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General Mills sales woes continue - analysis

General Mills this week reported another quarter of falling sales, leading industry watchers to wonder if the US food giant will lessen its...

Column: Kraft Heinz, Unilever and sustainability

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibil...

Analysis: What now for Unilever after Kraft Heinz?

Less than three days was all it took for Kraft-Heinz's GBP112bn (US$139.1bn) takeover approach to Unilever to become public, be rejected and...

Why analytics will help UK firms hit sugar target

Last summer, the UK government announced its plans to tackle childhood obesity in England - and reducing sugar is the central aim. Food manu...

Latest Interviews

Interview: A2 Milk Co. chair firm's rapid rise 24 Feb 2017

Dean Best

New Zealand-based A2 Milk Co. markets products it says eases the digestive issues some adults and children get from consuming dairy and infant formula - and it is a business growing rapidly, fuelled by demand in China. Dean Best caught up with A2 Milk chairman David Hearn the day after the company booked a set of bumper half-year results.


Interview: Patanjali Ayurved MD Acharya Balkrishna 6 Jan 2017

Raghavendra Verma

Fast-growing Indian consumer goods company Patanjali Ayurved was described this week as "the most disruptive force" in the country's FMCG market. Set up in 2006, Patanjali Ayurved's mix of food and personal care products, combined with its strategy of promoting the Ayurveda system of medicine, has enjoyed rapid growth - and the business has ambitious plans. Raghavendra Verma met Patanjali Ayurved managing director Acharya Balkrishna to find out more.

Latest News

Canada sets out measures to boost agri-food growth 24 Mar 17

John Shepherd

Canada plans to grow the country's agri-food exports "to at least" CAD75bn (US$56bn) annually by 2025, according to proposals announced in the federal budget.


Scotland unveils food and drink support plan 24 Mar 17

John Shepherd

A GBP10m (US$12.5m) package of extra funding to support Scotland's food and drink industry has been announced by the Scottish government in the face of "uncertainty" as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.


News of week: Brazil meat, Kraft Heinz, Gen Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil remained in the international business headlines this week as a number of markets put restrictions on the country's meat imports after it launched a probe into the industry. Further north in the US, Kraft Heinz announced more job cuts, General Mills faced more questions about its sales performance and meal-kit service Blue Apron diversified with the acquisition of meat supplier BN Ranch. In Europe, the UK's food manufacturers said they would miss the government's target to cut sugar.


Quotes of week: Carne Fraca, Haribo, General Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil has spent the week trying to limit the damage done to the reputation of its meat sector after its police launched an investigation into the industry. In Europe, UK food manufacturers warned the sector would miss a government target to reduce sugar. In the US, General Mills was again in the spotlight over its sales results.


Golden State Foods appoints Joe Heffington as CFO 24 Mar 17

Katy Askew

US food maker Golden State Foods is reorganising its business to accelerate "growth and global expansion", including the appointment of Joe Heffington to the post of chief financial officer. 


Lactalis fails to hit threshold to delist Parmalat 23 Mar 17

John Shepherd

France-based dairy giant Lactalis has failed to reach the 90% stake in Parmalat that it needed to delist the Italian dairy group, according to a filing by the Milan bourse.

Latest blogs

FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset 2 Mar 17

Dean Best

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.


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.

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