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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

LidlTalking shop September 2015 – Margin management in the spotlight  8 October 2015

A consistent challenge facing grocers is maintaining – or strengthening – margins in a frequently hostile retail environment. This must be achieved while also developing the customer proposition and investing in growth. Keeping a lid on costs is a must but that has to be balanced against issues like pressure to raise wages, as we have seen in the UK this month, and the need to keep consumer prices low. 

Bimbo Flats launched in SpainBimbo launches Flats in Spain  8 October 2015

Grupo Bimbo is launching a flatbread in Spain. 

Unilever seeks to build value of  Magnum proposition through Magnum Pleasure stores
How Unilever's Grom deal shows brands eyeing own retail presence 6 October 2015

Unilever is building on its push into branded ice cream retail with the acquisition of Italian gelato group Grom. And Unilever is not the only manufacturer working to expand its branded retail presence, particularly in "treat" or gifting categories. Katy Askew looks at the benefits branded retailing offers food manufacturers. 

TPP met by elation and trepidation How the food industry is reacting to the TPP - quote, unquote 6 October 2015

After five years negotiations, 12 Pacific Rim countries - including the US, Japan, Australia and New Zealand - have struck a deal that will reduce tariffs and trade barriers in the region. 

China tightens food safety regulations and enforcement China implements new safety regulations, tougher penalties 6 October 2015

The Chinese authorities are starting to implement more stringent food safety regulations under revised laws.

For Aisha exits administration For Aisha exits administration with fresh funding 6 October 2015

UK halal baby food business For Aisha has been brought out of administration by a consortium of private investors in a deal that the company said secures its future growth prospects. 

Houmous maker Blue Moose of Boulder sees consortium take majority stakeBlue Moose eyes growth as investors take the reins  6 October 2015

Blue Moose of Boulder has said it intends to accelerate its sales growth after an investor group, led by former Bacardi CEO Ed Shirley, took a majority stake in the US houmous maker and filled leading management positions.  

Ajinomoto said line would be up and running next SeptemberAjinomoto invests US$20m in US frozen rice capacity  5 October 2015

Ajinomoto is investing US$20m to expand its frozen rice production as it works to grow its business in North America. 

Hershey joins African development initiative PFSHershey joins Genreal Mills-backed PFS to support African food sector  5 October 2015

Hershey has signed-up to non-profit organisation Partners in Food Solutions (PFS) to support efforts to strengthen Africa's food system. 

Gelato maker Grom acquired by UnileverUnilever acquires Italian gelato group Grom  2 October 2015

Unilever has announced the acquisition of Grom, a premium Italian gelato maker that operates over 60 shops in Italy and around the world. 

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