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The key questions for digital strategists in 2017

In his latest column for just-food, Keith Anderson, vice president of strategy and insights at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, outlines...

Have food promotions reached tipping point?

Researchers at IRI have studied promotions in seven major European markets and say their data shows the use of offers is easing. Tim Eales,...

Can manufacturers revitalise shopper experience?

In western Europe, more consumers are looking for new products, are becoming more interested in quality and are increasingly demanding a sho...

How Trump's presidency affects the food industry

Republican Donald Trump has beaten front-runner Hillary Clinton in the race to become the forty-fifth President of the United States of Amer...

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.


St Mamet CEO on French fruit firm's growth plans 16 Nov 2016

John Shepherd

It has been a year since Conserve Italia, a group of Italian co-operatives, sold France-based packaged fruit supplier St Mamet to French private-equity firm Florac. Matthieu Lambeaux, the former Findus executive, had joined Florac in May 2015 to help the family-owned Florac buy branded food companies in France and became the CEO of St Mamet after the takeover. John Shepherd met Lambeaux at the SIAL trade show last month to discuss his plans to grow the business.

Latest News

Serbia launches grocery market competition inquiry 2 Dec 16

John Shepherd

Competition authorities in Serbia have launched an inquiry into the retail market "focusing on the relationship between retailers and their suppliers" in non-specialised stores that deal mainly with food, beverages and tobacco.


Quotes of week: Nestle, Unilever, Wilmar, GNP 2 Dec 16

Dean Best

This week, Nestle got the industry talking with its claim it can "significantly reduce" the sugar in its confectionery products and Unilever gave a detailed update on its strategy at its 2016 investor day, while the two companies were among those under scrutiny for their sourcing of palm oil after Amnesty International's claims child labour is being used on plantations in Indonesia.


News of week: Nestle, GNP, palm oil labour claims 2 Dec 16

Dean Best

This week's major headlines included Nestle's claim it may be able to cut the sugar it uses in its confectionery by up to 40%, Pilgrim's Pride snapping up US poultry peer GNP and Amnesty International claiming child labour is being used on palm oil plantations in Indonesia.


World Bank boost for Kyrgyzstan dairy industry 1 Dec 16

John Shepherd

The World Bank has approved US$5m in financing to support a project designed to boost the productivity of dairy farms in Kyrgyzstan.


News of week: Trump and TPP, Tyson, Duc 25 Nov 16

Dean Best

In a three-minute video on YouTube, President-elect Donald Trump gave some indication of his policy priorities for "day one" of his term - including pulling the country out of the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal. Staying in the US, meat giant Tyson Foods named a new CEO. Staying in meat, Smithfield Foods snapped up a clutch of assets from Hormel Foods. And French poultry group Duc announced it was in talks over a "significant transaction".


Sunrise fund takes share of US Maple Hill Creamery 23 Nov 16

John Shepherd

Sunrise Strategic Partners, the US food investment vehicle set up by former Boulder Brands CEO Steve Hughes, has taken an undisclosed minority stake in New York state-based Maple Hill Creamery with private-equity firm Trilantic North America.

Latest blogs

How do you see 2017 panning out for your business? 30 Nov 16

Dean Best

We are running our annual Confidence Survey - now in its fifth year - to provide to our readers a snapshot of how they and their peers in the international food industry see the year ahead unfolding. The latest survey is live and takes just a few moments to fill in.


Post-Trump victory, TPP trade deal appears dead 15 Nov 16

Dean Best

The Obama administration appears to have conceded the landmark Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) trade deal will not be pushed through in the lame-duck session of Congress before Donald Trump is inaugurated in January.

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