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ABF FD John Bason on 16/17 and year ahead

Associated British Foods' grocery basket had something of a mixed 2016/17 financial year. Dean Best spoke to finance director John Bason abo...

Interview: Lee Kum Kee targets European growth

Over more than a century, Lee Kum Kee, the Hong Kong-based supplier of Chinese sauces, had grown into a multinational supplying more than 12...

Danone's Alpro aims to milk its emerging markets

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months...

Interview: Colombia's Colombina targets $1bn sales

Colombina, the Colombia-based food manufacturer, has enjoyed solid growth in the last decade and, to maintain its performance, it is looking...


Why Meatsnacks Group is confident about growth prospects 18 Oct 2017

Dean Best

UK-based Meatsnacks Group has built a business with a leadership position in the country's growing jerky and biltong categories - but is looking to flex its muscles with new products and further geographic expansion. Dean Best met Meatsnacks Group managing director James Newitt at the Anuga trade show to find out more.


Sustainability at heart of Ajinomoto's global ambitions 13 Oct 2017

Ben Cooper

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become a leading force on the world food stage.


Bonduelle "ready for more M&A" - interview with CFO Gregory Sanson 4 Oct 2017

Dean Best

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings and in which it struck a major acquisition - that of US produce group Ready Pac Foods. Dean Best spoke to Bonduelle CFO Grégory Sanson about the numbers, the company's outlook for the 2017/18 financial year and why it is ready for more M&A.


"We are very confident about the future" - Brioche Pasquier on outlook for UK business 2 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Brioche Pasquier, the France-based bakery group, sees international expansion as a central plank of its growth strategy. Among the family-owned company's largest international markets is the UK. Dean Best met Olivier Ripoche, the managing director of Brioche Pasquier's UK business, as the group officially opened the latest production line at its plant north of London to discuss the company's plans and why it is sanguine about Brexit.


A2 Milk mulls options for next stage of growth - interview 7 Sep 2017

Dean Best

A2 Milk Co., the New Zealand-based dairy and infant formula business, has had a bumper 12 months. Two weeks ago, the company reported a near-trebling in its annual profits. Revenues jumped more than 50%, fuelled by growth in its home markets of New Zealand and Australia, rapid expansion in China and improved performances from smaller businesses in the UK and the US. Where next? Dean Best spoke to A2 Milk executive Scott Wotherspoon who has been handed a new role that could see the business cast its net wider.


"We can really make a dent in the food industry" - Chris Laidlaw, CEO of Sanitarium's Life Health Foods UK, on new growth strategy 29 Aug 2017

Dean Best

Life Health Foods UK, a venture part-owned by Australian major Sanitarium, is embarking on a new strategy that has M&A at its centre and could see the business broaden its breakfast-portfolio into other categories. Dean Best spoke to Chris Laidlaw, the ex-Diageo executive recently-appointed to take the helm at Life Health Foods UK about the venture’s plans to be a European "house of foods".


"We're really travelling fast" - The Coconut Collaborative founder James Averdieck on the rise of the UK non-dairy firm 21 Aug 2017

Dean Best

After selling UK dessert business Gü, James Averdieck did some TV work but missed the cut and thrust of the grocery sector. In 2013, he bought Bessant & Drury, a UK dairy-free ice cream maker, a fledgling firm that formed the foundations of The Coconut Collaborative, a growing company selling dairy-free yogurt, desserts and ice cream domestically and overseas. Dean Best caught up with Averdieck to find out about how his latest venture is developing, the company's cautious approach to international expansion and his ambitions for the business.


Weetabix's UK chief Sally Abbott sets out stall in tough market and under new owner - interview 10 Aug 2017

Dean Best

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 acquired the UK breakfast cereal business in July in a deal worth GBP1.4bn (US$1.83bn). Weetabix's UK and Irish division also has a new managing director, Sally Abbott, previously the group's global marketing director. Dean Best caught up with Abbott as she gets to grip with running Weetabix's largest unit under a new owner.


Nestle's baby food arm Gerber on adapting to grow - interview 1 Aug 2017

Dean Best

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 that longevity; in others, it can turn some consumers off. Bill Partyka, Gerber's president and CEO, talks to Dean Best about how the Nestle-owned company is emphasising its heritage in China but seeking to adapt to changing consumer tastes in the US.


Why UK chocolate upstart Doisy & Dam focused on sustainability at outset - interview 26 Jul 2017

Ben Cooper

UK-based chocolate business Doisy & Dam recently announced it had gained B Corporation status. Ben Cooper spoke with co-founders, Ed Smith and Rich Wilkinson about the importance this young company places on sustainable growth.


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