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The Covid-19 coronavirus and the food industry - live blog (free to read)

27 Mar 2020

just-food's coronavirus live blog is your one-stop shop for news on how the Covid-19 outbreak is impacting the world's food industry.

Unilever makes Covid-19 pledge to SME suppliers

24 Mar 2020

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has made a pledge to customers and suppliers that are struggling because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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

5 Mar 2020

Andy Coyne 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.

Unilever sees competitive edge from move on kids marketing

13 Feb 2020

Unilever has made changes to the way it markets food and beverage products to children, initiatives led by the Wall's owner's ice-cream business.

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

12 Feb 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.

New products - UK baby food brand Piccolo moves into infant formula; Unilever launches vegan stock pots under Knorr brand; UK's Signature Flatbreads launches Brioche Style Wraps

7 Feb 2020

This week's batch of new products includes a nut mix range from Intersnack-owned UK crisps brand Tyrrells and Lizi's branching out into muesli.

Unilever tests drone delivery service for ice cream

5 Feb 2020

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has carried out a drone delivery service test in New York, the company has revealed.

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.

New products - Mars links up with Burton's to take Maltesers brand into biscuits; Nomad Foods launches Green Cuisine range in Germany; Tofurky rolls out plant-based burger

10 Jan 2020

This week's batch of new products includes Unilever launching Magnum Ruby ice cream, Mars and Burton's teaming up on biscuits and lower-sugar kids' SKUs from Lactalis' Siggi's.

just the facts – ice cream in the Philippines

9 Jan 2020

just-food and GlobalData outlines ten facts you need to know about the ice cream sector in the Philippines.

Unilever cuts sales growth forecast amid challenges in emerging markets

17 Dec 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has cut its forecast for the year's underlying sales growth, citing a slowdown in south-east Asia.

"It's important we're brave and focus on tailwinds" – Unilever’s food chief Hanneke Faber, the just-food interview

17 Dec 2019

Unilever's food operations, though global and with some strong brands, is a low-growth business – but that doesn't stop the FMCG giant believing it can improve its performance.

2019 - The year in food industry M&A

11 Dec 2019

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during 2019.

Unilever to cut jobs in Caribbean to "sharpen focus"

6 Dec 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods heavyweight Unilever has announced it is is planning to cut employee numbers. 

Unilever names ex-Revlon exec as North America chief

3 Dec 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has announced a change at the top of its business in North America.

M&A, innovation and "purpose" - top takeaways from Unilever's 2019 investor summit

19 Nov 2019

From Unilever's thinking on areas from M&A to innovation, we present the five things you need to know from the FMCG giant's investor event.

Unilever resolves pricing spat with German retailer Kaufland

18 Nov 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has resolved its pricing row with a European hypermarket group.

How meat and dairy are countering criticism on climate

18 Nov 2019

In the past 12 months the meat and dairy industries have been under fierce scrutiny for their roles in climate change. David Burrows reports on how they are trying to counter.

Unilever to close Australian facility as it moves production for Weis ice-cream

15 Nov 2019

FMCG giant Unilever is shifting the production location of its Weis ice-cream brand in Australia and is to close a facility as a result.

Unilever chairman Marijn Dekkers steps down, replaced by Nils Andersen

13 Nov 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has announced that its current chairman is to step down from the role.

Unilever wins contract to supply Burger King with plant-based Whoppers in Europe

12 Nov 2019

Unilever has won a lucrative foodservice deal which will see it supplying a major fast-food chain with plant-based burgers in Europe.

Shan Foods 'mulls majority stake sale with Unilever reportedly in the frame'

6 Nov 2019

Shan Foods, a Pakistan-based spices and chutney maker, is reportedly mulling a sale of a majority stake.

Sustainability body Ceres calls on food companies to take action over water resources

1 Nov 2019

A new report from US-based sustainability advocacy organisation Ceres has revealed how big food companies are faring in relation to their use of water resources.

Unilever makes new commitment to eliminate "virgin" plastics

7 Oct 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has revealed plans to halve the use of "virgin" plastic in its packaging by 2025.

How food companies are now at centre of climate change and development debates

2 Oct 2019

The recent UN climate summits underlined how Big Food is now at the centre of debates on issues like climate change and development, Ben Cooper reports.

Nestle calls on industry to improve on deforestation

2 Oct 2019

Nestlé has admitted it will miss a 2020 target on deforestation it set ten years ago - but the company has set out how it believes the wider industry can end the practice.

Unilever says "several parties" interested in Continental Foods assets

1 Oct 2019

Unilever has confirmed it has started a strategic review of its Continental Foods business in Australia and New Zealand.

Private-equity firm KKR 'eyeing Unilever asset in Australia'

30 Sep 2019

US-based private-equity house KKR has reportedly drawn up a non-binding offer for one of Unilever's businesses in Australia.

Danone, Mars, McCain vow to "restore" biodiversity

23 Sep 2019

Food companies including Danone, Mars and McCain Foods are joining forces in areas such as regenerative agriculture and deforestation.

Zwanenberg buys Dutch rights to Chicken Tonight from Unilever

18 Sep 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer foods giant Unilever has sold its Chicken Tonight cooking sauce brand to a Dutch food firm for an undisclosed sum.

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