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Product trends to watch in European gluten-free

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation...

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in...


Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation will be vital. The rate of product development is increasing - Mintel says one in ten products launched in the entire food sector last year was gluten free, up from 2% in 2005. However, as one industry watcher puts it, there is a lot of "spray and pray" to NPD in the category. What trends can manufacturers harness for success? Dean Best reports.


Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in 2014. But what about the opportunities in Europe? The UK, home to its own well developed gluten-free category, also attracts column inches and, despite some concerns about the maturation of the market still offers opportunities. On the continent, a clutch of western European countries are home to categories at different stages of development. In the first part of our management briefing looking at Europe's gluten-free sector, we provide a run-down of the region's major markets - and hint at the countries to watch.


Hannah Abdulla | 2 Jan 2015

The internet and the rapid development of multichannel has had a monumental impact on the FMCG sector, necessitating a seismic shift in the way food makers do business. With multichannel playing to consumer demand for convenience, this trend seems set to accelerate in 2015. The food industry could have a challenging year ahead as it struggles to keep pace with the rate of change. Hannah Abdulla explores.


Ben Cooper | 2 Dec 2014

In just-food's latest management briefing, Ben Cooper explores reformulation in the context of the febrile debate over diet and health, suggesting it is both the industry's most compelling response to diet-related health problems and the most practical contribution to tackling them.

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Ben Cooper | 29 Oct 2014

Large publicly-owned multinationals, such as Unilever and PepsiCo, are widely praised for showing leadership in corporate sustainability. In this month's Sustainability Watch, Roberto Ciati, sustainability director at Italian pasta, sauces and baked goods group Barilla, discusses how private, family ownership can inform a progressive approach to sustainability.

Latest News

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Nov 2015

Barilla has opened a new headquarters for its operations in the Americas.


Dean Best | 23 Oct 2015

Barilla has launched a range of pasta in the US the Italian food group said does not need to be boiled on drained.


Katy Askew | 29 May 2015

US poultry group Sanderson Farms posted higher half-year sales and profits, although there was some concern on Wall Street about the near-term outlook for the business. Barilla announced its results for 2014, which included an increase in revenue and earnings.


Katy Askew | 16 Jan 2015

Barilla, the Italian pasta group, is planning to expand its production plant in Amens, Iowa, with an investment of US$26.8m to add facilities, including a gluten-free production line.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 Dec 2014

Barilla has launched a pasta range "specifically designed" for the Chinese market.


Hannah Abdulla | 6 Nov 2014

Barilla and US online grocer Peapod have teamed up to launch pasta meal kits.


Katy Askew | 31 Oct 2014

A busy week for third quarter results, with several packaged food giants reporting profit pressure. Danone extended its tie-up with Mengniu in China and Premier Foods discussed international growth. Here is just-food's week in words.


Dean Best | 17 Jul 2014

Italian food group Barilla is to relaunch its namesake pasta into one of the UK's Big Four grocers - and is drawing up plans to also roll out sauces.


Hannah Abdulla | 28 May 2014

Italian food group Barilla has reported an increase in profits in 2013.


Stuart Todd | 12 May 2014

Italian food group Barilla will next month open a new production line at a bakery plant in France to manufacture sandwich loaves.


Stuart Todd | 8 Nov 2013

Barilla is to invest EUR30m (US$40m) over three years at subsidiary company's Harry's bakery plant in Montierchaume, central France.


Katy Askew | 7 Aug 2013

Barilla is launching a gluten-free pasta line in the US in a bid to cash in on growing demand in the sector.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jul 2013

Italian food group Barilla recorded an increase in first-half revenues, despite sales falling in its domestic market.


Michelle Russell | 17 Jun 2013

This week, just-food spoke with the CEO of Nestle Greater China, Roland Decorvet, who went into detail about the company's strategy in China and the challenges it faces there. We also garnered analysts' thoughts on Amazon's plans for its US grocery business and Carrefour's prospects for the African market. Elsewhere, JBS announced a deal to buy domestic poultry business Seara Brasil, Sobeys bought Safeway's Canadian operations, and B&G Foods snapped up Pirate Brands.


Michelle Russell | 12 Jun 2013

Italian food group Barilla has its eye on expanding in Russia and Asia as it increases its focus on international markets to drive sustainable growth.


Michelle Russell | 17 May 2013

Italian food group Barilla saw its profits slide in fiscal 2012 as continued economic uncertainty and rising raw material prices impacted earnings.


Czech group Agrofert Holding plans to use its acquisition of German baker Lieken to launch its own products into Europe's largest economy.


Michelle Russell | 25 Feb 2013

Italian food group Barilla has signed a deal to sell its German bakery group Lieken to Agrofert, the Czech Republic's largest food maker.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2012

In the final week before the Christmas and New Year break, just-food published its review of the year, which included lists of our most-read content and featured an in-depth look at the M&A, retail trends, sustainability initiatives and commodity volatility we have seen in 2012. Elsewhere, the founder of US yoghurt firm Chobani ruled out a sale of the business, Sainsbury's said talk chief executive Justin King could leave in February "pure speculation" and Italian food group Barilla outlined its plans for emerging markets.


Michelle Russell | 21 Dec 2012

As the week draws to an end and the industry prepares to take a Christmas break, Sainsbury's found itself responding to reports its chief exective Justin King may only be staying on in his role for a few months in the New Year. Elsewhere, yoghurt group Chobani dismissed reports it is looking at a listing, while Barilla spoke to just-food about its plans for expansion in Latin America.


Michelle Russell | 17 Dec 2012

Italian food group Barilla has revealed it is looking to invest in Brazil as part of a wider push into Latin America.


Michelle Russell | 9 Oct 2012

Italian food group Barilla has opened a EUR40m (US$51.7m) pasta sauce facility in Italy.


Dean Best | 25 Jun 2012

The top stories on just-food this week had a distinctly French flavour. Danone issued a profit warning, with Spain's problems affecting the Activia maker. Meanwhile, French retail giant Carrefour's new CEO Georges Plassat made his first public appearance since taking the job, with the industry keen to hear how he planned to revitalise the world's second-largest retailer.

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 23 Dec 2014

Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.


Michelle Russell | 5 Nov 2013

Barilla has attempted to dig itself out of a massive, PR nightmare of a hole, after its CEO recently sparked outrage by saying he would never use gay couples in commercials.

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Barilla Foodservice Deutschland in Packaged Food (Germany)

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