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Are consumers getting tired of consuming?

Ben Cooper examines consumption itself and asks whether government statistics in the UK published earlier this year, coupled with observatio...

How ambitious are Mars' health plans?

Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify th...

How Danone is winning "key battles" to grow

Danone insisted this morning (19 April) it is winning "key battles" in its bid to raise its sales and earnings trajectories by 2020. The Fre...

Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unileve...

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Free-from firm BFree Foods - bitesize interview 25 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Ireland-based free-from foods maker BFree Foods, set up five years ago, is growing rapidly and expects that to continue this year, with plans to double its turnover in 2016. Demand for free-from products is rising but the sector, however, is becoming intensely competitive. Hannah Abdulla talks to BFree Foods general manager Alex Murphy to find out how the company plans to continue to expand.

Finsbury prepared for more M&A - interview 31 Mar 2016

Dean Best

Finsbury Food Group, the UK bakery products supplier, is performing strongly in a challenging market. Recent acquisitions have given a boost to results but the company, which makes lines under licence for groups like Ferrero's Thorntons, as well as using characters like Spiderman and the Minions for its cakes, has also been enjoying sold underlying growth. Dean Best caught up with finance director Stephen Boyd to discuss Finsbury's performance and its readiness to do more deals.

Latest News

Haribo to expand Spanish plant 4 May 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Haribo is planning to double its production capacity in Spain, just-food-understands.

MS Foods takes majority stake in Tilly-Sabco 4 May 2016

Stuart Todd

UK firm MS Foods is set to take majority control of French poultry exporter Tilly-Sabco Bretagne for the token amount of EUR1 (US$1.15).

Bonduelle bolstered by sales outside Europe  4 May 2016

Katy Askew

French vegetable processor Bonduelle booked "virtually unchanged" sales for the first nine months of the year as growth outside Europe offset softness within the EU and the negative impact of currency exchange. 

Goldman Sachs, Silverfern buy Continental Bakeries 4 May 2016

Katy Askew

The merchant banking division of Goldman Sachs alongside direct investment firm Silverfern have entered into an agreement to acquire European baking group Continental Bakeries from NPM Capital. 

HKScan Q1 results down on Finland, Sweden woes 4 May 2016

Dean Best

HKScan, the Finland-based meat processor, today (4 May) posted lower first-quarter sales and profits on the back of price pressure in its domestic pork market and higher beef costs in Sweden.

Poland's Colian buys UK candy firm Elizabeth Shaw 3 May 2016

Katy Askew

Polish food group Colian Holdings has entered into an agreement to acquire upmarket UK chocolate group Elizabeth Shaw for GBP2.3m (US$3.3m). 

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