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The benefits of engaging staff in sustainability

Initiatives aimed at involving employees in sustainability aims are now commonplace in progressive food companies, and for good reason. Ben...

How food companies involve staff in sustainability

Sustainability concerns pervade every aspect of a food company’s operations so opportunities and approaches to engage employees in sustainab...

Why May's Brexit comments give reason for optimism

Amid the uncertainty following the UK vote to leave the EU on 23 June, British food companies and global food giants with UK sites will have...

How food policy could look after US election

Food policy may not have been much discussed in the campaigns of either of the White House hopefuls so far, but when Hillary Clinton or Dona...

Latest Interviews

How PepsiCo is taking action on palm oil 13 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Today (13 September), PepsiCo publishes the first update on its "palm oil action plan". Ben Cooper spoke with Andrew Aulisi, senior director for global environmental policy at PepsiCo, about the progress to date and how the company's initial actions and achievements are likely to be received by environmental campaigners.

Interview: advocates organise ahead of US election 6 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Activists, industry advocates and many consumers would like food to be a more prominent issue in major elections, such as the current race to the US White House. History, Ben Cooper writes, may suggest this is a forlorn hope but, speaking to Claire Benjamin DiMattina of the Plate of the Union campaign, it is clear advocates do not believe it is a futile endeavour.

Latest News

Farmers' groups slam Danone over non-GMO stance 18 Oct 16

Ben Cooper

Groups representing dairy and arable farmers in the US have written a public letter to the head of Dannon, Danone’s US business, criticising how the company is marketing products made without genetically modified ingredients.

PepsiCo sets 2025 nutrition, sustainability goals 17 Oct 16

Katy Askew

PepsiCo today (17 October) outlined a series of targets on selling healthier food and drinks and on trying to make its business more sustainable in areas including sourcing, water and waste.

News of week - Mars, McCormick, Unilever 7 Oct 16

Dean Best

This week saw Mars buy Warren Buffett's stake in Wrigley, giving the US group 100% of the chewing gum maker and consolidating its confectionery businesses. On our M&A pages, we featured how South Africa's Rhodes Food Group is looking to buy local peer Pakco, Australia's Freedom Foods Group is investing in one of its partners in China and a deal in Europe's private-label bakery sector. McCormick & Co.'s dispute in India with a venture partner headed to arbitration in India and Unilever announced a shake-up to its food R&D in Europe.

News of the week - ConAgra, Aryzta, Nature's Path 3 Oct 16

Dean Best

The trend for US food majors to spice up their growth prospects with the acquisition of smaller brands continued this week with ConAgra Foods moving for sauces-and-salsa group Frontera Foods. Meanwhile, further south in Brazil, it emerged Nestle could be close to clearing anti-trust concerns over its acquisition of chocolate maker Garoto in 2002 and finalising the deal. Our financial pages included analysis of the annual results of bakery giant Aryzta, which reported declining earnings.

Quotes of week - investors on meat, Aryzta, Vion 3 Oct 16

Dean Best

This week, there were more calls from the investment community for the world's food giants to look at how - and how much - they source and process meat. Bakery giant Aryzta announced its annual results, which included falling profits and slow sales growth. Belgium's Lotus Bakeries set out plans for a plant in the US, while McCormick & Co. said it expects to have a "record" year.

Brazil eyes Asian markets for food exports 28 Sep 16

John Shepherd

A trade mission by Brazil to several Asian nations is set to generate a potential US$1.5bn to $2bn in trade and investment for the country's food exports business, the country's agriculture minister has announced.

Latest blogs

More understanding needed of GMOs among consumers 20 Jul 16

Katy Askew

The introduction of legislation requiring the labelling of GMOs in the US has gathered widespread public support.

UK report examines "risks and challenges" to food system from climate change 18 Jul 16

John Shepherd

The impact on the global food system is one of "six key priority areas" highlighted in the UK Climate Change Risk Assessment 2017 report, which sets out "the most urgent risks and opportunities" arising for the UK.

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