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On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential...

Why UK must act in wake of SACN report

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has recommended halving the official guidance on the consumption of free sugars. Attention n...

Editor's viewpoint: The impact of China's slowdown

Two significant announcements this week - from dairy giant Fonterra and from infant formula group Mead Johnson - further underlined how the...

Focus: Can General Mills improve US retail sales?

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing the...

Latest Interviews

Gluten-free early-mover Mrs Crimble's plots future 31 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Mrs Crimble's was one of the clutch of brands Tesco listed when it set up a dedicated free-from fixture in the UK a decade go, a move seen as key to the early development of the category in the country. With gluten free now a crowded market, how can Mrs Crimble's continue to grow? Dean Best met with Gareth Toms, the company's international commercial director, to discuss its plans.


SIAL 2014: Amira aims to be a "global food brand" 11 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

Rice supplier Amira Nature Foods is aiming to grow the global presence of its Amira brand from the group's stronghold in the Indian market. Amira believes it can capitalise on the "white space" represented by branded basmati rice - as well as diversifying into other food categories. Katy Askew spoke to Tobias Strerath, Amira business development director, to learn more.

Latest News

India court reserves Maggi judgement pending tests 3 Aug 15

Katy Askew

The Bombay High Court has reserved its judgement in Nestle's case against the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) concerning the watchdog's handing of the recent Maggi recall.


Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra 31 Jul 15

Dean Best

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.


Ebro Foods sees rice boost H1 30 Jul 15

Dean Best

Ebro Foods has booked higher first-half sales and operating profit, helped by improved revenue and earnings from its rice arm.


Russia "eyes national system for food quality" 30 Jul 15

Katy Askew

The Russian government is reportedly looking at the development of a "national system" to oversee the quality and safety of food products.


RT Foods launches EcoLife organic brand 30 Jul 15

Katy Askew

RT Foods Americas is launching its premium organic brand, EcoLife, in Sam's Club stores.


Nestle replaces India MD after Maggi scandal 27 Jul 15

Katy Askew

Nestle, still reeling from the controversy over its Maggi noodle recall in India, has named Suresh Narayanan as its new managing director in the country.

Latest blogs

UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 15

Dean Best

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like.


UK food industry, government meet to "drive growth" 16 Jul 15

Dean Best

The UK government has hosted a meeting today (16 July) with 80 representatives from the country's food and farming sector, with an eye on developing a 25-year plan to, in part, increase the industry's international competitiveness.

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