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How Covid-19 might shape food companies' innovation

28 May 2020

Simon Creasey looks at how Covid-19 could change the way packaged-food majors approach new product development.

Paris Hilton among celebrity investors in US faux seafood firm Gathered Foods

26 May 2020

Gathered Foods, the US seafood alternative company behind the Good Catch plant-based 'tuna' brand, has announced further investment backing.

General Mills lifts outlook on back of at-home demand 

11 May 2020

US food group General Mills has adjusted its sales guidance for this year as a result of changes in demand linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

How could Covid-19 change how we think about food?

11 May 2020

Ben Cooper looks at the possible lasting effects of the Covid-19 pandemic on consumer attitudes to food and on the global food system.

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

24 Apr 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.

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.

General Mills' ice cream sales in Asia hit by Covid-19 but sees increased traffic elsewhere

18 Mar 2020

General Mills said its Asian sales for the third quarter were impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak as ice cream revenues dwindled on government-led restrictions.

New products - Oumph debuts sausage, bacon-alternatives; Beyond Meat launches breakfast sausage in US retail; Ella's Kitchen dairy-free line; Young’s goes for Lighter option

13 Mar 2020

Our coverage of new products this week includes a plant-based breakfast sausage from Beyond Meat and a host of dairy and meat alternatives.

General Mills' Haagen-Dazs ice-cream operation in China hit by coronavirus

19 Feb 2020

US food major General Mills risks seeing its sales decline in Greater China after reporting the potential impact from the coronavirus outbreak.

New products - UK baby food brand Piccolo moves into infant formula; Unilever launches vegan stock pots under Knorr brand; UK's Signature Flatbreads launches Brioche Style Wraps

7 Feb 2020

This week's batch of new products includes a nut mix range from Intersnack-owned UK crisps brand Tyrrells and Lizi's branching out into muesli.

Good Catch owner Gathered Foods attracts major investors

15 Jan 2020

Gathered Foods, the US company behind the plant-based seafood brand Good Catch, has announced investment from two major food manufacturers in North America.

New products - General Mills launches Yoplait Zero; Quorn debuts Southern Fried Poppers; Hippeas adds tortilla chips to chickpea range

18 Dec 2019

Products that caught the eye this week include a new low-calorie yogurt under General Mills' Yoplait brand and on-the-go vegan snacks from Quorn Foods.

New products - Nestle debuts plant-based DiGiorno, Stouffer's duo; Kellogg to-go granola bowls, All-Bran Prebiotic; Soylent marks UK grocery bow; General Mills dairy-free Oui

6 Dec 2019

The new products we picked out this week include plant-based pizza and lasagne from Nestlé, dairy-free yogurts from General Mills, and Soylents UK grocery entry.

US start-up Caulipower features alongside Big Food in product innovation awards

4 Dec 2019

Food industry start-up Caulipower has been included in a list of product innovation winners in the consumer packaged goods space.

Nestle to adopt Nutri-Score labelling scheme in five European countries 

26 Nov 2019

Nestlé has confirmed it will use Nutri-Score front-of-pack nutrition labelling on products sold in five European markets.

Sustainability body Ceres calls on food companies to take action over water resources

1 Nov 2019

A new report from US-based sustainability advocacy organisation Ceres has revealed how big food companies are faring in relation to their use of water resources.

Cereal isn’t dead - it just needs better strategy and some ‘snap, crackle and pop’

17 Oct 2019

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino takes a close look at the US cereal category and suggests ways in which product providers might up their game.

New products - Strauss chocolate "first"; Saputo's Vitalite dairy-free cheese; Vegan pizza from Garden Gourmet; Goodbelly "gut-friendly" cereal

4 Oct 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a "gut-friendly" breakfast cereal from Cereal Partners Worldwide and Strauss Group claiming a "first" in the chocolate market.

Alvestaglass to distribute Haagen-Dazs ice cream brand in Sweden

3 Oct 2019

Swedish ice cream maker Alvestaglass has signed a sales and distribution agreement with US food giant General Mills. 

Nestle calls on industry to improve on deforestation

2 Oct 2019

Nestlé has admitted it will miss a 2020 target on deforestation it set ten years ago - but the company has set out how it believes the wider industry can end the practice.

Bidfood to distribute General Mills frozen vegetable brand in Saudi Arabia

1 Oct 2019

Bidfood has formed an exclusive agreement with FMCG heavyweight General Mills for products in Saudi Arabia.

General Mills says CFO Don Mulligan plans to retire with Kofi Bruce his successor

20 Aug 2019

General Mills will see its finance chief Don Mulligan depart the US food giant next year having held the role since 2007.

Unilever, Nestle among best prepared for plant-based future - investor group

24 Jul 2019

Unilever and Nestlé are amongst the businesses to be assessed in terms of their response to consumer demand for alternative proteins in a new report.

Innovation "critically important" as General Mills' legacy business flounders

12 Jul 2019

After a challenging year, General Mills wants to achieve "balanced" sales and profit growth. We looks at the key takeaways from this week's annual investor day.

General Mills admits work to do on getting snacks "back on track"

27 Jun 2019

General Mills' full-year earnings weighed by a poor performance in its North America retail division, the food giant's largest reporting unit.

New products - Mars takes Juicy Fruit to India; Kraft Heinz debuts spoonable smoothie; Caulipower launches blended chicken-and-cauliflower line; Oatly dairy-free ice cream hits US

21 Jun 2019

This week's batch of new products includes the latest developments from companies including Quorn Foods, Danone and Dairy Crest.

Big Food teams up with advertisers, digital media to launch online safety alliance

19 Jun 2019

Some of the world's biggest food companies have joined forces to launch an alliance of global advertisers to tackle online safety issues.

New products - Symington's Twistd meals, Mug Shot pots; Mondelez unveils Oreo Cadbury Coated; General Mills, Godiva team up in US; Danone rolls out new brand in Germany

6 Jun 2019

This week's batch of new product launches includes a tie-up between General Mills and Godiva in the US and Danone introducing a new dairy brand to the market in Germany.

New products - Danone's Alpro launches vegan ice cream; Calidad Pascual's Vivesoy Fusión dairy-free drinks; Mondelez adds to BelVita range; Sargento Foods targets morning snackers

31 May 2019

This week's batch of new product launches includes products from Mondelez International and Sargento Foods.

General Mills committed to divestitures in "more dynamic" food industry

30 May 2019

General Mills' chief executive Jeff Harmening said the US FMCG giant will focus on parts of the business offering the best opportunities for growth. 

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