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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.

Kraft Heinz makes about-turn on sales guidance amid "very strong" Covid-19 led demand

7 Apr 2020

Kraft Heinz has made an about-turn on its financial guidance for the first quarter as the US food giant experiences a surge in Covid-19 related demand.

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.

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.

What you need to know about AI and the food and drinks industry - new report

23 Mar 2020

AI, or artificial intelligence, has already infiltrated many parts of food and drinks production but it has only really scratched the surface in terms of its potential.

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 - 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.

Kraft Heinz's venture fund invests in retailer e-commerce start-up Fabric

26 Feb 2020

US food major Kraft Heinz has invested in an Israeli-technology start-up via its investment arm Evolv Ventures.

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.

Kraft Heinz results underline investors will need patience – takeaways

14 Feb 2020

Kraft Heinz is preaching patience after a set of "disappointing" 2019 financial results and long-term investors will need a healthy dose of stoicism.

More impairment charges at Kraft Heinz

13 Feb 2020

The US food giant, which had booked more US$700m in the first nine months of 2019, said it had added to the amount during the final quarter of the year.

Tesco makes UK plastic pledge on multipacks

29 Jan 2020

UK-based supermarket chain Tesco is to remove shrink-wrap plastic packaging from its tinned multipack products.

Campbell snacks boss takes senior role at Kraft Heinz

8 Jan 2020

The head of Campbell Soup Co.'s snacks business, home to brands including Lance crackers and Cape Cod crisps, has taken a senior position at Kraft Heinz.

US turkey giants facing court action over price-fixing claims

6 Jan 2020

Some of the biggest names in the US meat industry are being sued by food distributors over claims they conspired to keep turkey prices artificially high.

Kraft Heinz invests in cashier-less technology start-up Zippin

12 Dec 2019

Food major Kraft Heinz has invested in a US-based start-up in the emerging cashier-less technology sector.  

Kraft Heinz-owned Plasmon reveals investment plan as sale talk ebbs

4 Dec 2019

Plasmon, the Italy-based baby-food brand owned by US food major Kraft Heinz, has a three-year investment plan in the pipeline.

Kraft Heinz eyes potential job cuts at UK logistics site

4 Dec 2019

Kraft Heinz is reviewing its logistics operations in the UK and could potentially lay off 12 staff at a site in north-west England.

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.

The US food industry in 2020 - the megatrends to watch

19 Nov 2019

Our columnist Victor Martino predicts the six megatrends which will have a marked impact on the US food industry in 2020.

Kraft Heinz CEO plans innovation shake-up

1 Nov 2019

Kraft Heinz's recently-installed chief executive has pointed to the "excellent progress" being made but said the US food giant is "still far from where we should be".

Kraft Heinz 'to retain Italian baby food brand Plasmon'

24 Oct 2019

US food giant Kraft Heinz has reportedly made a decision on the future of its Italy-based baby food brand Plasmon.

Kraft Heinz backs cannabis firm Flowhub

22 Oct 2019

US food giant Kraft Heinz has led a US$23m Series A funding round in a Denver, Colorado-based cannabis tech firm.

New products - PepsiCo debuts Smart50 popcorn in US; UK's Piccolo launches bio-based baby food pouches; Del Monte Foods launches cauliflower-based Contadina Pizzettas

11 Oct 2019

US giants Kraft Heinz is among the food companies to have rolled out eye-catching new products this week.

The 'flavour explorers' driving the US hot sauce category forward - deep dive, part one 

9 Oct 2019

Andy Coyne studies the hot sauce category in the US to discover the reasons behind the sector's recent growth.

"We're looking 10 years forward" - Evolv Ventures' Steve Sanger on strategy of Kraft Heinz's investment fund

24 Sep 2019

Like many large food companies, Kraft Heinz has an investment fund looking to back start-ups. How can Evolv Ventures help the under-pressure giant?

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.

Kraft Heinz leads seed funding of animal-free cheese firm New Culture

10 Sep 2019

Kraft Heinz, home to Kraft cheese, is to put money into a US firm developing "animal-free" varieties of the dairy product.

Kraft Heinz seeks to extend brand reach through new licensing deal

4 Sep 2019

US food giant Kraft Heinz has signed a deal with a branding consultancy which is intended to take its products into new categories.

Kraft Heinz brings back Paulo Basilio as CFO to replace David Knopf; announces new chief growth officer role

27 Aug 2019

Kraft Heinz has named a new finance chief to replace David Knopf who is leaving, and at the same time announced it has created a new position of chief growth officer.

Kraft Heinz, Mondelez to pay penalty over wheat trading

16 Aug 2019

Kraft Heinz and Mondelez International are to pay a penalty over alleged manipulation of the wheat market, the US commodities regulator has announced.

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