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Katy Askew

Katy AskewBiography

Katy Askew is just-food's deputy editor, with over thirteen years of experience writing for consumer and business titles. She has contributed to print, online and radio publications and worked across a variety of formats, including newspapers, magazines and websites.

Katy has specialised in writing for the FMCG sector for the past ten years, during which time she has developed specialist knowledge of the global food and food retail industries, interviewed top international executives and covered a range of topics from financial updates and M&A to sustainability and safety issues.

Articles by Katy Askew

Farmhouse Culture taps growing demand for probiotics, snacks and organicsFarmhouse Culture taps demand for gut-health products – Expo West interview 24 March 2017

US firm Farmhouse Culture produces what – at first glance – might sound like a traditional product: fermented or pickled vegetables. But, in re-imagining the production method, first developed primarily as a preservation technique, Farmhouse Culture – which has recently secured investment from General Mills – has updated the concept in a way that is proving appealing to US consumers. Katy Askew spoke to Farmhouse Culture CMO Marc McCullagh to find out more. 

Bare expands snack offering with chia coconut bites launchBare Snacks claims "double-digit" growth – Expo West 24 March 2017

The CEO of Bare Snacks has claimed the US natural snack maker is seeing "double-digit" sales growth, supported by distribution gains and innovation.

Foodservice supplier Golden State Foods shakes up managementGolden State Foods appoints Joe Heffington as CFO 24 March 2017

US food maker Golden State Foods is reorganising its business to accelerate "growth and global expansion", including the appointment of Joe Heffington to the post of chief financial officer. 

Unilever could be lining up sale of spread brands including FloraUnilever 'lining up spreads sale'  20 March 2017

Unilever is reportedly preparing a GBP6bn (US$7.5bn) sale of its spreads business, which manufactures margarine under the Flora and Stork brands. 

UK baker Finsbury reports higher H1 marginsFinsbury profits rise on margin gains  20 March 2017

Finsbury Food Group has booked an increase in earnings for the first half of its financial year as stronger margins boosted the UK baker's profitability. 

More action needed on salt reduction, CASH urgesFood makers "dragging their heels" on UK salt reduction targets – CASH 20 March 2017

Health campaigners have accused some food manufacturers and retailers of "dragging their heels" over the UK's salt reduction targets for 2017. 

Former Bord Bia CEO to take helm of Fane, ABP meat JVABP, Fane appoint ex-Bord Bia chief Aidan Cotter to head JV 20 March 2017

Ireland's ABP Food Group and Fane Valley Group have appointed former Bord Bia CEO Aidan Cotter as chairman of their joint venture business. 

Australian dairy group names new chairman Murray Goulburn names John Spark as chairman 20 March 2017

Australian dairy cooperative Murray Goulburn has announced the appointment of John Spark as chairman.

CapVest is understood to be close to sealing a deal to acquire KarroCapVest nearing deal for Karro Food Group 17 March 2017

Private-equity group CapVest is nearing a deal to acquire UK pork processor Karro Food Group, just-food understands. 

ConAgra expands in premium snackingConagra Brands to buy US snack group Thanasi Foods 17 March 2017

Conagra Brands has entered into a deal to buy US business Thanasi Foods, which produces meat- and seed-based snacks under the Duke's and Bigs brands.  

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