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How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016?

Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get w...

Foodservice focus - Chipotle rocked, Yum! in China

December saw the scrutiny on Chipotle Mexican Grill intensify as the under-pressure US fast-casual chain battled to restore its reputation a...

How US foodservice is getting more ethnic flavour

The broader tastes of younger consumers is fuelling the expansion of chains focused on ethnic food in the US. David Henkes, vice president a...

Why fast casual is about to get serious in UK

Fast-casual outlets are a small part of the UK's restaurant trade - but the sector is growing rapidly, with sales growth outpacing the numbe...

Latest Interviews

Interview: Bennett Opie owner William Opie 22 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Family-owned UK company Bennett Opie is a varied business, selling products from pickles to compotes under its Opies brand at home and abroad and handling a fast-growing distribution arm in its domestic market. just-food spoke to fourth-generation owner William Opie about the company's recent rapid growth and its ambitions to expand further overseas.

Interview: Premier sets sights overseas 30 Oct 2014

Dean Best

With growth hard to come by at home, international markets are an opportunity for UK food group Premier Foods. The Mr Kipling maker exports to around 30 countries but in recent months has set up a specific business unit to develop a sustainable presence overseas. Dean Best spoke to Peter Ellis, the head of division, at the SIAL trade show in Paris to hear about the company's plans.

Latest News

News of the week - Lactalis, Bakkavor, Coca-Cola 29 Jan 16

Dean Best

Lactalis this week continued its push into emerging markets, with a move to buy 70% of Romania's Albalact. There was a change of control at Bakkavor after the own-label group's co-founders teamed up with a US hedge fund to buy the business and Coca-Cola launched another foray in India's dairy market.

Tesco apologises for UK supplier code breach 26 Jan 16

Hannah Abdulla

Tesco has apologised for "unsustainable and harmful" practices with its suppliers after the UK Groceries Code Adjudicator found the retailer "seriously breached" the Groceries Supply Code of Practice drawn up to govern dealings with manufacturers.

What will drive food industry M&A into 2018? 26 Jan 16

Dean Best

Growing consumer demand for "sustainable foods", the consolidation of more mature businesses and the rise of the fast-casual segment of the foodservice sector will be among the factors behind food industry M&A between now and into 2018, according to a new, exclusive report from just-food.

Top news: Yildiz, Unilever, Scotland and sugar tax 22 Jan 16

Dean Best

Godiva and McVitie's owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever's CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.

Scotland warns industry over sugar tax 21 Jan 16

Katy Askew

Food Standards Scotland has backed "wide-ranging" proposals to curb obesity, opening up the possibility of a sugar tax in the country. 

Premier Foods 9M sales inch up 21 Jan 16

Hannah Abdulla

Premier Foods has posted a 0.3% increase in sales to GBP586.2m (US$830.2m) for the first nine months of its financial year, helped by sales growth in its sweet treats division.

Latest blogs

UK has France and Germany in its sights 21 Jan 16

Dean Best

The UK government wants the country's food exports to reach the levels of France and Germany, officials said today (21 January) as a new office set up to drive business overseas was formally unveiled.

UK sets out latest attempt to boost exports 20 Jan 16

Dean Best

The UK government has outlined changes to the way it aims to support the country's exporters - including the creation of a new office to help food manufacturers looking to build their presence overseas.

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