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Farmhouse Culture taps growing demand for probiotics, snacks and organicsFarmhouse Culture taps demand for gut-health products – Expo West interview 24 Mar 17

Katy Askew

US firm Farmhouse Culture produces what – at first glance – might sound like a traditional product: fermented or pickled vegetables. But, in re-imagining the production method, first developed primarily as a preservation technique, Farmhouse Culture – which has recently secured investment from General Mills – has updated the concept in a way that is proving appealing to US consumers. Katy Askew spoke to Farmhouse Culture director of marketing Marc McCullagh to find out more. 


WCF president Scobey: Upping farmer productivity means less need to encroach on forestlandWhat could the chocolate industry's plan to end deforestation look like? - analysis 23 Mar 17

Ben Cooper

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end deforestation and forest degradation in the global cocoa supply chain", focusing initially on Côte d'Ivoire and Ghana. Ben Cooper speaks to industry and campaign representatives to set out what that plan could look like.


General Mills blamed a lack of innovation for its sales woesGeneral Mills sales woes continue - analysis 22 Mar 17

Hannah Abdulla

General Mills this week reported another quarter of falling sales, leading industry watchers to wonder if the US food giant will lessen its focus on its margin target but, more critically, whether the company can revitalise its top line. Hannah Abdulla reports.


"Unilever has reduced operational, regulatory and reputational risk associated with deforestation, supplier exploitation and water scarcity"Kraft Heinz's Unilever approach shines light on investors and sustainability - column 17 Mar 17

Ravi Varghese, Ceres

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibility and sustainability. Unilever is seen as being in the vanguard of developing a sustainable business; Kraft Heinz, with its emphasis on cost control and margin improvement, less so. But how far do investors care? In a guest column, Ravi Varghese of US sustainability non-profit Ceres challenges mainstream investor thinking that sustainability is a drag on efficiency.


"We have been reasoning from farm to fork. We need to reason from fork back to farm"Food giants aim for fresh start for food systems - analysis 16 Mar 17

Ben Cooper

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, reducing waste and supporting "adjustments" in food production methods to promote "healthy and sustainable diets". Ben Cooper looks at the Food Reform for Sustainability and Health (Fresh) programme, which has initially been backed by 25 companies.


Adelie Foods looking to carve out position of growth in UK food-to-goAdelie Foods CEO Martin Johnson on "turnaround" of UK food-to-go firm - interview 15 Mar 17

Dean Best

On its fourth majority shareholder in five years, with contracts lost and won and a manufacturing network restructured, Adelie Foods, the UK sandwiches-to-salads supplier, is a business aiming for a period of growth - and stability. Dean Best caught up with CEO Martin Johnson as Adelie Foods set out its latest strategic move, the relaunch of Daily Bread, a brand it acquired from Hain Celestial in 2012.


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