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Amazon causing more waves in FMCG - without an announcement 17 May 16

The online retail behemoth is again causing chatter throughout the sector, this time amid speculation it is set to launch more private-label products...


China's new e-commerce laws - confusion reigns 11 May 16

Talking with our readers, a common problem among them is their battle to keep tabs on the changes to regulations in China. And the recent moves Beijing has made to revamp its rules around e-commerce have brought that concern into sharp relief...


Tesco turns to IFTTT to automate grocery shopping 14 Apr 16

An eye-catching tech move from Tesco has been revealed this week - and one that has echoes of one of Amazon's latest initiatives in the US...


Another new member for Faber's top team at Danone 14 Apr 16

Danone has appointed a new executive to lead its early life nutrition business, which features brands including Aptamil and Nutrilon...


Now Wal-Mart puts eggs in cage-free basket 7 Apr 16

When McDonald's announced last September it would switch to using only cage-free eggs in its US and Canadian stores, the pledge from the fast-food giant was seen as a tipping point for the issue in North America. This week came another notable move on cage-free eggs but this time in the retail sector...


McCormick in the spotlight over Premier Foods' pension deficit and debt 30 Mar 16

The conference calls companies hold with equity analysts can, on occasion, be relatively tame affairs, with businesses sometimes not pushed on issues and us in the media - allowed to listen only - sitting on the phone and wanting executives to be pressed on their initial answers. Yesterday (29 March), some stiff questions were put to McCormick & Co.'s management over its interest in Premier Foods...


Lactalis's emerging markets push continues 29 Mar 16

The French giant - the world's number two dairy group by sales - has struck another deal in a promising emerging market for dairy...


While just-food is closed over Easter... 24 Mar 16

just-food is closed tomorrow and on Monday for the Easter holidays but there's plenty of key news and insight from this week for you to digest...


Takeover interest in Premier Foods sends ripples around Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference 23 Mar 16

The takeover interest in Premier Foods was a hot topic of conversation among delegates at the Consumer Analyst Group Europe conference today (23 March) - not least because the UK group pulled out of presenting at the event this afternoon...


What does McDonald's think about sugar taxes? 22 Mar 16

In the UK food and drinks sector, there is one story on everybody’s lips – the country’s decision to tax sugar. And, during the first day of the Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference in London yesterday, McDonald’s was asked for its thoughts...

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