Manufacturers

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

Bolthouse, Plum hot spots in tepid earnings report from Campbell Soup

By Hank Schultz

Recent acquisitions in the natural space—Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organic—were among the bright spots in a disappointing quarterly earnings report for Campbell Soup Company.  The development points to changing sales patterns within the United States overall.

What does it take to be a food & beverage CEO?

Road to the top: What does it take to be a food & beverage CEO?

By Elaine Watson

What does it take to get to the top of a leading food and beverage company? Can you still make it from the shop-floor to the boardroom? Is an MBA essential? And do operations managers or R&D directors ever get to lead Fortune 500 companies, or do...

What’s your food brand’s digital IQ?

What’s your food brand’s digital IQ?

By Maggie Hennessy

The $321 bn US packaged food market’s appetite for digital is growing, yet just a handful of brands are truly differentiating themselves when it comes to their digital presence, says a new study from digital business intelligence firm L2 ThinkTank. 

34° Crisps: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

Big interview: Craig Lieberman, founder & CEO, 34 Degrees

34° Crisps founder: We want to reinvent what people think about crackers

By Elaine WATSON

When Craig Lieberman flew to Sydney to study for a Master’s Degree in International Relations in the mid-1990s, his goal was to be a diplomat. But not long after he arrived, the idea for another, very different, career started to take shape.

Kellogg CEO: We need to get Kashi back on track

Kellogg CEO: We need to get Kashi back on track

By Elaine WATSON

Kashi has lost some distribution in the past 12-18 months, but brand owner Kellogg says it will prove to consumers that Kashi is still a pioneer in the field of ‘progressive nutrition’.

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

When it comes to NPD, is consumer 'liking' an overrated idea?

By Nathan Gray

Testing the consumer liking of a new product may be an overrated idea that ‘breeds mediocrity’ and means products fail to differentiate themselves against the competition, according to David Howlett of MMR Research.

Frito-Lay has filed an international and US patent on process method and design relating to its deep-ridged potato chips; the first launch was Ruffles in 2012

Frito-Lay to drive deep-ridged success wider in 2014/15

By Kacey Culliney

Frito-Lay will roll out deep-ridged potato chips in more than 10 countries this year, and has plans to expand the snack concept even further in 2015 as its international patent on the design pends.

Graze data research has valued the US subscription snacking market opportunity at $500m

Graze has tripled business in US since January

By Kacey Culliney

Online healthy snacks service Graze has surpassed 150,000 in US subscriptions after just three months in the market; growth the CEO has described as phenomenal.

The ground breaking ceremony took place in Milton Keynes on April 2 and was attended by company executives, the local mayor and council executives

Brioche Pasquier to open first UK bakery

French patisserie specialist Brioche Pasquier has commenced work on its first UK bakery site; set to strengthen the company’s presence in the market, according its CEO.

Weetabix is responding to a changing market

Weetabix could cut pay and working hours to save jobs

By Nicholas Robinson

Weetabix has confirmed it has started a consultation with its UK staff to cut pay and working hours in response to increasing pressure from supermarket own-label products and the discounters.

Kellogg and the BCTGM will now present their evidence and arguments to a NLRB administrative law judge

Kellogg v BCTGM

NLRB issues complaint against Kellogg over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has issued a complaint over Kellogg’s Memphis plant lockout, based on federal charges brought forward by the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco and Grain Millers (BCTGM) union.

Jenny Westerkamp will urge business leaders to engage more openly with customers to express the personalities of their brands

Food Vision 2014

Final preparations underway for Food Vision 2014

By Michael Stones

Final preparations are underway for Food Vision 2014, the event that brings together global food and drink industry leaders at Cannes in the south of France to discuss key topics directly affecting the profitability of their businesses.

It's very common for larger companies to have both a master contract and local contract, a common point of confusion, says an attorney

Kellogg v BCTGM

What will this Memphis contract war come to?

By Kacey Culliney

A labor attorney says there could be a number of reasons behind the Kellogg-BCTGM contract dispute and now that the National Labor Relations Board is involved, worse-case scenario it could end up in the US Supreme Court.

Kellogg claims the employment terms at Memphis fall under a local contract that expired in October, 2013 and can be negotiated on, but the BCTGM argues they're covered in a master contract that doesn't expire until 2015 and therefore cannot be negotiated on

Kellogg v BCTGM

Kellogg v BCTGM: Contract wars over Memphis lockout

By Kacey Culliney

The BCTGM union has accused Kellogg of acting outside the law in its lockout, claiming employment terms held under a master contract can’t be negotiated, but Kellogg says the terms fall under a local, supplemental contract which expired last October.

The BCTGM claims Kellogg cannot negotiate on rates of pay, benefits or work rules on newly hired, full-time staff until 2015 when the master contract expires

EXCLUSIVE INSIGHT FROM BCTGM ON KELLOGG MEMPHIS LOCKOUT

BCTGM: Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is illegal

By Kacey Culliney

Kellogg’s Memphis lockout is unlawful because employment terms are covered by a master contract that cannot be negotiated ahead of expiry in 2015, says the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers union.