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What's driving pre-Brexit stockpiling? 13 Mar 19

A significant chunk of UK consumers are either starting - or planning - to stockpile ahead of the country's departure from the EU...


Bar brawl - US snack firms Clif and Kind joust over ingredients 11 Mar 19

Clif Bar & Co. and US snack peer Kind have become involved in a public spat over the ingredients the companies use in their snack bars...


Amazon pulls plug on Dash buttons 4 Mar 19

The retail behemoth has said shoppers will no longer be able to buy its Dash buttons, which had allowed consumers to re-order products with one push of a finger...


Ex-PepsiCo chief Indra Nooyi gets seat on Amazon board 26 Feb 19

Former PepsiCo CEO Indra Nooyi has secured a high-profile directorship, with retail giant Amazon appointing the CPG veteran to its board of directors...


Asda boss reacts to UK watchdog's stance on Sainsbury's deal 21 Feb 19

Sainsbury's chief Mike Coupe took to the airwaves within minutes of the CMA's provisional findings being announced and, today (21 February), his partner on the proposed merger at Asda gave his verdict...


Which M&A advisory firms topped the charts in 2018? 13 Feb 19

Run-downs of the top financial and legal M&A advisers for the consumer sector in 2018 have been published...


Amazon button Dashed in Germany 11 Jan 19

In a bid to eat into sales of FMCG products, Amazon has developed and launched the Dash service, allowing consumers to re-order products at the touch of a button. A judge's pen in Germany has rendered those buttons illegal in that market...


Seeing the palm oil for the trees 10 Jan 19

Ocado has set up an ‘aisle’ on its website displaying products that do not contain palm oil, in response, the UK online grocer says, to growing interest from consumers in the ingredient...


just-food closes for Christmas 21 Dec 18

Today (21 December) is our last day of reporting before Christmas. We re-open on Wednesday 2 January. Thanks for all your support this year...


The challenge of getting a "stealth small brand" to stick 12 Dec 18

Earlier this year, in a popular article on just-food, our US columnist Victor Martino coined the phrase "stealth small brand" - a product developed by Big Food but designed to look like it comes from a start-up. Mars has demonstrated how difficult it can be to get such a brand to stick...



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