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Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds 31 Mar 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.


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?


Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants 23 Oct 2019

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports.


Plant-based foods and M&A in play for Hormel - investor day takeaways 16 Oct 2019

Hormel Foods outlined its growth plans at an investor day held at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Simon Harvey looks at the talking points.


Aryzta results show mileage still to cover - key takeaways 9 Oct 2019

A third of the way through a transformation exercise, Swiss-Irish baker Aryzta has made progress, but still needs to make up more ground. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.


What faces Tesco's new CEO - and suppliers? 2 Oct 2019

Dave Lewis, the man at the top of the UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco, picked an opportune moment to step down as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the new chief's challenges. 


Is 3D printing the future for meat alternatives? 30 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne looks at 3D printing technology and considers its ramifications for the meat - and meat-alternative - industries.


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