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On the money: Unilever aims to get food growing

Unilever has said it wants to move its food business to a new growth phase by investing in areas that offer the greatest top-line potential...

Why UK must act in wake of SACN report

A panel advising the UK government on nutrition has recommended halving the official guidance on the consumption of free sugars. Attention n...

How to meet changing demand in US foodservice

In a guest column, David Henkes, vice president at foodservice analysts Technomic, outlines how operators are responding to changing consume...

Focus: Can General Mills improve US retail sales?

General Mills has been hit by category softness and changing consumer preferences at its US business. With US retail sales representing 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

FDA eyes added sugars info change 27 Jul 15

Dean Best

The US Food and Drug Administration has proposed including the percentage daily value for added sugars on the Nutrition Facts label used in the country.


Industry news of week: Green Giant, Dumex 24 Jul 15

Dean Best

The speculation around General Mills' ailing Green Giant brand continued this week with claims Bonduelle is eyeing up the unit. We looked at the likelihood of the French group making an offer. Meanwhile, Danone decided to merge is under-pressure Chinese infant formula arm business with local dairy giant Mengniu and we looked at the key takeaways from Campbell Soup Co.'s investor day in the US.


Food industry results - Gruma, Zespri, Cal-Maine 24 Jul 15

Dean Best

Mission Foods owner Gruma, fellow Mexican group Industrias Bachoco and US infant formula business Abbott were among the companies reporting second-quarter numbers this week. Elsewhere, US egg supplier Cal-Maine Foods and kiwifruit supplier Zespri provided figures for their full financial years.


Unilever sees growth in food, refreshments 23 Jul 15

Katy Askew

Unilever booked higher sales in its food and refreshment units, with both businesses also reporting improved margins in the first half.


Premier sales slide on Easter timing 23 Jul 15

Katy Askew

Premier Foods attributed a decline in first quarter sales to the timing of Easter and insisted that its market share remained “broadly flat” over the period.


Australia outlines country-of-origin label plans 21 Jul 15

Katy Askew

The Australian federal government today (21 July) announced plans to introduce more comprehensive country-of-origin labelling requirements.

Latest blogs

UK sugar recommendation: what does 5% look like? 17 Jul 15

Dean Best

A panel advising the UK government on health and nutrition has today (17 July) called for the guidance on sugar intake to be halved, putting further scrutiny on parts of the industry. Should the recommendation become official, translating the advice into easy-to-follow consumer messages will be vital. One organisation has already set out what a typical weekly meal plan could look like.


UK food industry, government meet to "drive growth" 16 Jul 15

Dean Best

The UK government has hosted a meeting today (16 July) with 80 representatives from the country's food and farming sector, with an eye on developing a 25-year plan to, in part, increase the industry's international competitiveness.

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