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What next for TreeHouse and ConAgra? 2 Feb 2016

Katy Askew

TreeHouse Foods announced yesterday (2 February) it has completed its acquisition of ConAgra Foods' private-label business in a deal that will go some way to reshaping the US own-label sector.


UK has France and Germany in its sights 21 Jan 2016

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 2016

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.


Is Unilever preparing to sell spreads? 19 Jan 2016

Katy Askew

The will-they, won't-they speculation over whether Unilever could be preparing to put its struggling spreads unit on the block cropped up again today (19 January) when reports emerged that Sean Gogarty, who heads up the business, is leaving.


Clive Sharpe takes chair at UK co-op First Milk 11 Jan 2016

Dean Best

The industry veteran and former Burton's Biscuit Co. and Quorn Foods chairman is to take the role at First Milk, the UK dairy co-operative hoping to bounce back from a challenging 18 months or so.


Cameron returns prospect of sugary drinks tax to UK headlines 8 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

The UK Prime Minister David Cameron has said he would not rule out the introduction of a tax on sugary drinks in the country in a bid to tackle obesity.


Saudi, Iran feud could spell trouble for food companies 8 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

Saudi Arabian and Iranian food groups trading in each other's countries may face problems in the coming weeks as tensions between the two countries intensify.


Sugar, cholesterol, meat feature in new US dietary guidelines 7 Jan 2016

Dean Best

The US government has today (7 January) formally announced its latest dietary advice for consumers in the country - and changes to the guidelines on added sugars, cholesterol and meat jump out.


Blue Bell Creameries 'to face federal investigation over listeria outbreak' 6 Jan 2016

Hannah Abdulla

The US Department of Justice has reportedly launched an investigation into ice cream maker Blue Bell Creameries following the death of three people after a listeria outbreak last year that was linked to its products.


No eggs but FDA allows Hampton Creek to keep Just Mayo name 18 Dec 2015

Dean Best

In a surprise agreement, the US Food and Drug Administration has said egg-free mayonnaise maker Hampton Creek can continue to use the Just Mayo brand.


Mondelez's latest board appointment shows strategic importance of e-commerce 10 Dec 2015

Dean Best

Mondelez International has made a number of moves in recent quarters that demonstrate the attention the snacks giant is giving to the digital sphere - and this week the Cadbury owner made another.


Why I'm sick of range reviews 3 Dec 2015

Katy Askew

As the UK supermarket wars rumble on, range reviews have been a key tool for the big four to work to lower prices. And I don't like it one bit. Here is why.


Russia Turkey sanctions - food said to be involved 30 Nov 2015

Dean Best

The Kremlin has formally outlined the sanctions Moscow is imposing on Turkey after a Russian fighter jet was shot down last week and, although specific details on the goods to be blocked has yet to be announced, food items are reportedly involved.


Woolworths pushes healthy eating with free fruit for kids 30 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

As global focus centres on childhood obesity and food-related illnesses, Australian retailer Woolworths Ltd has devised one way to get children to reach for a healthier snack over junk: give it to them for free.


Nestle gives KitKat golden touch in Japan 27 Nov 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Capitalising on Kit Kat's popularity in Japan, Nestle is rolling out a limited edition of gold-enveloped single Kit Kat Fingers.


Osborne overplays Britishness of United Biscuits 20 Nov 2015

Katy Askew

That politicians are selective with the truth is pretty much a given. But it did make this pundit chuckle to hear UK Chancellor George Osborne describe United Biscuits as a "great British company"... Er, yes... one that is owned by Turkish multinational Yildiz Holding.


Globally, consumers are dining out again, says NPD Group 17 Nov 2015

Dean Best

Researchers at US-based The NPD Group have expressed optimism in the prospects for the foodservice sector after analysing sales data in 11 markets this summer.


Maggi returns but will growth follow in AOA for Nestle? 5 Nov 2015

Katy Askew

Nestle had some reason for cheer this week when it was confirmed that Maggi noodles should be back on Indian shelves this month.


Talk of IPO of Australia's Manassen Foods returns 29 Oct 2015

Dean Best

Speculation Bright Food is planning to float its Australian asset, the distributor Manassen Foods, has resurfaced, with a report the Chinese giant has hired banking advisers to line up a listing next year.


Former Muller executive Carl Ravenhall takes board seat at First Milk 23 Oct 2015

Dean Best

First Milk's bid for recovery has seen the UK dairy co-operative appoint former Muller Wiseman Dairies, Milk Link and Adams Foods executive Carl Ravenhall to its board.


Tesco to change the way it pays suppliers 7 Oct 2015

Dean Best

The UK retail giant has sought to "simplify" its trade terms with suppliers.


Could Diamond Foods sell itself piecemeal? 6 Oct 2015

Katy Askew

With market talk rumbling on over whether Diamond Foods is up for sale, attention has now turned to if the company could be preparing to sell its snack food brands separately having failed to secure a buyer for the business as a going concern.


Austria joins list countries opting out of GMOs 25 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Austria has become the latest country to join a growing list of European national governments who are opting out of allowing GMOs to be cultivated on their land.


Food brands have yet to fully exploit the rise of online grocery 23 Sep 2015

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.


GMO opposition mounts as Northern Ireland reveals bans 22 Sep 2015

Katy Askew

Opposition to the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food continues to prove a controversial issue.


The food industry's supposed winter-efficiency drive 21 Sep 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Is there a link between the weather cooling and the food industry belt-tightening? It appears autumn is the prime season for food manufacturers to get their firms operating at maximum efficiencies, with news of job-cuts is on the up.


Experts blame growing portion sizes for obesity 15 Sep 2015

Hannah Abdulla

A team of researchers from the University of Cambridge have blamed increasing portion sizes in the UK for obesity.


Mumbai meat ban sparks social media backlash 10 Sep 2015

Hannah Abdulla

Mumbai's outraged meat-eating Indians have taken to social media after officials imposed a temporary ban on the sale of meat following a demand from the vegetarian Jain community which is observing a fast.


New York chain restaurants ordered to use salt-warning symbol 10 Sep 2015

Dean Best

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


Nestle starts advertising push for Maggi in India 1 Sep 2015

Dean Best

Maggi noodles are yet to return to shelves in India but Nestle has started to pave the way for the brand's comeback with a series of social media ads.


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