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Olam to become "global leader" in cocoa with ADM deal 16 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Singapore-based agribusiness group Olam International is to become a major international cocoa supplier after announcing a US$1.3bn deal for Archer Daniel Midlands' cocoa business.


German watchdog rebukes retailers Edeka and Tengelmann 12 Dec 2014

Dean Best

Germany's competition watchdog has issued an interim injunction against retailers Edeka and Tengelmann over their planned deal over the Kaiser's supermarket chain.


Woolworths campaigns to boost popularity of not-so-perfect veg 10 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Imperfection is quickly becoming a way for the food industry to tackle the problem of food waste.


Big business backs Aldersgate call for more equitable UK 9 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

The Aldersgate Group - an alliance of big business, NGOs and civil society pushing for a "sustainable economy" - has set out a new campaign calling for the introduction of a fiscal policy that tackles rising inequality in the UK, as well as issues such as resource pressures.


Sainsbury's reappears on the M&A rumour mill 8 Dec 2014

Dean Best

The UK's third-largest grocer has returned to the M&A headlines over the weekend, with claims activist fund Crystal Amber is in discussions with overseas investors about a possible bid for the retailer.


2 Sisters' impressive waste-to-energy plan 5 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

2 Sisters Food Group announced a new "multi million" pound bio-refinery deal with renewable energy experts H2 Energy this week. The plan is set to "transform the energy requirements" at 2 Sisters, the company said.


Food makers key in cutting meat, dairy consumption and saving planet 3 Dec 2014

Hannah Abdulla

The meat-free protein sector could be in for a popularity boost as more and more research points to the damaging effect livestock production is having on the environment.


Synlait managing 2015 expectations 2 Dec 2014

Katy Askew

Amid some pretty bullish statements on the company's performance to date, New Zealand infant formula group Synlait sneaked in a pretty timid 2015 outlook at its annual shareholders meeting.


McCain, Leclerc team up on veg soup from food waste 26 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Global food waste is a mounting problem. In France, McCain Foods and local retailer E. Leclerc have come up with an initiative to eat into that mountain.


Food companies "cannon fodder" in UK supermarket price war 24 Nov 2014

Dean Best

There has been a rise in the number of food companies in the UK filing for insolvency - and the intensification of competition between the country's grocers has been blamed.


Hershey tries its hand at visual merchandising 20 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Reese's Peanut Butter Cups maker, Hershey, has taken the reins at the Winn Dixie store in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, ensuring candy gets the attention it deserves - right at the front of the store.


Eyeing emerging markets? Focus on cities, not countries 20 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Food exporters targeting emerging markets should target focus on cities instead of countries, management consultants McKinsey has said.


Industry needs to nudge consumers along road to health 19 Nov 2014

Dean Best

How can diet-related ill-health be tackled? How can the health and wellbeing of the population improve? Such a complex issue is often reduced to soundbites and brickbats, with industry in the firing line. Some of the criticism is misjudged, some well-founded. However, what is certain is manufacturers have a central - perhaps the central - role to play.


Australia's dairy industry hails China trade deal 17 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Dairy processors in Australia believe the agreement between Canberra and Beijing will make them more competitive in a key export market.


Nestle mulls future of another unit 14 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Davigel, Nestle's France-based foodservice division, could be the next business sold as the world's largest food maker reshapes its portfolio.


Aussie billionaire set to tap into Chinese dairy market 14 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Australian mining billionaire Gina Rinehart is reportedly looking to tap into rising demand in China for premium infant formula.


European Parliament votes for member state veto on GM crops 13 Nov 2014

Dean Best

MEPs have shown their support for plans to allow individual countries to ban the cultivation of GM crops, even if they have been approved at EU level.


PepsiCo's Dewitos: A bridge too far? 11 Nov 2014

Katy Askew

PepsiCo has continued to develop its strategy of trying to benefit from linking its Mountain Dew and Doritos brands. This time by combining the two. Literally.


Nissin eyes benefit from Manchester United's global reach 10 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Executives from Japanese food group Nissin were in the UK at the weekend to unveil a global marketing campaign with Manchester United they hope will boost its profile outside a stagnant domestic market.


Why Abdalla's exit does not change much at PepsiCo 7 Nov 2014

Dean Best

The departure of PepsiCo president Zein Abdalla from the US food and drinks giant was a surprise announcement - but investors are unlikely to be too concerned.


Steinemann to step down as Barry Callebaut CEO 6 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Barry Callebaut, the world's largest B2B chocolate supplier, said today (6 November) Juergen Steinemann would step down from his role as CEO next year.


Nestle gluten-free cereal gets prime shelf-space 5 Nov 2014

Hannah Abdulla

Nestle has secured prime-shelf space in the UK for its gluten-free cereal appeasing a growing army of gluten-free dieters.


Danone to up stake in Moroccan dairy Centrale Laitière 3 Nov 2014

Dean Best

Danone announced this afternoon (3 November) it would buy more shares in Centrale Laitière, taking its stake in the Moroccan business from 69.1% to 90.9%.


Serious Fraud Office launches Tesco probe 29 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

The UK's Serious Fraud Office has launched an investigation into the GBP263m (US$424.6m) black hole in Tesco's accounts, the retailer confirmed today (29 October).


US food industry takes aim at new nutrition app 28 Oct 2014

Dean Best

A mobile app that claims to be the "most comprehensive food-rating database available" to US consumers has raised the hackles of the country's food manufacturers.


Auchan strikes another purchasing deal with retail rival 24 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Just weeks after announcing a purchasing tie-up in France with local rival Systeme U, Auchan has outlined an international agreement with Germany's Metro Group.


Tesco profits plunge, chairman departs 24 Oct 2014

Katy Askew

Tesco has reported a massive 92% drop in first half profits as the accounting fiasco continues to widen.


Hoping for a more mature discussion on GM 23 Oct 2014

Ben Cooper

A conference being held in London today is taking on the ambitious topic of agricultural technology and specifically will be looking at the implementation of the UK government's Agricultural Technologies Strategy, launched last summer.


SIAL 2014: New UK food minister pledges action 22 Oct 2014

Dean Best

Liz Truss, the UK's recently-appointed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, went on a whistlestop tour of the country's exhibitors at the SIAL trade show in Paris yesterday, before pledging more help for businesses looking to expand abroad.


Nestle, ConAgra ditch "diet" for "wellness" in frozen food push 21 Oct 2014

Hannah Abdulla

As the importance of health has grow in consumers' minds, frozen food has been left out in the cold. But two major manufacturers in the US are looking to heat up the sector by claiming frozen food means healthy.


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