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Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 14 August (free to read)

14 Aug 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

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

14 Aug 2020

Minerva 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.

Beyond Covid-19 – will consumer interest in immunity endure?

6 Aug 2020

Covid-19 has pushed immunity claims up the NPD agenda. Andy Coyne asks whether the claims stack up and whether this is a trend here to stay once the dust settles on the virus.

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

4 Aug 2020

just-food 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.

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

4 Aug 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 'enterprise a mission' status will help drive shareholder value, CEO insists

31 Jul 2020

Danone's push on healthier and environmentally-friendly products will only be shown to have worked if the value of the French giant's shares rises, its CEO has insisted.

Danone on US plant-based, China baby food and consumers trading down – key takeaways from Q2 results and outlook

30 Jul 2020

The US plant-based market, baby food in China and the prospect of consumers trading down were among the hot topics as Danone discussed its latest numbers.

New products – Chobani probiotic drinks, lactose-free yogurts; Danone debuts dairy-free shots; Coca-Cola takes Simply into alt-milk; Kellogg teams with Duerr's in peanut butter

22 Jul 2020

This weeks batch of new products includes launches from Chobani, Danone, Coca-Cola, Kellogg and Little Bandits.

Unilever, Danone join net-zero emissions push

21 Jul 2020

Unilever and Danone are teaming up with seven other major corporations to share ways of cutting emissions, with an aim of all businesses achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Danone leads investment round in allergy-fighting firm Ready, Set, Food

20 Jul 2020

French dairy giant Danone has led a US$3m funding round in a company seeking to help prevent food allergies in children.

Danone invests in infant formula, medical nutrition in China

16 Jul 2020

French food group Danone has today (16 July) announced a series of investments in China covering two of its businesses – including an acquisition.

Nestle, Barilla join China Food Tech Hub centred on start-up development

7 Jul 2020

The China Food Tech Hub, a collective of global corporations launched last year to foster the development of Chinese start-ups, has attracted new members.

Danone investors back 'enterprise a mission' status

26 Jun 2020

French dairy giant Danone has moved further along its chosen route of becoming a purpose-driven rather than profit-motivated business following a shareholder vote.

New products – Mars launches M&M’s bars in France; JBS offshoot Planterra Foods unveils Ozo meat-free in US; More products join line-up of Asia meat-free brand OmniPork

19 Jun 2020

This week, we report on product news including major French milk brand Candia extending into plant-based drinks and Canada's Maple Leaf Foods launching a "fusion protein" range.

Indian yogurt brand Epigamia gets top-up funding from Danone venture capital arm

15 Jun 2020

Epigamia, the Greek yogurt brand owned by India-based Drums Food International, has received a top up to last year's Series C financing round.

Danone workers strike in Germany ahead of Rosenheim factory closure

5 Jun 2020

France-based dairy giant Danone saw workers stage a strike yesterday (4 June) at a plant earmarked for closure.

Danone sets out stall to become better corporate citizen

20 May 2020

French dairy giant Danone has outlined plans to enshrine social and environmental goals in its articles of association.

How might Covid-19 shape interest in health-and-wellness?

19 May 2020

With a health crisis set to be joined by a financial one, how will interest in diet and functionality, coupled with pressure on income, affect the trend of health and wellness?

Alpro owner Danone plans plant-based assault

6 May 2020

Danone has announced a "new chapter" for its combined dairy and plant-based business, which includes setting up a unit to help its dairy-free business grow geographically.

Nestle and Danone call for Nutri-Score labelling to be mandatory across EU 

28 Apr 2020

Nestlé and Danone are among food manufacturers calling on the European Commission to take action in regard to a product labelling scheme.

Laird Superfood attracts investment from Danone's venture capital arm

24 Apr 2020

Laird Superfood has received an investment from the venture capital arm of French dairy giant Danone to expand capacity.

Danone sees post-Covid-19 boost for "big brands"

22 Apr 2020

Danone has set out a possible trend on which the French giant could capitalise as consumers adjust after the Covid-19 pandemic.

Danone Q1 sales update and adapting to Covid-19 - six things to learn

21 Apr 2020

Danone's Q1 sales beat expectations, boosted by Covid-19 pantry-loading. However, the Alpro maker withdrew its financial guidance for 2020, which weighed on its share price.

Danone suspends guidance amid Covid-19 volatility but sees sales rise

21 Apr 2020

French dairy giant Danone has made an announcement regarding its financial guidance in light of the uncertain economic climate created by the Covid-19 pandemic.

New products - PepsiCo takes another brand into "cannister snacks"; Danone adds to So Delicious range; Bonduelle enters new category in Germany; Kinnerton debuts nut-free Nomo bars

16 Apr 2020

This week's batch of notable new products includes innovation from food majors PepsiCo, Danone and Bonduelle.

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?

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.

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