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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

Costs weigh on Deoleo bottom lineSPAIN: Deoleo sees H1 loss on refinancing costs 29 August 2014

Spanish olive oil group Deoleo has booked a jump in net losses due to refinancing costs and weaker sales.

Valio invests in whey powder production FINLAND: Valio targets China with EUR70m whey investment 29 August 2014

Finnish dairy group Valio has revealed plans to invest EUR70m (US$92m) to expand its whey powder production as it targets growing demand for infant formula in China.

Olam progressing strategic planSINGAPORE: One-offs boost Olam FY profits 29 August 2014

Olam International has booked a jump in full-year earnings, which were boosted by margin expansion and one-time gains.

A2 profits see dramatic dropNZ: China issues, FX hit A2 Milk Co. 29 August 2014

New Zealand's A2 Milk Co. has seen profits flatline in fiscal 2014, as currency exchange and regulatory issues in China more than offset growth in Australia.

Candyking sales up but profits drop SWEDEN: Candyking profit dented by FX 29 August 2014

Candyking has booked a drop in operating profit - despite sales growth - as currency exchange pushed up the cost of goods sold at the Swedish confectioner.

Mengniu focuses on higher margin opportunities On the money: Mengniu brushes off concerns with "star" brand focus 28 August 2014

China's largest dairy manufacturer China Mengniu Dairy has shrugged off investor concerns over margin pressure, insisting its strategy to raise investment behind "star" and growth brands will improve the group's long-term profitability profile. Katy Askew reports.

Fonterra and Beingmate hope to tap into growing demand for formula in ChinaBRICs and beyond: Fonterra, Beingmate partnership formula for success 28 August 2014

New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra and Chinese baby food maker Beingmate are to form a joint venture to try to capitalise on the exponential growth of the Chinese infant formula sector. With each partner bringing something very different to the table, Katy Askew suggests the new entity is well-placed to leverage the strengths of both.

Mengniu sales, profits on the upCHINA: Mengniu sales, profits surge but shares slide 28 August 2014

China Mengniu Dairy saw its share price tumble today (28 August), despite posting a jump in first-half sales and profits.

Fonterra eyes Chinese infant formula growth CHINA: Fonterra, Beingmate launch infant formula JV 27 August 2014

New Zealand dairy group Fonterra and Chinese infant food business Beingmate have established a "global partnership" to capitalise on growing Chinese demand for infant formula.

Chiquita, Fyffes raise synergy targetUS/IRELAND: Chiquita, Fyffes up savings target in defence of merger 27 August 2014

Chiquita Brands International and Fyffes have raised their forecasts for the synergies they expect their merger to create, with the US produce company the subject of a takeover bid from Brazilian firm Cutrale Group and Safra Group.

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