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US-Swiss deal latest sign of global organic trade

The equivalency deal on organic standards agreed between the US and Switzerland is the latest in a series of bi-lateral agreements bolsterin...

Pricing, productivity pay off for Mondelez

Actions taken on pricing and moves to improve productivity appear to be paying off for Mondelez International....

BRICs and beyond: Kam Tai's Chinese growth story

Last year, more than 400 local companies in Dongguan, a major manufacturing city in China's southerly Guangdong province, went bankrupt as C...

Campbell Soup Co.'s M&A plans should avoid fresh

Campbell Soup Co. has looked to inject growth into its business through acquisitions in recent years and the indications are this is likely...

Latest Interviews

Gluten-free early-mover Mrs Crimble's plots future 31 Jul 2015

Dean Best

Mrs Crimble's was one of the clutch of brands Tesco listed when it set up a dedicated free-from fixture in the UK a decade go, a move seen as key to the early development of the category in the country. With gluten free now a crowded market, how can Mrs Crimble's continue to grow? Dean Best met with Gareth Toms, the company's international commercial director, to discuss its plans.


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.

Latest News

Venezuela seizes Nestle, PepsiCo distribution hub 4 Aug 15

Katy Askew

A distribution centre serving a number of international food and beverage companies – including Nestle, PepsiCo, Coca Cola and Cargil - and owned by local food giant Empresas Polar has been seized by the Venezuelan authorities.


Nakd sale "attracts Burton's, Hain, Kellogg" 4 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

Burton's Biscuit Co., Kellogg and Hain Celestial have all declined to comment on media speculation they have submitted bids to acquire Natural Balance Foods, the maker of Nakd and Trek health food bars.


Tyrrells buys Australian snack firm Yarra Valley 3 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

UK crisp maker Tyrrells has acquired Australian organic snacks company Yarra Valley Snack Foods.


Bear snacks owner eyes overseas push 3 Aug 15

Dean Best

Urban Fresh Foods, the UK firm behind the Bear snacks brand, is looking at ways to expand internationally as part of its latest strategy to grow the business.


Food industry quotes of week - MDLZ, Nestle 31 Jul 15

Hannah Abdulla

This week, Mondelez International reported its first-half results and cited the benefits of pricing and productivity on its margins. In the UK, Young's Seafood announced a potential revised restructuring plan that could ease the impact on jobs at two plants. Nestle appointed a new MD for its under-fire India arm and just-food caught up with the CEO of Danone's US organic baby food unit, Happy Family, as it ventures into adult snacks.


Food industry news of week: Nestle India, ConAgra 31 Jul 15

Dean Best

Nestle this week a change of leadership at its embattled unit India, which has been under the spotlight in recent weeks over the nationwide Maggi recall. Elsewhere, ConAgra Foods was reported to have started talks to sell its own-label unit, with Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods said to be interested. Our interview pages included chats with the founder of US organic baby food firm - and Danone subsidiary - Happy Family, Chinese bakery business Dongguan Kam Tai Foods and UK gluten-free company Mrs Crimble's.

Latest blogs

Maggi crisis results in Q2 loss for Nestle India arm 29 Jul 15

Hannah Abdulla

After a particularly difficult quarter in India where it became the centre of the country's worst food scare in a decade, Nestle has reported a loss in its India business for the second quarter of the year.


Ex-Golden Wonder boss named Seabrook Crisps chairman 27 Jul 15

Dean Best

UK firm Seabrook Crisps, which last week announced a private equity-backed management buy-out at the business, has appointed Paul Monk, the former chief executive of Golden Wonder, as its new chairman.

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