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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.


Nestle on margins, SE Asia growth, Americas challenge - four things to learn from Q1 update 24 Apr 2017

The rate at which Nestle's organic sales rose in the first quarter of 2017 was the slowest this century but the results, issued on Thursday, were dampened by calendar effects and were a tick above analyst expectations. Dean Best reports on the key takeaways from the figures and from Nestle's discussions on the numbers with analysts.


Nestle's plans for 2017 and beyond under new CEO Mark Schneider – 5 things to learn 16 Feb 2017

Announcing's Nestle 2016 results today (16 February) newly-installed CEO Mark Schneider revealed growth at the Swiss food giant came in below expectations. All eyes are now on Nestle's direction under Schneider, who joined the business at the start of this year. Will there be a greater focus on margin enhancement? Has Schneider totally abandoned the 'Nestle model' targeting 5-6% organic growth each year? Could large-scale acquisitions or disposals be on the cards? Katy Askew investigates. 

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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.


Nestle sets global target for sourcing only cage-free eggs 2 Nov 2017

Nestle has set a target to use only eggs from cage-free birds in all its food products by 2025 as it seeks to promote the welfare of animals.


Hochdorf buys Snapz owner Zifru 1 Nov 2017

Swiss dairy and infant formula supplier Hochdorf has acquired German dried fruits and vegetable firm Zifru Trockenprodukte and its Snapz organic snacks brand for an undisclosed sum.


Switzerland's Coop Group opens new Chocolats Halba plant 27 Oct 2017

Swiss food retailer Coop Group has completed construction of a new production plant and warehouse in the Pratteln region after investing US$380m in the site, which also houses one of its most modern stores.


Nestle activist investor Daniel Loeb sees room to "unlock value'' 23 Oct 2017

Daniel Loeb, the Third Point activist investor in the world's biggest food company Nestle, has said there is still more of an opportunity for new chief executive Mark Schneider to "unlock value''.


Nestle fast-tracks restructuring 20 Oct 2017

Nestle is fast-tracking "several'' restructuring projects after the KitKat and Maggi noodles maker realised results from other savings programmes ahead of schedule.


Aryzta tight-lipped on La Rousse sale talk 28 Sep 2017

Swiss bakery business Aryzta has refused to comment on stories in the Irish press suggesting it is lining up its Dublin-based business  La Rousse Foods for sale.


Nestle bows to investor pressure to provide formal margin target 26 Sep 2017

Nestle has unveiled a formal margin target - a move demanded from some investors - ahead of an investor seminar in London today (26 September).


Nestle to be "selective" in bolt-on M&A strategy 26 Sep 2017

Nestle, which this summer announced three investments into smaller, on-trend companies, will not add "dozens" of fledgling businesses to its portfolio but will be selective in its strategy of making bolt-on acquisitions, CEO Mark Schneider said today (26 September).


Emmi launches Ooola Secrets desserts in Switzerland, Austria 18 Sep 2017

Switzerland-based dairy Emmi has launched its Ooola Secrets desserts range after spending "millions of Swiss francs'' to install a dedicated production line. 

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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.