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Covid-19 food industry updates – Friday 7 August (free to read)

7 Aug 2020

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

New products – PepsiCo expands Quaker Porridge to Go bars range in UK; Upfield gives Flora US debut; Princes unveils U.ME cooking oils; Friesland organic formula in Hong Kong

7 Aug 2020

This week's selection of new products includes a Marmite Houmous from Unilever and a new protein bar from Kellogg-owned RXBAR.

Beyond Covid-19 – will consumer interest in immunity endure?

6 Aug 2020

Covid-19 has pushed immunity claims up the NPD agenda. Andy Coyne asks whether the claims stack up and whether this is a trend here to stay once the dust settles on the virus.

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

4 Aug 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.

Nearly half of food manufacturers, grocers have plant-based teams – research

27 Jul 2020

Research just out has revealed the percentage of food manufacturers and grocers that now have dedicated teams for plant-based products.

At-home food "hidden jewel" as Unilever’s H1 surprises market – 5 things to learn

23 Jul 2020

Unilever's Q2 did not prove as weak as the City feared, with at-home food contributing to better-than-expected sales – though the outlook for foodservice remains uncertain.

Unilever shuts India plant amid Covid-19 infections

22 Jul 2020

Unilever has closed a factory in a major market in Asia after staff at the facility tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

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

22 Jul 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.

Unilever, Danone join net-zero emissions push

21 Jul 2020

Unilever and Danone are teaming up with seven other major corporations to share ways of cutting emissions, with an aim of all businesses achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

Unilever to review Eskimo ice-cream in Denmark

17 Jul 2020

Unilever is reviewing whether to continue using the name 'eskimo' on an ice-cream product in a country where the moniker has divided opinion.

Danish split over use of 'Eskimo' for ice cream

16 Jul 2020

Premier Is, the Denmark-based ice-cream supplier, is to review its use of Kaempe Eskimo for one of its lines amid the scrutiny over product designations for possible stereotyping.

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.

Unilever to expand China ice-cream plant with eye on more food products

26 Jun 2020

Unilever has embarked on the expansion of an existing factory in a key market in Asia, with possible plans to widen the site's output to take in more food products.

Unilever looking to merge five UK offices into planned campus HQ

26 Jun 2020

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever is proposing to consolidate employees from five locations into an, as yet unbuilt, campus HQ.

Ben & Jerry's joins Facebook ad boycott

24 Jun 2020

The US ice-cream business, owned by Unilever, has signed up to a campaign calling on companies to not advertise on Facebook's services in July.

"The genie is out of the bottle" – what would Unilever’s unification mean for food?

24 Jun 2020

The long-time debate over Unilever's future in food has resurfaced amid the FMCG giant's plan to unify its legal structure. What could happen to the Knorr maker's food assets?

Unilever Germany factory future resolved but redundancies to come

18 Jun 2020

Unilever has confirmed jobs at one of its food factories in Germany are set to go even after it reached agreement with staff to keep the plant open.

Unilever unveils new climate fund, emissions target

15 Jun 2020

The Magnum ice cream and Hellmann's mayonnaise maker has pledged to spend EUR1bn (US$1.12bn) over ten years to "tackle climate change and protect and regenerate nature".

Unilever to sell Chile ice-cream unit to Empresas Carozzi

15 Jun 2020

Unilever is to offload one of its businesses in Latin America, the prospective buyer of the asset has revealed in a stock-exchange filing.

New products - Unilever takes Pot Noodle into block format; Higgidy moves into ready meals; Take Two Foods barley milk alternative; Emmi launches Beleaf in UK

12 Jun 2020

This week's selection of new products includes snacks firm Pip & Lekker's seed-based products being sold at Sainsbury's and Emmi launching its plant-based range Beleaf in the UK.

Unilever unifies corporate structure under UK plc but retains dual listings, Dutch operations

11 Jun 2020

FMCG giant Unilever has made changes to its legal corporate make-up after months of deliberations over its dual structure.

Grocemania teams up with Unilever for ice cream delivery

29 May 2020

Grocemania, a London-based grocery delivery service, has teamed up with Unilever to supply ice cream direct to consumers.

Covid-19's snacking consumers spark D2C flurry

29 May 2020

How consumers shop for food has changed in some very noticeable ways over the last three months or so – and D2C is one area to have grown in importance, says GlobalData.

How might Covid-19 shape interest in health-and-wellness?

19 May 2020

With a health crisis set to be joined by a financial one, how will interest in diet and functionality, coupled with pressure on income, affect the trend of health and wellness?

Belgium's Milcobel hires ex-Unilever exec Nils van Dam as permanent CEO

18 May 2020

Milcobel, the Belgium-based dairy cooperative, has announced the appointment of a permanent chief executive.

Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms?

13 May 2020

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

Beyond Covid-19 - what will the 'new normal' mean for premium food brands?

6 May 2020

Andy Coyne looks at the prospects for premium brands in the likely recessionary climate post-Covid-19 and weighs up the impacts a downturn might have.

How will Covid-19 shape direct-to-consumer platforms?

30 Apr 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has shaken up the way we shop - but how might that influence the manufacturer's approach to direct-to-consumer services in the longer term?

Unilever Q1 sales update and post-Covid thoughts - six things to learn

24 Apr 2020

How did the Wall's ice cream maker's food business perform in Q1? And how does the FMCG giant view the rest of the year - and beyond?

New products - Gerber claims first in US with A2 baby formula; Lotus Bakeries takes Biscoff into sandwich biscuits; Kerry takes Naked Glory into ready-to-eat

24 Apr 2020

This week's batch of new products includes Ireland's Kerry Group taking its Naked Glory brand into a new category and Graze entering the kids cereal bar segment.

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