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Covid-19 food industry updates – Tuesday 4 August (free to read)

4 Aug 2020

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

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.

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.

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

3 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.

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.

Yet more impairment charges at Kraft Heinz, H1 sales rise

30 Jul 2020

Kraft Heinz today (30 July) booked a fresh set of impairment charges alongside a set of half-year results that included higher sales and underlying earnings.

LiveKindly appoints former 3G Capital, Kraft Heinz man David Knopf as CFO

29 Jul 2020

The LiveKindly Collective, an investor-backed group of plant-based start-ups, has brought in a former Kraft Heinz executive as chief financial officer.

Kraft Heinz leads investment round in sweet protein firm Joywell Foods

23 Jul 2020

Kraft Heinz has backed a protein ingredients firm in the US through its venture-capital fund, along with other investors.

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

22 Jul 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.

Kraft Heinz announces investment project at US plant

20 Jul 2020

US food major Kraft Heinz has announced it is to spend US$48m on a five-year expansion project at one of its US plants.

New products - Nomad launches Birds Eye plant-based meal mixes, vegan rolls; Kraft Heinz's 'Gourmet' sauces; Lactalis-Nestle expands range; Muller's first Skyr yogurt in UK

5 Jun 2020

Our pick of the new products this week includes the return of Necco Wafers to US grocery shelves and Australia's Murray River Organics moving into the breakfast category.

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.

Bega Cheese, Kraft Heinz legal battle continues

20 May 2020

A legal spat between Australian food producer Bega Cheese and US-based consumer goods giant Kraft Heinz over the use of peanut butter packaging looks set to continue.

Kraft Heinz adapts to "unprecedented call to action" - first quarter key takeaways

1 May 2020

Kraft Heinz is in the midst of a "paradigm shift" which has been interrupted by the Covid-19 outbreak, although the crisis has had a benefit on its first-quarter results.

"Our vision is for AI-delivered insights tied into automation" - Kraft Heinz on using artificial intelligence in manufacturing

21 Apr 2020

How should food companies work with artificial intelligence in their manufacturing supply chain? Kraft Heinz talks about its applications so far – and the future uses for the tech.

Why change is inevitable in the wake of Covid-19

14 Apr 2020

Our US columnist Victor Martino sets out what he sees as the stages of change that will impact the country's food industry – with analysis that will resonate beyond US borders.

Bega Cheese defeats Kraft Heinz in peanut butter packaging legal appeal

14 Apr 2020

An Australian court has ruled on Kraft Heinz's appeal against an earlier Bega Cheese legal victory in a peanut butter packaging dispute with the US food giant.

"We're fortunate to be in operation, unlike a lot of businesses" – US packaged food firms on coronavirus

14 Apr 2020

We asked a number of US packaged food companies for their input on how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting day-to-day business operations.

Kraft Heinz enjoys Covid-19 bounce but questions remain

7 Apr 2020

Kraft Heinz has provided some welcome news on its sales performance but investors will be looking beyond the boost Covid-19 has given the US giant's top line.

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.

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.

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.  

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