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Wessanen expands  in  Spain with Biogran dealWessanen looks to unlock Spanish market with Biogran buy - analysis 8 Dec 16

Katy Askew

Dutch food group Wessanen has made another acquisition as it continues to focus on expansion in the European "sustainable" foods market. Wessanen is expanding its presence in Spain through the purchase of Biogran, a "leader" in the Spanish rice cake and cereals. Wessanen's management believes the deal will open the door for further growth in a promising market. Katy Askew reports. 


"The dynamic of exponential change rewards those that act quickly, decisively, and effectively" 
The food industry in 2017 - The key questions for digital strategists 8 Dec 16

Keith Anderson, Profitero

In his latest column for just-food, Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, outlines what food companies interested in growing online must consider in 2017.


Whole Foods moving back to having one CEOWhole Foods under scrutiny, Aldi dips toe into China, M&S to expand food business - retail round-up, November 2016 8 Dec 16

Dean Best

In a bumper month for significant moves from the world's food retailers, the spotlight shone on the performance of Whole Foods in the US, Aldi announced plans to set up an e-commerce portal in China and the UK's Marks and Spencer signalled plans to expand its grocery business.


Kenya becomes latest African market for Burger KingBurger King's African expansion continues, Jollibee eyes Canada and Europe, MOD Pizza gets investment - foodservice focus, November 2016 7 Dec 16

Dean Best

November saw Burger King open its latest market in Africa, Philippines-based foodservice giant Jollibee indicate plans to enter Canada and Europe and MOD Pizza, the US fast-casual chain, raise more finance for expansion.


Polman said UnileverUnilever on organisational change, outlook for food, spreads' future - 2016 investor day takeaways 1 Dec 16

Dean Best

Unilever this week held its annual investor day in Port Sunlight, the village built in the 1880s by one of the companies that were the forerunners of the consumer goods giant and now home to the research and development arm of the group's home and personal care business. However, Unilever's management used the occasion to give an update on the company as a whole, including on its plan to drive improvements in its profitability and on where it sees growth from food. Dean Best reports.


"Successful promotions those that have clear objective," IRI saysHave food promotions reached tipping point? - analysis 29 Nov 16

Tim Eales, IRI

Researchers at IRI have studied promotions in seven major European markets and say their data shows the use of offers is easing. Tim Eales, strategic insight director for IRI's UK business, looks at the numbers.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: UK food associations come together on Brexit 9 Dec 2016

Dean Best

The plethora of food manufacturing associations in the UK has been argued by some to be an impediment to the industry coming to a coherent position on the aftermath of Brexit and on what the sector should be demanding from the country's government now and ahead of talks with the EU. This week, more than 30 bodies published an open letter on the subject of labour, one of the critical issues facing the sector.


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Stefan Kirk, of M&A advisors Glenboden, casts his eye over the food industry landscape and suggests the deal-making options that could - and should - be available to manufacturers.


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