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UK food's obesity kudos - but might politics move?

The annual Food Matters Live conference and exhibition has been held in London this week, with industry, politicians, campaigners and academ...

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...

Column: It's not child's play for TreeHouse

After a largely smooth decade for TreeHouse Foods since its inception in 2005, the largest private-label supplier in the US has found it tou...

Focus: Eyeing Asia, Saputo buys Aussie dairy giant

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.


Direct-to-consumer to play minor role in US grocery e-commerce - column 20 Jun 2017

Victor Martino

With the e-commerce channel growing in the US but still in its early stages, food manufacturers are weighing up various ways to build a presence in the channel. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino argues suppliers should think carefully before putting too much emphasis on selling directly to consumers.


Food brands must avoid being egotists to thrive - guest opinion 12 Jun 2017

Stuart Galvin, Smp

Look at the top-line data on the UK grocery market and it shows a sector in rude health. However, at present, inflation has become central to the market's growth, while the performance of own-label is outpacing brands. In a guest column, Stuart Galvin, business director at shopper marketing specialist, Smp, argues one way brands can help themselves is to no longer be the hero of their own marketing strategies.


UK election result raises food sector hopes of better Brexit - column 9 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

The result of the UK's General Election has stunned much of the country and many observers worldwide. The poll produced a hung parliament, with the Conservative Party, led by UK Prime Minister Theresa May, the largest in the House of Commons but without a majority of seats. May has embarked on talks with Democratic Unionist Party in a bid to form a minority government that can function with the working support of the Northern Ireland party. As Ben Cooper reports, the DUP's stance on Brexit, as well as the now improved standing of Labour, could lead to a softer Brexit that many food manufacturers would support.


UK election result - all eyes on Northern Ireland as Brexit talks near 9 Jun 2017

Dean Best

Cor Blimey! exclaimed one Labour-leaning UK tabloid this morning (9 June) as the country awoke to another election result that confounded pollsters.


Paris climate partners resolute but US cash will be missed - column 5 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper examines the implications of the US withdrawal from the Paris climate agreement.


Over-supplied US dairy must adapt to prosper - column 1 Jun 2017

Victor Martino

On World Milk Day, an annual event devised by the UN to push the importance of the white stuff as food, US columnist Victor Martino urges his country's dairy sector to work harder on innovation and marketing to turn its over-supply into outsized sales.


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