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The status of Brexit talks should remain high on corporate agendasFive geopolitical issues to watch in Q1 - guest column 18 Jan 18

Matthew Elliott, Shore Capital Markets

In a guest column, Matthew Elliott, a senior political advisor at UK-based investment advisory firm Shore Capital Markets, sets out the geopolitical events executives need to monitor in the opening weeks of 2018.


Ramirez: "Our strategy is to create platform of great-tasting, all-natural, high-protein foods to target active lifestyles"US protein upstart Powerful wants to flex muscles further - interview 16 Jan 18

Dean Best

As US-based, protein-centric upstart Powerful enters its fifth year in business, the company, which started in yogurt, is trying to build a "platform" of products across different categories. Founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez has secured investment from a local private-equity firm to help in his ambitions and Dean Best caught up with him to hear more about his plans.


The recall at the Lactalis plant in Craon was widened again this afternoon (12 February)Lactalis scandal puts wider French supply chain in spotlight 12 Jan 18

Dean Best

The scrutiny of Lactalis has intensified this week as the dairy giant battles to repair the reputational damage from the salmonella scandal that has engulfed the company. However, the latest revelations have meant retailers have also been criticised and led to questions about the wider supply chain, which could fuel anxiety in export markets.


Halo Top has shaken up super-premium ice-cream segment in USThe challenger brand challenge has just begun 11 Jan 18

Victor Martino

just-food's US columnist Victor Martino kicks off 2018 with a message all food majors in the US should heed - as, for that matter, should those operating further afield.


Campbell announced on 18 December move to buy US snacks group SnyderFood M&A volumes dip in December despite busy final week - data 11 Jan 18

Dean Best

just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced, as company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition.


"This is the best sellerWhy - and how - 2018 promises to be buoyant year for M&A in food 10 Jan 18

Dean Best

The final days of 2017 saw a flurry of transactions in the international food sector, bringing to an end an active year of deal-making. This year looks set to be another busy one for food-company strategists. Dean Best looks at what could lie ahead.


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Dean BestLatest blog entry: US food agency hints at direction of travel with "policy roadmap" 17 Jan 2018

Dean Best

It's light on specific details but a new "strategic policy roadmap" for 2018 from the US Food and Drug Administration should give manufacturers a sense of where the agency could be looking to act this year.


M&A Watch M&A Watch

Stefan Kirk, of M&A advisors Glenboden, casts his eye over the food industry landscape and suggests the deal-making options that could - and should - be available to manufacturers.


IRI IRI's inside track

Global FMCG analysts IRI gives you key insight into the trends and issues facing the food sector.


Consuming issues Consuming issues

In a regular column, just-food contributing editor Ben Cooper chews over how the industry is tackling issues from obesity to labelling and from child labour to its environmental impact.


What the analysts say What the analysts say

The verdict from global analysts on major company news


The just-food international basket The just-food international basket

Exclusive data highlighting the price of brands and own-label products in key categories across Europe and the US. Compiled in association with industry analysts IRI.


Deal or no deal Deal or no deal

We look at the potential suitors when food manufacturers or retailers are up for sale - or put forward as possible takeover targets.


On the move On the move

just-food examines executives on the move


BRICs and beyond BRICs and beyond

Coverage and analysis of the world's fastest-growing emerging markets


Sustainability Watch Sustainability Watch

We put the latest CSR moves under the microscope.


Talking shop Talking shop

The just-food team check out the latest goings-on among food retailers.


Editor Editor's viewpoint

Dean Best's views on the industry's hot issues.


In the spotlight In the spotlight

Which manufacturers, retailers or issues are grabbing the headlines?


On the money On the money

Food companies discuss and dissect their latest results.

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