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Covid-19 and the food industry in 2021 – daily updates, Monday 25 January (free to read)

25 Jan 2021

As we enter 2021, just-food continues to provide daily updates on how Covid-19 is still affecting the world's packaged food sector – and how executives see the market taking shape.

Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

25 Jan 2021

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.

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

25 Jan 2021

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies.

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.

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

11 Jan 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.

Nestle to expand US site to meet Covid demand

4 Jan 2021

The world's largest food maker is to up the production capacity of a plant in the US to meet changes in demand sparked by the virus.

The top 20 most-read just-food news stories in 2020

23 Dec 2020

Which stories from just-food's news pages got you and your peers clicking throughout 2020? Here's a list of the top 20.

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.

New products – Kale United launches vegan meatballs using fermented protein; Nestle's Yiyang Active milk powder; Quorn's Makes Amazing range; Baxters debuts microwave pots

18 Dec 2020

This week's selection of new products includes a duo of chilled meat-free products from Quorn Foods and microwaveable pots from UK food group Baxters.

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies with a stake in dairy-free

16 Dec 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.

Fonterra, Nestle join forces on greenhouse gas trial

14 Dec 2020

New Zealand dairy business Fonterra, local industry body DairyNZ and food giant Nestlé have come together in an attempt to tackle greenhouse gas emissions.

Nestle confident amid growing plant-based meat competition in China

11 Dec 2020

Nestlé has shrugged off the growing competition in China's emerging plant-based meat market as the Swiss giant launches its Harvest Gourmet brand in the country.

Nestle takes plant-based meat brand Harvest Gourmet to China

9 Dec 2020

Nestlé is taking one of its plant-based meat brands to China after a successful launch in Australia last year.

Nestle to invest in US factory

9 Dec 2020

The world's largest food maker is expanding a factory in the US that manufactures products for its Health Science division.

A "moral obligation" ... and "future-proofing" the company – Nestle's mission on emissions

9 Dec 2020

The world's largest food maker has caught the eye with the announcement of its plan to go "net zero". We canvass reaction from campaign and investor circles.

Ice-cream giant Froneri names Patrice Bula chairman

4 Dec 2020

Froneri, the global ice-cream major co-owned by Nestlé, has announced a change among its senior management.

Nestle to spend billions on cutting carbon emissions

3 Dec 2020

Nestlé has set out a plan to cut the company's carbon emissions by 2030 and for the world's largest food maker to be net zero by 2050.

Pet-care arm driving job creation at Nestle – data

3 Dec 2020

New job postings at Nestlé have been driven in recent months by the Swiss giant's Purina PetCare arm, according to research from GlobalData.

New products – Good Hemp adds oats to hemp-based milk range; Mondelez extends BelVita range in Australia; Aunt Millie's unveils Live bread; Jude's moves into custard category

27 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.

How Covid-19 is boosting millennial interest in vitamins

27 Nov 2020

Covid-19 has prioritised health in the minds of consumers worldwide and is proving a factor in the growing interest in vitamins – especially among relatively young consumers.

Nestle reveals Zimbabwe expansion plans

26 Nov 2020

Nestlé is investing more than US$2.5m in a cereal manufacturing plant in a southern Africa market, it has announced.

Nestle to sell Yinlu business in China to Food Wise Co.

25 Nov 2020

Nestlé is to sell a business unit n China that has been on the blocks for some time to Food Wise Co., it has announced.

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.

Reusable packaging – from green to grubby and back again?

23 Nov 2020

Covid boosted single-use packaging, causing concern progress on reusables had been dented. However, high-profile trials are taking place. What lies ahead for reuse and refill?

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.

Nestle reveals new names for Australia candy brands

16 Nov 2020

Nestlé has revealed the new names for two confectionery brands in Australia put under review during the summer due to concerns over racial stereotyping.

Nestle makes Mindful Chef latest D2C acquisition

6 Nov 2020

A week after announcing the acquisition of US meals delivery firm Freshly, the world's largest food maker has bought control of a D2C business in the UK.

Data may trump D2C debate as Nestle swoops for Freshly

2 Nov 2020

Nestle has paid a healthy multiple for a firm that, while growing rapidly, may remain a leader in a niche. But it's the consumer data on offer that could give the deal some spice.

Nestle strikes deal to buy US e-commerce meals firm Freshly

30 Oct 2020

The world's largest food maker is to change its future relationship with Freshly, the US e-commerce meal-delivery firm in which the Swiss giant invested in 2017.

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