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While we're off, catch up on some tasty morsels 28 Aug 16

just-food is closed on Monday (29 August) for a public holiday but, while we down tools, catch up on some must-read insight and interviews...


Three charged over 2013 horsemeat scandal, UK announces 26 Aug 16

Three years on, the horsemeat scandal that rocked Europe's food industry in early 2013 seems like a distant memory but today (26 August) came news in the UK of three individuals being charged over the affair...


Hain Celestial ends week with sign of optimism over Orchard House deal in UK 19 Aug 16

After starting the week with a surprise stock exchange announcement that hit its shares and called into questions its accounting practices, Hain Celestial could be set to receive a boost in the UK...


The sluggishness of FMCG in Europe laid bare 17 Aug 16

An indication of how tough trading conditions are in much of Europe emerged today (17 August) with figures from Nielsen suggesting in the second quarter of the year the region's FMCG sector had grown at the slowest rate since 2008...


Danone's move for WhiteWave Foods under fire 12 Aug 16

Announced last month, it is one of the more notable M&A deals in the international food sector of 2016. But an organic advocacy group in the US has taken aim at Danone's planned US$12.5bn takeover of WhiteWave Foods...


China's Yili gained as dairy market curdled in 2015 26 Jul 16

Rabobank's annual league table of the world's largest dairy companies has been released - and the data underlines what a challenging market it has been in recent months...


The Brexiteers are here, here and here 24 Jun 16

Wow. Your correspondent is penning this blog following precious little sleep after the combination of a humid night in London and the emergence of the most significant event in UK history since 1945 made sleep tricky on Thursday night...


EU referendum - Tate & Lyle Sugars executive favours Brexit 22 Jun 16

With a little over 24 hours before the UK's votes on its membership of the EU, a senior executive at a major food company with operations in the country has declared he favours leaving the bloc...


Now four Unilever CEOs sound Brexit warning 16 Jun 16

The last three Unilever CEOs have joined present chief executive Paul Polman in writing to the company's staff to warn the group's UK operations would be "negatively impacted" by the country leaving the EU...


Unilever's Paul Polman on the prospect of Brexit 8 Jun 16

With a little over two weeks to go before the UK decides whether to stay in or leave the EU, the debate over the country's membership is heating up, with news bulletins and evening TV schedules increasingly dominated by the issue. Last night, Unilever CEO Paul Polman outlined his stance in an interview with Channel 4 News...

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