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Ghana hits out at chocolate companies over farmers' prices

23 Nov 2020

Ghana has reportedly accused some in the chocolate industry of a "ploy to derail" government attempts to improve income for farmers.

Mars snaps up remainder of US snacks maker Kind

18 Nov 2020

The confectionery giant, which acquired a minority stake in Kind three years ago, has lifted its interest in the US snack-bar firm.

New products – US vegetarian-foods manufacturer Keystone Natural Holdings adds to brand roster; Mars reveals confectionery NPD; Arla adds yogurt to Lactofree

13 Nov 2020

This week's batch of new product launches includes new confectionery from Mars, Arla adding to its lactose-free dairy range and The Collective entering the dairy-free category.

New products – Bio-tiful launches kefir 'shots'; Dr. Praeger's Sensible Foods chills out; Popchips dialling down on healthier snacks in US

30 Oct 2020

This week's batch of new products that caught the eye include home-made yogurt kits from Danone and General Mills launching a version of its Fibre One Protein bars in the US.

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

28 Oct 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.

Mars gives Uncle Ben's new brand name amid racial stereotyping concerns

23 Sep 2020

The Uncle Ben's brand, owned by US food and confectionery giant Mars, has a new identity amid concern the old image may lead to claims of racial stereotyping.

FMCG giants try again on deforestation

22 Sep 2020

Seventeen of the world's largest FMCG groups and retailers have launched another bid to tackle deforestation.

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.

Unilever, Mars among US plastics pledge signatories

26 Aug 2020

Unilever, Mars and Walmart are among 60 organisations across the private and public sectors to have joined a new "pact" on plastics in the US.

"D2C helps us build a frictionless consumer experience" – Mars on entering the direct-to-consumer channel with Foodspring

5 Aug 2020

A year on from Mars' investment in D2C business Foodspring, we hear from both companies on their work together so far and the impact Covid-19 has had on interest in the channel.

How India's Covid-19 lockdown has fuelled FMCG interest in e-commerce

27 Jul 2020

Domestic giants and foreign multinationals have invested in e-commerce services amid India's Covid-19 lockdowns, just-food's Raghavendra Verma reports from New Delhi.

New products – Coca-Cola Co.'s Fairlife moves into new category; Eat Just opens new market; Nestle-owned Sweet Earth reveals faux bacon burger

17 Jul 2020

This week's new product offerings include more protein-packed products from Mars and a new range of Calzones from Smithfield Foods of the US under its Carando brand.

Nestle, Barilla join China Food Tech Hub centred on start-up development

7 Jul 2020

The China Food Tech Hub, a collective of global corporations launched last year to foster the development of Chinese start-ups, has attracted new members.

Mars invests in Australia plant to accommodate M&Ms pretzels launch

7 Jul 2020

US giant Mars is expanding capacity at a factory in Australia to accommodate the production of new snacks.

Now's the time to review your brand values – and much more, too

19 Jun 2020

Food companies must reappraise their brands and make sure they stand up to today's values – and go further still in their supply chains in their journeys to racial justice.

New products – Mars launches M&M’s bars in France; JBS offshoot Planterra Foods unveils Ozo meat-free in US; More products join line-up of Asia meat-free brand OmniPork

19 Jun 2020

This week, we report on product news including major French milk brand Candia extending into plant-based drinks and Canada's Maple Leaf Foods launching a "fusion protein" range.

Mars "evaluating all possibilities" for Uncle Ben's brand image

18 Jun 2020

US food and confectionery group Mars plans to change the "brand identity" of its Uncle Ben's products following the death of George Floyd.

How China's expansion of e-commerce zones could benefit overseas food companies

10 Jun 2020

China has expanded its cross-border e-commerce (CBEC) scheme to push up trade battered by Covid-19. We look at the possible benefits for food companies exporting to the country.

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.

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