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Katy Askew | 5 May 2016

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream have finalised plans to combine their ice cream businesses. The new joint venture brings a number of benefits and is likely to see an increased focus behind Nestle's ice cream brands. Katy Askew reports.


Ben Cooper | 23 Feb 2016

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil was, in its early days, hailed as a model of inter-stakeholder collaboration but has faced mounting criticism as the years have gone by - not least in a stinging letter from a number of food companies last summer. The organisation has a new set of criteria - RSPO Next - that it says strengthen standards. But, as Ben Cooper reports, the new benchmarks have attracted disapproval.


Ben Cooper | 28 Jan 2016

In recent months, a series of major companies in the US have announced they will switch to cage-free eggs - but how interested are consumers? Ben Cooper reports.


Hannah Abdulla | 14 Jan 2016

General Mills secured its entry into the fledgling but growing Brazilian yoghurt market with the acquisition of local player Carolina just before Christmas. But, with Carolina's tiny market share, will the move pay off in meeting General Mills' wider ambitions for growth in emerging markets?

Latest Interviews

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Mar 2016

John Haugen, vice president and general manager of General Mills' investment arm 301 Inc., speaks to Hannah Abdulla about how backing start-ups helps the US food giant shape its future growth portfolio and why the first two companies it is supporting - Rhythm Superfoods and Good Culture - are deemed the perfect fit.


Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2016

Last year, General Mills announced it was refocusing innovation unit 301 Inc. from developing in-house brands to centre on providing capital to emerging food brands and create "breakthrough innovation in the food space". Since then the unit has made two significant investments with plant-based snacks firm Rhythm Superfoods, and this month, cottage cheese maker Good Culture. In a two-part interview with Hannah Abdulla, 301 Inc.'s VP and general manager John Haugen tells us what prompted these investments and more about the direction in which the investment vehicle is headed. 

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Dean Best | 20 May 2016

General Mills has invested in another fledgling US food group, with the giant's 301 Inc. arm moving to back Kite Hill, a maker of nut-based dairy products.


Hannah Abdulla | 17 May 2016

Global food firms including Mondelez International, PepsiCo, Nestle, Kellogg and Mars Inc. have announced a new pledge to phase out industrially produced trans-fats from their foods by 2018.


Katy Askew | 20 Apr 2016

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexican baker, has entered into an agreement to acquire General Mills' frozen bakery and foodservice business in Argentina. 


Katy Askew | 7 Apr 2016

General Mills is pulling certain television adverts for its Progresso soup brand after an independent watchdog issued a split decision in its arbitration of a complaint brought forward by Campbell Soup Co. 


Dean Best | 4 Apr 2016

General Mills is testing its new hummus lines sold under its Food Should Taste Good brand at mainstream retailers in the US after launching the products at natural and organic stores at the start of the year.


Hannah Abdulla | 30 Mar 2016

General Mills' US investment vehicle 301 Inc. has invested in Tio Gazpacho, a US maker of chilled, ready-to-drink vegetable soups.


Hannah Abdulla | 24 Mar 2016

Yoghurt is the latest niggle on General Mills' list of woes, the Yoplait owner revealed on a conference call on its third-quarter and nine-month results yesterday (23 March).


Hannah Abdulla | 23 Mar 2016

Kellogg will start labelling products on sale in the US that contain genetically modified ingredients as of next month.


Katy Askew | 23 Mar 2016

General Mills booked a mixed set of results for the first nine months of its financial year, as earnings were lifted by lower restructuring costs but sales declined on foreign exchange and the sale of its Green Giant business to B&G Foods.


Katy Askew | 23 Mar 2016

General Mills is relaunching Häagen-Dazs ice creams in Australia after a 12-year absence. 


Hannah Abdulla | 21 Mar 2016

In an audio excerpt of an interview with just-food, John Haugen, the vice president and general manager for General Mills' investment arm 301 Inc., talks to just-food about why some major names in the industry are looking to back start-ups.


Dean Best | 18 Mar 2016

General Mills today (18 March) announced plans to label products containing genetically modified ingredients across the US.


Dean Best | 18 Mar 2016

General Mills, the US food group, is to exit Venezuela after striking a deal to sell its business in the country to private investment firm Lengfeld Inc.


Hannah Abdulla | 16 Mar 2016

General Mills is mulling plans to expand its production site in Albuquerque in New Mexico.


Dean Best | 10 Mar 2016

General Mills believes it will reach a target of doubling its organic acreage in 2019, a year earlier than the Annie's owner had originally estimated.


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Mar 2016

General Mills has invested in US cottage cheese maker Good Culture through 301 Inc., the food giant's fund that backs start-ups.


Katy Askew | 25 Feb 2016

General Mills is entering the hand-held ice cream category in the UK with the launch of Häagen-Dazs stick bars in the country. 


Hannah Abdulla | 16 Feb 2016

General Mills plans to launch more gluten-free cereals and take its Annie's brand in the category in order to build on the growth the company has seen from aiming cereal products at more health-conscious consumers in the US.


Katy Askew | 1 Feb 2016

Chobani has been ordered to suspend a marketing campaign highlighting the artificial ingredients in Danone's low-fat yoghurt line.


Katy Askew | 1 Feb 2016

General Mills has been awarded a preliminary injunction that will halt Chobani's adverts contrasting the "natural" ingredients in its Simply 100 yoghurt against the "artificial" additives contained in Yoplait Greek 100 line. 


Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jan 2016

General Mills has added an oatmeal-based variant to its Plenti yoghurt line in the US.


Dean Best | 18 Jan 2016

General Mills said today (18 January) it will shut its plant in the English town of Berwick-upon-Tweed.

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Hannah Abdulla | 5 Nov 2014

Nestle has secured prime-shelf space in the UK for its gluten-free cereal appeasing a growing army of gluten-free dieters.

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