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Will co-manufacturing grow in European food?

Co-manufacturing is a common way of doing business in the US food sector but the practice is less prevalent in Europe. In his debut column f...

Column: UK Brexit plan leaves hard road ahead

The UK government has now provided a clearer idea of its objectives for the Brexit negotiations. Ben Cooper looks at where Theresa May’s "12...

Column: US food hesitant amid Trump's flying start

Donald Trump's first 11 days in the White House has seen a series of executive orders and, while some have provoked a storm of global headli...

2017: policy hotspots in LatAm, Asia and Australia

In part two of his survey of the food policy areas to watch worldwide in 2017, just-food's contributing editor Ben Cooper runs the rule over...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Sanderson Farms on antibiotic-free 22 Feb 2017

Dean Best

Meat processed without the use of antibiotics has become one of the fastest-growing areas of the sector in the US. Fears over antibiotic resistance in humans, as well as the expanding underlying demand for food perceived to be cleaner or simpler, has driven a number of the country's processors to reappraise how they use antibiotics. One company that is so far refusing to go down the antibiotic-free path is poultry processor Sanderson Farms. Dean Best spoke to Sanderson Farms' CFO, Mike Cockrell, to find out more.


How Agromousquetaires aims to grow - interview 9 Feb 2017

John Shepherd

Agromousquetaires is France's number one private-label supplier. However, three-quarters of the company's EUR4bn in annual sales is generated through business with Intermarché, its sister company under the umbrella of manufacturing and retail business Groupement des Mousquetaires. John Shepherd met Agromousquetaires chief executive Christophe Bonno to discuss the company's plans for growth.

Latest News

Frostkrone gets new private-equity owner 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

Frostkrone, the Germany-based supplier of frozen convenience food, is to get a new, private-equity majority shareholder, after French investment company Ardian sold its interest in the company to buy-out house Emeram Capital Partners.


Slovakia calls meeting over food quality concerns 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

The leaders of four central European countries are to meet to discuss concerns over the quality of branded food products sold in the region.


The Scottish Salmon Co. sees pressure on volumes 24 Feb 17

Dean Best

The Scottish Salmon Co. has said "industry-wide biological challenges" will weigh on the volumes it expects to harvest this year.


Bonduelle to buy US produce group Ready Pac Foods 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

Bonduelle, the France-based produce supplier, has struck a deal to acquire US peer Ready Pac Foods from private-equity firm H.I.G. Capital.


Quotes of week: Bonduelle, Maple Leaf, Tyson 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

There were two major acquisitions announced in the US this week, with France's Bonduelle moving to buy produce supplier Ready Pac Foods and Canada-based meat processor snapping up meat-free player Lightlife Foods. Staying in the US, companies including Tyson Foods, General Mills and Mondelez International gave an update on their strategies for growth at the Consumer Analyst Group of New York investment conference in Florida. Elsewhere, Ireland's Glanbia announced plans to spin-off its domestic dairy business.


News of week: Unilever, Ready Pac, Lightlife 23 Feb 17

Dean Best

Hours before the start of the working week came the biggest story - Kraft Heinz withdrawing its proposed takeover bid for Unilever, just two days after publicly confirming its interest. By Wednesday, Unilever had announced a review of its business to see how it can improve shareholder value. In a busy week of M&A, France's Bonduelle struck a notable deal for US produce peer Ready Pac Foods, Maple Leaf Foods became the latest meat company to invest in meat-free by buying Lightlife Foods and Ireland's Glanbia set out a plan to spin-off its domestic dairy business into a joint venture. Click on the headlines for the full stories.

Latest blogs

The list of UK's top five grocers has a new member 7 Feb 17

Dean Best

Kantar Worldpanel issued its monthly supermarket share data in the UK this morning - and the numbers showed a change in the identity of the country's top five food retailers.


One major investment bank believes US-China trade war unlikely 23 Jan 17

David Leggett

Although risks of trade friction have increased with Donald Trump's election as US President, a research note from investment bank Credit Suisse sees an all-out trade war between the country and China as unlikely.

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