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Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds 

20 Mar 2019

just-food presents a guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 

Barilla 'reportedly plans chocolate spread launch to rival Nutella'

21 Nov 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is reportedly planning to enter a new category, a move which would see it competing against a local rival's market-leading product.

Barilla offers to buy plant from indebted Italian rival Pasta Zara

15 Nov 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is offering to buy a plant from indebted rival Pasta Zara as it seeks to boost production capacity.

New Products - Danone launches another organic yogurt range in France; Nestle unveils gluten-free snack bar Yes!; Mars to introduce M&M's chocolate bars; Barilla debuts legume pastas

28 Sep 2018

This week, the more eye-catching new products announced to market include Arla Foods' organic fruit yogurts debut roll out in Germany, a collaboration between Germany's Dr Oetker and UK-based Quorn in pizza, and Nestle introducing the Maggi noodles brand to yogurt dips in India, along with a new snack brand in the UK and Ireland.

Barilla again among investors in US firm ReGrained

26 Sep 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is among the investors to have taken part in fundraising at ReGrained, a US firm that turns food waste into ingredients and packaged products.

New Products - ABF's Jordans launches healthy children's cereal Funny Crisp in France; Farmwise creates Chicken Veggie Nuggets and Tenders; Barilla leans to plant-based with chickpea, lentil pasta in US; Dairy Crest reformulates Clover Light

7 Sep 2018

This week's round-up of the most notable product development from the international food sector includes news of a range of vegetarian meals from Birds Eye in the UK, Mars' confectionery brand M&M's moving into cakes and Tine's foray into plant-based foods.

Barilla earmarks plants for expansion

7 Jun 2018

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, has set out plans to spend EUR1bn over the next five years on investment in production, innovation and geographic expansion.

Barilla launches 'responsible French wheat chain' for bread brand Harrys

29 May 2018

Italian pasta giant Barilla has launched what it calls "a responsible wheat chain" for its France-based bread brand Harrys.

Smoothie maker Innocent moves into dairy alternatives; Sonoma Creamery unveils Cheese Crisp Bars; PepsiCo launches Sunbreaks snacks in France; Yogurt giant Muller enters lactose-free

15 Mar 2018

just-food publishes the most notable product development from the international food sector, presented in bitesize format to give you a flavour of the innovation from your peers and competitors announced this week.

just-food in 2017 - our most-read news this year

21 Dec 2017

The news stories that got you clicking over the last 12 months.

Barilla to invest in pasta production in Italy

13 Jun 2017

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, is to invest in the world’s largest manufacturing facility for dry pasta.

Barilla boosts growth with better-for-you products

19 May 2017

Italian pasta group Barilla has posted a 2% rise in revenues for 2016 to EUR3.4bn (US$3.8bn) over the previous year - and said it was its better-for-you ranges which produced the fastest growth. 

Barilla to invest in expanded pasta sauces production

17 Feb 2017

Italian pasta group Barilla is to invest "in excess" of EUR50m (US$53.2m) in the expansion of its pasta sauces plant in Rubbiano, in Italy's Parma province.

Barilla eyes Saudi Arabia with Mayar tie-up 

31 Jan 2017

Italian pasta group Barilla has entered into a distribution agreement with Mayar Foods in a bid to grow its business in Saudi Arabia. 

Who will have their Weetabix? - analysis

31 Jan 2017

Almost five years after Bright Food snapped up a majority stake in Weetabix, the state-backed Chinese group is said to be looking to offload its shares in the UK-based breakfast cereal business. Speculation started before Christmas and, although Bright Food sought to cool the chatter, the rumours have intensified, with four bidders apparently preparing to table offers. Dean Best surveys the purported runners and riders.

Weetabix plans GBP30m investment as bidders line up 

30 Jan 2017

Weetabix has confirmed that it will push ahead with a GBP30m (US$37.6m) investment to increase production as Nestle, General Mills, Post Holdings, Associated British Foods and Barilla reportedly line up to submit bids for the business. 

Barilla opens restaurant concept in UAE

30 Nov 2016

Italian food group Barilla, which has three restaurants in the US, has opened its first outlet in the Middle East.

Can food manufacturers revitalise the shopper experience?

18 Nov 2016

In western Europe, more consumers are looking for new products, are becoming more interested in quality and are increasingly demanding a shopping "experience". Frédéric Nicolas, shopper insights director for IRI, argues food manufacturers can benefit from these trends but suggests their retail customers may need a little encouragement.

What are the next major markets for gluten-free? Poland touted as one to watch in Europe

12 Oct 2016

It has been markets in western Europe, notably Italy, Germany and the UK, where gluten-free has taken hold but the sector is building in countries further east. In just-food's series of market spotlights on the next five countries manufacturers should target, John Shepherd looks at Poland.

How Barilla is at forefront of 3D printing tests - interview

3 Oct 2016

This spring, Italian food group Barilla showcased a prototype for a 3D printer for its core product - pasta. The company is among those in the packaged food sector working out how it could use advancements in 3D printing technology. Brenda Dionisi talks to Barilla about its efforts so far and how it views the prospects for the technology.

DKSH buys majority stake in Chinese e-commerce firm ESweets

6 Sep 2016

DKSH, the Asian sales and marketing agency, has snapped up a majority stake in Chinese e-commerce distributor Shanghai Sweets International.

Barilla sued in US over "under-filled" pasta boxes

2 Aug 2016

Pasta maker Barilla is being sued in the US for allegedly under-filling boxes of some of its speciality lines and deceiving customers into how much of the product they are buying.

Barilla launches Wasa Thins in US

22 Jun 2016

Barilla is expanding its Wasa crispbread brand in the US with the launch of Wasa Thins. 

Barilla profits up in 2015

1 Jun 2016

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, has booked a 14% increase in annual profits, helped by rising sales, a reduction in marketing costs and lower finance expenses.

Barilla to launch first organic product in France

31 Mar 2016

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, is to enter the organic food sector in France.

Barilla opens facility focused on "growth, innovation"

10 Nov 2015

Barilla has opened a new headquarters for its operations in the Americas.

Barilla launches "convenient" pasta in US

23 Oct 2015

Barilla has launched a range of pasta in the US the Italian food group said does not need to be boiled on drained.

Briefing: The product trends to watch in European gluten-free

7 Aug 2015

As the gluten-free market grows and competition - from both specialists and interested conventional manufacturers - intensifies, innovation will be vital. The rate of product development is increasing - Mintel says one in ten products launched in the entire food sector last year was gluten free, up from 2% in 2005. However, as one industry watcher puts it, there is a lot of "spray and pray" to NPD in the category. What trends can manufacturers harness for success? Dean Best reports.

Briefing: How is gluten-free faring in Europe?

29 Jul 2015

Much of the commentary around the rise of gluten free has focused on the US, a market that alone accounted for a quarter of global sales in 2014. But what about the opportunities in Europe? The UK, home to its own well developed gluten-free category, also attracts column inches and, despite some concerns about the maturation of the market still offers opportunities. On the continent, a clutch of western European countries are home to categories at different stages of development. In the first part of our management briefing looking at Europe's gluten-free sector, we provide a run-down of the region's major markets - and hint at the countries to watch.

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