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What might Pinnacle Foods' new activist investor mean for US group? 20 Apr 2018

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the US group that talk will intensify.

Has organic become mainstream in the US? 16 Apr 2018

Continued progress in the US organic market seems inevitable, Victor Martino writes, but there could be some bumps in the road ahead. In his latest column for just-food, Martino looks at how we got here and at where the category is likely to go next.

Becoming a B Corp 9 Apr 2018

Here, just-food details the process a food company will have to go through in order to gain B Corp certification.

Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  6 Apr 2018

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 

Why should food companies consider becoming B Corp? 5 Apr 2018

A B Corp business takes into account stakeholders in general, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to its shareholders. The B Corp movement has grown substantially since its launch in the US in 2007 and now claims a foothold in some 150 countries. Food manufacturers, from the very small to just about as large as they come, have found themselves drawn to the B Corp ideals of sustainable business. Ben Cooper spoke with B Corp food companies and advocates for the B Corp movement in the US and the UK to find out more.

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Perdue Farms to invest US$42m in Georgia facility 23 Apr 2018

US-based chicken, turkey and pork processor Perdue Farms is to invest US$42m expanding its facility in Houston County, Georgia.

Activist investor Jana Partners takes stake in US food group Pinnacle 20 Apr 2018

Activist investor Jana Partners has taken a 9.1% stake in US company Pinnacle Foods.

Mondelez's Enjoy Life claims US palm oil-free first  20 Apr 2018

Mondelez International's US free-from snack maker Enjoy Life Foods is claiming a first after receiving palm oil-free certification for a number of its products.

MamaMancini's outlines sales ambition 20 Apr 2018

MamaMancini's Holdings, a US supplier of Italian-style foods, is eyeing reaching annual sales of US$300m in four years' time through new retail contracts and entering new sales channels.

US firms Deli Star and King’s Food Products merge 20 Apr 2018

Deli Star and King’s Food Products, two US companies with a common ownership through family ties, have decided to merge.

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts opens plant in Phoenix 19 Apr 2018

Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts, the US-based maker of mochi ice cream, has opened a new plant in Phoenix.

Hearthside Food Solutions sale confirmed 18 Apr 2018

The sale of Hearthside Food Solutions has been officially announced, with private-equity firm Charlesbank Capital Partners and investment manager Partners Group teaming up to buy the US-based contract manufacturer.

Hearthside Food 'targeted by Partners Group, Charlesbank Capital' 16 Apr 2018

US-based snacks producer Hearthside Food Solutions is reportedly set to be acquired by private-equity firms Partners Group Holding and Charlesbank Capital Partners for more than US$2.4bn.

Hostess Brands brings in consumer-packaged goods veteran Andrew Callahan as CEO 16 Apr 2018

US sweet baked foods manufacturer Hostess Brands has named consumer-packaged goods veteran Andrew Callahan as its new president and chief executive following the retirement of Bill Toler.

Marfrig's move for National Beef ruffles hairs in US cattle industry 12 Apr 2018

A grab by Marfrig Global Foods for a controlling stake in National Beef Packing Company is ruffling hairs in the US cattle industry as the deal tightens Brazilian meat producers' stranglehold on the international market. 

Latest blogs

What does Gen Z want from brands? IRI presents its view 19 Apr 2018

Industry watchers IRI has published the findings of two studies in the US they claim can give an insight into the shopping patterns of those aged 21 and under - Gen Z.

The identity of the buyer of Tyson's Kettle business emerges 10 Apr 2018

In February, we reported Tyson Foods had sold its Kettle business, one of a series of non-protein disposals at the US meat giant. But the company would not disclose the buyer. This week, the new owner of the asset disclosed the deal.

Are US retail giants Kroger and Target looking to team up? 26 Mar 2018

In pre-market trading on Friday, shares in two US retail behemoths climbed on talk they were in discussions over a possible merger. One report subsequently cooled that idea but suggested another kind of partnership could be in the offing.