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

28 May 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.

Germany's Ritter to acquire Mars assets in Austria

27 May 2020

Germany-based chocolate maker Alfred Ritter is to buy Austrian assets from a US confectionery giant, it has announced.

Mars 'sues JAB Holding over alleged theft of documents'

22 May 2020

Mars and JAB Holding are reportedly set for a legal battle after the Snickers giant filed a suit against the Pret and Panera Bread owner over claims an executive stole documents.

Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms?

13 May 2020

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

How will Covid-19 shape direct-to-consumer platforms?

30 Apr 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the way we shop - but how might that influence the manufacturer's approach to direct-to-consumer services in the longer term?

Mars to reopen Netherlands plant after Covid-19-related shutdown

31 Mar 2020

Mars will reopen a chocolate production plant in the Netherlands today (31 March) shut down around a week ago due to the coronavirus outbreak.

China shoppers' focus on wellbeing to drive healthy snacks – deep dive, part two

27 Mar 2020

In part two of our deep dive into healthy snack segments in China, Wang Fangqing outlines how the markets for yogurt, nut snacks and snack bars could develop.

New products - Mars launches vegan Dolmio; Kellogg adds to MorningStar Farms' Incogmeato plant-based range; Germany's Frosta debuts Fish from the Field vegan line-up

14 Feb 2020

This week's batch of new products includes a vegan bolognese sauce from Mars' Dolmio brand and additions by Kellogg to its Incogmeato plant-based range.

New products - Mars links up with Burton's to take Maltesers brand into biscuits; Nomad Foods launches Green Cuisine range in Germany; Tofurky rolls out plant-based burger

10 Jan 2020

This week's batch of new products includes Unilever launching Magnum Ruby ice cream, Mars and Burton's teaming up on biscuits and lower-sugar kids' SKUs from Lactalis' Siggi's.

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.

Mars and Nestle join plastic recycling consortium in France

11 Dec 2019

Global food brands Mars and Nestlé have signed up to a new initiative which is aiming to deal with difficult to recycle plastic waste.

Nestle, Danone, Mars among signatories to 4evergreen packaging initiative

28 Nov 2019

Food giants Nestlé, Danone and Mars are among signatories to a new sustainability alliance to promote the use of fibre-based packaging.

New products - Upfield brings Blue Band margarine back to UK; The Saucy Fish Co. launches in Australia; Wensleydale Dairy Products launches The Yorkshire Creamery cheese

15 Nov 2019

The more notable new products to be pushed out food companies' doors include a move into vegan from Wessanen's UK brand Mrs Crimble's.

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.

US snacks maker Kind plans lay-offs

29 Oct 2019

Kind is to lay off dozens of staff in what the US-based snacks maker said is due to changes in its "go-to-market approach".

Kar's Nuts installs former Mars executive Victor Mehren as CEO

22 Oct 2019

Kar's Nuts has named a former Mars executive to head up the US-based bagged snacks maker as its current CEO moves to the chairmanship role.

Kind eyes new segments through Creative Snacks acquisition

15 Oct 2019

Mars-backed, US snacks business Kind has made its first acquisition, buying a local peer for an undisclosed sum.

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.

Fonterra, Arla feature among global dairy firms in combined sustainability push

23 Sep 2019

Dairy industry leaders have today (23 September) announced their support for the Sustainable Dairy Partnership (SDP).

Danone, Mars, McCain vow to "restore" biodiversity

23 Sep 2019

Food companies including Danone, Mars and McCain Foods are joining forces in areas such as regenerative agriculture and deforestation.

"It's a matter of staying relevant as a business" - Danone CEO takes lead in new industry push on inequality

28 Aug 2019

Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber is at the forefront of a new, business-led coalition set up to try to tackle inequalities. He explains why industry needs to play a leading role.

How should food companies work with Alibaba?

16 Aug 2019

Alibaba's online marketplace Tmall is soon mooted to overtake Walmart to become the world's largest B2C retailer. Naturally, food companies want to work with the Chinese behemoth.

Mars names Australian Seeds of Change accelerator cohort

15 Aug 2019

Mars has named the fledgling Australian companies to join the US giant's Seeds of Change accelerator programme.

New products - UK's Symington's debuts Indian meal kit range; Kraft Heinz adds to Oprah line in US; Mars launches Tasty Bite Indian meal range in UK

2 Aug 2019

This week's new products include Kraft Heinz and Oprah Winfrey adding to the line of products they market in the US and Mars launching its Tasty Bite range in the UK.

Mars reveals Seeds of Change accelerator entrants

22 Jul 2019

Mars has named companies joining the US giant's Seeds of Change accelerator, with a set of businesses focused on areas including ethnic cuisine, plant-based foods and waste.

World Resources Institute serves up five-course menu for a sustainable food system

17 Jul 2019

How can the global food system feed almost 10bn people by 2050, while contributing its required share of greenhouse gas (GHG) emission reductions over the next three decades?

New products - PepisCo adds to Walkers Crisps range with Oven Baked with Veg; Mars launches M&M's Block to UK; Premier takes Loyd Grossman into food-to-go with Pasta Italia Pots

5 Jul 2019

This week's batch of new products includes US confectionery giant Mars launching Skittles Dips in the UK and Nestle debuting Edible Cookie Dough in the US.

Fonterra banks $43m from Foodspring deal

28 Jun 2019

New Zealand dairy cooperative Fonterra has revealed it is to benefit from a deal announced yesterday (27 June) involving the US confectionery giant Mars.

Mars to buy majority stake in German nutrition company Foodspring

27 Jun 2019

US confectionery heavyweight Mars Incorporated is acquiring a majority stake in a German direct-to-consumer nutrition business.

Mars creates chief strategy officer role

25 Jun 2019

US-based food giant Mars has added a senior executive role to its global operation as the Snickers-to-Dolmio maker looks to adapt to the "disruption" in the industry.

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