'The stakes have never been higher'

How food companies in UK can increase R&D success

More than eight in ten R&D projects are said to end in failure. In a guest column, Will Rees-Hooper, innovation director at strategic brand...

CEO change is 'not a crisis signal''

What lies ahead for FrieslandCampina's new CEO?

FrieslandCampina, the world's fifth-largest dairy business, has announced the departure of CEO Roelof Joosten, with CFO Hein Schumacher to t...

There is debate over how much investors care about sustainability strategies

How's sustainability influencing food M&A?

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions....

Kellogg has long suffered from under-pressure breakfast sales in the US

Analysis: Kellogg - new CEO, same old problems

Kellogg this week welcomed a new CEO. Former Anheuser-Busch InBev, Coca-Cola and The Nature’s Bounty Co. executive Steve Cahillane took the...

IRI survey showed differences in habits between countries

Europe's appetite for healthier food on rise

The number of consumers buying healthy food in Europe is growing. Global research firm IRI has conducted a survey on the healthy-eating habi...

Schneider: 'Nestle hell-bent on building leadership position'

Nestle 2017 Investor Day - 5 things to learn

Nestle’s 2017 investor day had been much anticipated – and it did not disappoint. The event in London was the first of Nestle’s annual inves...

What does Generation Z want from food? 25 Sep 17

Move over Millennials. There's a new consumer cohort in town and food manufacturers should stay paying them more attention. Simon Creasey takes an in-depth look at what makes Generation Z tick, what shapes their buying habits and how food companies should respond.

Why did Post Holdings buy Bob Evans Farms? 25 Sep 17

In the largest M&A deal in the US packaged food sector in 2017, on Tuesday (19 September) Post Holdings announced the acquisition of bacon, breakfast sausage and mac and cheese maker Bob Evans Farms. The transaction is the latest move by the deal-hungry Post, with the company, which some see as having a patchy record with its purchases, looking to inject some growth into its business, this time by targeting a business operating in more buoyant categories on the perimeter of US stores. Andy Coyne reports.

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UK meat packer Hilton Food Group signs NZ deal

Andy Coyne | 16 Oct 17 Hilton - expanding on the back of securing a deal with a major retailer.

UK meat packing business Hilton Food Group is to build a plant in New Zealand in its latest project with Woolworths, Australia's largest grocer.

Former Agrokor executives 'arrested after raids'

Andy Coyne | 16 Oct 17 Agrokor - arrests linked to investigation into financial irregularities.

A number of former executives at financially-troubled Croatian food company Agrokor have been arrested following police raids, Croatia's state news agency HINA has reported.  

Investment firm Credo buys 55% stake in Geia Foods

Simon Harvey | 16 Oct 17 Geia Foods products include ice cream

Norwegian investment company Credo Partners has bought a majority stake in Denmark's Geia Foods, which develops and supplies "food concepts'' to Scandinavian retailers.

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Brazilian meat giant JBS pulls IPO plan

GBfoods 'among suitors for Continental Foods'

PE firm Abraaj invests in Colombia's QBCo

BV Dairy moves into kefir cultured milk drinks

EU Commissioners attend dual standards summit

Mondelez eyes UK elevenses with Cadbury Break Bar

Fonterra lowers 2018 milk collection outlook

Irish government to fund food innovation hub

Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 Oct 17

Ben CooperAjinomoto: 'Overseas investors, especially in Europe, place significant value on ESG initiatives'

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become a leading force on the world food stage.

Bonduelle "ready for more M&A" - interview with CFO Gregory Sanson 4 Oct 17

Dean BestSanson: Bonduelle 'continues to be ambitious'

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about the numbers, the company's outlook for the 2017/18 financial year and why it is ready for more M&A.

"We are very confident about the future" - Brioche Pasquier on outlook for UK business 2 Oct 17

Dean BestBrioche Pasquier planning third UK line - with an eye on possible six

Brioche Pasquier, the France-based bakery group, sees international expansion as a central plank of its growth strategy. Among the family-owned company's largest international markets is the UK. Dean Best met Olivier Ripoche, the managing director of Brioche Pasquier's UK business, as the group officially opened the latest production line at its plant north of London to discuss the company's plans and why it is sanguine about Brexit.

How are you feeling about 2018?

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

The food industry is going through a period of change not seen for generations - and we'd like to know how you plan to continue trying to navigate this state of flux next year.

Could Nestle be weighing up major M&A move outside food?

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 12 Oct 17

Pfizer has this week announced it is reviewing the options it has for its consumer healthcare business. Might Nestle be interested?

Lots of chatter about grocery M&A on both sides of pond

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 5 Oct 17

The last 24 hours or so have seen possible M&A deals among some of the biggest names in food retail speculated on both sides of the Atlantic.

2 Sisters Food Group faces poultry allegations

2 Sisters Food Group faces poultry allegations

One of the UK food giant's domestic poultry plants is at the centre of labelling and hygiene regulations.

Nestle's 2017 Investor Day

Nestle's 2017 Investor Day

The world's largest food maker met investors and analysts in London to discuss its strategy - the first time recently-installed CEO Mark Schneider formally put across his vision for the group.

The impact of sustainability on food M&A

The impact of sustainability on food M&A

With rising consumer interest in the link between what they eat and the impact on the environment, shopper (and corporate) demand for brands perceived to be more ethical is growing.

M&A interest in Australian dairy Murray Goulburn

M&A interest in Australian dairy Murray Goulburn

The embattled co-op has revealed approaches have been made for part or all of the Australian dairy group.

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