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Why Mars rice plan not just crop-ticking exercise

Recent years have seen the launch of numerous sustainability standards and initiatives across various agricultural commodities. Ben Cooper a...

The top takeaways from IGD's Supply Chain Summit

With stagnant volumes and volatility in costs putting pressure on margins, more companies are turning their attention to supply chains to ek...

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

Quotes of the week: Snyder's-Lance, Bonduelle

Hannah Abdulla | 30 Oct 2015

This week the World Health Organization confirmed findings of a link between processed meat consumption and colorectal cancer - sparking fierce debate in and around the industry. Elsewhere, Snyder's-Lance agreed a deal to buy Kettle Chips owner Diamond Foods for US$1.91bn. And just-food interviewed Bonduelle CFO Gregory Sanson, who hinted at the firm's renewed ambitions for M&A. Here is the week in quotes.

Mars to source only sustainable rice by 2020

Hannah Abdulla | 27 Oct 2015

Mars has pledged to sustainably source 100% of its rice by 2020.

Nestle, Mars, Kellogg urge EU action on trans fats

Helen Arnold | 16 Oct 2015

Food manufacturing giants including Nestle, Mars Inc and Kellogg have written an open letter to EU commissioners, lobbying for legislation to be introduced to limit the amount of hydrogenated vegetable oils, the main source of trans fatty acids, in processed food. 

Mars adds to Snickers US line in NPD push

Helen Arnold | 13 Oct 2015

Mars has unveiled a raft of snacks and confectionery products for the US market, including Snickers Crisper, at the NACS trade show in Las Vegas this week

Industry news of week - Quorn, Mondelez, Kellogg

Dean Best | 2 Oct 2015

Quorn Foods' sale to Monde Nissin was the stand-out story this week got you clicking. News of a potential transaction also caught your interest, with speculation Mondelez International may be looking to offload its European cheese and grocery business.

US food CEOs call for action on climate change

Katy Askew | 1 Oct 2015

The CEOs of some of the US's largest food companies - including Mars Inc, General Mills and Kellogg – have called on world leaders to forge "robust international agreements" on climate change at upcoming intergovernmental talks on the issue in Paris. 

Mars to buy Mexican chocolate maker Grupo Turin

Dean Best | 30 Sep 2015

Mars has struck a deal to buy Mexican chocolate business Grupo Turin.

Mars opens food safety centre in China

Katy Askew | 25 Sep 2015

US chocolate group Mars has opened a US$15m food safety facility in Huairou, China.

US dismisses Hershey, Nestle, Mars collusion case

Hannah Abdulla | 22 Sep 2015

The US court of appeals has upheld a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars Inc and Nestle.

Hershey to sell Ice Breakers through Amazon Dash

Dean Best | 2 Sep 2015

Hershey has become the latest FMCG company to look to sell a brand through Amazon Dash, the e-commerce giant's at-the-touch-of-a-button re-ordering service in the US.

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.

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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Mars Inc in Packaged Food (World)

Mars Inc in Packaged Food (World)

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Confectionery in France

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