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Column: AmazonFresh enters Germany

As Amazon launches its AmazonFresh in Germany, Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region...

Opinion: Brexit tension to be expected

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the country's headlines were dominated about last week's meeting between Theresa May and European C...

Column: UK sugar debate becoming more measured

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action....

Opinion: Big Food needs to think radically

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sect...


How FMCG brands can capitalise on e-commerce opportunity in Japan 28 Apr 2017

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, casts his eyes further afield to Japan, a market showing promise for e-commerce FMCG.


Why snacking is the new meal - column 9 Apr 2017

Victor Martino

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino believes the country is seeing "the deconstruction of the traditional meal" - and snack foods are the reason. But how can packaged foods tap into a trend Martino says is here to stay?


Unilever’s latest blueprint contains no huge surprises. Yet - editor's viewpoint 7 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Unilever announced the fruits of its business review - convened after the company brushed off interest from Kraft Heinz - yesterday (6 April). The Knorr and Magnum maker set out a measured plan, which included the wise decision to leave the spreads business. But could bolder action be on the horizon in the longer term? Dean Best reports.


Uncertainty reigns but UK exporters facing Brexit pragmatically - column 30 Mar 2017

Dean Best

The UK has triggered Article 50 of the European Union’s Lisbon Treaty, so formally firing the starting gun on its departure from the 28-member bloc. Brexit is the most important political and economic event in the UK for a generation and has divided the country. A majority of the UK’s food sector wanted to stay in the EU and have significant concerns about the post-Brexit future. However, increasingly, businesses are acquiring a pragmatic view about the future – with some real anxieties remaining but a recognition opportunities could be seized – a stance heard last week at the IFE trade show in London. Dean Best reports.


Why better understanding of price vital to drive profits - column 29 Mar 2017

Dr Anthony Graham, IRI

Food manufacturers operating across Europe, faced with differences in how sensitive different markets are to price, need to develop innovative pricing and promotional strategies to win, Dr Anthony Graham, IRI's executive vice president of international solutions and innovations, argues.


Kraft Heinz's Unilever approach shines light on investors and sustainability - column 17 Mar 2017

Ravi Varghese, Ceres

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Unilever is seen as being in the vanguard of developing a sustainable business; Kraft Heinz, with its emphasis on cost control and margin improvement, less so. But how far do investors care? In a guest column, Ravi Varghese of US sustainability non-profit Ceres challenges mainstream investor thinking that sustainability is a drag on efficiency.


Why Fairtrade can still be watchful partner for food companies 13 Mar 2017

Ben Cooper

Mondelez International's decision to change the way it works with Fairtrade sparked questions about the future of the ethical certification. just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper argues Fairtrade still has a role to play for food companies looking to source more sustainably.


Why personalisation will take-off in US food 8 Mar 2017

Victor Martino

As they search for paths to growth, there is increasing interest among food companies operating in the US in developing products or services that are more tailored to consumers. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino surveys the activity so far and argues investment in personalisation will intensify.


Why analytics will help UK suppliers hit sugar target 2 Mar 2017

Dan Finke, IRI

Last summer, the UK government announced its plans to tackle childhood obesity in England - and reducing sugar is the central aim. Food manufacturers have been tasked with cutting sugar intake by 20%, with the focus initially on nine categories. Dan Finke, the managing director of IRI's UK arm, explains why suppliers should be looking at their pricing and promotional strategies to meet that target and to market a portfolio that may contain high- and low-sugar products.


US food's next wave on display at Winter Fancy Food Show - analysis 21 Feb 2017

Victor Martino

A veteran of attending the annual Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, just-food's US columnist Victor Martino reflects on the changes seen since he first hit the event and outlines four key trends from the floors this year.


Will co-manufacturing grow among Europe's food makers? - column 2 Feb 2017

Martin Deboo

Co-manufacturing is a common way of doing business in the US food sector but the practice is less prevalent in Europe. In his debut column for just-food, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo wonders whether interest in co-manufacturing will start to grow among Europe's food majors.


US food industry hesitant amid Trump's dizzying pace - comment 31 Jan 2017

Ben Cooper

Donald Trump's first 11 days in the White House has seen a series of executive orders and, while some have provoked a storm of global headlines, the US food industry is trying to digest what impact the new President could have on the sector. As Ben Cooper writes, so far, the US food industry has been reluctant to comment but that may soon have to change.


Meal kits in the US - don't believe the hype 31 Jan 2017

Victor Martino

Meal kits have carved out a niche in the US but, Victor Martino, just-food's new Stateside columnist, argues that is all they will hold in the country's food market for the foreseeable future, for all the claims of the products having reinvented the dinner ritual and despite the interest from some major CPG brands.


Why smart data is vital in navigating grocer range re-sets 23 Jan 2017

Stephanie Augier, European lead of analytics for manufacturers, IRI

With grocers monitoring the size and performance of their ranges more closely than ever, manufacturers are having to look at how their products can deliver better a performance and fulfill the needs of the multi-channel shopper. Stephanie Augier at IRI's European division looks at how manufacturers in the region can overcome these challenges.


Premier Foods has more to worry about than Brexit - editor's viewpoint 19 Jan 2017

Dean Best

This week's profit warning from Premier Foods plc dismayed the market with analysts expressing concern about the UK group's ability to pass on Brexit-linked cost increases, the performance of its brands and its promotional strategy.


The food market in 2017 - the big foodservice trends to watch 11 Jan 2017

David Henkes, Technomic

Foodservice is rapidly becoming a global industry, and operators and manufacturers need to be aware of, and stay ahead of, big trends to be able to fully capture the growth opportunities available. David Henkes, advisory group senior principal at US foodservice consultants Technomic, outlines eight trends he expects to see across the foodservice market in 2017.


Danone's good news on margins but Activia leaves sour taste - editor's viewpoint 21 Dec 2016

Dean Best

Danone surprised the market on Monday (19 December) with a warning on its full-year sales. In more positive news, the French giant also said it expects its comparable operating margins to "be above target" but analysts were concerned about the early results of the relaunch of Activia, with the company citing the brand as a factor in its lower forecast for organic sales growth in 2016.


Don't rule out Kraft and Mondelez going back to the future - editor's viewpoint 15 Dec 2016

Dean Best

The speculation linking Kraft Heinz to a possible bid for Mondelez International is casting just-food's mind back seven years and giving it a wry smile at the thought of a company reunited.


The key issues for suppliers and retailers in 2017 - IRI's take 14 Dec 2016

José Carlos González-Hurtado, president, IRI International

In the latest of its monthly columns on just-food, FMCG market research giant IRI surveys the main issues food manufacturers and retailers will have to consider as they market and sell to consumers in 2017.


Hain Celestial looks outside to strengthen - editor's viewpoint 12 Dec 2016

Dean Best

Hain Celestial has grown rapidly to become one of the largest companies in perhaps the most attractive segments of the US food sector. However, there appears to have been a recognition that broadening the experience of the natural and organic group's senior management team is what the company needs.


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