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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

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Soda draws fire from food in Mexico obesity battle

Much attention has been focused on the impact Mexico's tax on soda tax introduced in January 2014 has had on consumption. Ben Cooper looks a...

How attractive could Iran be for food majors?

The easing of decade-long economic sanctions on Iran lifted could open a potentially attractive market for international food makers, with a...

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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

Quotes of week - Just Mayo, Mengniu, VSI 28 Aug 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.


McKee Foods rolls out protein snack bars 28 Aug 15

Hannah Abdulla

US group McKee Foods has announced the launch of line of protein bars which it boasts "taste unlike any other protein bar on the market".


Industry news of week - Green Giant, Just Mayo 28 Aug 15

Dean Best

A deal for Green Giant could be nearing with claims US group B&G Foods is in advanced talks to buy the business from General Mills. Elsewhere, eight companies have expressed interest in Australia's Brownes Dairy, while one sale that was announced this week was the acquisition of European snack bar maker VSI by US co-packer Hearthside Food Solutions. And one story that caught your attention was upstart US egg-free mayo maker Just Mayo coming under fire from the country's food watchdog.


BFY Holdings names Paul Nardone CEO 27 Aug 15

Dean Best

BFY Holdings, the newly-established US snacks business, has named former Annie's Homegrown and Immaculate Baking Co. CEO Paul Nardone as its president and chief executive.


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

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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