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Column: Better grip on pricing key to grow profits

Food manufacturers operating across Europe, faced with differences in how sensitive different markets are to price, need to develop innovati...

Foodservice focus: Popeyes, Freshii

Brazil-based private-equity group 3G Capital grabbed the FMCG industry headlines in February with Kraft Heinz's ultimately unsuccessful play...

Analysis: Maple Leaf's move into meat-free

It was Maple Leaf Foods' first major acquisition for over a decade and one very much in tune with one of the key trends in the North America...

How General Mills plans to grow - CAGNY

General Mills last week lowered its already weak forecast for its annual sales due to lower-tha-expected sales in US yogurt and soup. Unsurp...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Adelie Foods CEO Martin Johnson 15 Mar 2017

Dean Best

On its fourth majority shareholder in five years, with contracts lost and won and a manufacturing network restructured, Adelie Foods, the UK sandwiches-to-salads supplier, is a business aiming for a period of growth - and stability. Dean Best caught up with CEO Martin Johnson as Adelie Foods set out its latest strategic move, the relaunch of Daily Bread, a brand it acquired from Hain Celestial in 2012.


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.

Latest News

UK "faces 22% food price hike post-Brexit" 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

The UK faces a 22% price hike in food prices if it fails to negotiate continued tariff-free trade with the European Union post-Brexit, according to the country's retailers.


News of week: Unilever, Weetabix, Suntory 21 Apr 17

Dean Best

Another week when Unilever grabbed the industry headlines, this time for an acquisition in food, snapping up US condiments upstart Sir Kensington's. Post Holdings featured in another piece of trans-Atlantic M&A, the US food group announcing the GBP1.4bn takeover of UK-based breakfast cereal business Weetabix. And in a busy week of M&A news, Japanese giant Suntory signalled its desire to focus on drinks with a decision to put a clutch of food brands on the block.


Nestle organic growth slows but beats expectations 20 Apr 17

Katy Askew

Nestle saw weaker organic growth in the first quarter of 2017 than in the corresponding period a year earlier - but the KitKat maker's underlying sales still came in ahead of consensus analyst expectations. 


UK pork pie maker Addo Food Group sold 20 Apr 17

John Shepherd

UK convenience food maker Addo Food Group has been sold to private-equity firm LDC and investment fund Fullbrook Thorpe Investments.


US-Australia sign "reciprocal" food safety deal 19 Apr 17

John Shepherd

A new agreement recognising US and Australian food safety and regulatory systems as "comparable" will benefit exporters from both countries, the Australian government has said.


Addo Food Group mum on reported sale to LDC 18 Apr 17

John Shepherd

UK convenience food maker Addo Food Group has declined to comment on reports it is set to be sold to local private-equity firm LDC house in a deal said to be worth GBP100m (US$125.8m).

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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