'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...

'Brands need to create a strategy that joins shopper and retailer together across shopper journey'

Opinion: Brands must avoid being egotists

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 t...


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.


UK election result - all eyes on Northern Ireland as Brexit talks near 9 Jun 17

Cor Blimey! exclaimed one Labour-leaning UK tabloid this morning (9 June) as the country awoke to another election result that confounded pollsters.

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Brexit - UK makes offer on EU citizens

Dean Best | 23 Jun 17 May (r), talking to Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker (l) wants reciprocal rights for UK citizens

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has tabled what she has called a "fair and serious offer" to the EU on the status of the bloc's citizens in the country post-Brexit.


EU, Canada in cheese talks as CETA start looms

Diana Yordanova | 23 Jun 17 CETA trade deal between EU and Canada set to be implemented on 1 July

Technical discussions between the EU and Canada over cheese quotas are threatening to disrupt the planned operational launch of the Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the two countries, which was supposed to have been agreed in detail in February.


GlaxoSmithKline 'lining up MaxiNutrition for sale'

Dean Best | 23 Jun 17 GSK acquired Maximuscle owner Maxinutrition in 2010

UK-based pharmaceutical group GlaxoSmithKline is reported to have started a process to sell sports nutrition arm MaxiNutrition.

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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.

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.


Reckitt Benckiser clears final Mead Johnson hurdle

Dean Best, just-food editorial team Dean Best | 13 Jun 17

The final regulatory approval needed for the UK-based consumer goods giant's takeover of the US infant formula maker has been received, with the US$17.9bn deal set to be completed on Thursday (15 June).

Brexit and the food industry

Brexit and the food industry

How will the UK's departure from the EU affect the food industry? This page brings together the latest news and views on the impact Brexit could have on the sector.

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.

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