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just-food's 2016 confidence survey includes respondents from varied functions within food companies and professionals in fields related to t...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mars Inc. is moving its chief customer officer Andrew Clarke to the newly created role of chief marketing and customer officer.
Mars Inc. is to combine the sales and marketing operations of its food and Wrigley gum businesses in Spain.
Mars Inc has unveiled a health drive behind food brands including Uncle Ben's, Masterfoods and Dolmio.
Mars Inc. is taking its Wrigley's Doublemint gum brand into the UK mints category.
Mars Inc is to put labels on foods on sale in the US that contain genetically-modified ingredients.
Mars has appointed Claus Aagaard, the finance chief of its pet care division, as CFO of the group.
Mars Inc is pumping almost EUR2m (US$2.2m) into expanding production of its Ebly and Uncle Ben's products in France.
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.
Mars has extended its commitment to use cage-free eggs in its products to the US, Canada and Australia.
Mars Inc has said that it will remove all artificial colours from its human food products in an effort to meet "evolving consumer preferences".
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.
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.
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 has pledged to sustainably source 100% of its rice by 2020.
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 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
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.
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 has struck a deal to buy Mexican chocolate business Grupo Turin.
US chocolate group Mars has opened a US$15m food safety facility in Huairou, China.
The US court of appeals has upheld a dismissal of an antitrust lawsuit against confectioners Hershey, Mars Inc and Nestle.
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.
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.
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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