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Katy Askew

Katy AskewBiography

Katy Askew is just-food's deputy editor, with over five 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 four 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.

Having completed her BA at the University of Sussex and postgraduate studies at Simon Fraser University, Katy began work as a travel and property journalist with Outbound Publications.

Articles by Katy Askew

Trouble for food makers in Venezuela as distribution centre seized Venezuela seizes Polar distribution centre serving Nestle, PepsiCo 4 August 2015

A distribution centre serving a number of international food and beverage companies – including Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Cargil - and owned by local food giant Empresas Polar has been seized by the Venezuelan authorities.


McDonaldFoodservice focus July 2015 – innovation, expansion, McDonald's and Yum! 4 August 2015

As busy global consumers feel they face ever tightening schedules, they are increasingly looking for out-of-home options for various eating occasions. The foodservice sector is an area of growing importance for food manufacturers. In order to appropriately address the needs of the channel, it is important to keep up-to-date with the latest developments in the trade. And last month's key developments demonstrate how operators are attempting to use innovation to strengthen their appeal.


Bombay HC reserves judgement in Maggi caseIndia court reserves Nestle Maggi judgement pending more tests 3 August 2015

The Bombay High Court has reserved its judgement in Nestle's case against the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) concerning the watchdog's handing of the recent Maggi recall.


SunOpta expands in private label frozen fruit sector SunOpta ups presence in frozen fruit with Sunrise Growers buy 3 August 2015

Canadian organic food group SunOpta has said its US$450m acquisition of Sunrise Growers will strengthen its presence in the high-growth, private-label frozen fruit sector.


Tyson warns on beef market conditions Tyson lowers earnings forecast on beef worries 3 August 2015

Tyson Foods today (3 August) lowered its forecast for annual earnings after issues at its beef business dampened the US protein company's third-quarter results.


Fire & Smoke premium hamKerry launches premium meat brand Fire & Smoke in UK 3 August 2015

Kerry Group is expanding its premium cooked meat brand, Fire & Smoke, into the UK.


UnileverAnalysis: Unilever's plan to grow global ice cream sales, margins 31 July 2015

Unilever is the world's largest ice cream maker but the FMCG giant is not resting on its laurels. Kevin Havelock, president of refreshments, plans to grow Unilever's ice cream sales and margins ahead of the group average – while also gaining share of the global ice cream market. This will be achieved through a focus premiumisation, innovation and expanding out-of-home consumption across the world. Katy Askew reports.


Earthbound FarmEarthbound Farm launches organic salad kits, bowls 31 July 2015

US organic produce company Earthbound Farm, owned by WhiteWave Foods, is adding to its ready-to-eat salad range.


Online FMCG sales jumped 34% in China in 2014, Kantar has saidTalking shop July 2015 – online dictates retailers' strategy 30 July 2015

The rapid development of online retailing has long been a key part of the strategic direction of global food retailers. While the channel represents a growth spot in what can – in many markets – seem a sector struggling for sales growth, there is as yet no clear formula for profitably exploiting it. However, as this month's Talking shop round-up illustrates, a number of grocers are further investing in the channel.


Valio, Arla deny interest in Latvijas PiensArla, Valio deny interest in Latvia's Jelgava 30 July 2015

European dairy companies Arla Foods and Valio have both moved to quell rumours they are interested in acquiring a controlling stake in Latvia's Jelgava Dairy Company.


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