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Latest Interviews

Colian hungry for international growth - interview 21 May 2016

Katy Askew

Colian Group is a Polish food maker behind well-known local brands including Jutrzenka sweet treats and Goplana chocolate. Earlier this month, Colian entered into an agreement to acquire upmarket UK chocolate group Elizabeth Shaw. Jan Kolanski, the president of Colian's management board, spoke to just-food about the group's plans.


Interview: John Haugen, Gen Mills' 301 Inc., pt 2 21 Mar 2016

Hannah Abdulla

John Haugen, vice president and general manager of General Mills' investment arm 301 Inc., speaks to Hannah Abdulla about how backing start-ups helps the US food giant shape its future growth portfolio and why the first two companies it is supporting - Rhythm Superfoods and Good Culture - are deemed the perfect fit.

Latest News

Quotes of week - Wilmar India JV, Danonino, Tiger 27 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

Singapore-based agri-food group Wilmar International and two Indian businesses - Adani Enterprises and Ruchi Soya - this week set out plans for a venture to "create one of India's leading FMCG companies". Tiger Brands, the South African consumer goods business, was cautious about consumer sentiment in its domestic market. And Danish Crown, the Denmark-based meat co-op, reflected on lower half-year profits. We also spoke to the global marketing director for Danone kids yoghurt brand Danonino and with the Round Table on Responsible Soy, the body driving the cultivation and sourcing of more sustainable soy.


News of week - Nestle, Wilmar, Danone 27 May 16

Dean Best

Nestle this week set out plans for savings beyond the company's annual programme to monitor costs in a bid to fund efforts to meet its sales target, a goal missed since 2013. Wilmar International launched another venture in India, UK group Premier Foods took control of a powdered foods business and ConAgra Foods sold a flavourings unit. On our interview pages, we spoke to Danone about its marketing of kids yoghurt brand Danonino and to the Round Table on Responsible Soy's on its plans to grow the sourcing of certified soy.


Gay Lea to buy Ontario cheese maker Black River 26 May 16

John Shepherd

Canadian dairy cooperative Gay Lea Foods is to acquire another slice of the country's dairy market with the purchase of Ontario cheese maker Black River Cheese Company.


Wilmar, Adani and Ruchi Soya announce India JV 25 May 16

Dean Best

Singapore-based agri-food group Wilmar International and two Indian businesses - Adani Enterprises and Ruchi Soya - have set out plans for a venture to "create one of India's leading FMCG companies".


Meatsnacks new tenant at ex-Young's Seafood site 25 May 16

Hannah Abdulla

UK-based jerky firm Meatsnacks Group has struck a lease agreement with Scotland's Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) for a facility in Spey Valley formerly occupied by Young's Seafood.


Premier takes control of powders JV Knighton 25 May 16

Katy Askew

Premier Foods has taken full control of its powdered drinks and desserts joint venture, Knighton Foods. 

Latest blogs

Is Chinese meat company WH Group eyeing US M&A? 6 May 16

Katy Askew

Rumours Chinese pork giant WH Group is eyeing acquisitions, particularly in the US, have surfaced.


McCormick in the spotlight over Premier Foods' pension deficit and debt 30 Mar 16

Dean Best

The conference calls companies hold with equity analysts can, on occasion, be relatively tame affairs, with businesses sometimes not pushed on issues and us in the media - allowed to listen only - sitting on the phone and wanting executives to be pressed on their initial answers. Yesterday (29 March), some stiff questions were put to McCormick & Co.'s management over its interest in Premier Foods.

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