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Brexit and the food industry

Brexit and the food industry

How will the UK's departure from the EU affect the food industry? This page brings together the latest news and views on the impact Brexit could have on the sector.

Brazil

Brazil's meat industry embroiled in scandal

Brazilian police allege large meat processing companies of paying politicians and inspectors from Brazil's Ministry of Agriculture to overlook unsanitary practices.

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

Kraft Heinz approaches Unilever with merger offer

3G Capital and Warren Buffett's latest move in food has been to sound out the Ben & Jerry's and Knorr owner about a combination.

Nestle

Nestle's new CEO unveils 2016 results - and sets out stall

The numbers from the world's largest food maker included its slowest growth for 20 years, while new boss Mark Schneider ended the company's long-standing sales target and set out plans to step up restructuring.

All change at Aryzta

All change at Aryzta

The Switzerland-based bakery group, facing questions over its performance from some investors, has announced the resignations of its CEO and CFO.

Reckitt Benckiser

Reckitt Benckiser's surprise move for Mead Johnson

The Dettol-to-Durex owner has tabled a takeover bid for the US-based infant formula group.

Takeover talk surrounds Weetabix

Takeover talk surrounds Weetabix

China's Bright Food is said to be looking to sell its 60% stake in Weetabix - and four bidders are reported to be ready to make offers for the UK-based breakfast cereal group.

How will 2017 shape up for the food industry?

How will 2017 shape up for the food industry?

We present the results of our 2017 Confidence Survey and take a deeper look at areas including consumer trends, foodservice and the digital sphere.

Bellamy

Bellamy's Australia under pressure

The infant formula and baby food business has come under scrutiny over concerns about its business in China.

France

France's Financiere Turenne Lafayette under scrutiny

The finances of the owner of William Saurin ready meals and Madrange meats are in the spotlight after an audit revealed "a misrepresentation of the group's accounts over several years".

3G Capital linked to Mondelez International

3G Capital linked to Mondelez International

March 2017 will mark two years since 3G Capital and partner Warren Buffett combined Heinz with Kraft Foods Group. Could Mondelez be where the investors turn next?

US food majors and their investment vehicles

US food majors and their investment vehicles

In a bid to adapt to the evolving landscape in the US food industry, some of the largest names in the sector have set up funds to invest in smaller, on-trend companies.

South Africa

South Africa's challenging poultry market

Cheap imports, drought and a volatile rand have led to tough conditions in South Africa's poultry industry.

Unilever

Unilever's 2016 investor day

Senior management at the consumer goods giant met analysts in north-west England to discuss the company's strategy.

President Trump takes office

President Trump takes office

What could lie ahead for the food sector under the Trump administration?

Packaged food in Thailand - a market profile

Packaged food in Thailand - a market profile

just-food takes a detailed look at the dynamics of the packaged food sector in Thailand.

What is the outlook for the low-FODMAP diet?

What is the outlook for the low-FODMAP diet?

FODMAPs are sugars said to cause digestive issues and markets for foods low in the ingredients are growing, notably in North America and Australia. We look at developments so far.

The rise of zero-based budgeting

The rise of zero-based budgeting

More food companies are adopting the practice of zero-based budgeting in an attempt to manage costs and boost profits. What is zero-based budgeting? Who is using it and why? And how does it help?

How investors are calling for action on meat production

How investors are calling for action on meat production

There are growing calls from the investment community for the world's food giants to look at how - and how much - they source and process meat

UK tycoon Boparan becomes Bernard Matthews

UK tycoon Boparan becomes Bernard Matthews' latest owner

Ranjit Singh Boparan, the head of the UK's 2 Sisters Food Group, snaps up Europe's largest turkey producer in a pre-pack administration deal.

Fighting obesity in children

Fighting obesity in children

The UK government has published a "plan of action" to tackle the issue in England, while senior medical professionals in the US have published guidelines on the consumption of added sugars by children.

Australia

Australia's food companies announce FY results

It's been reporting season in Australia, with listed companies from Murray Goulburn to Freedom Foods Group filing their annual figures.

Hain Celestial

Hain Celestial's problems mount

The US group has capped a challenging 12 months with news the company may not hit its annual forecasts and an admission it needs to review its internal financial controls

Amplify Snack Brands set to take over Tyrrells

Amplify Snack Brands set to take over Tyrrells

The UK crisp firm is set for another owner after US group Amplify Snack Brands announced it had struck a deal to buy the business.

Unilever

Unilever's drive to boost efficiency and innovation

Unilever revealed a fresh efficiency drive and provided detail on how it is using innovation to shift its portfolio to more attractive areas of the sector.

Danone to expand with WhiteWave acquisition

Danone to expand with WhiteWave acquisition

Danone is set to double its presence in North America through the acquisition of WhiteWave Foods and plans to let the US group's dairy alternative brands loose on the international stage.

Mondelez ends Hershey interest

Mondelez ends Hershey interest

The Cadbury owner walks away from table after Hershey reportedly rebuffs second offer.

Kellogg ready to invest again after Pure Bar buy

Kellogg ready to invest again after Pure Bar buy

After seeing many US peers snap up natural and organic businesses to try to boost growth, the cereal and snacks giant has decided to act.

Yildiz sets out stall for snacks growth

Yildiz sets out stall for snacks growth

The owner of McVitie's and Godiva is looking to float snacks arm Pladis by 2020 to support growth ambitions.

Voluntary sodium targets drafted in US

Voluntary sodium targets drafted in US

The Food and Drug Administration has outlined plans to reduce sodium intake in the US, where it is estimated consumers eat almost 50% more than most experts recommend.

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