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  14/02/2019 | Industry, International

Nestlé: growth supported by stronger momentum in the USA and China

Nestlé SA has reported full-year results for 2018. Total reported sales increased by 2.1% to CHF 91.4 bn (2017: CHF 89.6 bn). Net acquisitions had a positive impact of 0.7% and foreign exchange reduced sales by 1.6%. SG

Nestlé SA has reported full-year results for 2018. Total reported sales increased by 2.1% to CHF 91.4 bn (2017: CHF 89.6 bn). Net acquisitions had a positive impact of 0.7% and foreign exchange reduced sales by 1.6%. According to the company, organic growth was 3.0%, with continued strong real internal growth (RIG) of 2.5% and pricing of 0.5%. Growth was supported by stronger momentum in the United States and China, as well as in infant nutrition.

The underlying trading operating profit (UTOP) margin reached 17.0%, up 50 basis points. The trading operating profit (TOP) margin increased by 30 basis points to 15.1%, reflecting higher restructuring-related expenses. Earnings per share increased by 45.5% to CHF 3.36 on a reported basis. Underlying earnings per share increased by 13.9% in constant currency and by 13.1% on a reported basis to CHF 4.02.

Mark Schneider, Nestlé CEO, said: "We are pleased with our progress in 2018. All financial performance metrics improved significantly and we saw revived growth in our two largest markets, the United States and China, as well as in our infant nutrition business. Nestlé keeps investing in future growth and – at the same time – has increased the amount of cash returned to shareholders through our dividend and share buyback program. We made significant progress with our portfolio transformation and sharpened our Group’s strategic focus, strengthening key growth categories and geographies in the process.”

www.nestle.com

 
 
  14/02/2019 | Industry, International, Particulars

Nestlé proposes Dick Boer and Dinesh Paliwal as new independent members of the Board of Directors

Nestlé today announced that it proposes Dick Boer, former President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize N.V., and Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of Harman International Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., for election to its Board of Directors. SG

Nestlé today announced that it proposes Dick Boer, former President and CEO of Ahold Delhaize N.V., and Dinesh Paliwal, President and CEO of Harman International Industries Inc., a subsidiary of Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., for election to its Board of Directors. The elections will take place at the Annual General Meeting on April 11. Two current directors, Jean-Pierre Roth, and Ruth Oniang’o will retire from the Board, as they have reached the age limit set out in the Board Regulations. The Board also proposes the individual re-election of the Chairman and the other current members of the Board. With the proposed nominees, the Nestlé Board will comprise 14 members, of which 12 are independent directors.

www.nestle.com

 
 
  13/02/2019 | Ingredients, Trade Fair

Vitafoods Europe 2019 with a strong commitment to sustainability

Vitafoods Europe 2019 (7 to 9 May, Geneva/Switzerland) will explore the collaboration required to shape a more sustainable future for the nutraceutical industry. SP

Vitafoods Europe 2019 (7 to 9 May, Geneva/Switzerland) will explore the collaboration required to shape a more sustainable future for the nutraceutical industry. This follows the growing popularity of plant-based ingredients, as well as the demand for more responsible farming methods, and the unprecedented backlash against packaging over recent years.
The focus of the event comes as consumer demand means manufacturers are seeking a balance between naturally sourced ingredients and sustainably produced nutraceuticals, through the development of innovative new products, processes and packaging. The need for greater supply chain transparency has also contributed to an increased focus on the role of contract manufacturing, presenting an opportunity for these businesses to set the standard for sourcing practices and quality. Vitafoods has a strong commitment to sustainability.
Running alongside the exhibition will be Vitafoods Education Programme, which will give attendees the opportunity to learn from and network with the world’s leading nutraceutical, supplement and functional food industry experts, as they discuss topics including personalised nutrition, sustainability, contract manufacturing and technological innovation. The three-day event will also feature a series of popular interactive events including innovation tours, a tasting centre, a new ingredients zone and a distributor matchmaking service.

www.vitafoods.eu.com

 
 
  12/02/2019 | Trade, Trends

Nielsen monitor: confectionery sales and volume below 2017 figures

Confectionery providers in German retail faced declines in both sales and volume in 2018. The Nielsen market research institute reported that proceeds from confectionery sales for the entire year were down by - 1.2% at € 14.295 bn. SG

Confectionery providers in German retail faced declines in both sales and volume in 2018. The Nielsen market research institute reported that proceeds from confectionery sales for the entire year were down by - 1.2% at € 14.295 bn. Sales volume sank by - 2.8% to 1,740 m tonnes (basis: food retailers + drug stores + impulse channels + gas station shops + department stores). Year-round products dropped - 1.4% in sales (€ 12.590 bn) and - 3.0% in volume (1.567 m tonnes). Seasonal products were only slightly below last year‘s figures with revenues of € 1.705 bn (- 0.2%) and 172,499 tonnes (- 1.1%) in volume.

Sales channel development was as follows: confectionery sales suffered steep declines at the discount trio Aldi/Lidl/Norma (sales - 4.1%; volume - 6.5%), department stores (- 6.0%; - 6.7%), small supermarkets (- 6.9%; - 5.5%), as well as impulse channels + gas station shops (- 6.7%; - 6.5%). The only bright spot was in small consumer markets (+ 2.4%; + 2.4%).

Salty snacks were the only product group demonstrating sales growth (+ 3.3%). Sales of chocolate products slumped - 1.7%. The sweet baked goods sector (- 2.7%) and the sugar confectionery segment (- 4.0%) were also facing declines.

 

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  11/02/2019 | Ingredients, Trade Fair, Packaging, Technology

ProFood Tech 2019: industry leaders showcase latest technologies

With top exhibitors like Bosch, Chr. Hansen, GEA or Mettler-Toledo leading a Who’s Who of the industry, ProFood Tech 2019 (26 to 28 March, Chicago) is set to convene 7,000 processing professionals over 125,000 net square feet of exhibit floor. SP

With top exhibitors like Bosch, Chr. Hansen, GEA or Mettler-Toledo leading a Who’s Who of the industry, ProFood Tech 2019 (26 to 28 March, Chicago) is set to convene 7,000 processing professionals over 125,000 net square feet of exhibit floor. Produced by three of the world’s trade show leaders, Pack Expa, Koelnmesse – organizer of Anuga and Anuga FoodTec – and the International Dairy Food Association (IDFA), this is the only event in North America focused exclusively on all food and beverage sectors.

ProFood Tech has massive support from across market sectors and is unrivalled in its ability to bring the processing industry together and address the most critical issues. The three-day event’s 400 exhibitors will showcase cutting-edge crossover technologies and innovative solutions for professionals from sectors like baking and snacks, confectionery, grains/mill/cereals, fruits and vegetables or ingredients.

www.profoodtech.com

 
 
  08/02/2019 | Ingredients

Givaudan opens new state-of-the-art flavours manufacturing facility in India

Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company, officially inaugurated a new flavours manufacturing facility in Pune/India. SP

Givaudan, the world’s leading flavour and fragrance company, officially inaugurated a new flavours manufacturing facility in Pune/India. The CHF 60 m plant is the company’s largest investment in India and further proof of its commitment to leverage growth potential in Asia Pacific.

Designed to deliver a superior level of flavour and taste solutions, the new 40,000 m2 facility will enable Givaudan to meet growing demand from customers in the food and beverage and health care segments. The new facility will complement the company’s existing plant in Daman, strengthening its capabilities in liquids compounding, powder blending, emulsions, process flavours and spray drying for the India, Nepal and Bangladesh markets. Givaudan expects to employ about 200 people at the new site.

www.givaudan.com

 
 
  07/02/2019 | Industry, Industry, Technology

Bühler strengthens its strategic position and continues to grow

The Bühler Group, Uzwil/Switzerland, has continued its positive development in 2018. All business units achieved organic growth. Group turnover increased by 22 % to CHF 3.3 bn. SP

The Bühler Group, Uzwil/Switzerland, has continued its positive development in 2018. All business units achieved organic growth. Group turnover increased by 22 % to CHF 3.3 bn. Haas was successfully integrated into the Bühler Group in 2018 and contributed to the companyʼs success. The Bühler Group has further strengthened its strategic position by establishing a third business pillar, Consumer Foods. Its new, most advanced factory in Changzhou, China, is fully operational, and construction of its Cubic innovation campus in Uzwil is nearing completion. To drive digitalization, the company entered a partnership with Microsoft.
“We are satisfied with the 2018 overall results”, said Bühler CEO Stefan Scheiber during a media conference on the presentation of the innovation campus Cubic. “Volumes developed well, but profits were below our objectives. Despite risks such as trade conflicts, we are well positioned with our portfolio and our global organization, and look to the future with confidence.”

The 2018 business year was also characterized by a gain in market shares and an order intake which increased by 17 % to CHF 3.3 bn. Ebit increased in absolute terms by 13 % to CHF 231 m, which represents an Ebit margin of 7.1 % (previous year: 7.6 %).

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  06/02/2019 | Trade, Trends

IRI monitor: value and volume decline in 2018

Confectionery sales in German retail had not recovered from the heat spell in July and August by the end of the 2018 fiscal year. IRI’s confectionery monitor showed a revenue decline of 1.3% to € 12.819 bn for all of 2018. SG

Confectionery sales in German retail had not recovered from the heat spell in July and August by the end of the 2018 fiscal year. IRI’s confectionery monitor showed a revenue decline of 1.3% to € 12.819 bn for all of 2018. Sales volume sank by 3% to 1.721 m tonnes (basis: food retailers + drug stores + hard discounters + gas station shops).

Salty snacks continue to be the only product group with revenue growth at 4% to € 3.229 bn and increased sales volume (+ 1.3%) of 408,403 tonnes. Providers of chocolate products (without season) lost value compared with the year prior (- 2.1%; € 5.465 bn) as well as volume (- 3.1%; 543,398 t). In the sweet baked goods and cakes category revenues fell by 4.4% to € 2.177 bn, and volume came in significantly lower with a 6% decline at 414,099 tonnes.

Sugar confectionery products remained far below last year’s figures for both sales (- 3.8%; € 1.949 bn) and volume (- 4.1%; 355,066 t). Market researchers at IRI calculated for the chewing gum segment a sales decline of 2.2% to € 489.9 m and a drop in volume of 2.6% at 343.7 million units.

www.iriworldwide.de

 
 
  04/02/2019 | Industry, Ingredients

Nestlé discloses suppliers to accelerate transparency

Nestlé is accelerating its journey towards reaching full supply chain transparency by disclosing the list of its suppliers alongside a variety of data on its 15 priority commodities. SG SP

Nestlé is accelerating its journey towards reaching full supply chain transparency by disclosing the list of its suppliers alongside a variety of data on its 15 priority commodities. These commodities cover 95 % of the company’s annual sourcing of raw materials. This is reportedly the first disclosure of its kind in the industry and comes at a time when global consumers demand to know exactly what is in their food and where it comes from.

“Transparency in our supply chains is essential and we will continue to lead in this area,” says Magdi Batato, Executive Vice President, Head of Operations at Nestlé. “Following the public disclosure of our palm oil and pulp and paper supply chains last year, we are now pleased to release supply chain information for soya, meat, hazelnuts and vanilla”.

By mid-2019, Nestlé will also publish the supply chain information for our other priority commodities which include seafood, coconut, vegetables, spices, coffee, cocoa, dairy, poultry, eggs, cereals and sugar. The disclosure includes the list of direct suppliers, upstream locations and country of origins as well as total volume sourced for each commodity.

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  04/02/2019 | Industry, International

Barry Callebaut completes acquisition of Inforum in Russia

The Barry Callebaut Group announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Inforum, a leading Russian B2B producer of chocolate, compound coatings and fillings. SG SP

The Barry Callebaut Group announced that it has successfully closed the acquisition of Inforum, a leading Russian B2B producer of chocolate, compound coatings and fillings. The integration will start as of now. This acquisition, in line with the “smart growth” strategy, will transform Barry Callebaut’s presence in the high-growth Russian market.

By joining their complementary forces, Inforum and Barry Callebaut will be able to better serve all customers and segments of the market with high-quality chocolate and compounds as well as world class innovation, and to broaden the reach of their Gourmet & Speciality business. The parties have agreed not to disclose any financial details of the transaction.

www.barry-callebaut.com

 
 
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