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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...

Foodservice focus: Popeyes, Freshii

Brazil-based private-equity group 3G Capital grabbed the FMCG industry headlines in February with Kraft Heinz's ultimately unsuccessful play...

Analysis: Maple Leaf's move into meat-free

It was Maple Leaf Foods' first major acquisition for over a decade and one very much in tune with one of the key trends in the North America...

Does Kraft Heinz want to swallow Unilever whole?

Kraft Heinz's takeover bid for Unilever came as something of a shock today – not least because of the seeming unlikely pairing of the 3G Cap...

Latest Interviews

Interview, part 2: Sanderson Farms' CFO 22 Feb 2017

Dean Best

The US poultry sector has been under scrutiny in recent quarters, with a number of the largest processors named in a lawsuit alleging companies fixed prices and questions over the use of a key, weekly chicken-price index. Throw in tough market conditions, concerns over the trade priorities of the Trump administration and the rise of meat alternatives and there is much for poultry industry boardrooms to ponder. Dean Best chewed the fat with Sanderson Farms CFO Mike Cockrell.


Wessanen eyes growth in "resurgent" organic market 21 Feb 2017

John Shepherd

Wessanen, the Netherlands-based food group, enjoyed a solid 2016 and last week forecast stronger growth in sales and operating margins this year. The organic sector is one of Wessanen's key markets and, talking to just-food at last week's Biofach trade show in Germany, executive VP for marketing Klaus Arntz set out where the company sees its growth in the category.

Latest News

News of week: Brazil meat, Kraft Heinz, Gen Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil remained in the international business headlines this week as a number of markets put restrictions on the country's meat imports after it launched a probe into the industry. Further north in the US, Kraft Heinz announced more job cuts, General Mills faced more questions about its sales performance and meal-kit service Blue Apron diversified with the acquisition of meat supplier BN Ranch. In Europe, the UK's food manufacturers said they would miss the government's target to cut sugar.


Quotes of week: Carne Fraca, Haribo, General Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil has spent the week trying to limit the damage done to the reputation of its meat sector after its police launched an investigation into the industry. In Europe, UK food manufacturers warned the sector would miss a government target to reduce sugar. In the US, General Mills was again in the spotlight over its sales results.


Inventure sells Fresh Frozen unit to Pictsweet 23 Mar 17

Dean Best

Inventure Foods has offloaded its Fresh Frozen Foods arm to fellow US vegetable supplier The Pictsweet Company.


US meal delivery service Blue Apron buys BN Ranch 23 Mar 17

John Shepherd

US meal kit delivery service Blue Apron has acquired US-based meat producer BN Ranch for an undisclosed sum.


Lactalis fails to hit threshold to delist Parmalat 23 Mar 17

John Shepherd

France-based dairy giant Lactalis has failed to reach the 90% stake in Parmalat that it needed to delist the Italian dairy group, according to a filing by the Milan bourse.


Capespan, Joy Wing Mau announce Asia JV 21 Mar 17

Hannah Abdulla

Fresh produce supplier Capespan has announced a joint venture with Joy Wing Mau to expand its presence across Asia.

Latest blogs

FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset 2 Mar 17

Dean Best

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.


Could 3G Capital's next move be in foodservice? 15 Feb 17

Dean Best

Much of the chatter about where 3G Capital could look next has centred on packaged food - but might the private-equity fund be about to extend its foodservice empire?

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