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Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...

Why climate change tops WEF global risks poll

The World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 rates the failure of climate change mitigation and adaptation as the risk that could hav...


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.


Katy Askew | 5 Jan 2016

Online shopping, apps, mobile proliferation and delivery services are transforming how consumers shop. In grocery, the changes sparked by e-commerce have been evolutionary rather than revolutionary. Nevertheless, across developed and developing markets, the growth in e-commerce outpaces bricks-and-mortar retail. In the latest instalment of our management briefing on what to watch in 2016, we take a look at the prospects for online grocery. What markets and categories will offer food makers the greatest growth potential in e-commerce over the coming year? 


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.

Latest Interviews

Dean Best | 11 Feb 2015

In the second section of a two-part interview, R&R Ice Cream CEO Ibrahim Najafi speaks to Dean Best about how the UK-based company is navigating the challenges in its domestic - and still largest - market.


Dean Best | 9 Feb 2015

R&R Ice Cream is the second-largest ice cream manufacturer in Europe by sales, behind only Unilever. But the UK-based business's CEO, Ibrahim Najafi, promoted to the top job at the company 18 months ago, has his sights on expansion further afield.

Latest News

Hannah Abdulla | 3 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a dairy-free and certified vegan line of Ben & Jerry's ice cream in the US.


Hannah Abdulla | 2 Feb 2016

Unilever has launched a version of its Hellmann's mayonnaise in the US that contains no eggs, creating a close competitor to fast-growing upstart Just Mayo.


Dean Best | 27 Jan 2016

Valio, the Finnish dairy group, has launched a spread containing quark in its domestic market to compete with Unilever's Becel in the "wellbeing" segment.


Dean Best | 25 Jan 2016

Unilever is launching a dairy-free version of its Flora spread in the UK, the company's latest bid to boost sales of the product in the country.


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.


Katy Askew | 19 Jan 2016

Unilever booked an increase in full-year core earnings this morning (19 January) but warned trading conditions in 2016 could get even tougher. 


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 | 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.


Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Unilever has announced a deadline of 2030 for its operations to become carbon positive.


Hannah Abdulla | 27 Nov 2015

Ahead of the climate talks in Paris, Unilever announced plans to be carbon positive from its operations by 2030. Elsewhere, there was more consolidation in the US food sector, with Pinnacle Foods moving for Boulder Brands. Tyson Foods, Post Holdings and Greencore all had annual results out in the week. Maple Leaf Foods outlined plans to "streamline" its business, which is set to lead to the loss of 400 staff. Here is the week in quotes.


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.


Dean Best | 16 Oct 2015

Chobani, the US-based yoghurt group, has admitted it is weighing up interest from companies looking at investing in the business - and this week the identity of some purported suitors emerged. Staying in dairy, Vietnam's government is looking to sell its 45% stake in Vinamilk, which dominates much of the growing sector there. And a Friday one-two from Nestle, which cut its forecast for annual sales after a challenging, Maggi-affected third quarter and then confirmed tests in India allow the company to at least resume production of the noodles.


Katy Askew | 15 Oct 2015

Unilever reported a better-than-expected third quarter performance this morning (15 October) when ice cream sales and soft comparables in China enabled the group to book “strong” underlying sales growth. 


Helen Arnold | 15 Oct 2015

Food manufacturing giants PepsiCo, McCain Foods, Unilever and Ardo, plus foodservice group Sodexo, have teamed up with the World Wildlife Fund, to create the International Food Waste Coalition (IFWC), which aims to combat food waste in the sector.


Katy Askew | 14 Oct 2015

Unilever has opened its ZAR600m (US$44.6m) ice cream factory in Midrand, South Africa, as part of its investment programme in the region. 


Richard Siddle | 13 Oct 2015

Sustainability is becoming a key factor among shoppers when deciding which consumer brand to buy, according to a new US Nielsen study. 


Katy Askew | 9 Oct 2015

Nestle and R&R Ice Cream confirmed that they are in joint venture talks, a tie up that could reshape the global ice cream sector. Meanwhile the historic Trans-Pacific Partnership was signed - to mixed reactions from the food sector. Here are just-food's quotes of the week.


Katy Askew | 2 Oct 2015

Unilever has announced the acquisition of Grom, a premium Italian gelato maker that operates over 60 shops in Italy and around the world. 


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 | 11 Sep 2015

Mondelez International was among a clutch of major players speaking at Barclays' investor conference in Boston this week and the snacks giant set out strategies to try to drive sales. In a busy week of M&A, US bakery giant Flowers Foods bought another organic bread maker, Unilever sold its Indian bakery arm and the owner of Quorn started an auction for the UK meat-free business.


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. 

Latest blogs

Katy Askew | 19 Jan 2016

The will-they, won't-they speculation over whether Unilever could be preparing to put its struggling spreads unit on the block cropped up again today (19 January) when reports emerged that Sean Gogarty, who heads up the business, is leaving.


Dean Best | 13 Jul 2015

The UK today (13 July) woke up to more headlines about calls for a tax on soft drinks. This time, the demand came from The British Medical Association, as part of its report on improving the diets of children and young people. However, officials at the BMA also had parts of the food industry firmly in their sights.

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