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General Mills trials new way of buying Haagen-Dazs 11 Sep 18

On Friday (7 September), ice-cream lovers in part of central London were able to order Häagen-Dazs on their phones - and have it delivered directly to them, wherever they were...


As US and Mexico set out bilateral deal, eyes turn to Canada - and dairy 29 Aug 18

After months of talks over the future of the NAFTA trade agreement, two of the signatories - the US and Mexico -have outlined plans for a new deal, with the third, Canada, so far outside the process...


just-food closed on Monday 27 August 26 Aug 18

As I type, grey skies cover south-east London, with drizzle hitting the windows - but the forecast is set fairer for tomorrow when the country has its final public holiday before Christmas Day...


If Kraft Heinz passed on Pinnacle, it should do so with Campbell 2 Aug 18

It's almost 18 months since Unilever rebuffed Kraft Heinz and, ever since, the rumour mill has spun over where the US manufacturer could look next. It's been reported today (2 August) the ketchup maker decided against moving for US peer Pinnacle Foods...


Maybe Trump is finding trade wars aren’t so easy to win 25 Jul 18

In March, a day after issuing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, Donald Trump took to Twitter to give his verdict on trade disputes. Four months later, it looks as though Trump's confidence may have been more hubris...


Upfield Foods, home to ex-Unilever spreads assets, makes notable appointment 20 Jul 18

UK food-industry veteran David Salkeld is to take a senior position at Upfield Foods, the newly-instituted business that is home to Unilever's former spreads assets...


Nature's Path quits US organic trade body in "protest" 4 Jul 18

The Organic Trade Association, which represents the organic industry in the US, has seen a high-profile member quit the organisation, taking a swipe at the body's stance on policy issues...


Brexit could be worse for dairy than Russia ban, EU and UK producers warn 26 Jun 18

Russia's embargo on a swathe of foodstuffs from the EU in 2014 - a ban that lasts to this day - hammered the bloc's dairy industry. But producers on both sides of the English Channel have warned the impact of Brexit could be worse...


Carrefour, Google team up as France's online grocery shake-up continues 12 Jun 18

France's largest food retailers have made a number of moves in recent quarters to try to tap into the growth of the country's online grocery market - and this week another notable venture has been announced...


Acquisitive JAB to gobble up UK food-to-go chain Pret 29 May 18

JAB Holding Co., the privately-owned, Luxembourg-based investment firm today (29 May) announced its latest acquisition, striking a deal to buy a majority stake in UK food-to-go chain Pret a Manger...



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