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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

Nestle will "accelerate" plans to "adjust" portfolioComment: Nestle reacts to world of 3G and Buffett 17 April 2015

Nestle must adapt to emerging consumption trends and consolidation in the food sector with an “acceleration” of its portfolio adjustment efforts, chairman Peter Brabeck-Letmathe indicated yesterday (16 April).

Kagome acquires US health food group Preferred Brands International 17 April 2015

Japan's Kagome Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Preferred Brands International, a US-based natural and ethnic food group.

Nestle Q1 sales organic sales growWhat the analysts say: Analysts spot underlying issues at Nestle 17 April 2015

Nestle beat expectations when it delivered organic sales growth of 4.4% for the first quarter this morning (17 April). However, many analysts have pointed to disappointing real internal growth – which strips out pricing – and continued sales issues at various units, including US frozen and milk and ice cream products.

Nestle organic sales beat expectations Nestle sales rise on emerging markets, pricing 17 April 2015

Nestle has booked an expectation beating increase in first quarter sales on the back of pricing action and growth in emerging markets.

US dairy industry eyes new markets US dairy sector back trade liberalisation efforts 17 April 2015

US dairy manufacturers have welcomed bipartisan efforts to renew and modernise the trade authority through which President Obama can negotiate trade deals.

Don Don buys Mercator's in-house bakery 17 April 2015

Slovenian baker Don Don has entered into an agreement to buy Pekarna Grosuplj, the in-house bakery business of regional retailer Mercator.

Food companies kick off Q1 reportingFood industry results in brief: Bernard Matthews, PHW Gruppe, Armanino 17 April 2015

While food industry majors Danone, Unilever and Nestle kicked off the first-quarter reporting season this week, a number of other companies also released details of their performance to the markets. We heard from Germany's PHW Gruppe, Armanino Foods of Distinction and Bernard Matthews, among others. Here is just-food's results round-up.

That's It. eyes US expansion with new bars 17 April 2015

That's It., a food group that manufactures snack bars using only two ingredients, is expanding in the US through the introduction of new products and listings with national retailers.

Flowers working on giving NatureFocus: How will Flowers grow in organic, speciality bread? 16 April 2015

US baker Flowers Foods has typically increased sales by focusing on regional growth. During the group's investor day in New York this week, it was made clear extending its geographic reach in the US will remain a key strategic pillar. However, the company has also set its sights on growing share in on-trend areas such as organic, speciality and breakfast items.

Pricing lifts ice cream sales but volumes downUnilever food, refreshment sales rise 16 April 2015

Unilever has booked first-quarter underlying sales growth at its food and refreshment businesses, although pricing in food and volumes of refreshment lines - which include ice cream - came under some pressure in the period.

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