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Ben Cooper | 22 Jan 2016

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could have the greatest impact on business. In addition, Ben Cooper writes, the prevalence of climate change risk and the way it is expected to exacerbate other environmental, societal and economic impacts underlines the increasing interconnectedness of business risk, which is an overarching theme of the report.


Ben Cooper | 22 Jan 2016

The World Economic Forum Global Risks Report 2016 underlines the threat of cyber attack as a growing menace facing major companies. Ben Cooper examines the report’s findings on the dangers of cyber attacks and other principal risks facing companies over the next ten years identified in the report.


Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jan 2016

With significant question marks over the growth prospects of three of the BRICs, packaged food strategists are weighing up which other emerging markets could offer opportunities. Hannah Abdulla picks out three markets to watch in 2016.


Hannah Abdulla | 3 Jan 2016

In the second of a two-part feature, Hannah Abdulla looks at two more members of the BRIC quartet and explores what India and China hold in store for the packaged food industry over 2016.

Latest Interviews

Katy Askew | 22 Oct 2015

CSM Bakery Solutions came to life two years ago when Rhône Capital acquired the bakery supplies business of Dutch food and ingredients group CSM. At the time, Rhône Capital said it would invest in CSM's capacity to innovate and use its customer relationships to support global growth. Katy Askew spoke to CSM vice president of bakery products, Sebastian Siethoff, to find out more. 


Dean Best | 22 Jul 2014

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for allegedly fixing the price of one of the country's staples - sausages. Companies including Nestle, Bell Group and Zur Muhlen Gruppe, Germany's largest sausage maker, were handed fines. Some will appeal, including Bell Group, the Switzerland-based meat products group. Bell CFO Martin Gysin told Dean Best why the company believes it should not be penalised.

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Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2016

Nestle has confirmed it plans to invest EUR27m (US$40.7m) in boosting infant formula production at its plant in Boue in France.


Hannah Abdulla | 4 Feb 2016

Nestle has confirmed plans to acquire the remaining shares in Israeli food firm Osem Investments in a deal worth ILS3.3bn (US$840.5m).


Dean Best | 22 Jan 2016

Godiva and McVitie's owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Jan 2016

This week, Unilever was the first of the food majors to reports its results for 2015 - and its comments about the year ahead caught the eye. Sugar remained firmly in the headlines with Food Standards Scotland warning a sugar tax could be considered as the nation continues to face rising obesity and the European Parliament voting against a move from Brussels to allow baby foods to contain sugar far above WHO recommendations. Elsewhere, on our M&A pages, Emmi took full control of German organic milk processor Glaserne Molkerei and US private-equity firm Highlander Partners acquired invested in Polish meat firm QFG. Click on the links for more.


Hannah Abdulla | 20 Jan 2016

Nestle says it will appeal a decision from the UK High Court after its bid to trademark its four-finger KitKat bar was rejected.


Dean Best | 19 Jan 2016

Nestle today (19 January) announced a partnership with Chinese online retailer Alibaba in a bid to grow its e-commerce sales.


Katy Askew | 8 Jan 2016

The Brazilian Ministry of Justice has accused Unilever, Nestle and PepsiCo of reducing the weight of certain products without cutting packaging size or alerting consumers to the change. 


Hannah Abdulla | 22 Dec 2015

Nestle has become the latest company to commit to using cage-free eggs in its products in the US.


Dean Best | 21 Dec 2015

The creation of Kraft Heinz was the stand-out M&A story of the year, although there were plenty of other significant deals, including JBS's move for European meat group Moy Park, the sale of Quorn Foods to Philippines-based Monde Nissin and Nomad Foods' two transactions in European frozen food. Elsewhere, Nestle was rocked by the Maggi recall in India, while it and a number of other companies - including Hershey - suffered amid China's economic slowdown.


Hannah Abdulla | 18 Dec 2015

This week Fonterra announced it was selling its yoghurt and dairy business in Australia to Parmalat, Chinese fruit groups Golden Wing Mau and Joyvio announced a merger and UK meat group Dunbia confirmed it was mulling options for the business. Belgium's Lotus Bakeries bought UK snacks group Urban Fresh Foods, its second deal in the country in four months and, looking to next year, we analysed the prospects for the BRIC markets in 2016. Here is the week in quotes.


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.


Katy Askew | 17 Dec 2015

India's Supreme Court has stayed proceedings being brought against Nestle by the country's consumer protection body over the group's recall of Maggi noodles earlier this summer. The move means that legal proceedings have been halted until the court lifts the stay.


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.


Dean Best | 11 Dec 2015

Dairy dominated this week's headlines with Muller and PepsiCo pulling the plug on their US yoghurt venture, Coca-Cola lining up a deal to invest in a Brazilian dairy and Arla Foods outlined its strategy for the next five years. Elsewhere, Nordic food group Orkla moved to beef up its operations in central Europe with a deal to buy Czech Republic-based company Hamé.


Hannah Abdulla | 11 Dec 2015

This week, Kellogg pledged to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 65% by 2020. Elsewhere, German dairy Muller announced it was exiting its US yoghurt joint venture with PepsiCo, Muller Quaker Dairy. Canada announced it is working on duties on a range of imported US-made food products after the WTO ruled it could claim compensation for illegal US country-of-origin labels and Coca-Cola revealed plans to enter Brazil's dairy sector. Here is the week in quotes.


Hannah Abdulla | 8 Dec 2015

Nestle will only use sustainable cocoa on the chocolate and biscuits it sells in the UK and Ireland from the start of the year.


Hannah Abdulla | 3 Dec 2015

More than 30 US food companies including the likes of ConAgra Foods, Smucker, Kellogg and General Mills have signed up to SmartLabel technology, committing to being more transparent about the ingredients that go into their products.


Dean Best | 30 Nov 2015

Nestle has insisted its Maggi Pazzta products on sale in India are "100% safe" amid reports tests have found a batch of products contain excessive levels of lead.


Dean Best | 30 Nov 2015

R&R Ice Cream, the UK-based ice cream maker, has reported higher sales and earnings for the first nine months of the year, helped by last year's acquisition of Australia's Peters Food Group.


Dean Best | 27 Nov 2015

The US food sector saw another major takeover this week with Pinnacle Foods agreeing to pay US$975m for free-from group Boulder Brands. The country could soon see another, with Thai Union Group saying there are "serious" buyers lined up for Chicken of the Sea - a business it is willing to sell to secure another US asset, Bumble Bee Foods. And, ahead of the climate change talks in Paris next week, Unilever announced plans for its operations to be "carbon positive" in 15 years.


Katy Askew | 24 Nov 2015

Swiss food group Nestle has issued an action plan to tackle forced labour and other human rights abuses in its supply of seafood from Thailand. 


Katy Askew | 23 Nov 2015

Israeli food maker Osem Investments booked lower profit for the first nine months of the year as a result of higher financing costs in the period to 30 September. 

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 5 Nov 2015

Nestle had some reason for cheer this week when it was confirmed that Maggi noodles should be back on Indian shelves this month.


Dean Best | 1 Sep 2015

Maggi noodles are yet to return to shelves in India but Nestle has started to pave the way for the brand's comeback with a series of social media ads.

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