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Covid-19's snacking consumers spark D2C flurry

How consumers shop for food has changed in some very noticeable ways over the last three months or so – and D2C is one area to have gr...

Innovating during Covid-19 and beyond

Simon Creasey looks at how Covid-19 could change the way packaged-food majors approach new product development....

Hatching new ideas: incubators, accelerators

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the con...

Guide: Meat companies with stakes in meat-free

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manu...

Tiger Brands eyes private-label expansion as H1 profits slide - key takeaways 27 May 2020

Simon Harvey

South African FMCG major Tiger Brands reported a poor set of first-half results this week amid price pressures and Covid-19. Simon Harvey looks at the key talking points.

How might Covid-19 shape interest in health-and-wellness? 19 May 2020

Lucy Britner

With a health crisis set to be joined by a financial one, how will interest in diet and functionality, coupled with pressure on income, affect the trend of health and wellness?

Is outright sale of Aryzta the ultimate solution to debt woes? - analysis 15 May 2020

Simon Harvey

European bakery business Aryzta is once again reassessing its business model after a difficult few years. Simon Harvey reviews its options.

General Mills chief talks brands, recession, foodservice and M&A - seven things to learn 15 May 2020

Dean Best

General Mills is among the packaged-food majors to benefit from pantry-loading and, this week, it virtually met with investors to discuss a range of topics. Here are the takeaways.

Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms? 13 May 2020

David Burrows

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

How could Covid-19 change how we think about food? 11 May 2020

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system.

Beyond Meat seeks to adapt despite bumper Q1 - five things to learn 11 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Q1 sales and profits were stronger than expected at Beyond Meat. There could, however, be some near-term pressures due to the impact of Covid-19. Simon Harvey reports.

Beyond Covid-19 - what will the 'new normal' mean for premium food brands? 6 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the prospects for premium brands in the likely recessionary climate post-Covid-19 and weighs up the impacts a downturn might have.

Kraft Heinz adapts to "unprecedented call to action" - first quarter key takeaways 1 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Kraft Heinz is in the midst of a "paradigm shift" which has been interrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, although the crisis has had a benefit on its first-quarter results.

How will Covid-19 shape direct-to-consumer platforms? 30 Apr 2020

Simon Harvey

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the way we shop - but how might that influence the manufacturer's approach to direct-to-consumer services in the longer term?

Mondelez International's Q1, 2020 outlook and adapting to recession - four things to learn 29 Apr 2020

Dean Best

Dean Best reports the top takeaways on Mondelez International's first-quarter numbers – which included expectation-beating sales – its Q2 and its thoughts for further ahead.

What's giving the low-FODMAP market in the UK indigestion? 29 Apr 2020

Dean Best

Given estimates of the prevalence of irritable bowel syndrome in the UK, a sizeable low-FODMAP market has been expected to take shape. But, so far, it hasn't. Why? And can it?

Nestle's Q1 sales, FY guidance and post-Covid reflections - five things to learn 27 Apr 2020

Dean Best

Nestlé's shares climbed on Friday as investors reacted to the Swiss giant's Q1 numbers. But what is Nestlé's take on how Covid-19 is affecting the packaged food industry?

Unilever Q1 sales update and post-Covid thoughts - six things to learn 24 Apr 2020

Dean Best

How did the Wall's ice cream maker's food business perform in Q1? And how does the FMCG giant view the rest of the year - and beyond?

Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds 24 Apr 2020

Andy Coyne

Kraft Heinz is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms.

Machine dreams – the future of artificial intelligence in food and beverage operations 22 Apr 2020

Lucy Britner

Proponents of artificial intelligence say the tech can help feed a growing global population with greater efficiency. Lucy Britner looks at how manufacturers could tap into AI.

Danone Q1 sales update and adapting to Covid-19 - six things to learn 21 Apr 2020

Dean Best

Danone's Q1 sales beat expectations, boosted by Covid-19 pantry-loading. However, the Alpro maker withdrew its financial guidance for 2020, which weighed on its share price.

Why food companies have to get soy sorted 16 Apr 2020

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at the challenge manufacturers face in putting their soy supply chains on a sustainable footing and why it's so important to them and the planet that they succeed.

Meat processing emerges as Covid-19 hot-spot in North America - analysis 15 Apr 2020

Dean Best

The meat industries in the US and Canada have seen factory suspensions and closures due to Covid-19. How can processors react? And what might be the impact on supply?

The consumer trends to look for beyond Covid-19 7 Apr 2020

Lucy Britner

As the Covid-19 pandemic continues to rage worldwide, Lucy Britner looks further ahead to suggest how the crisis could change consumer behaviour.

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