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Column: Five geopolitical issues to watch in Q1

In a guest column, Matthew Elliott, a senior political advisor at UK-based investment advisory firm Shore Capital Markets, sets out the geop...

Lactalis saga puts wider supply chain in spotlight

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal...

The challenger brand challenge has just begun

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino kicks off 2018 with a message all food majors in the US should heed - as, for that matter, should th...

6 mega-trends to shape US food in 2018

Operating in the US food market? If you thought 2017 was a heady mix of challenge and opportunity, wait for 2018, writes just-food's US colu...


The food industry in 2018 - the e-commerce trends to watch 1 Jan 2018

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

Taking advantage of the rise of the e-commerce channel will be a priority of an increasing number of food company strategists in 2018. Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insight in the EMEA markets for e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, presents four trends to watch in the channel in 2018.


The food industry in 2018 - the nine foodservice trends to follow 1 Jan 2018

David Henkes, Technomic

The foodservice channel continues to show growth, even in more mature markets, presenting an opportunity for food manufacturers to capture. David Henkes, the advisory group senior principal at US-based foodservice consultants Technomic, sets out the nine trends that will shape the sector in 2018.


Gove wins UK exporter praise but Brexit looms - editor's viewpoint 15 Dec 2017

Dean Best

For all the qualified optimism about the UK government's renewed pledges to work "in partnership" with the country's food industry to grow the sector, Brexit presents significant unknowns and departure from the EU could have significant ramifications for manufacturers.


Industry gets obesity praise but could UK politics shift? 23 Nov 2017

Ben Cooper

The annual Food Matters Live conference and exhibition has been held in London this week, with industry, politicians, campaigners and academia meeting at a three-day business event that focuses on the links between food, health, nutrition and sustainability. Ben Cooper reports on the discussions centring on the UK government's bid to tackle childhood obesity.


It's not child's play for TreeHouse Foods right now - editor's viewpoint 3 Nov 2017

Dean Best

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tough going in the last 18 months or so. And, worryingly for investors, the latest news coming out of TreeHouse this week did not make for happy reading, Dean Best reports.


Eyeing Asia, Saputo moves for Murray Goulburn - editor's viewpoint 30 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Dean Best weighs up why Saputo has moved to buy the embattled Australian dairy group.


The plant-based food and drink revolution is on in the US 23 Oct 2017

Victor Martino

In the US, in two decades, plant-based food and beverages have grown from something even smaller than a niche to commanding increasing amounts of shelf-space. just-food's US columnist, Victor Martino, says 2017 was the tipping point for the category and predicts growth is only set to continue.


Ferrero strikes again in US - but whither Nestle assets? 23 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Ferrero and Ferrara Candy Co. have this summer been named as two possible bidders for Nestle's US confectionery assets. This week, they announced they were to join forces. What, then, could that mean for Nestle's bid to sell the business?


How food companies in UK can increase R&D success - guest column 13 Oct 2017

Will Rees-Hooper, Webb deVlam

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 design and innovation consultants Webb deVlam, outlines eight ways food companies operating in the UK can improve their chances of success.


General Mills resolute but home discomfort clouds outlook 25 Sep 2017

Dean Best

General Mills maintained its full-year forecasts after an opening quarter of falling sales and profits but there is uncertainty on Wall Street about the outlook for the US food giant, which continues to toil at home, writes Dean Best.


Recent M&A moves show Nestle has woken up and smelt the coffee 18 Sep 2017

Dean Best

Nestle's investment in US coffee roaster and retailer Blue Bottle is another sign of a change in the food giant's M&A strategy since the arrival of CEO Mark Schneider earlier this year, Dean Best writes.


Food in line for most pain from Brexit self-harm - comment 8 Sep 2017

Dean Best

There have been plenty of occasions since the early hours of 24 June 2016 when those in the UK who voted for the country to stay in the EU would have held their heads in the hands.


Pressure on manufacturers in an age of assortment consolidation 29 Aug 2017

Christophe Knoke, IRI

In an upcoming age of assortment consolidation can food manufacturers still command shelf space and attract new generations of shoppers?


UK's dose of realism on Brexit will encourage food industry 22 Aug 2017

Ben Cooper

The UK's position papers on its future customs arrangements with the EU and, more specifically, on the border with Ireland have seen London take a pragmatic stance on key issues, Ben Cooper writes, which will please the food sector.


Where do Trump and corporate America go from here? 21 Aug 2017

Ben Cooper

Following the disbanding this week of two Presidential business advisory committees, Ben Cooper looks at Donald Trump’s relationship with business and suggests these events cannot be viewed as a standard contretemps between an interest group and the White House. A serious rift has developed and, on past record, the President will not be the one extending the olive branch.


Marketeers, don't despair when markets go dark - guest opinion 9 Aug 2017

Neil Davidson, HeyHuman

The UK has recently further tightened restrictions on the advertising of foods high in fat, salt or sugar (HFSS). Neil Davidson, the managing director of UK FMCG marketing specialists HeyHuman, believes the new rules are yet another sign of ever-increasing limits on the promotion of consumer goods worldwide. But he argues there are plenty of opportunities to nurture and grow brands, if marketeers take a proactive approach.


Why there is room for improvement at US online start-up Brandless 19 Jul 2017

Keith Anderson, Profitero

With the rapid rise of digital-native, direct-to-consumer brands like Dollar Shave Company and The Honest Company, Keith Anderson, senior vice president for strategy and insights at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, shares his perspective on Brandless, the latest entrant to the US grocery market.


Investor interest in sustainability growing but still way to go 14 Jul 2017

Ben Cooper

There are increasing signs more investors are becoming interested in the corporate sustainability practices of food companies, with some introducing the issue into the factors they weigh when deciding where to put their cash. However, as interest in corporate sustainability varies by company, so it does in the investment community, with some in the financial sphere seemingly little interested, proving the CEO advocates in the sector still have some convincing to do.


Activist grabs headlines but change was already on way at Nestle 29 Jun 2017

Dean Best

Activist investors putting pressure on food companies is not new, especially not in recent years, although Nestle's stature in the industry may have raised eyebrows as US investment fund Third Point made the world's largest food business the latest to feel the heat. However, there were already signs of change at Nestle under new CEO Mark Schneider, Dean Best argues.


Why Big Data Collaboration could be the new ECR - opinion 23 Jun 2017

José Carlos González-Hurtado, president, IRI International

With growth in FMCG in many western economies hard to come by, manufacturers and retailers need to step up efforts to work together, argues José Carlos González-Hurtado, the president of IRI's international operations.




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