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Column: Unilever may surprise us further down line

Unilever announced the fruits of its business review - convened after the company brushed off interest from Kraft Heinz - yesterday (6 April...

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...

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...

Latest Interviews

Bright People launching ramen brand - interview 11 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Family-owned Bright People Foods, the manufacturer of the Dr. McDougall's brand, is entering the instant noodle category with the launch of a new brand, Mike's Might Good Craft Ramen. The business wants to use its expertise in quality organic production to bring a premium offering to the instant noodle category in the US. Katy Askew spoke to Carolyn Vinnicombe, head of sales and member of the founding family at Bright People, to discover more about the group's ambitions. 


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

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.


Pioneer Food Group says Zeder talks called off 21 Apr 17

John Shepherd

Talks between South Africa's Pioneer Food Group about an unspecified deal with local agribusiness investment firm - and minority shareholder - Zeder Investments have been broken off.


Wessanen sees Q1 growth on brands, acquisitions 21 Apr 17

Katy Askew

European health food manufacturer Wessanen booked a jump in first-quarter sales this morning (21 April), with growth supported by an increase in sales of its brands. 


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. 


Ice cream helps Unilever sales, food flat 20 Apr 17

Dean Best

Unilever this morning (20 April) reported first-quarter organic sales that beat analyst expectations, helped in part by price-driven growth at its ice cream arm amid a flat performance from its food business.

Latest blogs

Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.


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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