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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...

Why industry should engage after UK sugar report

With suspicion of so-called Big Food at an all-time high, the food industry needs to be proactive in its response to Public Health England's...

The consistent inconsistency of European promos

Are promotions leading to increased sales in Europe's major grocery markets? IRI's Jacques Dupré analyses how discounts are affecting sales,...

How full service restaurants can maintain momentum

The fundamentals of Britain’s strengthening economy are favouring restaurants right now, particularly full-service restaurants and pubs. The...

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

Hormel books "record" FY earnings, sales dip on Q4 24 Nov 15

Dean Best

Hormel Foods, the US group, today (24 November) booked "record" annual earnings, though its full-year sales dipped after a near-6% drop in its fourth quarter.

US sets out new rules on produce and imported food 16 Nov 15

Dean Best

The US Food and Drug Administration has announced new rules on produce and on imported foods it says will improve safety controls in the supply chain.

Premier sees brands return to growth  10 Nov 15

Katy Askew

Premier Foods booked a return to growth this morning (10 November), marking the first time that the Mr Kipling maker has posted an increase in branded revenue for two years. 

Quotes of the week: TreeHouse, Kellogg 6 Nov 15

Hannah Abdulla

This week, TreeHouse Foods announced the acquisition of ConAgra Foods' troubled private-label arm for US$2.7bn. Kellogg posted yet another quarter of falling cereal sales, although CEO John Bryant insisted the category was improving. Kraft Heinz Co. announced a fresh swathe of job cuts across the US and Canada And just-food interviewed UK cheese maker Wyke Farms MD Richard Clothier who highlighted the challenges in the UK market for an independent dairy operator.

Serious food crime to face tougher penalties in UK 4 Nov 15

Katy Askew

Companies convicted of serious food crimes could incur tougher fines in the UK under new sentencing guidelines. 

Defra pushing UK food exports 4 Nov 15

Katy Askew

The UK Department of Environment Food and Rural Affairs has launched the Great British Food Unit in a bid to increase government support for UK food exporting companies. 

Latest blogs

Food brands have yet to fully exploit the rise of online grocery 23 Sep 15

Dean Best

Online selling still represents a huge opportunity for food manufacturers to develop a better understanding of their shoppers and to reach them directly, according to a new report set to be published next month.

New York chain restaurants ordered to use salt-warning symbol 10 Sep 15

Dean Best

New York City's Board of Health has voted through plans for a labelling first in the US restaurant sector.

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