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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...

Why investors are concerned about water risk

A group of 60 institutional investors has written to 15 food and drink companies urging improvement in how they manage and report on water r...

Why Flowers Foods organic bread deal is a killer

Flowers Foods last week announced the acquisition of organic bread maker Dave's Killer Bread, a move which accelerates its growth in the org...

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

Miss Jones in US organic frosting, mixes "first" 3 Sep 15

Hannah Abdulla

US organic baking brand Miss Jones Baking Co. is claiming a category first with the launch of organic ready-to-use frostings and organic baking mixes.


India's FSSAI embarks on new product approval syst 2 Sep 15

Jagdish Kumar

India’s food safety body, the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI), is hoping to have set up a new process for product approvals in six months after it scrapped the previous system following a legal challenge.


General Mills confirms greenhouse gas goal 1 Sep 15

Dean Best

General Mills, the Cheerios-to-Yoplait maker, has finalised a goal to cut greenhouse gas emissions across its supply chain.


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.


Smucker Q1 sales, profit beat analyst expectations 27 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

JM Smucker's first quarter net profit has been boosted by performance of new products and its acquisition of Big Heart Pet Brands.


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.

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.


UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 15

Dean Best

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like.

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