Food management briefings

At just-food, we understand the need for depth in analysis. Using a mixture of data and analysis, our portfolio of management briefings delve deeper into the issues and environment shaping today's news. Topics are grouped together on a monthly basis, allowing us to cover subjects from multiple angles, giving you an unrivalled view of what's important.

Global confectionery

Global confectionery

10 March 2014

From the heightened scrutiny on sugar and dealing with the intractable issue of child labour, to the two-speed market for chewing gum and the potential of developing economies, just-food looks at some of the hot issues in global confectionery.

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just-food's outlook for 2014

31 January 2014

The just-food team analyses the key issues in M&A, international grocery retail and sustainability facing the food industry this year.

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just-food's review of 2013

20 December 2013

From horsemeat to Heinz and from the flurry of M&A in baby food to the continued rise of gluten free, just-food rounds up the stories and issues that dominated the global food industry in 2013.

China: riding the dragon

China: riding the dragon

29 November 2013

This year, China's GDP is forecast to grow at the slowest rate for over a decade. However, the country is set to be remain the global growth engine, presenting huge opportunities for food companies. There are, however, myriad challenges to navigate.

Seizing India

Seizing India's potential

31 October 2013

The sheer size of India's population - and the growing wealth in the country - offers opportunity for FMCG companies. However, the country's economy has slowed, inflation is proving an issue and distribution remains a serious challenge. just-food's latest BRICs briefing provides an in-depth look at the market.

The FMCG sector in Russia

The FMCG sector in Russia's cooling economy

1 October 2013

Russia, like its BRIC counterparts, had a heady decade of growth, was hit by the global financial crisis, saw a rebound of sorts - but is this year seeing growth slow. Our latest management briefing looks at how FMCG companies are operating in the market.

Navigating Brazil

Navigating Brazil's slowdown

30 August 2013

Brazil has one of the world's most rapidly developing economies but after years of solid growth, the country's economy has slowed somewhat. We take a look at the pitfalls, the challenges, as well as the opportunities for FMCG companies and retailers investing in the country.

Interest in organic baby food intensifies

Interest in organic baby food intensifies

5 August 2013

In the space of three weeks in May, three major multinationals swooped to buy organic food businesses. Sales in the sector are on the rise and, in this briefing, we look at the deals at the detail and interview Organix, a leading brand in the UK.

Breakfast cereal firms search for growth

Breakfast cereal firms search for growth

4 June 2013

Breakfast cereals - a staple in Western diets - are under pressure as consumer habits change. In this month's briefing we look at the factors hitting cereal consumption and how manufacturers are looking to revitalise sales.

Growth of the gluten-free market

Growth of the gluten-free market

30 April 2013

just-food takes a look at the potential offered by the gluten-free market around the world, examining where growth is being generated today - and where companies are looking to drive future revenues.

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just-food's 2013 confidence survey

2 April 2013

We asked you for your thoughts on 2013, the outlook for the industry and the prospects for your business. The just-food team, alongside SymphonyIRI, Grant Thornton and Mintel, analysed the results.

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just-food's outlook for 2013

31 January 2013

Our team of writers gaze into their crystal balls and - with the help of industry experts - predict what the year holds for NPD, M&A, international retail and sustainability.

2012: just-food

2012: just-food's review of the year

1 January 2013

Economic uncertainty prevailed and the industry battled commodity volatility and weak consumer confidence. Here, we took a look back at another challenging year for the sector.

Packaging - from sustainability to innovation

Packaging - from sustainability to innovation

3 December 2012

We take a look at the challenges and opportunities for packaging suppliers and their food customers on issues including sustainability and innovation.

The nutrient taxes debate

The nutrient taxes debate

1 November 2012

Taxing foods according to their nutritional value to tackle diet-related health problems has been a topic of fierce debate over the past few years. This month's just-food management briefing for subscribers looks at this thorny issue in detail.

Logistics - the latest challenges and opportunities

Logistics - the latest challenges and opportunities

30 September 2012

The prolonged economic downturn, the increased influence of the emerging markets and the pressure from green issues are all having an impact on logistics providers - and their manufacturing and retail customers.

Social media - the potential and the pitfalls

Social media - the potential and the pitfalls

1 August 2012

Manufacturers and retailers are continuing to use social media to market new products and connect with consumers. In this month's management briefing, Jonathan Thomas looks at how and why the likes of Facebook and Twitter are being used - and the potential and the problems of the medium.

Enterprise Resource Planning software

Enterprise Resource Planning software

28 June 2012

The global economic downturn has exacerbated the cost pressure food manufacturers are facing, at the same as regulation has increased and scrutiny on the supply chain has intensified. This management briefing looks at Enterprise Resource Planning, software systems that aim to help companies manage cost and monitor their supply chains.

Fat reformulation - the challenge of change

Fat reformulation - the challenge of change

31 May 2012

The food industry is changing product recipes in response to pressure from regulators, campaigners and consumers but reformulation remains a challenge. In this month's management briefing, Ben Cooper looks at the progress that has been made and analyses if manufacturers can do more.

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just-food's 2012 Confidence Survey

29 April 2012

We asked, you, our international readership for your views on how you believed the year would pan out for your business and for the food sector - and the results made for fascinating reading.

The just-food briefing - stevia: is it the holy grail of sweeteners?

The just-food briefing - stevia: is it the holy grail of sweeteners?

31 March 2012

Few ingredients have been discussed as much as stevia in recent months. The natural, zero-calorie intense sweetener is seen as having a lot of potential but can it live up to the hype?

The just-food briefing - nutritional labelling

The just-food briefing - nutritional labelling

1 March 2012

What to put on front-of-pack nutrition labels has become a matter of fierce contention in many markets around the world. This management briefing looks at the debate between industry, government and campaigners in two key markets - the US and Australia.

What to watch in 2012

What to watch in 2012

7 February 2012

Water usage, food security, the "savvy shopper" and industry consolidation will be themes to watch this year

2011 - The year in review

2011 - The year in review

22 December 2011

2011 has been a fascinating, varied and tumultuous year for the food industry. just-food takes a look at the stories that have shaped the industry.

The just-food briefing - logistics

The just-food briefing - logistics

1 December 2011

A stagnant economy, retailers opening more and different types of stores and the environment: food manufacturers and their logistics partners have a lot consider when thinking about to get food from A to B.

The just-food briefing - the food safety challenge

The just-food briefing - the food safety challenge

1 November 2011

The safety of food has made headlines in Europe and the US in 2011. A fatal E. coli outbreak in Germany hit the produce sector across the EU, while in the US, Washington is looking to reform the country's food safety network. This briefing looks at the challenges companies and regulators face in improving traceability in the supply chain.

The just-food briefing - self-service technology in retail

The just-food briefing - self-service technology in retail

15 September 2011

Retailers around the world are using self-service technology in their stores - some with success, others less so. Glynn Davis looks at the different models, examines why some retailers are changing what they use and discusses where the technology could go next.

The just-food briefing - the challenge of online food retail

The just-food briefing - the challenge of online food retail

29 July 2011

Consumers are increasingly shopping online but developing a successful operating model has proven tough - even for the largest retailers. In this month's just-food management briefing, Glynn Davis analyses the more successful ventures and looks at how the channel could develop.

The just-food briefing - social media and the food industry

The just-food briefing - social media and the food industry

2 July 2011

Social media is playing an increasing role in the marketing strategies of food manufacturers around the world. The latest just-food management briefing outlines the social media landscape and looks at how it is effecting how companies are marketing their brands.

The just-food management briefing - GM

The just-food management briefing - GM

31 May 2011

Few issues divide opinion in the food industry like GM and, in this month's briefing, we look at issues including consumer protection and product labelling - and ask whether GM is a threat to the environment or a force for good.

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