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Focus: Food almost invisible as UK election nears

It's the economy, stupid. So goes the mantra for what drives voting choice and therefore electoral campaigning. But, to some, food policy sh...

Opinion: Brexit tension to be expected

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the country's headlines were dominated about last week's meeting between Theresa May and European C...

Column: UK sugar debate becoming more measured

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action....

Opinion: Big Food needs to think radically

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sect...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti 16 May 2017

Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.


Interview: Hilton Food Group CEO 9 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based meat packer, has built what one firm of City brokers describes as "a high-quality business" through international expansion and, in most of its markets, supplying only one customer. Dean Best spoke to Hilton CEO Robert Watson and CFO Nigel Majewski after the company reported a year of rising annual sales and earnings to discuss their strategy for the business and its plans for further growth.

Latest News

Greencore claims "strong" H1 sales, profit growth 23 May 17

Dean Best

Ireland-based convenience food group Greencore today (23 May) touted "strong" growth in sales and profits during the first half of its financial year.


Rhodes Food Group books improved sales, profits 23 May 17

John Shepherd

South Africa-based Rhodes Food Group today (23 May) reported growth of 15.9% in headline earnings to ZAR126m (US$9.5m) for the six months to the end of March on increased sales.


Nestle, Unilever join call on EU nutrient profiles 16 May 17

John Shepherd

Food giants have joined forces to call for the "urgent adoption" of nutrient profiles in the EU to ensure nutrition and health claims made for food products are genuine.


Premier Foods to up focus on costs, cash 16 May 17

Dean Best

Premier Foods today (16 May) indicated it would up its focus on controlling costs and generating cash after the UK group reported its annual results in a "challenging year" for the industry - and one in which its revenue and operating profit rose but its underlying sales and net earnings fell.


'UK food rosy on short-term, uncertain on Brexit' 15 May 17

Helen Arnold

Almost three-quarters of food and drink manufacturers operating in the UK are upbeat about their prospects in the next year, although they are divided on their thoughts about the longer-term impact of Brexit, a survey carried out by accountancy and business advisory firm BDO has shown.


Arla swallows Morrisons own-label milk contract 15 May 17

Dean Best

Arla Foods has secured a deal to be the exclusive supplier of private-label liquid milk to Morrisons, the UK's fourth-largest grocer.

Latest blogs

Premier Foods pension news offers cheer but challenges remain 28 Mar 17

Katy Askew

Premier Foods plc revealed today (28 March) it has secured a deal with its pension scheme trustees that will see the UK food maker reduce its pension burden.


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.

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