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Can dairy-free Flora lift Unilever spreads sales?

Unilever launched a dairy-free variant to Flora in the UK, in its latest attempt to lift its sales in a struggling category. But is winning...

What should you learn from 2015 olive oil prices?

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by...

Why Lactalis swooped for Romanian dairy Albalact

French dairy group Lactalis is expanding in Romania through the acquisition of local dairy Albalact. At first glance, Romania might not seem...

How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016?

Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get w...

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Interview: Bear snacks firm on Lotus Bakeries deal 5 Jan 2016

Dean Best

Urban Fresh Foods, the privately-owned UK firm behind the children's-focused snack brand Bear, said last summer it was looking at ways to expand internationally and suggested it could accept investment. Just before Christmas, the company, set up in 2007, announced it had agreed to a takeover bid from Belgium's Lotus Bakeries. Dean Best speaks to Urban Fresh Foods partner Giles Brook about what the deal means for the business.


How Ritter is advancing sustainable sourcing 1 Dec 2015

Katy Askew

Alfred Ritter, the German chocolate maker, is grappling with rising costs for some of its core commodities at a time when pricing in its largest markets is coming under pressure. While the family-owned company does not provide details on its profitability, the implications for the group's margins are obvious. Ritter is looking at ways it can make its supply chain more "independent" to counterbalance the input challenges in the longer term while balancing the immediate need to retain margin. Chairman Andreas Ronken reveals more. 

Latest News

Arla eyes job cuts as part of 2020 growth push 5 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Arla Foods today (5 February) announced plans to cut 500 jobs as part of changes the European dairy co-operative hopes will help it to grow amid "fierce" competition.


Orkla starts manufacturing review 5 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Orkla is reviewing its manufacturing network with the company admitting it has "several" plants with similar technology and production across the Nordic and Baltic markets.


Nestle to invests in French infant formula plant 5 Feb 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle has confirmed it plans to invest EUR27m (US$40.7m) in boosting infant formula production at its plant in Boue in France.


Kerry Group launches Pure free-from meals in UK 5 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Kerry Group has extending its dairy-free spreads brand Pure into the UK meals market with the launch of lunchtime and evening dishes.


Valio launches reduced sugar yoghurt range 5 Feb 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Valio has announced the launch of a range of reduced-sugar yoghurt and yoghurt puddings aimed at children in its domestic market.


Mondelez aims for "luxury" with Dairy Milk Medley 5 Feb 2016

Dean Best

Mondelez International has developed Cadbury Dairy Milk Medley for the UK market, a small tablet bar marketed as a "luxury" treat in the evening.

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