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Ben Cooper | 3 Jan 2016

just-food's 2016 confidence survey includes respondents from varied functions within food companies and professionals in fields related to the industry, aiming to identify the most important factors weighing on the industry and business confidence. Sustainability featured in the survey and Ben Cooper analyses the response - and reflects on the issues in the field industry professionals should consider next year.


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.


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.


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.

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

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". 


Dean Best | 18 Dec 2015

The emergence of 3G Capital into the food sector has shaken the industry and its latest move in 2015 - to merge Heinz with Kraft Foods Group - got people talking, us mulling the impact on the sector and you clicking. Elsewhere, we predicted the battle to buy buoyant for UK meat-free business Quorn Foods would be fierce, analysed some of the key trends in the UK foodservice and discussed how Danone would fare under its new CEO.


Dean Best | 17 Dec 2015

From the merger that created Kraft Heinz and ConAgra Foods' decision to split in two, through Nestle's uneven sales performance and on to investment in India and China, our analysis pages got you clicking this year. Here's the top ten most-read analysis articles of 2015.


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.


Hannah Abdulla | 27 Oct 2015

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


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. 


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


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.


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. 


Dean Best | 30 Sep 2015

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


Katy Askew | 25 Sep 2015

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


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.


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.

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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