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New activist investor may put Pinnacle in play

Pinnacle Foods has often been touted as a possible acquisition target - and now activist investor Jana Partners has taken a position in the...

M&A, rather than Brexit, behind Unilever HQ move

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...

Why private-label has reached tipping point in US

The major, branded CPG operators in the US are not only facing a challenge from growing demand for products from upstart, agile competitors...

Why UK industry will be content with calorie push

Faced with some alarming data on obesity, the UK this week announced its latest strategy to battle the bulge. A target for industry to reduc...


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.


Financial market 'corrections' - should we worry?  6 Feb 2018

David Leggett

The last 24 hours have seen a wave of sell-offs on global stock markets. Is there cause for concern? Yes, but there is also a need for some perspective and there is no reason to believe that a global economic recession is imminent or inevitable. 


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers 26 Jan 2018

Laura Fusi, IRI

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food.


Five geopolitical issues to watch in Q1 - guest column 18 Jan 2018

Matthew Elliott, Shore Capital Markets

In a guest column, Matthew Elliott, a senior political advisor at UK-based investment advisory firm Shore Capital Markets, sets out the geopolitical events executives need to monitor in the opening weeks of 2018.


Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 2018

Dean Best

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.


The challenger brand challenge has just begun 11 Jan 2018

Victor Martino

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 those operating further afield.


The six mega-trends that will shape the US food industry in 2018 2 Jan 2018

Victor Martino

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 columnist Victor Martino, who gives you six mega-trends your business must embrace to thrive over the next 12 months.


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?




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