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Interview: Weetabix's new UK chief Sally Abbott

After almost five years under the ownership of China's Bright Food, Weetabix is a month into life as part of US-based Post Holdings, which a...

Interview: Gerber adapting to grow

Gerber, one of the most-established names in the baby food sector, is marking its 90th anniversary. In some markets, a company can trade on...

UK choc upstart Doisy & Dam on sustainability

UK-based chocolate business Doisy & Dam recently announced it had gained B Corporation status. Ben Cooper spoke with co-founders, Ed Smith a...

Interview: Intersnack on move for Butterkist

Germany's Intersnack, already the second-largest savoury snacks supplier in the UK, has sought once again to expand its position in its larg...


How Danone's "manifesto" is shaping its corporate activity - just-food interview, part two 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has, in recent years, underwhelmed parts of the investment community, with complaints about its margins or the performance of its fresh dairy business. Broadly, sentiment among analysts at least has improved in recent quarters, although there remain whispers Danone could be the next target of activist investors. Nevertheless, Danone’s recent corporate moves have highlighted the company’s interest in areas of health and sustainability. Dean Best spoke to Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber to find out more.


Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on why industry "mindset" on health and sustainability needs to change - just-food interview, part one 6 Jul 2017

Dean Best

Danone has declared an "Alimentation Revolution". The France-based food and beverage giant has urged the industry to join a "movement" that aims to "nurture the adoption of healthier and more sustainable eating and drinking habits". Emmanuel Faber, Danone’s CEO, made the call at the Consumer Goods Forum in Berlin, an annual event where the sector’s leading lights to discuss strategy and outline their vision for the industry. Dean Best caught up with Faber after his speech to find out more about Danone’s "manifesto", how it is defining the company’s actions and why the industry should join them.


"I want to learn how to manage it as a global business" - UK firm Erbology hoping to thrive in PepsiCo "incubator" 3 Jul 2017

Helen Arnold

PepsiCo is among the ranks of the world's largest food companies that are turning to the industry's start-ups and early-stage businesses for insight into tapping into the emerging consumer trends that are shaping the sector. The US snacks-to-cola giant has set up an "incubator" programme in Europe to support a select batch of businesses it says are providing "breakthrough nutrition". Helen Arnold spoke to Irina Turcan, the founder of one of the companies chosen, the UK-based Erbology.


UTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 Jun 2017

Ben Cooper

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.


Ambitious Arla remains patient with Africa - interview 14 Jun 2017

John Shepherd

With the consumption of dairy products in western countries stagnant, the world's largest processors are ramping up investment in emerging markets. European dairy giant Arla Foods is still targeting growth in countries like the UK and Germany through investment in value-added innovation but it is increasingly investing in markets like China and Nigeria. Both feature in Arla's list of priority markets, drawn up in 2015 as part of the cooperative's Strategy 2020 business plan. Arla's executive vice-president of international operations, Tim Orting Jorgensen, talks to John Shepherd about the company's recent moves in Nigeria and how, despite the country's recent economic problems, the market is a springboard for the co-op's ambitions in the wider region.


The next steps for UK baby food firm For Aisha - interview 13 Jun 2017

Dean Best

It is approaching two years since UK halal baby food business For Aisha was taken out of administration by investors that included founder and managing director Mark Salter. After building a business that has secured listings with most of the UK's largest retailers, Salter is looking to continue growth at home with moves into new segments and is aiming to build on some fledgling positions internationally. Dean Best reports.


The Marine Stewardship Council looks to 2030 - interview 30 May 2017

Ben Cooper

The Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) has celebrated its 20th anniversary by unveiling a new strategy and setting bold targets up to 2030. Nicolas Guichoux, the seafood certification body's global commercial director, spoke with Ben Cooper about the MSC's plans for the future.


Raisio interim CEO Jarmo Puputti eyes growth and the top job - interview 16 May 2017

Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio – the company behind brands including Elovena cereal and the cholesterol-targeted Benecol – has had an eventful year, including the departure of long-time chief executive Matti Rihko. Four months on from Rihko’s resignation, Raisio has yet to appoint a replacement. One of Rihko’s colleagues, Jarmo Puputti, was handed the job on an interim basis and he is attempting to get sales and profits growing again after a year of declines. Puputti speaks to Dean Best about Raisio’s performance in the early months of 2017, his plans for growth and his bid to take the top job permanently.


"Beanfields Snacks has all right elements to be ready to scale" - Powerplant Ventures co-founder Mark Rampolla on fund's investment in tortilla chip maker 12 May 2017

Dean Best

Powerplant Ventures, the US private-equity firm formed two years ago to back companies "reinventing the food system", has made its latest investment, leading a consortium that has acquired a majority stake in local tortilla chip business Beanfields Snacks. Mark Rampolla, the man behind coconut water brand Zico, is one of the founders of Powerplant Ventures and will be co-chairman of Beanfield. He talked to Dean Best about Powerplant Ventures' investment strategy, plans for Beanfield and how a US gang intervention programme is involved in the deal.


D's Naturals' selective use of General Mills backing – interview 1 May 2017

Katy Askew

D's Naturals has developed rapidly from its inception just two years ago. Today, the US plant-based protein bar maker generates around US$10m in sales and has attracted investment from General Mills investment arm, 301 Inc. Founder Daniel Katz – or D as he is also known – spoke to just-food's Katy Askew about the development of the business and its prospects.


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