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Focus: Why Special K is emphasising the benefits of healthy eating

6 January 2011 | Datamonitor

Kellogg has unveiled a new campaign for its Special K brand in the US, a marketing push that focuses on the emotional benefits of following a diet regime rather than the absolute number of pounds shed, according to analysts at Datamonitor. The campaign, the analysts say, seeks to inspire more positivity and less guilt where weight is concerned, with the intention of helping consumers to stick to their goals. This approach may well help to overcome certain hurdles which have tripped dieters in the past.... read more

Best bits: Arla's merger plans show M&A bubbling as year ends

20 December 2010 | Dean Best

The consolidation seen in Europe's dairy sector in 2010 was marked with a final flourish in the last weeks of the year on Friday (17 December) with Arla Foods' announcement that it plans to merge with Germany co-op Hansa-Milch.... read more

In the spotlight - the probiotics debate

17 December 2010 | Ben Cooper

Probiotics, the food phenomenon sceptical campaigners love to hate, are back in the news.... read more

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

17 December 2010 | just-food.com

The fall of A&P into bankruptcy attracted some criticism of the US retailer's management this week, while, on this side of the pond, UK convenience retailers hit out at Tesco's latest acquisition in the channel. The UK's largest retailer was also named as a potential suitor for Poland's Zabka as speculation over further consolidation in emerging markets continued. Wal-Mart Stores, however, has hit a wall in Russia and closed its office that was exploring how to enter the market.... read more

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

3 December 2010 | just-food.com

PepsiCo talked of "snackifying" and "drinkifying", the UK coalition government warned of "nannying" and Carrefour blamed a "management malfunction". just-food's week in words has some eye-catching phrases this week to match some interesting stories.... read more

BRICs and beyond: East benefits from the global economy's shifting sands

9 November 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Of all the media coverage of this economic crisis, one line has stuck in my mind more than any other, and it perfectly sums up the shifting global economic axis. "This isn't a global recession, it's a Western recession."... read more

Focus: US industry takes initiative on front-of-pack labelling

4 November 2010 | Ben Cooper

The Grocery Manufacturers Association and the Food Marketing Institute have announced the launch of a new industry-led front-of-pack nutrition labelling system in the US. Ben Cooper assesses how it might be received by policymakers and campaigners.... read more

Marketing brief - Clara in Foodland

4 November 2010 | creamglobal.com

Latin American consumers have a negative perception of fats. The concept of essential fats is commonly misunderstood and general nutritional education is substandard. Family Goodness margarine, despite being a 'good' fat, is a victim of this ignorance and is relatively unfamiliar to Latin American families.... read more

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

29 October 2010 | just-food.com

This week was a bit of a mixed bag, with Premier Foods providing a fairly miserable outlook for the rest of 2010, and seeing rising wheat prices impact prices, while both the US and Canada (separately) announced new nutrition labelling programmes. Emerging markets returned to fore, with Japanese retailers looking to their neighbours for growth, while McCormick revealed expansion plans in Turkey and North Africa. Here's the best of what was said this week:... read more

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

15 October 2010 | just-food.com

Europe's food retail industry is set for further consolidation, analysts said this week, while speculation continued to grow over the ownership of global dairy brand Yoplait. Here's the best of what was said this week.... read more

Comment: The potential - and perils - of PepsiCo's health kick

12 October 2010 | Dean Best

Dairy, fruit and veg. On the face of it, these products seem a world away from the carbonated soft drinks and crisps that have long been core to PepsiCo's business.... read more

Best bits: PepsiCo, FrieslandCampina, Kraft look to future

11 October 2010 | Dean Best

For PepsiCo, the future does not just lie in snacks and soda.... read more

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

8 October 2010 | just-food.com

The focus this week has been on consumer confidence in the UK, with the Government set to release 'austerity measures' on 20 October and three of the major grocery retailers revealing trading updates. Elsewhere, PepsiCo revealed plans to build a unit to focus on nutrition and Canadian food group Maple Leaf Foods announced an efficiency review. Here is the best of what was said this week.... read more

Comment: Stalling M&A activity points to faltering recovery

23 September 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

As we have pondered in this column before, there are many indicators as to whether we are heading towards any sort of sustainable economic recovery, from employment levels to GDP growth and the housing sector. But one of the more interesting is the level of merger and acquisition activity in the market.... read more

BRICs and beyond: CIVETS markets line up to shape economic future

10 September 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

In a new weekly column focusing on the world's emerging markets, just-food's Chris Brook-Carter looks at the latest acronym to shape business thinking on the developing world - CIVETS.... read more

Comment: Managing the risks of reformulation

27 August 2010 | Petah Marian

Reformulating products, particularly well loved ones, poses a great risk to manufacturers, so when Mars Inc announced it has reformulated its chocolate bars ranges, it wasn't surprising to hear that it has required some five years of research and development.... read more

Comment: Nestle pulls no punches on emerging markets

11 August 2010 | Dean Best

The style of Nestle's management team is usually one of quiet - but determined - confidence in its business.... read more

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

6 August 2010 | just-food.com

A furore erupted in the UK earlier this week after meat from the offspring of a cloned cow entering the food chain. The news put the Food Standards Agency firmly in the spotlight, with the agency insisting the meat was safe but stating selling it was illegal - a stance the EU described to us as "slightly strict". Meanwhile, Kellogg announced plans to cut the amount of sugar in its Coco Pops cereals in the UK and just-food interviewed Kellogg UK boss Greg Peterson.... read more

Quote, unquote: reaction to FSA revamp

20 July 2010 | just-food.com

After days of speculation, the UK coalition government today (20 July) outlined how it plans to change the role of the Food Standards Agency, the country's food watchdog. Here is how industry and campaigners reacted to the news.... read more

Best bits: Mystery over the future of the FSA

12 July 2010 | Dean Best

Is the UK's Food Standards Agency, the vocal supporter of traffic-light nutrition labels, coming to the end of the road?... read more

COMMENT: Brace - but not too hard - for the double dip recession

2 July 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Last week, I used just-food's weekly editorial round-up and the G20 Summit as background to discuss whether the Western economies were finally out of recession. The news since has been almost universally bad.... read more

Comment: UK coalition still needs to guide on healthy eating

1 July 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

The role of the state on individuals' lives is a debate that is dominating political life in the US and here in the UK at the moment, whether it be health reform or sweeping changes to the welfare system.... read more

Best bits: G20 fails to deliver clear path forward

28 June 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Are we or are we not headed for a double-dip recession? This is the question that has dominated talks at the G20 summit over the last few days.... read more

COMMENT - The recovery is at a premium

28 April 2010 | Chris Brook-Carter

Here in the UK, the term "green shoots of recovery" has become something of a cliché of late, particularly in the current politically-charged atmosphere.... read more

COMMENT: US consumers need convincing about low-sodium foods

27 April 2010 | Dean Best

The latest push to cut salt (or sodium, as our US cousins call the ingredient) from packaged foods has taken off across the Atlantic, much to the satisfaction of consumer advocates.... read more

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

16 April 2010 | just-food.com

From Asda's Andy Bond explaining his departure from the UK retailer's hot seat, through the UK organic sector insisting things are looking up, to UK food group Uniq standing by its proposed deal to tackle its pension deficit, many in the industry were on the back foot this week. Here is a flavour of who said what about the top stories in the food sector.... read more

COMMENT: Russian economy rebounds, challenges remain

19 March 2010 | Katy Askew

After the turmoil of last year, confidence is seemingly returning to the Russian economy – and almost as quickly as it departed.... read more

On the money: Glanbia says Irish dairy sale “win-win”

10 March 2010 | Katy Askew

Glanbia today (10 March) insisted that the sale of its Irish dairy ingredients, consumer products and agribusiness units would be a “win-win” deal.... read more


18 February 2010 | just-food.com

Nestle is expected to post a strong year-end performance following a weaker first half when the world's largest food company delivers its fourth quarter and full year results before the Zurich stock market opens tomorrow (19 February).... read more

Quote, unquote: Westminster Food and Nutrition Forum

3 February 2010 | Michelle Russell

Leading figures in the UK food and drink industry today (2 February) came together in London to discuss what the future holds for the industry. Sustainability and food security were two much-debated issues. Michelle Russell reports.... read more

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

8 January 2010 | just-food.com

The UK - not to mention much of Europe and the US - experienced the big freeze this week. Relations between Kraft Foods and largest shareholder Warren Buffett have seemingly turned cold after the so-called Sage of Omaha said he would not back the US food giant's plans to use its shares to fund its bid for Cadbury.... read more

2009's highs and lows - the manufacturers

18 December 2009 | Dean Best

The food industry is one of the sectors most resilient to economic downturns but 2009 has not been without its challenges for the world's leading manufacturers. The turmoil seen on the financial markets in late 2008 gave way to a deep recession in 2009, where credit remained scarce and manufacturers like Uniq, Bakkavor and Dairy Farmers of Britain faced financial problems - with the latter going to the wall. Some food makers, however, have thrived. Read on for which companies just-food feels had a good 2009 - and which suffered.... read more

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

18 December 2009 | just-food.com

The battle for Cadbury continued this week as the UK firm outlined its case for independence, urging shareholders to reject the advances of predator Kraft Foods. The US group hit back and claimed Cadbury's investors were leaving themselves open to "significant risk". Meanwhile, General Mills remained bullish on its US brands growth, despite pressure in all categories and Dutch retail giant Ahold purchased the US-based Ukrop, claiming it can help the ailing chain see better times.... read more

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

4 December 2009 | just-food.com

Little surprise that some of the choicest quotes of the week focused on Kraft Foods' pursuit of Cadbury. The US food giant faced criticism from UK union officials of its perceived lack of commitment over Cadbury jobs should it succeed in its quest for the confectioner. Supplier criticism was also revealed to be a key factor in the decision of First Milk's chief to leave the UK dairy co-op, while key dairy supplier, packaging giant Tetra Pak, warned the recession means consumer behaviour will never be the same again.... read more

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

27 November 2009 | just-food.com

With just a month left of 2009, our thoughts are turning to what shape the food industry landscape will take as we enter a new decade. This week, HJ Heinz, meat giant Tyson Foods and Russian dairy business Wimm-Bill-Dann all issues their prognosis for the economy and consumer confidence. Woolworths Ltd, Australia's largest retailer, claimed the country was in better shape than other economies around the world, while in an exclusive interview with just-food, Greencore boss Patrick Coveney detailed how the private-label group had navigated the downturn.... read more