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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...

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...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Irish food "paying price for Brexit" 21 Nov 2016

Ben Cooper

Paul Kelly, director of Irish food body Food Drink Industry Ireland, spoke with Ben Cooper about the challenges the sector faces in the wake of the UK’s decision to leave the EU.


Interview: UK trade body on Brexit's policy impact 19 Oct 2016

Ben Cooper

In the second part of an extensive interview on the implications of Brexit for UK food companies, Ian Wright, director general of industry association the Food and Drink Federation, speaks with Ben Cooper about the longer-term implications of Brexit for UK food and farming policy and on the food industry's labour force. 

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.


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.


US-Australia sign "reciprocal" food safety deal 19 Apr 17

John Shepherd

A new agreement recognising US and Australian food safety and regulatory systems as "comparable" will benefit exporters from both countries, the Australian government has said.


Croatia nominates restructuring chief for Agrokor 10 Apr 17

John Shepherd

Croatia's government today (10 April) nominated Ante Ramljak to head the restructuring of the country's embattled food manufacturer and retailer Agrokor, after the group was placed in state ownership as part of moves to try to stabilise the business.

Latest blogs

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.


UK food industry gives cautious welcome to Theresa May's Brexit speech 18 Jan 17

Dean Best

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has shed some light on what she wants from the country's negotiations to leave the EU and its post-Brexit future - and the food sector has given her speech a cautious welcome.

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