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Briefing: taking supply chain push to scale

To conclude just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing, Ben Cooper examines some of the key cross-cutting sustainability issues...

Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarca...


Briefing: taking supply chain push to scale

Ben Cooper | 24 Jun 2015

To conclude just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing, Ben Cooper examines some of the key cross-cutting sustainability issues in agricultural supply chains and how they may influence the next steps for food companies on sustainable sourcing.


Why focus on cane sugar supply chains to rise

Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 2015

The fourth agricultural commodity to be featured in just-food's management briefing on sustainable sourcing is the world's largest - sugarcane. While sugar is already a much-discussed subject in the context of the obesity debate, Ben Cooper writes, food companies are under increasing pressure to step up engagement on sugar from a supply chain perspective and scale up current sustainability efforts.


Is change on sustainable palm oil too slow?

Ben Cooper | 17 Jun 2015

A group of major consumer goods companies and investors have publicly called on the Roundtable on Responsible Palm Oil (RSPO) to strengthen its standards following mounting criticism of the multi-stakeholder platform. This has left the RSPO pondering whether it can afford to continue to move at a pace that keeps less ambitious companies engaged or whether it should allow more progressive members to set the agenda, Ben Cooper reports.


How cocoa sustainability has come to fore

Ben Cooper | 16 Jun 2015

The first section of our management briefing examining how the food industry is working to make agricultural supply chains more sustainable looks at cocoa, a commodity facing grave challenges but now receiving increased and concerted attention from companies following the launch of the CocoaAction collective initiative a year ago.

Latest Interviews

How Mars aims to support farmers with new fund

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.


Interview: UTZ explains why scale key to progress

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

Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex

Dean Best | 24 Jul 2015

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.


Mars invests EUR100m in Netherlands factory

Hannah Abdulla | 21 Jul 2015

Mars has confirmed it is to invest over EUR100m in a chocolate factory in the Netherlands to increase efficiency and expand capacity.


Industry news of week - sugar call, Mead Johnson

Dean Best | 17 Jul 2015

The issue of sugar intake returned to the fore this week with a UK panel calling for official guidance on daily consumption to be halved. Fonterra announcing a different kind of cut, with over 500 jobs to go at the dairy exporter. China is a factor in the New Zealand group's decision and the country's easing growth is affecting a number of food multinationals. This week, infant formula manufacturer Mead Johnson cut its profit forecast on the back of challenges in emerging markets including China.


Mars to expand US chocolate site

Dean Best | 16 Jul 2015

Mars is to extend its chocolate plant in Kansas in a bid to meet demand "for ever greater choice".


Mars invests in M&M's production in Russia

Dean Best | 10 Jul 2015

Mars has invested in the production of M&M's chocolates in Russia, replacing its existing line.


Mars to up Goodnessknows snacks output

Hannah Abdulla | 25 Jun 2015

Mars Inc is ramping up production at its Albany site in Georgia as it gears up for the national launch of Goodnessknows Snack Squares.


Mars launches dual-flavoured Galaxy in UK

Dean Best | 22 Jun 2015

Mars has launched Galaxy Duet - a chocolate bar containing two flavours - in the UK.


Food industry quotes of week: Hershey, Nutella

Hannah Abdulla | 19 Jun 2015

Hershey today (19 June) announced plans to cut 300 jobs as part of fresh efforts to improve productivity and make the company "more flexible". It also cut its 2015 sales forecast for the second time this year - and its earnings guidance for the first time - amid continued challenges in China. Elsewhere this week, we kicked off our latest management briefing, which look at the sustainability of agricultural supply chains. And Ferrero found itself under fire from a French government minister, who claimed the way the company sourced ingredients for Nutella was hurting the environment.


German watchdog issues fines in grocery probe

Dean Best | 18 Jun 2015

German retailers Aldi, Edeka and Rewe - plus confectioners Alfred Ritter GmbH & Co. KG and Haribo - are among the grocers and manufacturers to be hit with fines after a probe into allegations of price fixing.


Mars rolls out lactose-free milkshake in UK

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Jun 2015

Mars Inc has added a lactose-free variant to its ready-to-drink milkshake range in the UK.


Mars launches "healthy" snacks Goodnessknows

Dean Best | 20 May 2015

Mars Inc has launched a line of pre-portioned snacks in the US in a bid to tap into demand for healthier products.


Food industry news of week: Mars, Nestle, Cloetta

Dean Best | 15 May 2015

Mars raised eyebrows in the US with support for calls for nutrition labels in the country to contain information on added sugar. Nestle has seen its infant formula production in South Africa hit by the country's power problems. And European confectioner Cloetta, the company behind brands like Chewits and Sportlife, announced CEO Bengt Baron had decided to step down.


Mars backs labels for added sugars in US

Dean Best | 11 May 2015

Mars has announced its support for the amount of sugars added to foods on sale in the US to be included on nutrition labels.


Mars launches Combos sweet and salty pretzels

Katy Askew | 30 Apr 2015

Mars Inc is launching Combos Baked Snacks in two sweet and salty flavour combinations in the US.


Food industry quotes of week: Wrigley, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 10 Apr 2015

This week, Wrigley confirmed it is building a new gum plant in Kenya to help expand in a number of African markets. US confectioner BBX Sweet Holdings announced the acquisition of local peer Kencraft Candy, while FrieslandCampina revealed plans to close its cheese packing plant in Lochem. We also interviewed the general manager of Al-Rawabi, Dr Ahmed El Tigani, who told us about the UAE dairy company's recent move into functional dairy. Here is the week in quotes.


Wrigley replaces plant in Kenya for Africa push

Dean Best | 9 Apr 2015

Wrigley is building a new gum plant in Kenya, replacing a site near Nairobi, as the company bids to expand its presence in the wider continent.


Food industry quotes of week: Nestle, Premier

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2015

Last week, just-food was live at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference, where some of the largest industry names including Nestle, Strauss and Danone provided business updates. Elsewhere, Mars confirmed plans to invest in a Snickers production plant in India. Rumours were also rife General Mills was looking to offload its Green Giant business. Here is the week in quotes.


Mars to invest US$160m in Indian production

Katy Askew | 16 Mar 2015

Mars Inc. has announced plans to invest more than US$160m to establish a production plant for its Snickers brand in Pune, Maharashtra, to cater for growing demand for confectionery products in India.


First Milk names ex-Mars exec Gallacher CEO

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Mar 2015

UK dairy co-operative First Milk has appointed ex-Mars exec Mike Gallacher its new CEO.


Mars, Hershey settle Maltesers lawsuits

Dean Best | 5 Mar 2015

Mars and Hershey have ended their legal spat over the chocolate giants respective Maltesers and Malteser trademarks in the US.


Mars launches Dove Fruit in US

Katy Askew | 27 Feb 2015

Mars Inc is launching a new line of Dove chocolates - Dove Fruit - which combines real fruit and dark chocolate.


Unilever deal gives Atlantic Grupa sales boost

Dean Best | 25 Feb 2015

Croatia-based food and beverage company Atlantic Grupa saw sales and profits rise in 2014, with its top line helped in part by a deal to distribute Unilever products in regional markets.

Latest blogs

Can UK food sector avert talent shortfall?

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?


The Middle East - the next big thing

Hannah Abdulla | 23 Feb 2014

With emerging markets becoming a central focus for many food companies, there is growing interest in the Middle East and Africa - and this week we are at the Gulfood expo in Dubai to speak to those building their business in the region.

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