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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.

Mars, PepsiCo to work with suppliers on emissions

22 Apr 2021

The two US food giants, alongside spices and sauces major McCormick & Co., are part of a new "coalition" that will aim to "mobilise suppliers on climate action".

Nestle joins Magnit-led Russia initiative to promote healthy food

16 Apr 2021

A raft of consumer goods companies have joined an initiative in Russian to promote healthy food and beverages.

Does the plant-based pet-food niche have legs?

7 Apr 2021

Andy Coyne looks at the emergence of plant-based pet-food options and assesses whether the niche can build into a meaningful market.

Mars launches insect-based cat-food

31 Mar 2021

Mars' pet-food division is launching a new animal-free cat-food brand following recently announced investments in its production capabilities for the category.

Mars to build new US facility for Royal Canin pet-food brand

30 Mar 2021

Mars is planning to increase the production capacity for its Royal Canin pet-food brand through building a new manufacturing facility.

Mars to double capacity at US pet-food plant

17 Mar 2021

US confectionery major Mars is to spend US$200m on expanding a pet food facility in its domestic market, it has announced.

What trends are shaping the US pet-food market?

4 Mar 2021

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino reflects on how Covid-19 could have a lasting effect on the US pet food market.

Why sugar is no longer the sweet spot – UK snack bars deep dive, part two

2 Mar 2021

In the second part of his deep dive into the UK snack-bar market, Andy Coyne solicits expert opinion about where the category is headed and what is driving it forward.

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. 

New products – Lotus Bakeries-owned Bear snacks moves into ice lollies; Litehouse's Purely Balanced dressings; Serenity Kids rolls out grain-free puffs; Nestle eyes vegan KitKat

19 Feb 2021

This week's selection of new products that caught the eye include the first vegan baby-food brand from Nestlé, and plans for a vegan KitKat, and salad dressings from Litehouse. 

Nestle, Mars among chocolate giants facing slavery lawsuit in US

15 Feb 2021

Some of the world's largest chocolate manufacturers have been accused of child slavery in a US court, a case that also involves agri-food and ingredients heavyweights.

Mars defends colours stance amid criticism

9 Feb 2021

The confectionery giant has attracted flak from a prominent US non-profit over a pledge made five years ago.

Mars reveals expansion plans at US pet food facility

18 Jan 2021

Mars has revealed it is to spend US$145m on expanding one of its US pet food facilities to meet the increased demand seen during the Covid period.

New products – Danone tries to catch athletes with new Silk line; Mars offers low-cal chocs; Nestle, General Mills cereal JV in UK organic launch; Ferrero launches Kinder biscuits

15 Jan 2021

This week's selection of new products includes the UK launch of an organic variant of Cheerios breakfast cereal from Nestlé and General Mills, and Kinder biscuits from Ferrero.

Why chocolate makers' sugar-reduction quest is so challenging

14 Jan 2021

As the fight against obesity continues in many developed countries, Ben Cooper examines the challenge of reducing the sugar content in chocolate.

Mars to 'invest in pet-food business in China'

7 Jan 2021

The US food group is reportedly looking to invest in its pet-food manufacturing network in the country.

New products – Kerry Foods launches meatless Fridge Raiders; Symington's debuts plant-based brand Blooming Good Food Co.; Mars adds to Galaxy chocolate range;

22 Dec 2020

This week's batch of new products that caught the eye include a new brand from Symington's and an orange flavoured Galaxy chocolate bar from Mars.

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?

Portfolio shake-up likely in US food sector, says Credit Suisse

7 Dec 2020

Investment bank Credit Suisse has considered whether a period of portfolio re-shaping is likely amongst US food groups.

Kind strikes deal to buy snack-bar firm Nature's Bakery

2 Dec 2020

Snack bar firm Kind has announced an agreement to acquire a fellow better-for-you snacks business in the US.

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.

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.

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