Harvest Gold owner Ready Roti has attracted investment from world's largest bakery group

Focus: Bimbo's India entry could spark more deals

Grupo Bimbo, the Mexico-based business that is the world's largest bakery products group, has moved into a new emerging market. Bimbo has mu...

'Both parties have data and analytical capabilities but reaching single view of truth is the missing outcome.'

Why Big Data Collaboration could be the new ECR

With growth in FMCG in many western economies hard to come by, manufacturers and retailers need to step up efforts to work together, argues...

'Suppliers that truly partner with Amazon will benefit from data'

How could Whole Foods takeover affect suppliers?

It is the deal that has got the industry talking - Amazon's move to buy Whole Foods Market, hailed by some as a "game-changer" for the secto...

Food manufacturers should focus majority of online efforts through working with retailers

Minor role for direct-to-consumer in US e-commerce

With the e-commerce channel growing in the US but still in its early stages, food manufacturers are weighing up various ways to build a pres...

Whole Foods set to join Amazon empire

Amazon's move for Whole Foods will focus minds

"Every so often an event occurs that shakes the industry to its core. Amazon's acquisition of Whole Foods is one of those." So said one US r...

Nestle US confectionery assets include Butterfinger brand

How Nestle's US candy review has divided analysts

Confectionery, particularly chocolate, is one of Nestle's flagship businesses and has often been the subject of speculation among industry w...

Food brands must avoid being egotists to thrive - guest opinion 12 Jun 17

Look at the top-line data on the UK grocery market and it shows a sector in rude health. However, at present, inflation has become central to the market's growth, while the performance of own-label is outpacing brands. In a guest column, Stuart Galvin, business director at shopper marketing specialist, Smp, argues one way brands can help themselves is to no longer be the hero of their own marketing strategies.

UK election result raises food sector hopes of better Brexit - column 9 Jun 17

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party, led by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the largest in the House of Commons but without a majority of seats. May has embarked on talks with Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to form a minority government that can function with the working support of the Northern Ireland party. As Ben Cooper reports, the DUP's stance on Brexit, as well as the now improved standing of Labour, could lead to a softer Brexit that many food manufacturers would support.

Thought Leaders

Hampton Creek unveils synthetic meat plans

Ben Cooper | 29 Jun 17

US-based eggless mayo producer Hampton Creek has revealed it is developing lab-produced meat and seafood products and is reportedly expecting to have a product on the market by the end of next year.

Conagra forecasts at best flat FY sales

Dean Best | 29 Jun 17

Conagra Brands today (29 June) forecast its net sales - on a reported and underlying basis - would be at best flat in its new financial year but the US group maintained its three-year targets for organic sales and adjusted margins.

McCormick cuts outlook on cost of drive for scale

Dean Best | 29 Jun 17

McCormick & Co. today (29 June) cut its forecasts for annual operating income and earnings per share as the US spices and sauces group takes on the cost of implementing a programme designed to help it become a bigger business.

Recent News - (Updated: 1:13pm 29 Jun 2017)

UK fund Downing invests in Real Good Food

Meat giant JBS creates executive committee

Apetit offloads seafood business to Insula

Ex-StarKist exec pleads guilty to price-fixing

Rewe to cut salt, sugar in own-label lines

Hain Celestial buys bean products firm Better Bean

Danone "optimises" Europe dairy units

Chobani moves out of Greek-style yogurt in US

UTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 Jun 17

Ben CooperDe Groot to head combined organisation

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.

Ambitious Arla remains patient with Africa - interview 14 Jun 17

John ShepherdJorgensen insists Nigeria remains key market despite recent local economic challenges

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.

The next steps for UK baby food firm For Aisha - interview 13 Jun 17

Dean BestFor Aisha targeting markets including France and UAE

It is approaching two years since UK halal baby food business For Aisha was taken out of administration by investors that included founder and managing director Mark Salter. After building a business that has secured listings with most of the UK's largest retailers, Salter is looking to continue growth at home with moves into new segments and is aiming to build on some fledgling positions internationally. Dean Best reports.

Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 28 Jun 17

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting businesses including shipping group Maersk and, in our industry, Mondelez International.

A bad fortnight for self-regulation

Ben Cooper, just-food editorial team Ben Cooper | 23 Jun 17

Recent events in Canada, Brussels and the UK suggest the task of defending self-regulation as the best way to prevent the commercial activities by food companies from exacerbating childhood obesity is not getting any easier.

Amazon Whole Foods - industry reacts

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 16 Jun 17

In one of those stories that shakes the sector, Amazon today (16 June) announced a move to buy US-based natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market. Here's how a range of stakeholders have reacted to the US$13.7bn, all-cash deal.

Nestle latest to feel heat from activist investor

Nestle latest to feel heat from activist investor

From the old HJ Heinz to the former Cadbury Schweppes, through in more recent times to PepsiCo and ConAgra Foods, manufacturers can often be targets for activist investors. Now it's Nestle's turn.

Amazon pushes into bricks-and-mortar retailing with Whole Foods move

Amazon pushes into bricks-and-mortar retailing with Whole Foods move

The e-commerce giant has surprised the industry with a move to buy US natural and organics retailer Whole Foods Market.

Nestle mulls future of US confectionery arm

Nestle mulls future of US confectionery arm

The Butterfinger and Raisinets owner is "exploring strategic options" for the unit.

Brazil meat giant JBS, the President and claims of bribery

Brazil meat giant JBS, the President and claims of bribery

JBS, the Brazil-based meat behemoth, is at the centre of bribery allegations that have led some to call for the country's President to resign.

Global Frozen Food Market 2017-2021

Global Frozen Food Market 2017-2021

Frozen foods are packaged food items that are prepared by freezing the foods to preserved them from the time of their preparation to consumption. The freezing process is usually of two types: mechanical (with a freezing temperature of -30 °F) or flash freezing/cryogenic (with a freezing temperature of -160 °F; this process is usually used for large quantities). With the increasing hectic schedules of consumers and the subsequent demand for quick meals, the popularity of convenience food products is increasing. Improving living standards, growth of urban settlements, and growing working women population is also adding to this new trend in the global frozen food market... Read more

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Top Growth Opportunities: Meat in China

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Sauces, Dressings and Condiments in Asia Pacific

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Fast Food in the United Kingdom

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Global Ready Meals Market 2017-2021

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