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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...

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....

Opinion: Big Food needs to think radically

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sect...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti 16 May 2017

Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.


Interview: Freedom Foods charting growth strategy 26 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia, Freedom Foods is expanding its domestic presence through a focus on innovation. At the same time, the company is trying to grow its dairy, snack and cereal sales in China and the US. Katy Askew spoke to Freedom's general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Dusseldorp, to find out more. 

Latest News

Pioneer Food Group confirms H1 earnings tumble 22 May 17

Dean Best

Pioneer Food Group has confirmed its profits slumped during the first half of its financial year, with the South Africa-based business citing pressure from maize costs.


Pioneer Food Group names Felix Lombard as CFO 19 May 17

Ben Cooper

Pioneer Food Group, the South Africa-based food and drinks group, has appointed Felix Lombard as its new chief financial officer.


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.


'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.


Ireland plans new restrictions on food advertising 12 May 17

John Shepherd

Ireland's government is preparing to unveil a "global first" code of practice to tighten restrictions on the sponsorship, marketing and product placement of food high in fat, salt and sugar (HFSS) to children and adults.


Cereal Partners Worldwide refocuses Fitness brand 11 May 17

Helen Arnold

Health instead of body shape is the new focus for Cereal Partners Worldwide in the rebranding one of the venture's cereal brands, Fitness.

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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