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

7 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.

New products – PepsiCo debuts low-carb Hilo Life almond flour chips; Nestle's cocoa fruit chocolate bar Incoa; Danone launches baby formula in measured tabs

19 Mar 2021

This week's batch of new products includes measured baby-formula tabs from Danone and the UK's Premier Foods entering baking spreads in conjunction with Kerry Group.

Covid-19 and the food industry in 2021 – daily updates, Wednesday 10 March (free to read)

10 Mar 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.

PepsiCo quits Indonesia snacks JV with PT Indofood

22 Feb 2021

PepsiCo has quit a joint venture in Asia, with the US-based food and beverages giant selling its stake to a local partner.

PepsiCo renames racially insensitive Aunt Jemima brand as Pearl Milling Company

10 Feb 2021

PepsiCo has renamed its Aunt Jemima brand of pancake mixes and syrups after the US food and beverages major announced the plan in June amid concerns about racial stereotyping.

PepsiCo joins with Beyond Meat in plant-based snacks, drinks venture

26 Jan 2021

Food and drink giant PepsiCo has formed a plant-based joint venture in the US with a company present in alternative-proteins.

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.

PepsiCo updates emissions goals

14 Jan 2021

The US food and beverage maker has set out a target for absolute greenhouse-gas emissions and a pledge on net-zero emissions.

Health and wellness central to PepsiCo's latest accelerator cohort

11 Jan 2021

PepsiCo is giving each of the ten firms US$20,000 and has awarded each a place on a six-month business programme, working with PepsiCo executives in R&D, supply chain and design.

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.

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.

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?

PepsiCo adds to e-commerce service with trial of micro-fulfillment centre in Illinois

12 Nov 2020

PepsiCo has added a new capability to its e-commerce service to help meet demand from consumers during the pandemic.

Food that makes you better – a Chinese tradition with modern twist

30 Oct 2020

Covid-19 has increased interest among China's consumers for functional food and the country's domestic manufacturers have reacted. How can international suppliers capitalise?

PepsiCo invests $170m to "empower" Hispanics, promote diversity

19 Oct 2020

PepsiCo has unveiled an initiative to increase the representation of the Hispanic community across its US business.

Former PepsiCo boss Indra Nooyi calls on India to embrace alternative protein

12 Oct 2020

Indra Nooyi, the former long-time CEO of food and beverage giant PepsiCo, has told a virtual conference hosted in India that the country needs to change its food culture.

PepsiCo's post-Covid optimism about Europe e-commerce – interview

23 Sep 2020

It's no surprise to PepsiCo e-commerce sales jumped through the early months of Covid-19. But does it believe interest in shopping online will continue when the virus is tackled?

PepsiCo announces new renewable electricity targets

21 Sep 2020

US food and beverage heavyweight PepsiCo has announced its target date for sourcing 100% of its electricity from renewable sources.

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.

PepsiCo starts snacks plant build in Russia

16 Sep 2020

The US food and drinks group has embarked on the building of its latest factory in Russia, the company's third-largest market by sales.

PepsiCo appoints Athina Kanioura as chief strategy officer

14 Sep 2020

PepsiCo has appointed a chief strategy and transformation officer, the food and beverages giant has announced.

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.

Upcycled brand Spudsy gets more PepsiCo accelerator cash

24 Aug 2020

A fledgling snacks business in the US has been awarded the latest grant issued by PepsiCo's accelerator in North America.

New products - Nestle enters alternative seafood category; Green Giant breadsticks from B&G Foods; Country Archer's Zero Sugar Jerky; Unilever's Hellmann's brand rolls out coleslaw

20 Aug 2020

This week's batch of new products includes Nestle's move into seafood alternatives and a new category for Premier Foods.

PepsiCo to expand US snacks plant

13 Jul 2020

PepsiCo is to expand one of its domestic food factories to allow for "future growth" at the facility, the US giant has indicated.

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.

How are packaged food manufacturers using AI in NPD?

7 Jul 2020

How can artificial intelligence help packaged-food companies in the development of new products, a notoriously difficult area in which to succeed? Lucy Britner explores. 

PepsiCo's Walkers Crisps hit by Covid-19 outbreak

2 Jul 2020

Walkers Crisps, the UK-based snacks business owned by US food and beverages giant PepsiCo, has been hit by a Covid-19 scare.

Unilever and Hershey pull US social media advertising over hate speech

29 Jun 2020

Food heavyweights Unilever and Hershey have taken decisions on whether to support a campaign calling for a boycott of social media advertising over the promotion of hate speech.

PepsiCo closes China food plant in Covid-19 move

22 Jun 2020

US food and beverages giant PepsiCo has taken action following an outbreak of Covid-19 at one of its food processing plants in China.

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