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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...

Mondelez Q1: top takeaways

Shares in Mondelez International, which issued its first-quarter results after the closing bell in New York on Tuesday (2 May), were up in a...

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: 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: Fairtrade Foundation head Mike Gidney 9 Mar 2017

Ben Cooper

As the annual Fairtrade Fortnight promotional period continues in the UK, Ben Cooper spoke with Michael Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, about the new partnership it has struck with Mondelez International and the future for Fairtrade collaboration with major food companies.

Latest News

Ireland chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's 'for sale' 23 May 17

John Shepherd

Ireland chocolate maker Lily O'Brien's has reportedly been put up for sale with a price tag of up to EUR50m (US$56m).


Ferrero to launch Kinder egg variant in US 22 May 17

John Shepherd

Ferrero has confirmed plans to launch a version of its Kinder Egg in the US – Kinder Joy – early next year.


Yildiz eyes more categories for brands 22 May 17

Helen Arnold

Turkish food conglomerate Yildiz Holding has appointed Beanstalk as its brand extension agency for its McVitie’s, Godiva, Flipz and Turtles brands in some of its key markets


Affinity Beverage acquires Undone Chocolate 22 May 17

Helen Arnold

US craft chocolate maker Undone Chocolate has been snapped up by holding company Affinity Beverage Group, for an undisclosed sum.


Mars joins Field to Market sustainability alliance 18 May 17

Helen Arnold

Mars has joined a US alliance of more than 120 organisations – Field to Market – and is backing the body's commitment to "improving agricultural sustainability" and making supply chains "more environmentally friendly".


Nestle loses UK appeal on Kit Kat trademark 17 May 17

Helen Arnold

Nestle has lost its latest legal bid to secure trademark protection for its four-fingered Kit Kat.

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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