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Analysis: Chocolate sector's deforestation pledge

Twelve chocolate and cocoa companies, including Nestle, Mondelez International, Hershey last week announced plans to work together to "end d...

Column: Kraft Heinz, Unilever and sustainability

One talking point that emerged from Kraft Heinz's approach for Unilever was the companies' approaches when it comes to corporate responsibil...

Analysis: Aiming for fresh start for food systems

Nestle, PepsiCo, Unilever and Kellogg are among the companies to have signed up to a global initiative aimed at improving food sourcing, red...

Column: Fairtrade can still be watchful partner

Mondelez International's decision to change the way it works with Fairtrade sparked questions about the future of the ethical certification....

Latest Interviews

Interview: Fairtrade Foundation head Mike Gidney 9 Mar 2017

Ben Cooper

As the annual Fairtrade Fortnight promotional period continues in the UK, Ben Cooper spoke with Michael Gidney, chief executive of the Fairtrade Foundation, about the new partnership it has struck with Mondelez International and the future for Fairtrade collaboration with major food companies.


St Mamet CEO on French fruit firm's growth plans 16 Nov 2016

John Shepherd

It has been a year since Conserve Italia, a group of Italian co-operatives, sold France-based packaged fruit supplier St Mamet to French private-equity firm Florac. Matthieu Lambeaux, the former Findus executive, had joined Florac in May 2015 to help the family-owned Florac buy branded food companies in France and became the CEO of St Mamet after the takeover. John Shepherd met Lambeaux at the SIAL trade show last month to discuss his plans to grow the business.

Latest News

Canada sets out measures to boost agri-food growth 24 Mar 17

John Shepherd

Canada plans to grow the country's agri-food exports "to at least" CAD75bn (US$56bn) annually by 2025, according to proposals announced in the federal budget.


Wales boosts food and drink sector ahead of Brexit 24 Mar 17

John Shepherd

The Welsh government has launched a GBP21m (US$26.2m) programme to "strengthen" the food and drink sector in Wales as the UK prepares to leave the European Union.


News of week: Brazil meat, Kraft Heinz, Gen Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil remained in the international business headlines this week as a number of markets put restrictions on the country's meat imports after it launched a probe into the industry. Further north in the US, Kraft Heinz announced more job cuts, General Mills faced more questions about its sales performance and meal-kit service Blue Apron diversified with the acquisition of meat supplier BN Ranch. In Europe, the UK's food manufacturers said they would miss the government's target to cut sugar.


Quotes of week: Carne Fraca, Haribo, General Mills 24 Mar 17

Dean Best

Brazil has spent the week trying to limit the damage done to the reputation of its meat sector after its police launched an investigation into the industry. In Europe, UK food manufacturers warned the sector would miss a government target to reduce sugar. In the US, General Mills was again in the spotlight over its sales results.


UK potato processor M&F collapses 23 Mar 17

John Shepherd

Administrators have been appointed to sell the assets of the UK's Yorkshire-based potato processing firm M&F, which has collapsed with the loss of 90 jobs.


US meal delivery service Blue Apron buys BN Ranch 23 Mar 17

John Shepherd

US meal kit delivery service Blue Apron has acquired US-based meat producer BN Ranch for an undisclosed sum.

Latest blogs

Fyffes to face Ethical Trading Initiative disciplinary committee 17 Feb 17

Dean Best

A year after union officials alleged Fyffes abused workers on plantations in Central America - and called on the produce giant to be kicked out of the Ethical Trading Initiative forum - the company is set to go before a committee at the UK-based organisation.


Unilever - consumers in emerging markets care more about sustainability 5 Jan 17

Dean Best

Unilever, one of the consumer goods companies seen in the vanguard of sustainable business, has issued data it claims shows the issue is a bigger driver of shopper behaviour in emerging markets than in the developed world.

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