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Eyeing emerging markets? Focus on cities, not countries 20 Nov 14

Food exporters targeting emerging markets should target focus on cities instead of countries, management consultants McKinsey has said...


Industry needs to nudge consumers along road to health 19 Nov 14

How can diet-related ill-health be tackled? How can the health and wellbeing of the population improve? Such a complex issue is often reduced to soundbites and brickbats, with industry in the firing line. Some of the criticism is misjudged, some well-founded. However, what is certain is manufacturers have a central - perhaps the central - role to play...


Australia's dairy industry hails China trade deal 17 Nov 14

Dairy processors in Australia believe the agreement between Canberra and Beijing will make them more competitive in a key export market...


Nestle mulls future of another unit 14 Nov 14

Davigel, Nestle's France-based foodservice division, could be the next business sold as the world's largest food maker reshapes its portfolio...


European Parliament votes for member state veto on GM crops 13 Nov 14

MEPs have shown their support for plans to allow individual countries to ban the cultivation of GM crops, even if they have been approved at EU level...


Nissin eyes benefit from Manchester United's global reach 10 Nov 14

Executives from Japanese food group Nissin were in the UK at the weekend to unveil a global marketing campaign with Manchester United they hope will boost its profile outside a stagnant domestic market...


Why Abdalla's exit does not change much at PepsiCo 7 Nov 14

The departure of PepsiCo president Zein Abdalla from the US food and drinks giant was a surprise announcement - but investors are unlikely to be too concerned...


Steinemann to step down as Barry Callebaut CEO 6 Nov 14

Barry Callebaut, the world's largest B2B chocolate supplier, said today (6 November) Juergen Steinemann would step down from his role as CEO next year...


Danone to up stake in Moroccan dairy Centrale Laitière 3 Nov 14

Danone announced this afternoon (3 November) it would buy more shares in Centrale Laitière, taking its stake in the Moroccan business from 69.1% to 90.9%...


US food industry takes aim at new nutrition app 28 Oct 14

A mobile app that claims to be the "most comprehensive food-rating database available" to US consumers has raised the hackles of the country's food manufacturers...

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