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How food companies in UK can increase R&D success

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...

Home discomforts cloud General Mills outlook

General Mills maintained its full-year forecasts after an opening quarter of falling sales and profits but there is uncertainty on Wall Stre...

Signs of changing M&A priorities at Nestle?

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 arr...

Food in line for most pain from Brexit self-harm

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 w...


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.


AmazonFresh enters Germany's nascent e-commerce market - column 10 May 2017

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

As Amazon launches its AmazonFresh in Germany, Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero discusses the implications for retailers and brands.


Brexit tension to be expected - opinion 2 May 2017

David Leggett

Over the Bank Holiday weekend in the UK, the country's headlines were dominated about last week's meeting between Theresa May and European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker - and how badly it was supposed to have gone. The UK has dismissed the reports as "Brussels gossip". However, David Leggett suggests we should expect the next two years to be tense.


UK sugar debate becoming more measured - column 1 May 2017

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper reports from a UK conference on sugar this week and finds a shift in the tone of discussion from debate to action.


Radical thinking needed to revitalise Big Food - opinion 28 Apr 2017

Martin Deboo

With first-quarter results rolling in, Jefferies consumer goods analyst Martin Deboo argues the numbers underline the issues facing the sector's largest players.


How FMCG brands can capitalise on e-commerce opportunity in Japan 28 Apr 2017

Andrew Pearl, Profitero

Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero, casts his eyes further afield to Japan, a market showing promise for e-commerce FMCG.


Why snacking is the new meal - column 9 Apr 2017

Victor Martino

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino believes the country is seeing "the deconstruction of the traditional meal" - and snack foods are the reason. But how can packaged foods tap into a trend Martino says is here to stay?


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