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Coronavirus live news - Covid-19 and the global food sector, Tuesday 26 May (free to read)

26 May 2020

just-food's coronavirus live feed is your one-stop shop for news on how the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting the world's packaged food sector.

Snack maker Fulfil to see chief executive Brian O'Sullivan exit

5 May 2020

Fulfil Nutrition has announced its chief executive will be leaving the Ireland-based nutrition snack bar maker.

Sonoma Brands acquires Krave jerky business from Hershey

4 May 2020

US confectionery giant Hershey has sold its Krave jerky business for an undisclosed sum, it has been announced.

Krave on block as Hershey readies brands for sale

24 Apr 2020

US confectionery giant Hershey has revealed it is to divest three brands so it can prioritise "scale assets".

Coronavirus - Hershey joins club of food firms pulling guidance

23 Apr 2020

Confectionery firm Hershey has withdrawn its financial guidance for the year because of uncertainties related to the coronavirus crisis.

Coronavirus - food company employees asked to work from home as crisis worsens

16 Mar 2020

Kraft Heinz and Cloetta are making changes to their working methods in an attempt to lessen the impact of the coronavirus outbreak on their operations.

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.

Hershey names Kristen Riggs as new chief growth officer

19 Dec 2019

Hershey has named a new chief growth officer to replace Mary Beth West, who is retiring from the US-based confectionery maker.

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.

Hershey exec Javier Idrovo joins Hain Celestial in senior role

7 Nov 2019

Earth's Best and Greek Gods owner Hain Celestial has recruited a former Hershey executive to take a senior management role at the US group.

Hershey CEO pinpoints snack-bar "sweet spot"

25 Oct 2019

Hershey CEO Michele Buck has identified where she sees the "real sweet spot" in the US snack-bar market as the confectionery giant announced its third-quarter results.

Hershey CEO Michele Buck given additional role of chairman

14 Oct 2019

US confectionery giant Hershey has announced president and CEO Michele Buck has now been elected to an additional leadership role.

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.

New products - Danone's Oikos dairy drinks; Clonakilty veg 'puddings'; Hershey's One Brands enters plant-based; Kraft Heinz's Primal Kitchen enters pasta sauces; Arla Explorers

13 Sep 2019

This week's batch of notable new product launches includes plant-based sausages from Kerry Group's Richmond brand and a veg ketchup from Kraft Heinz.

Who might be in the race for UK sports-nutrition business Grenade?

11 Sep 2019

We weigh up the possible runners and riders for Grenade, the UK sports-nutrition business that could be set for fresh ownership.

Fulfil CEO Brian O'Sullivan on Hershey's investment, Brexit and the Irish snack-bar firm's ambitions - interview

2 Sep 2019

Ireland-based healthy snack bar brand Fulfil has just secured investment from US confectioner Hershey. Simon Harvey talks with chief executive Brian O'Sullivan.

Hershey spends $397m on better-for-you snacks business One Brands

28 Aug 2019

US confectionery giant Hershey has extended its better-for-you portfolio with the acquisition of a local snacks business for US$397m.

Hershey takes minority stakes in Irish snack brand Fulfil, US confectioner Blue Stripes

19 Aug 2019

US confectionery giant Hershey has taken a minority stake in Ireland-based better-for-you snack brand Fulfil through its investment vehicle C7 Ventures.

New products - Nestle adds to US frozen stable; UK baby food firm Piccolo extends range; Yo Sushi launches sauces, condiments; Bells of Lazonby markets vegan brand

28 May 2019

This week's batch of new products includes news from companies including Nestle, Calbee, Ferrero, General Mills, Samworth Brothers and Jack Link's.

New products - Hershey unveils new Reese's Ice Cream Cake; Kind healthy snacks brand branches out into frozen; Blue Diamond almond-based 'yogurt'; The Meatless Farm widens stable

17 May 2019

This week's batch of new products includes UK meat-free veteran Quorn making its debut in ambient foods and a new snacks range from Graze.

Hershey announces investment plan for US facility

14 May 2019

US confectionery heavyweight Hershey has revealed it is to invest in one of its domestic manufacturing facilities.

Hershey appoints Steve Voskuil new CFO in leadership shake-up

23 Apr 2019

US confectionery giant Hershey has shaken up its leadership team in an attempt to take the business "to the next level".

The most-read news on just-food in 2018

20 Dec 2018

The news stories that caught your eye in 2018 included a number of M&A deals, CEOs departing and emerging brands entering new markets.

US meat snacks category deep-dive, part two - a healthy outlook

6 Dec 2018

In part two of this feature, Andy Coyne looks at how Big Food has reacted to disruption in the US beef jerky category and at the prospects for the wider meat snacks market.

New Products - Coca-Cola milk JV Fairlife launches snack-sized beverages; Oatly takes oatmeal drinks to Spain; Unilever rolls out Culture Republick ice cream pints in US; Nomad-Foods owned Aunt Bessie's Melt in the Middle desserts

19 Oct 2018

This week's product news includes Nestle's plan to take its A2 infant formula into more markets and Tesco doubling the size of its Wicked Kitchen vegan range in the UK.

New products - Symington's takes Mug Shot into soups; Mars Milk Snacks chilled desserts roll out; Hershey's puts namesake bar with Reese's candy; HKScan launches Kariniemen poultry products

12 Oct 2018

This week's most eye-catching product news features sweet gyoza in the UK, a range of Sara Lee frozen desserts in Australia, a "super-hot" lifrom Seabrook Crisps, and meat-free meals from Pinnacle Foods' Gardein.

September adds to M&A deals growth in first nine months of 2018 - data

10 Oct 2018

As company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge, just-food's index of deals in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced worldwide.

Hershey expands snacking portfolio with Pirate Brands deal

13 Sep 2018

US confectionery giant Hershey is snapping up natural snacking company Pirate Brands from B&G Foods for US$420m.

How big packaged food companies can create a challenger brand playbook of their own

28 Aug 2018

Acquiring challenger brands is one thing but how do big food businesses make a success of them when they are integrated into a very different corporate culture?

Hershey CFO Patricia Little plans to retire next spring

16 Aug 2018

Hershey chief financial officer Patricia Little has announced her intention to retire from the US confectioner next spring with a search for a successor already underway.

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