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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 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).
Japan's Kagome Corporation has entered into an agreement to acquire Preferred Brands International, a US-based natural and ethnic food group.
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 has booked an expectation beating increase in first quarter sales on the back of pricing action and growth in emerging markets.
US dairy manufacturers have welcomed bipartisan efforts to renew and modernise the trade authority through which President Obama can negotiate trade deals.
Slovenian baker Don Don has entered into an agreement to buy Pekarna Grosuplj, the in-house bakery business of regional retailer Mercator.
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., 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.
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.
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.
- Comment: Nestle reacts to world of 3G and Buffett
- Why it is too early to call Unilever food revival
- France takes big step to uniform FOP labels
- What the analysts say: The verdict on Danone's Q1
- How will Flowers Foods grow in speciality bread?
- Unilever food, refreshment sales rise
- Organic food sales in US up 11% in 2014
- UPDATE: Danone CEO upbeat on 2015 growth
- Nestle in "exclusive" Davigel talks with Brakes
- Nestle sales rise on emerging markets, pricing