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

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

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

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

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.

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

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.

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

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?

UK immigration law changes - should food industry be considered special case? 26 Feb 2020

Andy Coyne looks at planned changes to the UK's immigration rules, which will bar non-skilled overseas workers, and gauges reaction from the country's food industry.

Dairy Farmers of America deal for Dean Foods leaves questions unanswered 19 Feb 2020

Dairy Farmers of America this week put in a bid for certain assets of loss-making milk processor Dean Foods. Simon Harvey looks at the implications.

Nestle might find positives in failure of Milkybar Wowsomes 12 Feb 2020

Nestle may have pulled low-sugar chocolate product Milkybar Wowsomes from the market but the company might be able to still take some positives from the episode.

How faux fish is taking shot across bows of UK seafood market 29 Jan 2020

First there was 'clean' meat. The alternative protein seen as the next big thing is faux fish. David Burrows surveys the rising market in the UK.

Should the UK take new approach to novel foods post-Brexit? 22 Jan 2020

Ben Cooper reports from an industry event in London to weigh up whether the UK should change its stance on novel foods once the country leaves the EU.

What’s next after Post, TreeHouse rip up cereal deal plan? 15 Jan 2020

Post Holdings and TreeHouse Foods have called time on their proposed breakfast-cereal transaction amid opposition from US competition officials. What are their options now?

Chinese dairy giant Mengniu turns again to Australia 27 Nov 2019

Why has Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, moved to make another acquisition of an Australian business? We look at its deal for Lion Dairy & Drinks.

Is Premier Foods leaning toward maintaining the status quo? 13 Nov 2019

Premier Foods is nearing completion of a long-awaited strategic review. Simon Harvey takes a look at the latest developments, including a new management team and its earnings.

Nestle may soon show how rules of game have changed in China 31 Oct 2019

Nestlé's business in China may be set for significant changes. If they materialise, what would it signify for the world's largest food maker's operations in the market?

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