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The latest outcome of General Mills' portfolio "reshaping" 23 Feb 2018

Dean Best

This week, General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening told an audience of investors and analysts in the US the "reshaping" of the Cheerios-to-Yoplait maker's portfolio would involve M&A and disposals - and be central to improving the growth profile of the business. Today, the US food giant made a significant move on that front.


Intermarche broke rules with Nutella promo, French watchdog says 23 Feb 2018

Dean Best

The pandemonium in stores of Intermarché as shoppers scrambled to grab jars of cut-price Nutella went viral - but the country's competition watchdog has announced the French retailer broke rules on selling below cost.


Big Food in investor spotlight this week at CAGNY 19 Feb 2018

Dean Best

The senior management of a number of the major food manufacturers operating in the US will be in Florida this week for a key date on investor calendars.


Another UK meat supplier under microscope 12 Feb 2018

Dean Best

Sunday saw another product recall involving another UK meat supplier announced by the country's food standards watchdog.


And another UK meat recall... 9 Feb 2018

Dean Best

The question marks over parts of the UK's meat supply chain have intensified this morning.


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

Dean Best

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.


Vegan tourist tales 15 Jan 2018

Andy Coyne

I sampled some of the products launched in the UK in the New Year, aimed at those seeking to eat more healthily or cut down on their meat consumption.


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

Dean Best

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.


A very helpful new year nudge for UK parents 2 Jan 2018

Dean Best

It's the time of year when many of us who over-indulged during the festive period will at least try and take stock and change our eating habits. Will it work? Not for everyone. But, here in the UK, this morning parents were given a handy nudge to stay on top of what their children are eating.


Season's greetings from just-food 22 Dec 2017

Andy Coyne

Seasonal greetings from our deputy editor and details of our operating schedule.


Ethical Trading Initiative's suspension of Fyffes rumbles on 11 Dec 2017

Dean Best

Fyffes' suspension from The Ethical Trading Initiative, sparked over disquiet about conditions for the produce giant's workers in Honduras, continues after the UK-based organisation said the fruit and vegetable supplier had not done enough to assuage the concerns.


Tesco-Booker deal gets green light as UK grocery landscape shifts 14 Nov 2017

Dean Best

Here in the UK, we've had two significant pieces of M&A news in the grocery retail channel in the last 24 hours.


Getting the basics right online 8 Nov 2017

Andy Coyne

Failed launches cost grocery brands operating in the UK over GBP30m per year - but ironing out mistakes made in listing new products online could help improve marketeers' chances of success, according to new research.


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

Dean Best

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.


US trade body GMA loses another high-profile member 25 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Just months after Campbell Soup Co. decided to leave The Grocery Manufacturers Association, the US lobby group is to see another major member leave.


How are you feeling about 2018? 16 Oct 2017

Dean Best

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we'd like to know how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year.


Could Nestle be weighing up major M&A move outside food? 12 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Pfizer has this week announced it is reviewing the options it has for its consumer healthcare business. Might Nestle be interested?


Lots of chatter about grocery M&A on both sides of pond 5 Oct 2017

Dean Best

The last 24 hours or so have seen possible M&A deals among some of the biggest names in food retail speculated on both sides of the Atlantic.


Theresa May's Florence speech - UK food industry (and the EU) react 22 Sep 2017

Dean Best

This afternoon, UK Prime Minister Theresa May gave her much-awaited speech on Brexit in the Italian city of Florence. Here's how the UK food industry lobby bodies (and some senior EU politicians) reacted.


Brexit customs "could cost UK traders GBP4bn a year" 11 Sep 2017

Dean Best

As the rain hammers on our windows this afternoon (11 September), a report in the UK offers companies doing international business some gloomy reading - post-Brexit customs could cost the country's traders GBP4bn a year.


Do you get just-food's newsletters? You need to do something 17 Aug 2017

Dean Best

If you receive just-food's newsletters, we have a message.


UK consumers to cut back on fruit and veg - and point to Brexit, study says 18 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Whatever your view on Brexit, a piece of research issued today (18 July) in the UK on fruit and veg consumption will likely unite more of you than last year's divisive vote.


Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business 28 Jun 2017

Dean Best

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting businesses including shipping group Maersk and, in our industry, Mondelez International.


A bad fortnight for self-regulation 23 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Recent events in Canada, Brussels and the UK suggest the task of defending self-regulation as the best way to prevent the commercial activities by food companies from exacerbating childhood obesity is not getting any easier.


Amazon Whole Foods - industry reacts 16 Jun 2017

Dean Best

In one of those stories that shakes the sector, Amazon today (16 June) announced a move to buy US-based natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market. Here's how a range of stakeholders have reacted to the US$13.7bn, all-cash deal.


Reckitt Benckiser clears final Mead Johnson hurdle 13 Jun 2017

Dean Best

The final regulatory approval needed for the UK-based consumer goods giant's takeover of the US infant formula maker has been received, with the US$17.9bn deal set to be completed on Thursday (15 June).


Barilla puts sustainability centre stage 23 May 2017

Ben Cooper

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.


UK M&A deal volumes slide in early months of 2017 22 May 2017

Dean Best

Fresh data from Grant Thornton indicates the number of mergers and acquisitions in the UK food and drink sector fell to the lowest level for over two years in the first quarter of in 2017 - but the accountancy and advisory firm has insisted the amount of M&A activity remains "healthy".


Food policy returns to focus in Westminster 27 Apr 2017

Ben Cooper

Amid the political turmoil in the UK caused by the EU Referendum, the resignation of a Prime Minister, subsequent burning debates over the Brexit “divorce” settlement and now by the surprise announcement of a general election, it is easy to forget food policy was briefly elevated up the political agenda last year. It returns to focus in Westminster for a few hours today (27 April).


Danone closes WhiteWave, who will acquire Stonyfield? 13 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Danone completed its US$12.5bn acquisition of WhiteWave Foods this week. The move will roughly double Danone's presence in North America, where WhiteWave is a top four dairy player.




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