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Focus: Food almost invisible as UK election nears

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy sh...

Kraft Heinz Q1 - 5 things to learn

Kraft Heinz this week booked first-quarter sales and earnings that were down year-on-year and which missed analyst expectations. The company...

Opinion: Brexit tension to be expected

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the country's headlines were dominated about last week's meeting between Theresa May and European C...

Column: UK sugar debate becoming more measured

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action....

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

Rhodes Food Group books improved sales, profits 23 May 17

John Shepherd

South Africa-based Rhodes Food Group today (23 May) reported growth of 15.9% in headline earnings to ZAR126m (US$9.5m) for the six months to the end of March on increased sales.


Campbell books earnings fall, trims sales forecast 19 May 17

John Shepherd

Campbell Soup Co. today (19 May) booked a fall in sales and earnings for the third quarter of its financial year on weak demand for its condensed soups and broths - and warned that full-year sales could decline.


Campbell solar installation work under way 19 May 17

Ben Cooper

Campbell Soup Company said work has started on installing a 4.4-megawatt solar array at its head office in Camden, New Jersey.


Nestle, Unilever join call on EU nutrient profiles 16 May 17

John Shepherd

Food giants have joined forces to call for the "urgent adoption" of nutrient profiles in the EU to ensure nutrition and health claims made for food products are genuine.


Premier Foods to up focus on costs, cash 16 May 17

Dean Best

Premier Foods today (16 May) indicated it would up its focus on controlling costs and generating cash after the UK group reported its annual results in a "challenging year" for the industry - and one in which its revenue and operating profit rose but its underlying sales and net earnings fell.


'UK food rosy on short-term, uncertain on Brexit' 15 May 17

Helen Arnold

Almost three-quarters of food and drink manufacturers operating in the UK are upbeat about their prospects in the next year, although they are divided on their thoughts about the longer-term impact of Brexit, a survey carried out by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has shown.

Latest blogs

One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.


UK food industry gives cautious welcome to Theresa May's Brexit speech 18 Jan 17

Dean Best

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has shed some light on what she wants from the country's negotiations to leave the EU and its post-Brexit future - and the food sector has given her speech a cautious welcome.

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