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Signs of changing M&A priorities at Nestle? 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.


Comment: 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 Q1 update: four things to learn 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.


Focus: Nestle CEO plan to balance sales, earnings 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. 


Could Aryzta's profit warning spark change at top? 25 Jan 2017

The pressure on Aryzta has grown this week after the Switzerland-based bakery giant issued a surprise profit warning, sending its shares tumbling and sparking speculation about the future of the company's senior management. Dean Best reports.

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Emmi launches new Ooola Secrets desserts 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. 


Danone and Kellogg back Swiss sugar reduction plan 8 Sep 2017

Food giants Danone and Kellogg have signed up to an agreement with the Swiss government to reduce sugar content in yogurts and breakfast cereals in the country by the end of 2018.


Swiss baker Aryzta names new CEO Frederic Pflanz 7 Sep 2017

Swiss bakery giant Aryzta announced the appointment of new CFO Frederic Pflanz after a profit warning and consequent strategic review earlier in the year saw the departure of a number of senior executives.


Emmi launches reduced-sugar YoQua yogurts 6 Sep 2017

Swiss dairy group Emmi is adding to its range of YoQua protein yogurts with the launch of two reduced sugar varieties to meet demand for more healthy foods.


Swiss sugar substitute maker Evolva to cut 78 jobs 30 Aug 2017

Evolva, the Swiss-based firm which develops and commercialises 'next-generation speciality ingredients' for health, wellness and nutrition markets, is to cut its workforce by 43% in an attempt to arrest losses.


Emmi cuts forecast for FY underlying sales 23 Aug 2017

Emmi, the Switzerland-based dairy group, today (23 August) lowered its forecast for its annual underlying sales after reporting "disappointing" first-half revenues amid challenges facing its European business.


Orior profits surge led by Culinor Food purchase 22 Aug 2017

Orior, the Swiss maker of fresh meats and pasta, saw first-half revenue and profit increase helped by last year's acquisition of Culinor Food Group that expanded the company's presence outside its domestic market.


Huegli H1 sales, earnings decline 18 Aug 2017

Switzerland-based food and drinks group Hügli Holding today (18 August) reported lower first-half sales and earnings, with its domestic business, as well as its operations in Germany, Italy and the UK, weighing on the results.


Hochdorf H1 profits up, trims FY sales target 17 Aug 2017

Hochdorf today (17 August) reported M&A-driven improvement in half-year sales and profits - but the Switzerland-based dairy and infant formula supplier lowered its target for annual sales amid pressure on volumes in the first half and on the prospect of "demanding" trading conditions.


Bell grows H1 profits despite pork price pressure 17 Aug 2017

Switzerland's Bell Food Group today (17 August) booked rising first-half profits despite seeing a "substantial" rise in pork commodity prices in some key European markets.

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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.