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Nestle's 2017 results and 2018 outlook – five things to learn 19 Feb 2018

The climb just got steeper for Nestle chief executive Mark Schneider after only 12 months at the helm of the world's largest food company. The Swiss giant reported a sixth straight year of slowing organic growth last week, while profits again declined. Simon Harvey goes through the numbers and looks ahead to 2018 and beyond. 


Is the Bell Food Group-Huegli deal a win-win? 19 Jan 2018

Andy Coyne looks at the motives behind Bell Food Group's acquisition of Huegli and asks whether both parties are likely to benefit from this all-Swiss affair?


Nestle 2017 Investor Day - 5 things to learn from CEO Mark Schneider's vision for food giant 29 Sep 2017

Nestle’s 2017 investor day had been much anticipated – and it did not disappoint. The event in London was the first of Nestle's annual investor gatherings to be led by CEO Mark Schneider, with the market keen to hear how the German saw the future for the world’s largest food maker. Dean Best gives you the top takeaways from the event.


Recent M&A moves show Nestle has woken up and smelt the coffee 18 Sep 2017

Nestle's investment in US coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle is another sign of a change in the food giant's M&A strategy since the arrival of CEO Mark Schneider earlier this year, Dean Best writes.


Activist grabs headlines but change was already on way at Nestle 29 Jun 2017

Activist investors putting pressure on food companies is not new, especially not in recent years, although Nestle's stature in the industry may have raised eyebrows as US investment fund Third Point made the world's largest food business the latest to feel the heat. However, there were already signs of change at Nestle under new CEO Mark Schneider, Dean Best argues.

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Nestle 'in price row with AgeCore buying group' 22 Feb 2018

Nestle is reportedly in embroiled in a pricing spat with members of the European retail buying group AgeCore.


Nestle defends itself against baby food claims 8 Feb 2018

Global food heavyweight Nestle has defended itself against a pressure group’s criticism of its baby milk.


Nestle to respond to new claims over infant-formula marketing 2 Feb 2018

Nestle has said it will respond "in the coming days" to a study criticising the way the company markets its infant formula and the health claims the world's largest food manufacturer makes on some of the products.


Chocolate maker Lindt & Sprungli invests in plant expansion 1 Feb 2018

Swiss chocolate maker Lindt & Sprüngli is investing CHF30m (US32.3m) to expand a plant in its home market.


Aryzta shaves 15% off its 2018 earnings expectations 25 Jan 2018

Swiss-Irish bakery business Aryzta has cut its earnings guidance for 2018 by 15%.


Nestle activist investor Daniel Loeb pushes for disposal of other "ill-fitting businesses'' 23 Jan 2018

Daniel Loeb, the activist investor pushing for change at Nestle, has said he expects the "decisive disposal of other ill-fitting businesses'' following the Swiss food giant's sale of its US confectionery unit.


Nestle consolidates candy R&D in UK from Switzerland 19 Jan 2018

Nestle is streamlining its research and development operations for confectionery products with plans to consolidate those activities in the city of York in northern England.


Bell Food Group to buy majority stake in Swiss peer Huegli 15 Jan 2018

In an all-Swiss deal, convenience foods supplier Bell Food Group has acquired Dr. A. Stoffel Holding, the majority shareholder in local peer Hügli.


Nestle said to be planning to shut plant in Congo in January 4 Dec 2017

Swiss food giant Nestle is said to be planning to close a plant in the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Nestle rejigs infant nutrition business 15 Nov 2017

Nestle has decided to change the way it runs its business in the infant nutrition sector, one of four categories in which the world's largest food company is focusing its investment.

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Nestle announces changes to senior team with new CEO on horizon 27 Sep 2016

Nestle, set to welcome a new CEO on 1 January, has announced more changes to the make-up of its senior management team.


Steinemann to step down as Barry Callebaut CEO 6 Nov 2014

Barry Callebaut, the world's largest B2B chocolate supplier, said today (6 November) Juergen Steinemann would step down from his role as CEO next year.


Food security - the debate rages on 1 Apr 2014

The UN's latest report on climate change grabbed headlines around the world yesterday (31 March) with claims of the "pervasive" impact of global warming, a higher risk of flooding and changes to crop yields. But the report simply refuelled the debate over the precise impact of climate change on food security.