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John Shepherd

John ShepherdBiography

John Shepherd is just-food's acting news editor. A UK-based journalist, he has extensive experience of reporting on business and financial issues as they affect the international community and emerging markets.

John's journalistic career began on weekly and provincial dailies in the English Midlands, before going on to hold senior editorial posts on newspapers, magazines and online publications in Europe and Asia.

Articles by John Shepherd

China is now fastest growing market for UK food and drink exportsUK food and drink exports hit new record 21 February 2017

The value of UK food and drink exports grew by 10.5% in 2016 to a record of more than GBP20bn (US$24.8) as manufacturers "responded to rapid growth in demand for quality produce", according to new figures from UK industry association the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).


Wessanen eyeing growth in European organic market - interview from Biofach 2017 21 February 2017

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.


German organic milk processor plans new kefir yogurt lineEmmi's Glaserne Molkerei eyes production growth in 2016 21 February 2017

Emmi-owned German organic milk processor Gläserne Molkerei boosted production of organic milk by 25% in 2016 and is preparing to step up production of yogurt, the company has told just-food.


NPD aimed at Vita Coco launches first milk alternative product in UK 21 February 2017

Coconut water business Vita Coco is launching its first dairy alternative in the UK.


Hungary's foreign affairs and trade minister Péter Szijjártó (right) with Japan's agriculture and fisheries minister Yuji YamamotoHungary bid to restart poultry exports to Japan, boost food trade 20 February 2017

Hungary has signed an agreement that paves the way for a resumption of poultry product exports to Japan "within a very short space of time", after exports were temporarily blocked over avian flu concerns.


Alföldi Tej said group buys 320m litres of milk each year, Hungary's Alfoldi Tej expanding dairy production ahead of China exports 20 February 2017

Hungarian dairy Alföldi Tej is developing a new processing plant at its site in Debrecen to expand manufacturing including supplying products to China under a new export deal.


Kerry's, which launched Cheestrings Scoffies for children last year, Kerry Group staff in Ireland suspend strike action 20 February 2017

Union leaders say strike action at Ireland-based Kerry Group, in a dispute centred on the production of the firm's Cheestrings product, has been suspended after the company agreed to new conciliation talks.


Romania to review food marketing law as EU launches infringement proceedingsRomania to amend food marketing law after EU warning 17 February 2017

Romania is set to amend a law requiring retailers to buy at least 51% of food and agricultural products from local producers, after the European Commission launched infringement proceedings saying the country had breached EU laws.


Cloetta said it plans to Snack maker Cloetta to acquire Candyking 17 February 2017

Swedish snack maker Cloetta said today (17 February) it had signed an agreement to buy local confectionery supplier Candyking Holding.


Barilla said increased sales had pushed existing production capacity towards Barilla to invest in expanded pasta sauces production 17 February 2017

Italian pasta group Barilla is to invest "in excess" of EUR50m (US$53.2m) in the expansion of its pasta sauces plant in Rubbiano, in Italy's Parma province.


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