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Work on sugar could stir more clean-label concerns

Manufacturers are facing mounting pressure to reduce the level of sugar in processed foods but could that challenge be made even harder by i...

How ambitious are Mars' health plans?

Last week, Mars launched a broad-ranging strategy aimed at helping to improve diets, including plans to reformulate products and classify th...

Unilever's Q1 sales - the top takeaways

Weak consumer sentiment in some emerging economies and growing demand for value from consumers in developed markets weighed heavy on Unileve...

Key takeaways from Danone's CAGE presentation

Danone appears to be winning over the investment community, with a 2015 performance and 2016 forecasts welcomed by the market - and growth t...

Latest Interviews

Free-from firm BFree Foods - bitesize interview 25 Apr 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Ireland-based free-from foods maker BFree Foods, set up five years ago, is growing rapidly and expects that to continue this year, with plans to double its turnover in 2016. Demand for free-from products is rising but the sector, however, is becoming intensely competitive. Hannah Abdulla talks to BFree Foods general manager Alex Murphy to find out how the company plans to continue to expand.


The balancing act at Amy's Kitchen - interview 15 Apr 2016

Katy Askew

US organic vegetarian food group Amy's Kitchen believes it has significant opportunities to ramp up sales. However, the company must balance its growth aspirations against the need to maintain the quality and values it says have been key to its success. Katy Askew spoke to VP of marketing at Amy's Kitchen, Bridget Dwyer, to find out more.

Latest News

Quotes of the week - Mondelez, Hershey, Nestle 29 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

This week Mondelez International and Hershey both reported first quarter results. Nestle announced its ice cream joint venture with R&R Ice Cream and Murray Goulburn CEO MD Gary Helou stepped down from his position as the company once again lowered its guidance for full year earnings.


Ebro Foods Q1 profits flat but sales up 28 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Ebro Foods has reported a flat profit for the year while annual sales jumped for the Spanish rice maker.


Wessanen Q1 underlying sales, profits up 26 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Wessanen has today (26 April) booked higher underlying first-quarter sales and profits, with the Dutch food and beverage group reporting "double-digit" growth from its core brands.


PepsiCo taps into supergrains with Quaker products 22 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

PepsiCo has announced its foray into the supergrains category with the launch of two new breakfast products.


News of week - McCormick, Almarai, Danone 22 Apr 16

Dean Best

McCormick & Co., days after dropping its interest in Premier Foods, this week announced a smaller acquisition, buying Botanical Food Co., an Australia-based maker of chilled herbs - and we expect more M&A to follow from the US spices giant. Elsewhere, Saudi food group Almarai revealed it is looking to take control of the UAE's National Food Products Co. Danone published its first-quarter sales and claimed it was making progress towards its goal of accelerating its annual sales growth by 2020. And we interviewed Ireland's BFree Foods, which believes its recipes will help it grow in a crowded free-from sector.


Clif Bar launches fruit and veg snack for kids 21 Apr 16

Hannah Abdulla

Clif Bar & Co is launching a new fruit and vegetable-based snacking product under its children's brand Clif Kid.

Latest blogs

What does McDonald's think about sugar taxes? 22 Mar 16

Dean Best

In the UK food and drinks sector, there is one story on everybody’s lips – the country’s decision to tax sugar. And, during the first day of the Consumer Analyst Group Europe investment conference in London yesterday, McDonald’s was asked for its thoughts.


Unilever reaches settlement in India "toxic waste" case 10 Mar 16

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has reached a deal that will see the company compensate 591 workers at a plant in India after a YouTube video last year alleging it of dumping toxic waste near the site went viral.

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