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Product trends to watch in European gluten-free

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation...

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in...

Product trends to watch in European gluten-free

Dean Best | 7 Aug 2015

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation will be vital. The rate of product development is increasing - Mintel says one in ten products launched in the entire food sector last year was gluten free, up from 2% in 2005. However, as one industry watcher puts it, there is a lot of "spray and pray" to NPD in the category. What trends can manufacturers harness for success? Dean Best reports.

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

Dean Best | 29 Jul 2015

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in 2014. But what about the opportunities in Europe? The UK, home to its own well developed gluten-free category, also attracts column inches and, despite some concerns about the maturation of the market still offers opportunities. On the continent, a clutch of western European countries are home to categories at different stages of development. In the first part of our management briefing looking at Europe's gluten-free sector, we provide a run-down of the region's major markets - and hint at the countries to watch.

India briefing: The challenge of distribution

Raghavendra Verma | 31 Oct 2013

India is a country of markets within markets, involving numerous languages, varying tastes and cultural preferences - posing challenges to nationwide advertising and marketing and hindering pan-Indian distribution. Such problems are hindering growth but, as Raghavendra Verma writes from New Delhi, there are solutions for FMCG companies.

Orkla praised for Rieber deal despite high price

Dean Best | 22 Aug 2012

Orkla, the Norwegian conglomerate with interests in aluminium and finance as well as pizza and chocolate, wants to focus on consumer goods. This week, Orkla agreed to buy local food group Rieber & Son and, although analysts expressed misgivings at the price it paid, they believe it is a sensible move from the company. Dean Best reports.

Latest Interviews

just-food interview part 2: Orkla eyes growth

Katy Askew | 14 Nov 2013

With a stable of leading brands in the Nordics, Orkla is a regional powerhouse. However, a lack of focus has resulted in a sluggish performance from its food business for a number of years. CEO Age Korsvold intends to reverse this trend and has set out an ambitious plan that he believes will drive top-line growth and improved profitability. Katy Askew found out more.

The just-food interview: Orkla's transformation

Katy Askew | 13 Nov 2013

Norwegian conglomerate Orkla has decided to focus on its consumer goods business and is selling off non-core assets that span sectors from energy to finance. The company hopes this new-found clarity will enable it to bring vibrancy to its leading regional food brands. In part one of the just-food interview, Katy Askew spoke to chief executive Age Korsvold to find out more about the strategy.

Latest News

Food industry quotes: Orkla; American Halal

Hannah Abdulla | 13 Nov 2015

This week, Orkla pledged zero-deforestation by 2020. Elsewhere, United Biscuits opened its first e-commerce store in China. just-food spoke to CEO of American Halal Co., Adnan Durrani following the firm's recent acquisition in the plant-protein space and Givesco Bakery acquired cake maker Almondy. Here is the week in quotes.

Orkla sets 2020 zero-deforestation deadline

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Nov 2015

Orkla has committed to a zero-deforestation goal of 2020.

Orkla books higher Q3 sales and profits

Dean Best | 30 Oct 2015

Orkla today (30 October) reported an increase in nine-month sales and profits, with revenue and profitability improving from the Nordic FMCG group's two packaged food businesses.

Orkla invests in Swedish jam production 

Katy Askew | 27 Oct 2015

Orkla has invested SEK28m (US$3.3m) to upgrade its jam production facility in Tollarp, Sweden. 

Orkla launches chilled porridge in Sweden 

Katy Askew | 20 Oct 2015

Nordic food group Orkla is launching a chilled porridge product under the Paulúns brand in Sweden. 

Wrap: Nestle/R&R; TPP deal; US dietary guidelines

Dean Best | 12 Oct 2015

Nestle's "advanced" talks to put the bulk of its ice cream business into a venture with the UK's R&R Ice Cream was the week's stand-out M&A story, while regulatory developments - the TPP trade deal, food safety rules in China and US dietary guidelines - caught the eye elsewhere.

Norway announces plan to lower salt intake

Dean Best | 5 Oct 2015

Norway has outlined a bid to cut salt consumption by 15% by 2018, with the country's government and manufacturers including Orkla and Nortura announcing plans to work on the issue.

Orkla looks to innovation, M&A to drive growth

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

Norweigian consumer goods firm Orkla has said it is planning "fewer, bigger innovations" and targeting more acquisitions as it looks to secure growth.

Quotes of week - Mondelez, Nomad Foods, Tyson

Hannah Abdulla | 11 Sep 2015

This week, the Barclays Global Consumer Staples Conference took place in Boston with presentations from Mondelez International and Tyson Foods. Nomad Foods also presented and indicated plans to focus on cost-cutting with funds re-invested in the business for growth. Elsewhere, Flowers Foods announced its second acquisition in under a month in organic bread and McCormick & Co. pledged to increase the number of organic and Non-GMO products it sells in the US over the next year. Here is the week in quotes. 

Orkla buys Norwegian liquorice maker Lakrisgutta

Dean Best | 10 Sep 2015

Orkla has snapped up Norwegian liquorice firm Lakrisgutta for an undisclosed sum.

Orkla unveils raft of new products for Norway

Dean Best | 4 Sep 2015

Orkla is launching its first vegetable pasta in Norway and adding to its range of pizzas as part of a range of new products to roll out into the market this autumn.

Orkla hails "continued improvement" in Q2

Katy Askew | 17 Jul 2015

Innovation and cost savings contributed to “continued improvement” at Orkla's branded consumer goods business in the second quarter, where operating profit increased 11% year-on-year.

Orkla eyes organics, soy with Bioquelle deal

Dean Best | 22 Jun 2015

Norway-based group Orkla has struck a deal to buy Austrian firm Bioquelle.

Orkla buys Swedish meat-free firm Anamma

Hannah Abdulla | 12 May 2015

Norway's Orkla has announced the acquisition of Swedish frozen vegan food maker Anamma Foods.

Orkla buys Icelandic firm Nonni Litli

Dean Best | 12 May 2015

Norway-based food group Orkla has snapped up a majority stake in Icelandic firm Nonni Litli.

Orkla FMCG sales, profits rise in Q1

Dean Best | 7 May 2015

Orkla has reported higher first-quarter sales and underlying profits from branded consumer goods, a business on which the Norway-based group is increasingly looking to focus.

Food industry quotes of week: Gardein, Mondelez

Hannah Abdulla | 1 May 2015

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-quarter results, with news of a solid performance in China. Elsewhere, Associated British Foods announced the launch of a high-protein bread in New Zealand. Yves Potvin, founder of meat-free brand Gardein, spoke to just-food about its plans under the ownership of Pinnacle Foods. And Kerry Group said moves to reposition its portfolio to focus on snacking trends were paying off. Here is the week in quotes.

Orkla, PepsiCo expand Nordics deal

Dean Best | 27 Apr 2015

Orkla is to distribute more PepsiCo products in the Nordic region, adding cereal and snacks lines to the juice brand Tropicana the company handles for the US giant.

Orkla pulls palm oil from Smash chocolate

Dean Best | 14 Apr 2015

Orkla has removed the palm oil from its Smash chocolate on sale in Norway and Finland as part of ongoing plans to reduce its use of the ingredient.

Orkla pumps US$16m into Fredrikstad plant

Hannah Abdulla | 20 Mar 2015

Orkla has announced a NOK130m investment in its Fredrikstad plant.

Orkla reports recovery of foods unit in Q4

Hannah Abdulla | 5 Feb 2015

Norwegian conglomerate Orkla saw sales and profitability from Orkla Foods, its largest division, improve in the last three months of 2014 "after several weak quarters".

Orkla sells Russian confectionery business

Katy Askew | 1 Dec 2014

Orkla has entered into an agreement to offload its Russian confectionery business to Slavyanka-Lyuks, a member of Russian confectionery group Slavyanka, for an undisclosed sum.

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