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Covid-19 food industry updates – Wednesday 1 July (free to read)

1 Jul 2020

just-food is providing daily updates on how the Covid-19 pandemic is affecting the world's packaged food sector.

New products – Itsu products launch in France; Jelly Belly moves into gummies; Nestle-Lactalis JV expands Lindahls range in UK; Caulipower targets convenience

26 Jun 2020

We report on a batch of new products including Krispy Kreme's retail snacks, a "mash-up" breakfast cereal from Kellogg and Finland's Fazer Group launching vegan chocolate.

Orkla sells potato flatbread brand Vestlandslefsa to Norway's Baxt Lierne

15 Jun 2020

Nordic food group Orkla has signed an agreement to dispose of a brand in Norway, where it plans to focus resources on pizza production.

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

15 Jun 2020

Kraft Heinz 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.

PepsiCo sells Havrefras cereal brand to Norway's Orkla

2 Jun 2020

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has sold a Scandinavian cereal brand to a Nordic food group for an undisclosed sum.

Orkla Indian subsidiary MTR linked with deal for local peer Eastern Condiments

29 May 2020

MTR Foods, an India-based business owned by Norway's Orkla, has been linked in media reports to the acquisition of a controlling stake in a local peer.

Japan joins roster of markets for meat-free supplier Naturli'

27 May 2020

Naturli' Foods, the meat-free supplier backed by Nordic food giant Orkla, has entered a market in Asia where the company sees "huge, untapped potential".

Orkla to dish out price increases on Covid-19 currency effect

6 May 2020

Orkla has suggested it will increase prices due to weakness in the Nordic currencies, which have pushed up input costs during the coronavirus crisis.

Orkla disposes of Indian sauces and ready-meals brand SaritaS

18 Feb 2020

Orkla announced the Nordic food group has signed an agreement to sell its Indian sauces and ready-meals brand.

Meat-free firm Naturli' enters Norway

3 Feb 2020

Naturli' Foods,  the meat-free supplier backed by Nordic food giant Orkla, has added another export market to its roster.

New products - Baby food firm Mia & Ben wins listings with Sainsbury's; Danone launches Silk with two plant ingredients; Kerry takes Naked Glory into 'chicken''

31 Jan 2020

This week's batch of new products includes the latest from companies including Tyson Foods, Unilever and Nestle.

Meat-free firm Naturli' enters US

25 Nov 2019

Denmark-based Naturli' Foods, the meat-free supplier backed by Nordic food giant Orkla, has added another export market to its roster.

Orkla's venture fund backs baby-food start-up Grogro in Norway

18 Nov 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has invested an undisclosed sum in a recently launched Norway-based baby-food start-up.

Orkla appoints Harald Ullevoldsæter as new CFO to replace Jens Bjørn Staff

14 Nov 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has appointed a new chief financial officer to replace the departing Jens Bjørn Staff.

Orkla seeks cost savings under project to strengthen competitiveness

24 Oct 2019

Orkla's newly-installed chief executive Jaan Ivar Semlitsch has created a project to strengthen the Nordic food group's competitiveness.

Orkla chief says "hidden jewels" need scaling up to aid organic growth

24 Oct 2019

Orkla's new chief executive, Jaan Ivar Semlitsch, provided some insights today (24 October) on how he hopes to accelerate organic growth.

Orkla's new CEO has foot on right pedal but still early days

24 Oct 2019

Jaan Ivar Semlitsch joined an under-pressure Orkla as CEO this summer and initial signs are positive, although it is a little early to judge if gains will be sustained.

Orkla CEO creates new strategy role

10 Oct 2019

Orkla's recently-appointed CEO, Jaan Ivar Semlitsch, has created a new, senior, strategy role at the Nordic consumer-goods group.

Orkla notches up another acquisition with Dutch ingredients firm Vamo

3 Sep 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has made another acquisition in the ingredients sector, this time in the Netherlands.

Orkla extends acquisition spree with minority stake in Noi-Sirius

22 Aug 2019

Orkla has taken a minority stake in an Iceland-based confectionery and chocolate maker from its private-equity owners.  

Orkla offloads Glyngore fish brand to Amanda Seafoods

2 Jul 2019

Orkla, which has made a slew of acquisitions of late, is disposing of a fish business in Denmark as it seeks to reduce the number of brands.

Orkla adds to ingredients portfolio with UK-based Confection by Design

1 Jul 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has made another acquisition in the ingredients market this time in the UK, adding to recent deals for Zeelandia Sweden and Kanakis.

Orkla adds to spices range with Bo Risberg deal

7 Jun 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has made yet another acquisition, this time snapping up a distributor of Asian spices, sauces and spice mixes.

Will Orkla investors get what they want from incoming CEO?

7 Jun 2019

With Orkla's organic growth just about ticking over, investors will be keen to see more concrete guidance from the incoming chief executive. Simon Harvey takes a look.

Orkla names Jaan Ivar Semlitsch as new CEO to replace Peter Ruzicka

5 Jun 2019

Orkla has named a new chief executive to replace Peter Ruzicka who left the Norwegian food group in May after five years in the role.

Orkla expands ingredients portfolio with Zeelandia Sweden deal

9 Apr 2019

Norway-based packaged food group Orkla has made yet another acquisition in the European ingredients sector

Orkla set to buy controlling stake in Greek ingredients business Kanakis

29 Mar 2019

Orkla, the Nordic food manufacturer, has agreed a deal to buy the majority of shares in a European ingredients business.

Orkla snaps up Swedish schnitzel-to-veggie food firm Lecora

29 Mar 2019

Orkla, the Nordic food manufacturer, has continued its acquisition activity with a move for a business in Sweden.

Orkla begins search for CEO as Peter Ruzicka plans to step down

18 Mar 2019

Norwegian food company Orkla has announced its chief executive and president Peter Ruzicka will step down in May.

New products - PepsiCo debuts poppable Flavor Shots snacks under Cheetos and Doritos brands; Nestle launches Milkybar Mix Ups; Joe & Seph's enters confectionery with Popcorn Bites

8 Mar 2019

This week's batch of new products includes a ketchup under Orkla's Felix brand with no added sugar or sweeteners and US snacks business Blue Diamond launching Almonds & Fruit.

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