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Agromousquetaires is France's number one private-label supplier. However, three-quarters of the company's EUR4bn in annual sales is generate...
Fast-growing Indian consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved was described this week as "the most disruptive force" in the country's FMCG ma...
Chaucer Food Group, the UK freeze-dried fruit company recently snapped up by Japanese food business Nagatanien Holdings, has some significan...
Less than three months after securing investment from the founders of the Innocent Drinks smoothies, UK popcorn maker Propercorn has added t...
A year after the takeover of Quorn Foods by Philippines-based group Monde Nissin, the UK meat-free business is setting up its first operations in Asia and investing in building its teams in Europe to try to grow further there. Dean Best spoke to Quorn Foods CEO Kevin Brennan, who outlined the company's plans for the next 12 months.
Paul Kelly, director of Irish food body Food Drink Industry Ireland, spoke with Ben Cooper about the challenges the sector faces in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.
It has been a year since Conserve Italia, a group of Italian co-operatives, sold France-based packaged fruit supplier St Mamet to French private-equity firm Florac. Matthieu Lambeaux, the former Findus executive, had joined Florac in May 2015 to help the family-owned Florac buy branded food companies in France and became the CEO of St Mamet after the takeover. John Shepherd met Lambeaux at the SIAL trade show last month to discuss his plans to grow the business.
Ahead of the UK referendum to leave the EU, the country's food industry association supported staying in the bloc, citing the "overwhelming endorsement" of its members to remaining part of the union. Since the UK voted for Brexit, trade body the Food and Drink Federation has claimed confidence within the sector has become "more fragile" and, without doubt, there are serious concerns about how leaving the EU will impact the industry. Adam Sopher, co-founder and director of up-and-coming UK popcorn firm Joe & Seph's, shares some of that anxiety but, in an interview with Dean Best, seeks to outline why he thinks Brexit can present an opportunity for food companies.
Nestle's travel retail unit is a US$100m-plus business, which generates the lion's share of its revenue from confectionery. Stewart Dryburgh, who heads the company's travel retail business, says the sector, while a small part of the Nestle empire, presents a strong growth avenue for the group. However, Dryburgh acknowledges it is also a competitive and fast-paced channel and those companies that want to cash in need to navigate some unique challenges. Katy Askew spoke to Dryburgh to find out more.
As in many western markets, sports nutrition is one of the growing parts of the food market in Germany. John Shepherd talks to German company Body Attack, set up two decades ago as consumer interest started to take off and now a leading player in the field.
Much of the investor commentary around Associated British Foods can focus on Primark, with the UK-based clothing retailer the largest of the conglomerate's divisions by sales and its most profitable when looking at operating margin. That largely rang true yesterday when ABF reported its annual results but Dean Best caught up with John Bason, the Kingsmill maker's finance director, to discuss how the company's grocery operations had performed, its recent disposal of assets in the US and the impact Brexit could have on the grocery chunk of the business.
When the UK government published its long-awaited plan to tackle childhood obesity in August, the Food and Drink Federation, which represents UK food manufacturers, seemed less than impressed, criticising the decision to go ahead with the soft drinks levy as "a disappointing diversion" from effective measures and the plan’s sugar reduction targets as "flawed". However, in an interview with just-food, FDF director general Ian Wright struck a more positive note, describing the government's response to the obesity crisis as "relatively well modulated".
Operating one of India's largest food companies is no simple task, Suresh Narayanan, the chairman and managing director of Nestle India, tells just-food in an exclusive interview at his business' headquarters, near New Delhi. The company faces an array of challenges in the market – from the recent Maggi recall, to intensifying competition, to issues like obesity and diabetes. Narayanan shares how the Switzerland-based food giant is responding in the country.
The demand for processed and packaged food is growing among India's young, often aspirational and fast-expanding population. Nestle is targeting double-digit annual growth in the country in the coming years. Suresh Narayanan, the chairman and MD of Nestle's operations in India, speaks to just-food about how the company intends to reach that goal, using innovation and an advanced digital strategy.
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