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Nutrition labels: opportunity for Europe's brands

As Europeans' interest in health and well-being rises, the way nutritional values are communicated on-pack are growing in importance - and c...

Chilli is spicing up parts of China's food sector

just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli outlines how chilli flavours has made inroads in the country's packaged food industry as the pal...

China's snack lovers nuts about fruits and nuts

In his debut column, just-food's China columnist Peter Peverelli looks at how the country's growing wealth and need for convenience has led...

How can UK SMEs prepare for life after Brexit?

When it comes to Brexit, almost everything is uncertain and unclear. As entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SME...


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.


Why latest Tyrrells takeover is no major surprise 18 May 2018

Dean Best

UK-based savoury snacks business Tyrrells is getting its third owner in two years - but the latest deal is no surprise, writes Dean Best.


Brands still matter in US - but rules of game have changed 15 May 2018

Victor Martino

As the US FMCG sector witnesses the biggest change in consumer habits in a generation, some argue brands are becoming less important. However, just-food's US columnist, Victor Martino, begs to differ and sets out how brands can still prosper.


London Mayor's bold plan on food ads should be welcomed 11 May 2018

Dean Best

How the owners of food and drink high in fat, salt or sugar advertise their products has long been a contentious issue in the UK, with campaigners calling for further restrictions. Today (11 May), London's Mayor, Sadiq Khan, has won praise for his proposals to introduce regulations within his area of influence.


What might Pinnacle Foods' new activist investor mean for US group? 20 Apr 2018

Dean Best

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the US group that talk will intensify.


M&A, rather than Brexit, is behind Unilever's HQ decision 16 Mar 2018

Dean Best

Unilever this week announced a change in its legal structure, which will see the FMCG behemoth have its main base in the Netherlands. The UK media swiftly pointed to Brexit - but the key factor would likely have been to have given the group more options when it comes to M&A.


Why private-label has reached tipping point in US - and what to do 13 Mar 2018

Victor Martino

The major, branded CPG operators in the US are not only facing a challenge from growing demand for products from upstart, agile competitors tapping into evolving consumer trends. They are also, Victor Martino warns, seeing another front open up from private-label. In his latest column for just-food, Martino outlines which retailers are gaining ground and how brand owners can fight back.


The UK's calorie plan is cogent - and industry will be content 12 Mar 2018

Dean Best

Faced with some alarming data on obesity, the UK this week announced its latest strategy to battle the bulge. A target for industry to reduce calories has its merits and, Dean Best writes, will have pleased industry, too.


The top takeaways from the bellwether US Winter Fancy Food Show 8 Feb 2018

Victor Martino

One of the key dates in the US food-industry calendar, The Winter Fancy Food Show is seen by product developers and trend-watchers as an event where executives can pick up a flavour of what's to come in the sector. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino was there once again.




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