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Interview: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, i...

Interview: US snacks firm Beanfields gets backing

Powerplant Ventures, the US private-equity firm formed two years ago to back companies "reinventing the food system", has made its latest in...

Interview: D's Naturals on General Mills backing

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10...

Interview: Freedom Foods charting growth strategy

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia...


"We fit Unilever's vision for next generation of good food" - Sir Kensington's co-founder Scott Norton on sale of US mayo maker 24 Apr 2017

Dean Best

After shedding a series of food assets – and announcing earlier this month plans to quit spreads – Unilever’s longer-term strategy for the sector is always the subject of debate within the industry. This week, however, the consumer goods giant has made what is for the business a rare move: adding to its foods division through M&A. The Hellmann’s mayonnaise owner has bought fledgling US condiments maker Sir Kensington’s. Dean Best caught up with Sir Kensington’s co-founder Scott Norton to find out more.


"We're bringing something very disruptive to the category" - Hippeas' Craig Hughes on snack brand's UK push 24 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Chickpea puffs brand Hippeas, launched a year ago as the first product developed by US-based start-up Green Park Brands, has already made notable inroads both in its domestic market and in the UK. Dean Best met Craig Hughes, Green Park's European sales director, at the IFE industry expo in London to discuss Hippeas' performance in the UK and the company's plans for the brand in the market and in Europe. 


KP Snacks on how brands and customers at heart of growth strategy - interview 24 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

KP Snacks, the UK arm of Germany's Intersnack, is focused on growing its share of the country's snack sector through a strategy focusing on the strength of its core brands, its retail customers and on growth areas of the market. Katy Askew spoke to Andy Riddle, sales director at KP Snacks, to find out more about how the group hopes to expand. 


WhiteWave Foods on sustainability "mission" - interview 19 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

US natural and organic food group WhiteWave Foods – now part of Danone – believes its sustainability programmes and its mission to "change the way the world eats for the better" is a key point of difference to its rivals. Last month, at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in the US, with the sale to Danone on the horizon, Katy Askew spoke to WhiteWave sustainability chief Deanna Bratter to find out about the US company's sustainability strategies.


Bright People Foods wants to disrupt US instant noodle category – interview  11 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Family-owned Bright People Foods, the manufacturer of the Dr. McDougall's brand, is entering the instant noodle category with the launch of a new brand, Mike's Might Good Craft Ramen. The business wants to use its expertise in quality organic production to bring a premium offering to the instant noodle category in the US. Katy Askew spoke to Carolyn Vinnicombe, head of sales and member of the founding family at Bright People, to discover more about the group's ambitions. 


UK meat packer Hilton Food Group on "optimum" business model - interview 9 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based meat packer, has built what one firm of City brokers describes as "a high-quality business" through international expansion and, in most of its markets, supplying only one customer. Dean Best spoke to Hilton CEO Robert Watson and CFO Nigel Majewski after the company reported a year of rising annual sales and earnings to discuss their strategy for the business and its plans for further growth.


Kellogg's Kashi supporting organics with certified transitional products – Expo West interview 30 Mar 2017

Katy Askew

Kashi Company, the US natural food business owned by Kellogg, is increasing its focus on organic products. With just 1% of US farmland dedicated to organic production, the group has come up with an innovative way of supporting farmers make the switch through its certified transitional programme. Katy Askew caught up with Tina Owens, senior manager of procurement and sustainability at Kashi, to find out more. 


The Soulfull Project expanding its mission nationwide – Expo West interview  28 Mar 2017

Katy Askew

The Soulfull Project is a US brand that wants to tackle the issue of food insecurity in the country, while also meeting the need for people to eat healthy, nutritious food. The concept was developed by four Campbell Soup Co. employees and the group operates as an independent subsidiary of the US food giant. Katy Askew spoke to founders Megan Shea, head of business and operations, and Chip Heim, head of marketing, to learn more about the group's objectives and its ambition to build scale.


Farmhouse Culture taps demand for gut-health products – Expo West interview 24 Mar 2017

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. 


Adelie Foods CEO Martin Johnson on "turnaround" of UK food-to-go firm - interview 15 Mar 2017

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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