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What next after Ferrero's move for Nestle's US candy assets? 19 Jan 2018

After months of speculation, Italian candy maker Ferrero finally emerged this week as the winner in the race for Nestle's US confectionery assets, reportedly pipping rival Hershey to a business that has largely been sluggish in delivering results. But what lies ahead? Simon Harvey investigates.


US protein upstart Powerful wants to flex muscles further - interview 16 Jan 2018

As US-based, protein-centric upstart Powerful enters its fifth year in business, the company, which started in yogurt, is trying to build a "platform" of products across different categories. Founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez has secured investment from a local private-equity firm to help in his ambitions and Dean Best caught up with him to hear more about his plans.


The challenger brand challenge has just begun 11 Jan 2018

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino kicks off 2018 with a message all food majors in the US should heed - as, for that matter, should those operating further afield.


Food M&A volumes dip in December despite busy final week - data 11 Jan 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.


Campbell's move for Snyder's-Lance is positive but risks lie ahead - analysis 4 Jan 2018

Campbell Soup Co., facing continued pressure on its core soup business in the US, has again used M&A to broaden its range, striking a deal to buy US snacks maker Snyder's-Lance. Snacks will become a larger component of Campbell's sales mix but integrating a business that has had its own issues in recent quarters will be a challenge. Dean Best reports.

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Tyson Foods, Perdue Farms face second US lawsuit 19 Jan 2018

Tyson Foods, Koch Foods and Perdue Farms have been hit with another lawsuit alleging the US poultry processors engaged in price-fixing.


Aurora Organic Dairy founder Marc Peperzak hands CEO role to Scott McGinty 19 Jan 2018

US-based Aurora Organic Dairy said founder Marc Peperzak will take on a new role as executive chairman while Scott McGinty will become chief executive of the dairy business.


General Mills' 301 vehicle invests in organic food business Urban Remedy 18 Jan 2018

Urban Remedy, a California-based plant-based food company, has closed a US$17m fundraising round with the lead investor being 301 Inc, the business development and venturing arm of US food giant General Mills.


JBS asset sale continues with disposal of US cattle feed operation  18 Jan 2018

Brazilian meatpacking giant JBS is to sell its Five Rivers cattle feed lots in the US to affiliates of Pinnacle Asset Management for around US$200m.


US antibiotic-free chicken market over-supplied, claims resolute Sanderson Farms 18 Jan 2018

There is too much antibiotic-free chicken on the market in the US, Sanderson Farms has claimed, as the poultry processor faces fresh pressure to change the way it uses the drugs.


US popcorn seasoning brand Kernel Season's bought by Highlander Partners 18 Jan 2018

US-based popcorn seasoning company Kernel Season's has been sold by VMG Partners and company founder Brian Taylor to middle-market private investment firm Highlander Partners.


California Dairies to close Los Banos plant 18 Jan 2018

California Dairies, the largest member-owned milk marketing and processing cooperative in the state, is to close its Los Banos manufacturing facility.


Gryphon Investors makes Atlanta Cheesecake latest desserts buy 17 Jan 2018

US firm Atlanta Cheesecake Co. has become Gryphon Investors' latest acquisition in the North American desserts market.


Ferrero emerges as buyer of Nestle US candy arm 17 Jan 2018

Ferrero has clinched a deal to buy Nestle's confectionery business in the US.


Cal-Maine Foods responds to alleged mistreatment of laying hens 17 Jan 2018

US egg supplier Cal-Maine Foods has issued a statement in response to a video that emerged showing an employee allegedly mistreating laying hens at its Lake Wales plant in Florida in contravention of its codes of conduct

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US food agency hints at direction of travel with "policy roadmap" 17 Jan 2018

It's light on specific details but a new "strategic policy roadmap" for 2018 from the US Food and Drug Administration should give manufacturers a sense of where the agency could be looking to act this year.


"We're evolving" - flagship US lobby group insists change coming as more members quit 10 Jan 2018

Hershey and Cargill are the latest US-based food majors to have decided to leave The Grocery Manufacturers Association - and the lobby group says it is looking to change to meet the "disruption" in the industry.


US plant-based foods lobbyists get notable new member 30 Oct 2017

More US trade-body news has caught the eye today (30 October). The Plant Based Foods Association, set up just 18 months ago to promote the growing category in the US, has attracted a major new member.