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Has Aryzta found right mix to grease recovery wheels? 4 Oct 2018

Despite another year of losses, Aryzta chief Kevin Toland is adamant he can return the business to growth after offloading a number of assets - with potentially more to come. But success hinges on a shareholder vote on a capital-raising exercise. Simon Harvey assesses the outlook.

Nestle results provide food for thought - key takeaways 30 Jul 2018

Nestlé revealed a generally positive set of first-half results on Thursday that were received favourably by the stock market, despite a tweak to the Swiss food giant's organic growth outlook. But what was most interesting is what can surely only be deemed as a veiled kickback by CEO Mark Schneider at activist investor Daniel Loeb. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.

Bakery giant Aryzta's fresh profit warning raises concerns 29 May 2018

It has been clear for months there are some sizeable challenges facing Aryzta, the Swiss-Irish bakery giant - and there were signs this week the company's problems persist.

Nestle on Brazil, China, US, AgeCore row and M&A - top takeaways from Q1 commentary 19 Apr 2018

On an organic basis, Nestle's first-quarter sales beat analyst expectations as volumes offset the company's weakest pricing since 2000. The result meant the world's largest food maker stuck to its forecast for its organic sales to grow by 2-4% this year. However, beyond the numbers, Nestle's senior management issued some interesting commentary on trading in countries key to many food multinationals, on its pricing dispute with European buying group AgeCore and gave a flavour of its appetite for M&A

Food M&A dips in March but climbs in Q1 - data 9 Apr 2018

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.

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Hochdorf lowers guidance for second time in four months 10 Dec 2018

Switzerland-based dairy ingredients and infant-formula supplier Hochdorf has once again revised key financial forecasts.

Nestle plans dedicated sustainability-focused development facility 6 Dec 2018

Swiss food giant Nestlé is building on its ambitions to make packaging fully recyclable with a new sustainabiliy-focused facility.

Barry Callebaut forges three-way partnership for sustainably sourced cocoa 3 Dec 2018

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has joined a three-way partnership to ensure cocoa is sustainably sourced.

Emmi names Ricarda Demarmels as new CFO 27 Nov 2018

Swiss dairy group Emmi, the owner of Onken yogurt and Caffe Latte ready-to-drink coffee, has named its new chief financial officer as a replacement for Jörg Riboni.

Switzerland's Hochdorf takes control of local milk distributor Thur Milch Ring 21 Nov 2018

Switzerland-based dairy ingredients and infant-formula supplier Hochdorf has upped its investment in a local milk distribution company, giving it a controlling interest.

Lindt & Sprungli responds to campaign groups' criticism over deforestation commitments 9 Nov 2018

Lindt & Sprüngli has responded to criticism by campaign groups over the Swiss chocolate maker's deforestation commitments.

Aryzta shareholders marginally vote in favour of cash plan 1 Nov 2018

Aryzta shareholders have marginally voted in favour of the struggling bakery group's capital-raising exercise at an annual general meeting held today (1 November).

Aryzta cash-raising plans backed by key advisory groups 22 Oct 2018

Swiss-Irish bakery group Aryzta has received the backing of three corporate guidance advisory groups for its plan to raise EUR800m to revitalise the loss-making business and cut billions of euros in debt.

Nestle's infant formula division buoyant as frozen foods struggles 19 Oct 2018

Nestlé's nutrition and health division outperformed the Swiss food giant's other business units in the first nine months of the fiscal year amid growth from infant nutrition.

Aryzta says Cobas financing proposal is "inadequate" 17 Oct 2018

Aryzta says an alternative capital-raising proposal presented this week from its largest shareholder is "inadequate". 

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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.