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Heading for an all-time high - FUTURES surveys the prospects for cannabis-infused food and drink products 14 Dec 2018

Richard Woodard

The latest issue of just-food's FUTURES series of reports looks at the rapid rise of the use of cannabis in food and drinks products.

Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  5 Dec 2018

Andy Coyne

just-food presents a guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 

Can food multinationals enjoy benefits of scale and be more local? 4 Dec 2018

Simon Creasey

Some major food multinationals want to realise the benefits of getting closer to the consumer - but without losing the benefits of having scale. Can that be achieved?

What is the future of autonomous delivery in food? 16 Nov 2018

Lucy Britner

just-food's new FUTURES service looks in-depth at how the fledgling area of autonomous delivery of food products could take shape.

Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 12 Nov 2018

Andy Coyne

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.

Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free 29 Oct 2018

Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area.

What can buying pacts between retailers mean for food manufacturers? 15 Oct 2018

Simon Creasey

With Tesco and Carrefour seeking to become the latest major grocers in Europe to work together on purchasing, Simon Creasey looks at the impact these tie-ups can have on suppliers.

How big packaged food companies can create a challenger brand playbook of their own 28 Aug 2018

Victor Martino

Acquiring challenger brands is one thing but how do big food businesses make a success of them when they are integrated into a very different corporate culture?

How should small and mid-sized food companies build new international markets? 19 Jul 2018

Simon Creasey

Export markets can be enticing for small- and medium-sized businesses but how should companies with limited resources already doing battle in competitive domestic markets expand internationally?

How do food companies ensure cocoa supply meets future demand - sustainably? 13 Jul 2018

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at food manufacturers' efforts to put their west African cocoa supply chains on a truly sustainable footing.

Can the food industry eliminate trans fats by 2023? 5 Jul 2018

Ben Cooper

The WHO wants industrially-produced trans fats removed from food by 2023. Major manufacturers have set the pace but the challenge is how to bring all food companies in all countries up to speed.

Should food majors develop subscription services? 20 Jun 2018

Simon Creasey

A growing number of fledgling companies are developing subscription businesses - but, so far, major manufacturers have shied away from moving into the market. Will interest from food companies rise?

What are the prospects for insect-based food? 10 May 2018

Simon Creasey

European retailers have started to stock edible, insect-based food, a sign some consumers are starting to accept the idea of eating crickets and mealworms. But what kind of market could emerge?

How can food companies engage in the Global Goals agenda on water? 1 May 2018

Ben Cooper

We examine how food companies can engage in UN Sustainable Development Goal 6, which aims to ensure the availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all by 2030.

Why should food companies consider becoming B Corp? 5 Apr 2018

Ben Cooper

The B Corp movement has grown since its launch in the US in 2007 and claims a foothold in 150 countries. Some food manufacturers have found themselves drawn to B Corp ideals of sustainable business - and we look at why.

The growing consumer pull for sustainable food in the US 1 Mar 2018

Ben Cooper

In just-food's latest deep dive into the market pull for more sustainable food, Ben Cooper looks in-depth at the US market.

What could drive evolution of India's food sector? 12 Feb 2018

Mini Pant Zachariah

For a flavour of how senior industry executives working in India see the country's food industry developing, just-food went to India Food Forum in Mumbai to hear from some of the leading lights in the sector.

How is Big Food using accelerators and incubators? 6 Feb 2018

Simon Creasey

As food majors in North America and Europe try to kick-start sales, some are using accelerators and incubators to support start-ups, tap into the new trends shaping the industry - and how to innovate to meet them.

Food companies seek boost from revenue growth management 6 Dec 2017

Simon Creasey

In mature markets, some manufacturers are finding top-line growth hard to come by. Revenue growth management - optimising prices, promotions and range - might help. We analyse the benefits and challenges.

Why are food companies aligning with UN Sustainable Development Goals? 9 Nov 2017

Ben Cooper

Since the UN's Sustainable Development Goals were launched, some food companies have sought to align their sustainability aims with the targets. We examine why and what benefits alignment could bring.

The potential for blockchain in the food industry 24 Oct 2017

Simon Creasey

A number of the world's largest food manufacturers and grocers are looking at blockchain and we analyse the potential uses, benefits and challenges of using the technology in the sector.

How sustainability is influencing M&A in the food industry 6 Oct 2017

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how sustainability considerations are influencing food industry mergers and acquisitions.

What does Generation Z want from food? 25 Sep 2017

Simon Creasey

Move over Millennials. There's a new consumer cohort in town and food manufacturers should stay paying them attention. What makes Gen Z tick, what shapes their buying habits and how food companies should respond?

How the food industry can help reverse climate change 25 Jul 2017

Katy Askew

Climate change is causing uncertainty in supply chains. We look at how manufacturers can help mitigate – and even reverse – global warming by using supply chains to rejuvenate farmlands and forests.

Direct-to-consumer in the UK - analysing the problems and potential 17 Jul 2017

Simon Creasey

The rise of grocery e-commerce in the UK is leading food manufacturers to investigate whether selling directly to consumers could be worth pursuing. We weigh up the prospects for the fledgling channel.

Does sustainability sell in the UK? 13 Jul 2017

Ben Cooper

Consumer concern has long been a reason for food companies to take sustainability seriously. But what is the relationship between consumers and food sustainability in the UK?

How to implement a zero-based budgeting strategy 11 Oct 2016

Katy Askew

Zero-based budgeting can offer big savings - but the process can be complex, convoluted, costly and there are no guaranteed economies. We look at best-practice on the implementation of the strategy.

Is zero-based budgeting right for everyone? 10 Oct 2016

Katy Askew

Zero-based budgeting focuses attention on expenses and challenges existing costs. The strategy, however, is not necessarily a good fit for all companies.

Why zero-based budgeting is shaking up the food sector 6 Oct 2016

Katy Askew

Zero-based budgeting is not a new concept but recent years have seen it experience a revival in the food industry. Is it a miracle diet for packaged food companies seeking a shapelier margin profile?

What are the risks and rewards of zero-based budgeting? 6 Oct 2016

Katy Askew

Zero-based budgeting can reduce costs and improve resource allocation. The method has also proven popular with investors. However, it is not a one-size-fits-all answer to the challenges facing CPG companies.

What are the prospects for the low-FODMAP diet? - analysis 4 Oct 2016

Simon Creasey

FODMAPs are carbohydrates linked to digestive issues, including IBS. A diet low in FODMAPs is said to ease symptoms and there are signs of a market taking root in Australia, Europe and North America.

Packaged food eyeing 3D printing but progress uneven - analysis 3 Oct 2016

Keith Nuthall

What impact could the 3D printing of food have on the sector? Chefs are experimenting with 3D printing to customise dishes or add automation to kitchens - and food manufacturers are also looking at the technology.

Why companies cannot lose with employee engagement in sustainability 22 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Initiatives to involve employees in sustainability aims are commonplace in progressive food companies and for good reason. We explain how manufacturers are reaping the benefits.

How food companies are involving employees in sustainability - case studies 22 Sep 2016

Ben Cooper

Sustainability concerns pervade a food company's operations so approaches to engage employees in sustainability are varied. just-food looks at how six global manufacturers seek to engage their workforce.

Food companies can lead on workplace nutrition - analysis 28 Jul 2016

Ben Cooper

Improving the diet of staff can boost productivity and morale, making workplace nutrition an increasing priority. But the nutritional value of workplace catering at a manufacturer will be closely scrutinised.

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