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just-food's pick: Natural Products Expo East 2015

The natural products sector has waived in a seismic shift in the mainstream shopping habits of American consumers. This has attracted the at...

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...

Challenges for General Mills with The Good Table

General Mills launched a "mealtime solution" brand, The Good Table, in the US last week, targeting the millennial consumer on the look-out f...

Greek crisis - The impact on shopper behaviour

The economic turmoil in Greece has been one of the biggest business stories of the year. But what kind of effects has the crisis had on the...

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.

How M&A is central to Wessanen's ambitions 13 May 2015

Dean Best

In the first quarter of 2015, with the sale of a US drinks asset, Netherlands-based company Wessanen officially completed its change into a business concentrating on Europe and on what it deems to be healthy and sustainable food. CFO Ronald Merckx tells Dean Best, is ready to make acquisitions to help fuel its expansion.

Latest News

Heavenly Tasty Organics enters France 30 Sep 15

Katy Askew

Heavenly Tasty Organics has entered the French market in a deal the a UK-based group said should be worth more than GBP100,000 (US$152,000).

SunOpta details US$100m share offer 29 Sep 15

Katy Askew

Canadian natural and organic food group SunOpta has detailed plans to sell more shares in the business in a bid to raise just over US$100m.

Cava eyes expansion with US$45m in funding 25 Sep 15

Katy Askew

US restaurant and packaged food company Cava Group has secured US$45m in additional funding, which will be used to support plans including the construction of a spreads and dips manufacturing facility.

Food industry quotes of the week 25 Sep 15

Dean Best

Former Peanut Corporation of America CEO Stewart Parnell was this week sentenced to 28 years in jail over a fatal salmonella outbreak in the US seven years ago, prompting debate over how different outbreaks are viewed. In Russia, the country's deputy PM said Moscow would ban the use of GMOs in food production. And ConAgra Foods CEO Sean Connolly explained the company's approach to its brands after seeing some progress in recent weeks.

UK calls for "local labelling" of foods 23 Sep 15

Katy Askew

The UK government has called on food manufacturers and retailers to provide shoppers with more information on where in the UK food comes from with the introduction of "local labelling".

General Mills earnings up 20% on efficiency 22 Sep 15

Katy Askew

General Mills revealed that its operating profit jumped by one-fifth in the first quarter as the company stemmed its sales decline, benefited from efficiency gains and lapped soft comparatives.

Latest blogs

Austria joins list countries opting out of GMOs 25 Sep 15

Katy Askew

Austria has become the latest country to join a growing list of European national governments who are opting out of allowing GMOs to be cultivated on their land.

Food brands have yet to fully exploit the rise of online grocery 23 Sep 15

Dean Best

Online selling still represents a huge opportunity for food manufacturers to develop a better understanding of their shoppers and to reach them directly, according to a new report set to be published next month.

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