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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

Australia launches dairy probeAustralia launches "full examination" of dairy industry  26 August 2016

The Australian government has launched a probe into the country's dairy industry after dairy processors including Murray Goulburn and Fonterra moved to cut their farmgate milk prices by as much as 20% earlier this year. 

Murray Goulburn upbeat on changes made to its business in China Murray Goulburn on FY results, suppliers, product mix and savings – 7 things to learn 26 August 2016

Embattled Australian milk processor Murray Goulburn reported its full-year results this week. The company, which part-listed on the Australian stock exchange to raise capital during the period, was rounding off a difficult 12 months. Over the past year, Murray Goulburn has cut payments to its farmer-owners and issued a series of profit warnings as it grappled with lower global commodity costs and an intensely competitive domestic consumer market. Controversy over Murray Goulburn's profitablity and the decision to list prompted CEO and managing director, Gary Helou, and its CFO, Brad Hingle, to resign from their positions in April. The group's much-anticipated financial update revealed lower sales but the firm managed to hit its revised profit target, which had been lowered earlier in the year. Here are just-food's key takeaways from the update.

Nestle entering new categories in IndiaNestle launches kids cereal Ceregrow in India  26 August 2016

Nestle is expanding in the Indian cereal market with the launch of Nestle Ceregrow, a multi-grain cereal targeting children. 

Michelsen Chocolate is the first company in Denmark to join Fairtrade Mærket Danmark certification scheme  Michelsen Chocolate commits to Fairtrade cocoa 26 August 2016

Michelsen Chocolate has said that all its products will be Fairtrade-certified from next month. 

A new export market opens for Vilkyškiu PienineVilkyškiu Pienine gets export approval for China  26 August 2016

Lithuanian dairy group Vilkyškiu Pienine has said it will start exporting dairy products to China after gaining export approval to ship products into the Asian country. 

Mezzan Holding expands in Saudi Arabia Mezzan Holding takes 70% stake in Al Safi Food Co. 25 August 2016

Kuwait-listed food group Mezzan Holding has acquired a 70% stake in Saudi food maker Al Safi Food Co. 

Sanderson Farms investing in additional production capacity Lower prices knock Sanderson Farms sales 25 August 2016

Lower prices for chicken products have depressed sales at US poultry group Sanderson Farms.

Mengniu sees sales growth but earnings pressuredMengniu grows sales but net profit slips 25 August 2016

Chinese dairy giant Mengniu said its strategy is paying off today (25 August) as it booked higher sales for the first half of the year, although its profits were dented by losses from associates and other items.

Costa upbeat on growth prospects Costa Group reports "outstanding" citrus performance  25 August 2016

An "outstanding" performance from its citrus business enabled Australian produce supplier Costa Group to book a-near 12% increase in full-year revenue. 

Natural Balance Foods targeting demand for Lotus Bakeries' Natural Balance Foods launches Nakd Posh Bits snacks in UK 25 August 2016

Natural Balance Foods, the UK snack business majority owned by Belgium-based Lotus Bakeries, is aiming to tap into demand for "healthy indulgence" in the UK with a new line under its Nakd brand. 

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