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Interview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer: pt 2

In the second part of a two-part interview, Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer and head of global research and development at PepsiCo...

The just-food interview: Premier Foods CEO Darby

Premier Foods plc is emerging from the long shadow of its debt burden with a new refinancing package and a clear mandate to grow its categor...

Interview: Bell hits out at German cartel ruling

In a story that grabbed the headlines worldwide, 21 companies and 33 individuals in Germany have been hit with fines totalling EUR338m for a...

just the answer: Birds Eye UK Margaret Jobling

European frozen food maker Iglo Group, the owner of brands like Birds Eye, is working to change the way people think about frozen food in a...


The bitesize interview - The Kids Food Co. CEO Sally Preston 16 Jul 2014

Hannah Abdulla

UK firm The Kids Food Co. is a building a notable presence in the country's baby and toddler snacking sector. Founder and CEO Sally Preston kicks off bitesize, just-food's newest interview section, which focuses on global up-and-coming, small- and medium-sized enterprises. Here, she talks big kids, the importance of originality, the opportunities in healthy eating and getting into China early on with Hannah Abdulla.


Interview: PepsiCo chief scientific officer Dr Mehmood Khan 10 Jul 2014

Olly Wehring

Dr Mehmood Khan, chief scientific officer at PepsiCo, discusses research and development with Olly Wehring, the editor of just-food sister site just-drinks. Khan discusses the changing role of research and development in recent years, and where R&D sits in the company's armoury for growth.


Interview: Ben & Jerry's backs GMO labelling in US 24 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Ben & Jerry's is supporting the campaign to introduce GMO labelling in the US. Unlike the majority of conventional US food manufacturers, the Unilever-owned ice cream maker is also throwing its weight behind the introduction of such legislation on a state-by-state basis. Katy Askew spoke to Ben & Jerry's social mission activism manager Chris Miller to find out more.


The rise of Vietnam: Interview: Nestle expects to accelerate Vietnam growth 12 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Vietnam is an up-and-coming emerging market that is gaining increasing attention as international companies seek out fresh avenues of growth. Nestle first established an office in the country in 1912. In the 1990s the company took its presence in Vietnam to the next level with the establishment of a local subsidiary. Today, the firm is focused on accelerating growth in the market. Katy Askew spoke to Rashid Aleem Qureshi, MD of Nestle Vietnam, to find out more about the group's plans in the country.


FREE FROM FOOD EXPO: Moo Free aims to "dominate" dairy-free chocolate market 11 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Ambitious dairy-free chocolate maker Moo Free aims to "dominate" the world market for dairy-free milk chocolate by expanding in new markets and increasing its exposure to the supermarket channel.


FREE FROM FOOD EXPO: American Muffin Co. extends reach in free-from sector 10 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

The American Muffin Co. started producing gluten-free products in 2005 and - while this is still the baker's biggest selling line - the firm has extended its range to encompass other areas in the free-from sector where it hopes to unlock future growth.


FREE-FROM EXPO: Sugar-free Cavalier eyes mainstream with brand refresh 10 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Belgian chocolate maker Cavalier plans to rebrand its range of all-natural sugar-free chocolates to extend its mainstream appeal and increase the prominence of the brand message


Interview: Jelly Bean Factory to accelerate growth under Cloetta 4 Jun 2014

Katy Askew

Cloetta announced plans to take control of Aran Candy, a company that manufactures up-market brand The Jelly Bean Factory, last week. Aran co-founder and MD Richard Cullen - who will continue to head up the business following the acquisition - tells just-food that he expects the change of ownership to take The Jelly Bean Factory's growth trajectory to the next level.


Sustainability Watch: Bill Guyton, World Cocoa Foundation 30 May 2014

Ben Cooper

The cocoa sector has arguably spawned more than its fair share of sustainability initiatives and programmes. Ben Cooper asks Bill Guyton, president of the World Cocoa Foundation, what sets the recently-launched CocoaAction, a plan aimed at "building a rejuvenated and economically viable cocoa sector", apart from what has gone before.


Interview: Adams Foods' rise as force in UK cheese 23 May 2014

Dean Best

From a "sleeping giant" losing money to a "sustainable, good business", Adams Foods CEO Ian Toal says the UK arm of The Irish Dairy Board has made significant progress since he joined the business in 2011. What has driven the business? And how does it plan to grow further? Dean Best met Toal to find out.


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