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Foodservice focus August 2015

Consumer interest in health has attracted private-equity investment in some up-and-coming operators, while other chains are revamping menus...

Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

Why Kellogg believes it is on the road to recovery

Kellogg reported a second quarter of declining profits and sales but on a conference call with investors yesterday, the management team insi...

BRICs and beyond: Kam Tai's Chinese growth story

Last year, more than 400 local companies in Dongguan, a major manufacturing city in China's southerly Guangdong province, went bankrupt as C...

Latest Interviews

Happy Family CEO on baby and beyond 30 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Happy Family, the US organic baby food maker acquired by Danone in 2013, has enjoyed rapid growth. In 2006 the company reported turnover of US$115,000. This year it forecasts turnover of $130m. And its quest for further expansion has seen the firm move into adult snacking with the launch of Shine Organics pouches. Hannah Abdulla catches up with CEO and founder Shazi Visram to talk about how the company has evolved and how it has benefited from the tie-up with Danone.


Interview: Flapjacked looks to ride protein wave 22 Jul 2015

Hannah Abdulla

US protein-based pancake mix maker Flapjacked has just launched its second product - muffins - to try to tap into growing demand for on-the-go protein products. Launched in 2012 by husband and wife team David and Jennifer Bacon in 2012, the company believes consumers do not just want protein but better-for-you products. Hannah Abdulla learns more.

Latest News

Quotes of the week - Green Giant; Arla in Africa 4 Sep 15

Hannah Abdulla

This week, B&G Foods announced it had acquired General Mills' struggling Green Giant business in a US$765m deal. Elsewhere, Arla Foods struck two joint ventures in Senegal and Nigeria as the dairy group looks to further expand its presence in Africa. Meanwhile, Campbell Soup Co. reported its full year results and issued a 2015/16 forecast above Wall Street estimates. Here is the week in quotes.


Kellogg "opposes Pioneer, Futurelife deal" 1 Sep 15

Dean Best

Kellogg is reportedly set to call on South Africa's competition watchdog to block a proposed deal between local companies Pioneer Foods and Futurelife.


Quotes of week - Just Mayo, Mengniu, VSI 1 Sep 15

Hannah Abdulla

US egg-free spread Just Mayo hit the headlines this week after the country's food watchdog said it had broken labelling rules. Among a number of M&A deals, European nutrition bar maker VSI was sold to US group Hearthside Food Solutions and Mengniu Dairy, one of China's largest dairy processors, insisted the prospects for the sector in the country remained strong.


French body calls for five-colour nutrition labels 27 Aug 15

Stuart Todd

The state body advising France's government on public health policy has backed the introduction of nutrition labels with five colours.


Hearthside to buy nutrition bar maker VSI 25 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

Hearthside Food Solutions, the US contract manufacturer of bars and baked goods, has struck a deal to buy Netherlands-based nutrition bar maker VSI.


Food industry quotes of week: Emmi, Petra Foods 21 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Emmi reported a rise in first half profits on the back of stronger margins while Petra's profit suffered as a result of a slowing economy in Indonesia. We also took a look at what the easing of trade sanctions in Iran could mean for international food makers. Here is the week in quotes.

Latest blogs

Groups warn of impact of Scotland GM ban on industry 20 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

Nearly 30 industry bodies have signed an open letter to the Scottish government asking it to reconsider its plan to ban on GMO crops, arguing that it would stop the use of cost-effective sustainable crops.


Unilever toxic waste video goes viral 6 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

Unilever has found itself at the centre of a public campaign which alleges it dumped toxic waste in India.

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