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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

Danone played down reports of strategic revampOn the money: Steady as she goes as Danone denies strategy overhaul 25 July 2014

French dairy giant Danone has insisted it is not mulling a radical overhaul of strategy as it battles issues at its European dairy and Asian early life nutrition businesses.

Unilever betting on blended spreadsOn the money: Unilever NPD shifting food into category growth spots 25 July 2014

Unilever hopes to rejuvenate its lacklustre food sales in developed markets by using innovation to move its brands into the growth spots of its mature categories.

Balancing the need to invest against a fragile balance sheet has resulted in some "creative" business engineering at Premier FoodsThe just-food interview part one: Premier Foods CEO Gavin Darby 24 July 2014

Premier Foods plc is emerging from the long shadow of its debt burden with a new refinancing package and a clear mandate to grow its categories and brands. But, in the tough UK operating environment, growth is proving hard to come by. Premier CEO Gavin Darby speaks to just-food about balancing the need to invest in Premier's stable of well-known brands - as well as some of the more neglected areas of its business - while also managing a fragile balance sheet.

Unilever sees mixed H1NETHERLANDS/UK: Unilever sees lacklustre H1 food sales 24 July 2014

Unilever missed first-half organic sales expectations as a continued slowdown in emerging markets and a lacklustre performance from its food business impacted the group's top line result.

Hershey sales accelerate in Q2US: Hershey sees H1 profits up as Q2 accelerates 24 July 2014

Hershey booked an increase in first-half profits this morning (24 July) despite "headwinds" from rising input costs and sales elasticity.

Danone has reportedly kicked off strategic reviewComment: Danone could be preparing strategic shake-up 24 July 2014

The spotlight will turn on Danone's strategy to grow its sales and profits tomorrow (25 July) when the group reports its second-quarter results. With what looks set to be a disappointing first half in store, questions could well be asked about whether Danone is on the path to long-term sustainable growth, Katy Askew suggests.

Atria hit by market conditions in Finland, RussiaFINLAND: Atria sales rise but Finland, Russia woes persist 24 July 2014

Atria booked an increase in first-half sales but confirmed the issues in Finland and Russia that prompted a profit warning in April are continuing to weigh on profits.

MEXICO: Bachoco profit up on lower costs 24 July 2014

Industrias Bachoco, the Mexican poultry processor, has booked a jump in first-half net and gross earnings thanks to lower input and financing costs.

Marine Harvest considering appeal of EUR20m fine NORWAY: Marine Harvest slapped with EUR20m fine over Morpol acquisition 23 July 2014

The European Commission has fined Marine Harvest EUR20m (US$26.9m) after concluding that the Norwegian seafood group breached European merger control rules in its takeover of Morpol.

F&S extending all natural salsa distribution US: F&S Produce rolling out natural salsa line 23 July 2014

F&S Produce Company has started rolling out its Sam's Fresh range of all-natural salsas to customers throughout the northeast and mid Atlantic states in the US.

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