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US: IFF H1 profit up after flavours sales increase

9 August 2012 | Katie Smith

Global food ingredients manufacturer International Flavors and Fragrances saw its half-year net profits rise after its flavours business delivered a positive performance.... read more


UK: Morrisons selects Costcutter owner for depot deal

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Morrisons has signed a logistics deal with Bibby Distribution, owner of the Costcutter convenience store chain reports have claimed it has been looking to buy. ... read more


US: Tesco's Fresh & Easy chain to cut HQ jobs

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Tesco has today (27 July) confirmed its US Fresh & Easy chain has cut jobs at its headquarters in Los Angeles.... read more


UPDATE: UK: Wiseman shelves milk price cut

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Robert Wiseman Dairies has confirmed it will shelve plans to cut the price it pays for milk following talks with farmers and its retail customers.... read more


ASIA: Profits at retailer Dairy Farm up on acquistions

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Pan-Asian retailer Dairy Farm International Holdings has posted a rise in half-year profits, boosted by recent acquisitions and new store openings.... read more


US: Ebro launches rice, pasta meals

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Spanish food group Ebro Foods' US arm Riviana Foods has added range of microwaveable rice and pasta meals to its frozen food line.... read more


UK: Arla U-turn on milk price cut

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Arla Foods has become the next UK dairy processor to reveal it will no longer implement plans to cut milk prices next week.... read more


UK: Wiseman in talks to solve milk price feud

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Robert Wiseman Dairies is in talks with the National Farmers Union and its customers over its plans to cut the price it pays for milk as farmer anger centres on the Muller-owned processor.... read more


MEXICO: Bachoco posts rise in H1 profit

27 July 2012 | Katie Smith

Mexican poultry processor Industrias Bachoco saw its half-year profits rise on the back of increased sales of chicken.... read more


UK: M&S names Berendji director of retail

11 July 2012 | Katie Smith

UK retailer Marks and Spencer has appointed non-food executive Sacha Berendji as director of retail, replacing Steve Rowe, who is set to lead its food division.... read more


CANADA: Wal-Mart to create 4,000 jobs

26 June 2012 | Katie Smith

Wal-Mart Stores has announced it will create 4,000 jobs in Canada this year, in a bid to support the company's growth plans.... read more


The verdict from the City: Analysts react to Ocado's H1 results

26 June 2012 | Katie Smith

UK online retailer Ocado revealed mixed half-year results today, with sales up but pre-tax profits flat and a fall in operating profit. While some analysts tried to look for positives, the numbers were described as "poor" in some quarters in the City, with concerns over the outlook for Ocado and its shares fell by more than 20%.... read more


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

21 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Arla Foods revealed 250 jobs could be cut as it drives efficiency and tries to keep pace with its international competitors - and admitted more could be made. The race to buy frozen food giant Iglo Group also continued to make the headlines and this week Thai food manufacturer CP Foods was linked to the business. Meanwhile, in the US, Kellogg "refreshed" its 106-year-old namesake brand, although industry watchers suggested the cereal maker might have to do more to drive sales.... read more


US: Bimbo to open $75m factory in Texas

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Mexican bakery giant Grupo Bimbo is set to build a US$75m factory in Texas.... read more


SLOVENIA: Mercator appoints Balazic as CEO

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Slovenian retailer Mercator has appointed Toni Balažic as CEO, replacing Ziga Debeljak, who resigned in March amid disagreement with the owners of the company.... read more


UK: Morrisons looks to close Wigan Rathbones bakery

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

UK retailer Morrisons today (18 May) confirmed it is planning to close its Rathbones bakery in Wigan next year.... read more


UK: Rachel's jobs threat amid Lactalis revamp

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Jobs at Rachel's Dairy may be under threat as parent company Lactalis plans to integrate its two businesses in the UK and Ireland.... read more


UK: Asda commercial chief Williams becomes director of food

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Asda, the UK's second-largest retailer, has appointed commercial director Barry Williams to the new role of trading director of food.... read more


GERMANY: Metro, Auchan coy over "Real talks"

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Metro Group and Auchan have refused to be drawn on reports the two retailers are in talks over the German retail giant's Real hypermarkets in central and eastern Europe.... read more


UK: UK signs pork deal with China

18 May 2012 | Katie Smith

The UK government has today (18 May) announced a GBP50m (US$79m) deal to sell British pork to China, as part of wider plans to boost trade for British food and farming businesses.... read more


US: Whole Foods raises FY sales, profit forecast

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

US natural and organic grocer Whole Foods Market has raised its full-year earnings guidance after posting a 32% increase in half-year profits.... read more


On the money: Hain points to US benefit of Irish deal

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Hain Celestial has said its acquisition of Irish food firm Cully & Sully will help it roll out chilled products in the US.... read more


RUSSIA: Lidl exec Mros joins X5 Retail

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

X5 Retail Group has appointed Lidl executive Frank Michael Mros as director of the company's soft discount stores.... read more


SPAIN: Chocolate firm Natra reports Q1 operating profit jump

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Spanish chocolate group Natra has pointed to improved efficiency in parts of the business as it reported an increase in first-quarter underlying profit.... read more


US: Hain Celestial to offload UK own-label ready meals unit

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

Hain Celestial has revealed plans to sell private-label ready-meal assets in the UK, which were acquired in October when the US food firm bought local firm Daniels Group.... read more


US: Hain Celestial ups FY profit forecast

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

US food company Hain Celestial has upped its full-year earnings forecast, after posting a "record" increase in third-quarter profits.... read more


US: Hain Celestial buys Irish soup firm Cully & Sully

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

US food company Hain Celestial has acquired Irish chilled soup manufacturer Cully & Sully as the company continues to expand its international business.... read more


US: Produce group Dole mulls spin offs

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

US produce giant Dole Food Co. is looking at potentially spinning off one or more of its businesses.... read more


US: Weis Markets posts Q1 profit after store efficiencies

4 May 2012 | Katie Smith

US retailer Weis Markets has reported a 7.7% increase in first-quarter net income, because of improved efficiencies in-store and "disciplined" promotions.... read more


US: Target names Jones chief marketing officer

3 April 2012 | Katie Smith

US retailer Target Corp. has named Jeffrey Jones as chief marketing officer and executive vice president.... read more


US: Dollar General Q4 profit up, further growth expected

23 March 2012 | Katie Smith

US discount retailer Dollar General has reported a 31.4% jump in net income for its fourth quarter, on the back of increased sales.... read more


just the answer - Biscuits Leclerc CEO Denis Leclerc

31 January 2012 | Katie Smith

Last month, Canadian biscuit firm Groupe Biscuits Leclerc expanded its presence in the US, with the acquisition of snack bar brand Go Pure. In the latest just the answer interview, Katie Smith discusses the acquisition and the biscuit company's plans for the future with CEO Denis Leclerc, including setting up in the UK.... read more


Quote, unquote: just-food's week in words

23 December 2011 | Katie Smith

This week, UK retailers Thorntons and Ocado issued profit warnings, while US food giant General Mills revealed a fall in quarterly profits. Meanwhile, in Europe, Italian retailer Conad acquired German retailer Rewe's 43 Billa stores in the country.... read more


US: Holton named CEO of US pork firm Seaboard

23 December 2011 | Katie Smith

US conglomerate Seaboard Corp. has appointed Terry Holton as president and CEO of its Seaboard Foods division.... read more


US: Barry Callebaut launches Fairtrade in US

22 December 2011 | Katie Smith

Chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut has launched three Fairtrade products in the US under its Finest Belgian range.... read more


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