ice cream maker R&R Ice Cream has acquired Italian ice cream manufacturer Eskigel.

US/INDIA: Hershey to buy out Indian partner Godrej
Hershey today (7 September) announced a deal to take full control of its Indian venture, which has been the subject of speculation for months.

US: Unilever sells frozen meals assets to ConAgra
Unilever has offloaded its frozen meals business in North America to ConAgra Foods, the consumer goods giant announced today (30 July).

INDIA: Nestle invests in India chocolate facility
Nestle has invested CHF121m (US$124.4m) in its facility in Goa in India in a bid to boost production capacity.

AUS: Goodman Fielder to sell Integro oils unit to GrainCorp
Australian food manufacturer Goodman Fielder has agreed to offload its Integro commercial oils business to local grain trader GrainCorp.

UK: Nestle relaunches Vice Versas
Nestle has relaunched its Vice Versas chocolate brand in the UK.