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

27 Apr 2021

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.

Kraft Heinz hires workers to address ketchup shortage

7 Apr 2021

Kraft Heinz has taken on additional workers in its US factories amid increased demand for condiments during the pandemic.

Kraft Heinz to 'raise ketchup output as Covid-related demand creates shortage'

7 Apr 2021

Kraft Heinz is reportedly planning to increase ketchup production in the US as restaurants across the country face a shortage in supply.

How might lessons learnt from Covid influence food company strategy?

6 Apr 2021

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic.

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

29 Mar 2021

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies.

New products – General Mills takes Pillsbury into ready-to-eat cookies; Russia's Cherkizovo in meat snack launch; Kind's frozen breakfast Smoothie Bowls 

11 Mar 2021

This week's selection of new products includes goat-milk variants of Hochdorf's Bimbosan infant nutrition range and Kraft Heinz unveiling desserts.

Coming to the crunch – UK snack bars deep dive, part one

1 Mar 2021

Andy Coyne takes a close look at the UK snack bar category and at how it has adapted to the unique trading conditions created by Covid lockdown restrictions. 

Hormel goes nuts for new asset Planters

12 Feb 2021

Hormel Foods has bought Kraft Heinz's Planters snacks arm. Paying more than $3bn for the assets, it's the largest deal in upbeat Hormel's history. Market reaction was more muted.

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies also in dairy-free

12 Feb 2021

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.

Hormel Foods buys Planters from Kraft Heinz

11 Feb 2021

The deal, struck in cash for US$3.35bn, is part of Hormel's "evolution as a global, branded food company", the Spam owner said.

Kraft Heinz linked to $3bn sale of Planters snacks business to Hormel

3 Feb 2021

A US newspaper report suggests local food major Kraft Heinz is planning to sell its Planters snacks business to an American peer.

Re-use platform Loop enters Canada with Loblaw, Kraft Heinz on board

2 Feb 2021

Loop, the global re-use platform operating in more than 20 countries, has entered a major new market where it has signed up a local grocery major as its retail partner.

New products – Tyson's latest plant-based push; Bel adds probiotics, vitamins to Babybel duo; Kraft Heinz extends vegan range; Post Holdings in sport-nutrition push

7 Jan 2021

The products that caught the eye in the early days of 2021 included a "sports nutrition food box" from Post Holdings and a flurry of new ice-cream lines from Unilever in the US.

"We are sitting on a pot of gold" – Kraft Heinz's northern Europe chief Jojo de Noronha plans to build on Covid boost for brands

7 Jan 2021

Kraft Heinz's divisional president for northern Europe discusses the business landscape in the face of Covid-19 and a recession.

2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 Dec 2020

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other.

They said what? The most-read interviews on just-food in 2020

22 Dec 2020

Our regular series of interviews with senior executives in the international packaged food industry caught the eye once more in 2020. Which were the most-read?

Kraft Heinz to extend delivery service in Europe for ready-meals

3 Dec 2020

US food major Kraft Heinz plans to extend a new service in Europe to get meals to consumers during the Covid-19-related lockdowns.

Kraft Heinz to restart ketchup production in Canada after six-year absence

18 Nov 2020

US food major Kraft Heinz has announced a new project in Canada for the production of sauces at one of its plants.

Bega Cheese wins the day over legal spat with Kraft Heinz

13 Nov 2020

An application from US food major Kraft Heinz for a right of appeal in a legal dispute with Bega Cheese has been rejected by a high court in Australia.

Kraft Heinz to reduce SKUs by 20% with sharper focus on innovation

30 Oct 2020

Kraft Heinz has revealed more details on its SKU plans and innovation after reporting a robust performance in the third quarter.

Kraft Heinz tweaks up profit guidance as "strong growth" maintained

29 Oct 2020

US food major Kraft Heinz has tweaked its profit guidance for the year and provided an outlook for sales on the back of its third-quarter results.

Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 18 September (free to read)

18 Sep 2020

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

"This plan puts the future in our hands" – key takeaways from Kraft Heinz's investor day

16 Sep 2020

Amid much anticipation, Kraft Heinz CEO Miguel Patricio has delivered his new strategy. Simon Harvey works through the key takeaways from the US giant's investor day.

Lactalis to buy Kraft Heinz cheese brands

15 Sep 2020

The US giant, while it was meeting with investors today (15 September) to discuss its new "transformation plan", also announced a disposal of assets.

Kraft Heinz outlines cost-savings push

15 Sep 2020

The US giant, ahead of a long-awaited investor conference, has set out the scale of savings it believes can be found as part of its "transformation".

Backing Marcus Rashford's food poverty campaign must be about more than catching stardust

4 Sep 2020

Food groups are keen to support footballer Marcus Rashford in the food poverty debate but that endorsement will backfire if not reflected in companies' future actions.

The questions you must ask when cutting SKUs

1 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has prompted manufacturers to step up reviews of SKU counts. What should manufacturers be considering as they try to tailor ranges to the volatile trading environment?

Even amid Covid-19, convenience still king at breakfast

17 Aug 2020

Homeworking has changed breakfast habits and continues to do so as Covid restrictions ease – but GlobalData argues consumers still want convenience even if they aren't commuting.

More impairment charges but Kraft Heinz is seeing some progress – takeaways from H1 and outlook

3 Aug 2020

Kraft Heinz's latest batch of impairment charges spooked the market but, beyond the work on the balance sheet, the US giant's turnaround programme is progressing.

New products – Upfield unveils Flora Plant block butter; General Mills rolls out Packed energy bars; Kraft Heinz palm-oil free hazelnut spread, Heinz by Nature hit Canada

31 Jul 2020

This week's batch of new products includes launches from General Mills, Nestle, Kraft Heinz and a collaboration between Migros and Innovopro.

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