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The Covid-19 coronavirus and the food industry - live blog (free to read)

7 Apr 2020

just-food's coronavirus free live blog is your one-stop shop for news on how the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting the world's food industry.

Plant-based priorities - dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free

3 Apr 2020

Andy Coyne rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area.

Could Covid-19 make for more caring companies?

31 Mar 2020

How might corporate engagement in addressing major global issues, such as climate change and poverty, be affected by the coronavirus pandemic?

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

31 Mar 2020

Kraft Heinz is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms.

Nature's Fynd backed again by Danone after name switch from Sustainable Bioproducts

26 Mar 2020

Nature's Fynd, formerly Sustainable Bioproducts, has been engaged in a new funding round to support the commercialisation of its alternative food products.

The three categories riding healthy snacks wave in China - deep dive, part one

26 Mar 2020

In our latest market deep dive, we set out three categories being boosted by growing demand in China for healthier snacks.

Danone-owned Horizon Organic makes carbon positive pledge

4 Mar 2020

Horizon Organic, the US organic dairy brand owned by French dairy giant Danone, has announced a carbon positive pledge.

Packaging central to Danone's EUR2bn "climate-impact" spend

27 Feb 2020

The Activia yogurt and Evian bottled water owner has unveiled a EUR2bn (US$2.19bn) war-chest for spending on sustainability initiatives, with packaging at its heart.

Coronavirus - Danone reveals sales impact forecast

27 Feb 2020

Speaking to analysts after reporting its 2019 financial results, Danone outlined how the company believes coronavirus will affect its sales.

Danone lowers 2020 sales, margin guidance

26 Feb 2020

Danone pointed to plans to "accelerate" investment - and the possible impact of the coronavirus outbreak - as it lowered its 2020 guidance on key financial metrics this morning.

Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes

26 Feb 2020

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.

Danone rolls out digital traceability service for infant formula

13 Feb 2020

French dairy giant Danone has launched a new digital service for infant formula, offering transparency for consumers.

Danone joins investor round for food-waste reduction firm Phenix

11 Feb 2020

Phenix, a Paris-based business dedicated to cutting food waste, has received a round of funding from a group of investors.

Nestle, Danone sign food-waste pledge in France

4 Feb 2020

Nestle and Danone are among more than 30 signatories to a bid in a major European market to cut food waste through a focus on date labelling.

New products - Baby food firm Mia & Ben wins listings with Sainsbury's; Danone launches Silk with two plant ingredients; Kerry takes Naked Glory into 'chicken''

31 Jan 2020

This week's batch of new products includes the latest from companies including Tyson Foods, Unilever and Nestle.

Danone in financing deal for regenerative agriculture push

29 Jan 2020

The French food giant has struck a deal in the US with a financial-services firm that focuses on ways to reverse climate change.

Can vertical farming ever become mainstream?

28 Jan 2020

Simon Harvey investigates whether vertical farming – growing fresh produce in a controlled environment – can become well-established in the market.

Fad or fixture? - US oat-based dairy deep dive, part two

22 Jan 2020

In part two of our look at the oat-based dairy alternatives market in the US, Andy Coyne asks looks at what could lie ahead for the category.

Milking demand for alternatives - US oat-based dairy deep dive, part one

21 Jan 2020

In the first of a two-part feature, Andy Coyne charts the emergence of the market for oat-based dairy alternatives in the US.

New products - Nestle's plant-based sausages hit Europe, US; Turkey giant Butterball moves into meat snacks; Danone debuts simple ingredient yogurts; Hershey's Krave in new segment

17 Jan 2020

New product launches that caught the eye this week include a new milk chocolate KitKat variant from Nestlé and dairy-free ice cream from Alden's Organic.

Danone rolls out Nutri-Score in new market

16 Jan 2020

Activia and Alpro owner Danone has put the Nutri-Score nutrition labels developed in France on products on sale in another European market.

2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 Dec 2019

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019.

Danone to use well-known brands to push plant-based dairy alternatives

5 Dec 2019

French consumer goods giant Danone has outlined how it plans to push new plant-based dairy alternative products.

Danone venture fund backs US plant-based yogurt brand Halsa

4 Dec 2019

French dairy giant Danone has taken part in a funding round for a US plant-based business through its in-house venture-capital fund.

New products - Danone launches indulgent dessert brand Pati & Coco; Nestle unveils KitKat Cacao Fruit Chocolate, Kings Elite Snacks Microwaveable Pork Crackle

29 Nov 2019

The products we picked out this week include Danone launching plant-based products under its Activia brand and the UK's first microwaveable pork crackle from Kings Elite Snacks.

Nestle, Danone, Mars among signatories to 4evergreen packaging initiative

28 Nov 2019

Food giants Nestlé, Danone and Mars are among signatories to a new sustainability alliance to promote the use of fibre-based packaging.

New products - Nestle's Allen's introduces lower-sugar lollies; Danone's no-sugar Silk Oat Yeah; Muller adds new ingredient to yogurts; Danone targets Horizon Organic kids segment

1 Nov 2019

Our round-up of new products includes European yogurt business Müller adding another ingredient into its range and Danone launching an organic milk for young children in the US.

New products - Tyson introduces Air Fried Chicken; Halo Top goes "indulgent" in the UK; Good Hemp debuts CBD-infused milk; Danone rolls out Alpro soy drinks

25 Oct 2019

This week's batch of new product launches includes CBD-infused milk from Good Hemp high-protein soy drinks from Alpro and "indulgent" ice creams from Halo Top.

Danone denies over-optimistic forecasting charge

18 Oct 2019

French dairy giant Danone has responded to charges that it is engaged in over-optimistic performance forecasting.

Danone cuts guidance after disappointing nine-month sales

18 Oct 2019

Danone has trimmed its full-year sales guidance after relative underperformance in its essential dairy and waters business.





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