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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

Hain sees room to grow Sun Pat, UK spreadsOn the money: Hain Celestial eyes distribution gains, NPD for growth 20 August 2014

Hain Celestial, the US natural and organic food group, has indicated it expects to drive continued organic growth in the coming year - even as it laps tough comparables - by expanding distribution and leveraging its innovation pipeline in the US and internationally.

Hain upbeat on FY 2015 outlookUS: Hain Celestial sees "record" FY sales 20 August 2014

Hain Celestial, the US food group, has booked an increase in full-year profits thanks to "record" sales in the period.

Smucker cuts sales outlook amid pricing pressureUS: JM Smucker lowers FY sales outlook 20 August 2014

JM Smucker has lowered its full-year sales expectations after booking a drop in first-quarter sales and earnings as lower pricing more than offset a resilient volume performance.

Obesity a growing problem that requires a comprehensive multi-stakeholder response Comment: Holistic approach to obesity issue needed 19 August 2014

The Institute of Economic Affairs, a UK think tank, raised an important issue yesterday (18 August) when it insisted a decline in physical activity is the "root cause" of the obesity epidemic. The IEA research aims to debunk the widespread belief that our widening girths can largely be attributed to calorie consumption. However, while lifestyle factors are central to the obesity issue, Katy Askew suggests that a holistic approach - in which the food industry plays a central role - is needed to combat the problem.

UKRAINE: Egg maker Avangardco to fight plant seizure 19 August 2014

Ukraine's largest egg group, Avangardco, is working to avert the seizure of its assets in the Crimea.

UK: Veetee Foods launches globally inspired rice range 19 August 2014

Rice group Veetee Foods is launching a new range of savoury rice in the UK this month, with flavours inspired by "popular cuisine" from around the world.

US: John B. Sanfilippo FY earnings rise on sales volumes 19 August 2014

US snack group John B. Sanfilippo & Son has booked an increase in full-year profits on higher sales volumes and improved operating margins.

Will Chiquita shareholders reject Fyffes tie-up?Deal or no deal: Chiquita in play as investors bet on higher offer 18 August 2014

Chiquita Brands International has rejected a takeover approach from Brazilian juice maker Cutrale Group and investment firm Safra Group in favour of a prior agreement to merge with Ireland's Fyffes. However, the share price reaction suggests investors are betting a higher offer will come in for the US produce group. Katy Askew reports.

Sanyo to take 25% of OlamSINGAPORE: Japan's Sanyo takes stake in Olam's food biz 18 August 2014

Japanese instant noodle group Sanyo Foods has struck a deal to acquire a 25% stake in Olam International's packaged foods business for a consideration of at least US$187.5m.

CHINA: Sino Agro boosted by fishery unit 18 August 2014

Chinese agriculture group Sino Agro Food has booked a 78% rise in second quarter sales, boosted by a jump in revenue from its fisheries business.

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