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The new federal bill on the labelling of genetically-modified ingredients in the US includes a critical compromise which will allow the nece...

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Improving the diet of employees can boost productivity, morale and staff retention, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority for an...


Ben Cooper | 11 May 2016

Three of the seven issues on which Oxfam’s Behind the Brands campaign rates the world’s ten largest food and drinks companies relate directly to wages, workers’ rights and working conditions in their agricultural supply chains. Here, just-food sets out the NGO's evaluations under the three criteria - women, farmers and workers - along with the companies’ reactions.


Christophe Knoke, IRI | 14 Apr 2016

Confectionery is a mature, slow-growth category in much of western Europe but manufacturers could eke out opportunities for expansion by harnessing the rise of the millennial consumer. Christophe Knoke, senior director at IRI Germany, investigates.


Ben Cooper | 26 Nov 2015

Recent years have seen the launch of numerous sustainability standards and initiatives across various agricultural commodities. Ben Cooper assesses the significance of the new standard for sustainable rice, launched by the Sustainable Rice Platform and Mars Inc.


Dean Best | 19 Nov 2015

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to eke out savings. But other changes in the market, not least shopper promiscuity and the rise of non-traditional outlets, means manufacturers have weigh up a series of factors when looking to make changes to their supply chains. just-food reports back from the IGD Supply Chain Summit on what executives in the field believe are the key issues to consider.

Latest Interviews

Ben Cooper | 19 Jun 2015

Reflecting not only the increasing emphasis food companies are placing on their agricultural supply chains but on supporting smallholder farmers specifically, Mars and Danone have jointly launched the Livelihoods Fund for Family Farming. Barry Parkin, chief sustainability officer and health & wellness officer at Mars, spoke with Ben Cooper about the initiative and the positive impact the founding companies hope it will bring.


Ben Cooper | 13 May 2015

Last year was record-breaking for the UTZ sustainable farming programme and certification scheme. Being able to provide companies with a scalable way to source certified sustainable commodities has been critical to its progress, as UTZ markets director Daan de Vries explained to Ben Cooper.

Latest News

John Shepherd | 27 Jul 2016

Mars Inc subsidiary Wrigley is investing RUB600m (US$10m) in modernising its manufacturing facility in St Petersburg, Russia, to support the launch of a "Russian-developed" Juicy Fruit chewing gum product.


John Shepherd | 18 Jul 2016

Mars Inc is expanding the tastes of some of the group's best-known brands from the confectionery aisle into the freezer with the launch of a range of frozen desserts.


John Shepherd | 8 Jul 2016

Mars Food UK today (8 July) announced plans to invest GBP23m (US$29.8m) in a new production line for Uncle Ben's Ready to Heat Rice at its Kings's Lynn plant in Norfolk.


John Shepherd | 29 Jun 2016

Mars Inc., one of the world's largest food manufacturers, today (29 June) announced a "global strategic business partnership" with China-based online and mobile commerce firm the Alibaba Group.


Dean Best | 21 Jun 2016

Mars has launched a range of trail mixes in the UK under three of the chocolate brands it has in the country.


Dean Best | 15 Jun 2016

Mars Inc is reportedly weighing up whether to remove some of its confectionery products from desserts sold by US foodservice chains including McDonald's and Burger King.


Dean Best | 13 Jun 2016

Mars Inc has moved to increase its production of Skittles in the US to meet "rising demand".


John Shepherd | 7 Jun 2016

Mars Inc said today (7 June) it is "assessing the next steps" after a court in Sweden ruled the company could face heavy fines if it continues to sell its M&M's confectionery in the country, following a long-running trademark tussle with Mondelez International.


Dean Best | 2 Jun 2016

The US Food and Drug Administration has outlined plans to cut salt intake in the country by almost a third in ten years, releasing voluntary targets in 150 categories, which are now up for consultation. Here's a flavour of the reaction to the announcement.


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.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 May 2016

Mars Inc has announced it will use only renewable energy to power its UK plants.


Katy Askew | 6 May 2016

Mars Inc has announced the launch of two new protein bars under its Mars and Snickers brands in the UK. 


Hannah Abdulla | 3 May 2016

Mars Inc. is moving its chief customer officer Andrew Clarke to the newly created role of chief marketing and customer officer. 


Hannah Abdulla | 19 Apr 2016

Mars Inc. is to combine the sales and marketing operations of its food and Wrigley gum businesses in Spain.


Katy Askew | 14 Apr 2016

Mars Inc has unveiled a health drive behind food brands including Uncle Ben's, Masterfoods and Dolmio.


Hannah Abdulla | 1 Apr 2016

Mars Inc. is taking its Wrigley's Doublemint gum brand into the UK mints category.


Dean Best | 21 Mar 2016

Mars Inc is to put labels on foods on sale in the US that contain genetically-modified ingredients.


Dean Best | 21 Mar 2016

Mars has appointed Claus Aagaard, the finance chief of its pet care division, as CFO of the group.


Hannah Abdulla | 7 Mar 2016

Mars Inc is pumping almost EUR2m (US$2.2m) into expanding production of its Ebly and Uncle Ben's products in France.


Katy Askew | 9 Feb 2016

The World Wildlife Fund has launched Markets Institute, a dedicated platform working with entities including the private sector to increase the "speed and scale" of "market-based approaches" to boost sustainability in the global food sector.


Hannah Abdulla | 9 Feb 2016

Mars has extended its commitment to use cage-free eggs in its products to the US, Canada and Australia.


Katy Askew | 8 Feb 2016

Mars Inc has said that it will remove all artificial colours from its human food products in an effort to meet "evolving consumer preferences". 

Latest blogs

Dean Best | 23 Feb 2016

Mars Inc has grabbed mainstream headlines around the world today (23 February) after announcing a recall of chocolate products from over 50 markets after plastic was found in one product. It is comes just months after the US food giant pulled batches in the UK over fears of plastic could be found in products.


Katy Askew | 12 Sep 2014

The UK's food and drink sector is working to attract the "next generation of leaders" through efforts such as the Feeding Britain's Future initiative - but is this too little too late?

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