This week has seen some food industry giants - from Nestle and Danone in Europe to Hershey in the US - reveal how they are coping with the downturn and outline their strategies for the remainder of the year. UK confectioner Cadbury also delivered a vital trading update in its bid to fend off - or at least improve - the takeover approach from Kraft Foods.

Here are the ten most popular stories on just-food over the past week.

UK: Cadbury sweetens sales, margins targets
Cadbury this morning (21 October) lifted its full-year revenue and margin targets in a third-quarter trading update seen as a bid to convince shareholders of the UK confectioner's future as an independent company.

INSIGHT: Nestlé to ride out high commodity prices
Swiss food giant Nestlé said it will have to ride out record high prices in raw sugar as it posted a drop in nine-month revenue this morning (21 October).

NETHERLANDS: Jumbo snaps up Super De Boer
Dutch retail giant Super De Boer has agreed to a buyout offer from competitor Jumbo, after the bid was raised to fend off Sperwer Holding.

NETHERLANDS/ITALY: Perfetti van Melle to reformulate Mentos
Perfetti van Melle, the Dutch-Italian confectioner, is reformulating its candy brand Mentos to make the product "all natural", just-food can reveal.

US: Flowers Foods acquires Texas tortilla maker
US baker Flowers Foods has acquired Texas-based Leo's Foods for an undisclosed sum.

NETHERLANDS: Albert Heijn leads Ahold's sales gain
Rising sales at Ahold's domestic Albert Heijn business lifted the group's performance in the third quarter, which saw more modest sales gains in the US.

INSIGHT: Woolworths sees further food deflation
Woolwoth's Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, has indicated that it expects to see continued food deflation for the remainder of this year.

FRANCE: Danone confident despite drop in sales
Danone said it was confident about next year despite posting a drop in sales for the first nine months of the year today (23 October).

Leahy sets out Tesco's green aspirations
Sir Terry Leahy, chief executive of Tesco, took the opportunity of last week's Sustainable Consumption Institute Conference, to set out the retailer's environmental commitments and trumpet some of its achievements.

US: Hershey ups outlook as earnings rise
US confectioner Hershey today (22 October) raised its full-year outlook after posting an increase in third-quarter earnings.