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Trading through Covid-19 and beyond, daily food industry updates – Tuesday 24 November (free to read)

24 Nov 2020

Daily updates on how Covid-19 is affecting the world's packaged food sector – and how executives see the market and consumer behaviour taking shape in the months ahead.

Manufacturers, ad industry criticise UK plan for online ban

23 Nov 2020

UK manufacturers, the foodservice sector and advertisers have written to Boris Johnson to complain about proposals to ban online adverts promoting food high in fat, sugar and salt.

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.

New products – Mondelez extends BelVita range in Australia; Aunt Millie's unveils Live bread sub-brand; UK's Jude's moves into custard category

23 Nov 2020

Our selection of new products this week includes new BelVita products in Australia from Mondelez International and US-based Aunt Millie's launching the Live bread sub-brand.

New products – Beyond Meat picks China to debut 'pork' mince; Gerber hits frozen aisle; Mondelez launches dual-branded biscuit; Bob's Red Mill rolls out grain-free baking mixes

20 Nov 2020

This week's selection of new products includes US-based Gerber's frozen Freshful Start Bowls and Bites and a new hybrid cookie product in Spain from Mondelez.

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.

Mondelez invests in Israel snacks start-up Torr

10 Nov 2020

The US giant has put seed money into an Israel-based snacks start-up, which, the Oreo owner claims, can "offer multi-textural, sensorial experiences".

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

10 Nov 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.

Mondelez organic Q3 sales beat analyst forecasts

3 Nov 2020

Mondelez International, the snacking and confectionery major, has beat analyst consensus forecasts for the third quarter.

Why new industry deforestation coalition could be positive move

22 Oct 2020

With an emphasis on stakeholder engagement and information sharing, the new Forest Positive Coalition of Action could be an effective driver of change.

New products – Nestle rolls out Mezeast brand in Holland; Lindt launches Nuxor chocolate range in Spain; Hooray Foods hits Whole Foods with plant-based bacon

16 Oct 2020

This week's new product selection includes plant-based cheeses from Bel Group and a new brand from Bolthouse Farms.

Food groups urge UK government to do more to save tropical forests

5 Oct 2020

Major food groups have joined forces with large UK retailers and agri-food businesses to urge the country's government to do more to help tackle a key environmental problem.

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.

Mondelez on look-out to buy healthier brands

22 Sep 2020

The US-based snacks giant, home to Cadbury and Oreo, is interested in buying brands offering healthier snacks, its CEO has said.

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.

Covid-19 – How food majors are adapting to homeworking

14 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has seen increased home-working, often with flexible hours. We explore the challenges and opportunities for packaged-food companies as new working habits look set to stay.

Mondelez ups media spend to retain consumers

10 Sep 2020

The US snacks giant has managed to lure in new consumers during the Covid-19 pandemic and is upping investment in the second half of 2020 to retain their custom.

Mondelez International makes racial equality pledge

8 Sep 2020

US confectionery and snacks giant Mondelez International has made a "multi-year" commitment in relation to racial equality.

European Brands Association to trial packaging recycling initiative

8 Sep 2020

AIM, the European Brands Association, has announced it is to road-test a new packaging recycling scheme.

Mondelez makes changes to palm-oil sourcing

4 Sep 2020

US confectionery and snacks giant Mondelez International has made a new commitment with regards to its use of palm oil.

The questions you must ask when cutting SKUs

1 Sep 2020

Covid-19 has prompted manufacturers to step up reviews of SKU counts. What should manufacturers be considering as they try to tailor ranges to the volatile trading environment?

New products – Mondelez takes Bournvita brand into cereal in India, Orkla launches plant-based brand in Sweden, Samworth Brothers unveils Ginsters empanadas

27 Aug 2020

This week's selection of new products includes tuna meatballs from Thai Union's UK canned fish brand John West and new additions to the Jimmy Dean breakfast range from Tyson Foods.

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.

Bullish Mondelez expects sales to pick up – 5 things to learn from H1 results and outlook

29 Jul 2020

As Mondelez predicted, its sales slowed in Q2 but the bullish US giant sees growth picking up and is making changes to its ranges and NPD to aid sales and reduce costs.

Mondelez plans cull of SKUs amid volatile Covid-19 demand

14 Jul 2020

The Cadbury and Oreo owner is planning to significantly cut the number of SKUs in its range as part of moves to adapt to trading amid Covid-19.

Mondelez to ditch racially-insensitive brand name in New Zealand

9 Jul 2020

US confectionery giant Mondelez International has announced it is ditching a long-existing product name that may be deemed to be racially insensitive.

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.

New products – Meal-kit firm Purple Carrot links up with Conagra on retail launch; Mondelez debuts Cadbury cakes in India; Mullerlight Crunch low-fat yogurts

3 Jul 2020

This week's new product offerings include a global take on Old El Paso kits from US food group General Mills and a new 'superfood' cereal for kids from Kellogg-owned Kashi.

"We want to transform the sector" – Mondelez's Cathy Pieters on snacks giant's Cocoa Life programme, its progress and challenges ahead

19 Jun 2020

In 2016, Mondelez ended Fairtrade certification for Dairy Milk and forged a new tie-up with Fairtrade through its own sustainability platform Cocoa Life. What happened next?

Covid-19 hasn't dented consumer interest in sustainability

8 Jun 2020

While Covid-19 is front-and-centre in consumers' minds, a range of factors still drive behaviour, with environmental concerns holding their importance, GlobalData writes.

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