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The impacts of embedding purpose in your company

Vanessa Cox and Bryony Wright of The Preston Associates show how embedding purpose in your organisation can be hindered by your supply chain...

Four product trends to watch in China in 2019

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PepsiCo's best hope for Pipers outside UK grocery

PepsiCo's third acquisition in five months has seen the US group snap up UK firm Pipers Crisps, a business in its core category &n...

Mondelez is rolling up its sleeves

With sales in the doldrums, Mondelez International is looking to grow its top-line again through a business revamp and a new future-fcoused...


How food start-ups can stand out from crowd and catch an investor's eye 29 Oct 2018

John Stapleton

Large numbers of investors, with deep pockets, are keen to invest in the right food start-up venture, John Stapleton writes.


How CPG companies should adapt to "the new consumer experience" 26 Oct 2018

Victor Martino

All that's historically been solid in CPG brand marketing is melting into air amid changes in consumer demand, argues just-food's US columnist Victor Martino, who outlines how companies need to react.


How small brands are riding Europe's demand for local food 18 Oct 2018

Olly Abotorabi and Livio Matucci, IRI

In IRI's latest exclusive column, the industry researchers highlight how demand in Europe for local food is on the rise - and how it's smaller brands capitalising.


Is UK business sleepwalking towards Brexit? 28 Sep 2018

Dean Best

There are signs UK business - including the food industry - are not prepared enough for what Brexit might bring. And the UK government isn't helping, writes Dean Best.


Why nutrition labels should be an opportunity for Europe's food brands 19 Sep 2018

Olly Abotorabi, IRI

As Europeans' interest in health and well-being rises, the way nutritional values are communicated on-pack are growing in importance - and can help brand-owners gain an edge on their competitors. But with no consistent way of showing nutritional information, it has become very hard to compare products. IRI's Olly Abotorabi questions why more food manufacturers aren't grasping this opportunity.


How chilli is spicing up parts of China's food sector 5 Sep 2018

Peter Peverelli

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli outlines how chilli flavours have made inroads in the country's packaged food sector as the palates of local consumers get used to - and embrace - some heat in their food.


Fruit and nuts - from staples to snacking favourites in China 9 Aug 2018

Peter Peverelli

In his debut column, just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli looks at how growing wealth and need for convenience have led to the staples of fruit and nuts be the foundation of a buoyant, on-the-go category.


How can UK SMEs prepare for life after Brexit?   8 Aug 2018

John Stapleton

When it comes to Brexit, almost everything is uncertain and unclear. As entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it can be tricky to anticipate and take proactive action to future-proof your business when the post-Brexit business environment remains so unpredictable, John Stapleton writes.


Nestle results provide food for thought - key takeaways 30 Jul 2018

Simon Harvey

Nestlé revealed a generally positive set of first-half results on Thursday that were received favourably by the stock market, despite a tweak to the Swiss food giant's organic growth outlook. But what was most interesting is what can surely only be deemed as a veiled kickback by CEO Mark Schneider at activist investor Daniel Loeb. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways.


How grocery featured on Amazon's latest Prime Day 26 Jul 2018

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

Amazon held its fourth annual Prime Day earlier this month. It again lasted more than a day - 36 hours to be exact - and took in new countries as the e-commerce titan sought to offer members to its Prime service a multitude of deals. Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insight in the EMEA region for e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, surveys some of the ways grocery featured.


How to find growth in flat French market 25 Jul 2018

Olivier Humeau, IRI

Olivier Humeau, the general manager of IRI's French arm, considers the changing mindset of FMCG consumers and how manufacturers and retailers must adapt their approach to find the opportunities for growth in a flat market.


Retaining talent - a growing dilemma for food companies 24 Jul 2018

Bryony Wright, The Preston Associates

Among senior leaders, a shift is underway from looking at their business structure through the lens of efficiency to seeing their team as a vital component in staying ahead of the competition. But how can talent be retained? In a guest column, Bryony Wright, of international executive coaching firm The Preston Associates, argues team-builders need to look beyond simple remuneration.


Premier Foods boss sees off revolt but still faces slog 23 Jul 2018

Dean Best

Premier Foods chief executive Gavin Darby saw off a shareholder revolt this week, winning the vote on his re-election to the role. But any relief over that result will likely be short-lived as the UK manufacturer continues to face the challenge of eking out sales growth from legacy brands in low-growth categories and paying down debts and a hefty pension deficit.


Scrutiny will only intensify even if Premier CEO gets re-elected 6 Jul 2018

Dean Best

It would be a surprise Premier Foods' under-fire CEO Gavin Darby is not re-elected at the UK group's AGM on 18 July but activist investor Oasis Management has brought to the fore concerns about the manufacturer's performance. The market will be watching closely if Premier moves forward under its current CEO.


Why Kraft Heinz should steer clear of Campbell 26 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Dean Best is unsure whether, as has been reported in the US, Kraft Heinz should be looking at a possible move for Campbell Soup Co.


Google and JD.com - another e-commerce duo to consider 22 Jun 2018

Dean Best

There was another e-commerce powerplay this week, with Google investing in and setting out plans to work with Chinese e-commerce retailer JD.com. Dean Best reflects on the announcement and how suppliers should react.


Frustration with Brexit blind date prevails at FDF's annual gathering 15 Jun 2018

Simon Harvey

With nine months to go until the UK is set to officially leave the EU, politicians are still battling it out to resolve complex trade and regulatory issues two years after the Brexit referendum. The UK food industry can only sit and watch events unfold but is eager to see concrete resolutions so they can get on with planning for an exit. Simon Harvey went to the UK Food and Drink Federation's annual convention to hear what delegates had to say.


Amazon-Whole Foods one year on - what's changed? 13 Jun 2018

Victor Martino

A year since Amazon shook the grocery sector with its acquisition of upmarket US retailer Whole Foods Market, just-food's Stateside columnist Victor Martino weighs up what the deal has meant for the two businesses - and for the wider industry.


Bakery giant Aryzta's fresh profit warning raises concerns 29 May 2018

Dean Best

It has been clear for months there are some sizeable challenges facing Aryzta, the Swiss-Irish bakery giant - and there were signs this week the company's problems persist.


Proactive Denise Morrison exits with Campbell still in the soup 18 May 2018

Dean Best

In her seven years at the helm of Campbell Soup Co., there has been plenty to admire about the work done by outgoing president and CEO Denise Morrison. But, ultimately, Dean Best, writes, Morrison leaves with the US giant facing significant issues, not least in its still problematic legacy, domestic, soup business.




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