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Wessanen's move for Spain's Biogran - analysis

Dutch food group Wessanen has made another acquisition as it continues to focus on expansion in the European "sustainable" foods market. Wes...

Unilever 2016 investor day - the top takeaways

Unilever this week held its annual investor day in Port Sunlight, the village built in the 1880s by one of the companies that were the forer...

Have food promotions reached tipping point?

Researchers at IRI have studied promotions in seven major European markets and say their data shows the use of offers is easing. Tim Eales,...

Mondelez goes beyond certified cocoa - analysis

Seven years ago, Cadbury announced one of the more notable sustainability initiatives of recent times when it teamed up with Fairtrade on co...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Irish food "paying price for Brexit" 21 Nov 2016

Ben Cooper

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.


St Mamet CEO on French fruit firm's growth plans 16 Nov 2016

John Shepherd

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.

Latest News

UK extends ban on unhealthy food ads to children 8 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

The UK's Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has announced new rules that extend the ban on advertising high fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) food and soft drink products to children on television to non-broadcast media.


EU bans Ukraine poultry imports over avian flu 8 Dec 2016

John Shepherd

The EU has banned poultry imports from Ukraine due to concerns over avian flu, Ukraine's food safety agency has announced.


Quotes of week: General Mills, Wessanen, Tyson 8 Dec 2016

Dean Best

Wessanen, the Dutch food group, this week announced its latest acquisition to expand in Europe, with the purchase of Spanish organic business Biogran. In the US, General Mills announced plans to restructure its business, while Tyson Foods became the latest company to form a fund to invest in start-ups.


News of week: Wessanen, General Mills, Oatly 8 Dec 2016

Dean Best

Wessanen, the Dutch group focusing on "sustainable" foods, made another acquisition this week, agreeing to buy Spanish organic firm Biogran. US food giant General Mills announced changes to its organisation in a bid to improve its performance. And Swedish dairy-free business Oatly secured investment from private-equity firm Verlinvest and state-owned China Resources.


You, your business, the industry and 2017 8 Dec 2016

Dean Best

We are running our annual Confidence Survey - now in its fifth year - to provide to our readers a snapshot of how they and their peers in the international food industry see the year ahead unfolding. The latest survey is live and takes just a few moments to fill in.


Orkla's Abba brand to offer traceable tuna 8 Dec 2016

Katy Askew

Orkla has announced plans to convert its Swedish canned fish brand, Abba, to MSC certified, sustainable and traceable tuna. 

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