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Interview: PepsiCo's new North America accelerator

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in...

Interview: Leading2Lean and Industry 4.0

Industry 4.0 is of growing interest among food manufacturers eyeing efficiency gains in production and the supply chain. However, with the m...

Interview: Condiments firm The Foraging Fox

UK condiments maker The Foraging Fox, set up three years ago, has secured notable listings at home and abroad for its beetroot ketchup. Dean...

Interview: Nestle's US chief strategy officer

Nestlé this week (31 July) officially opened the new headquarters for its operations in the US, proclaiming the move a "catalyst" for its "t...


"We see ourselves as the new Birds Eye for a modern generation" - Strong Roots founder Samuel Dennigan on his plans for the frozen vegetable brand - the bitesize interview 23 Jul 2018

Andy Coyne

Samuel Dennigan, 32, set up his Ireland-based frozen vegetable products business Strong Roots in 2015 and it has quickly gained listings on both sides of the Irish Sea. But Dennigan's only just getting started, he tells Andy Coyne.


Snacks giant Pladis sets out stall for rapid growth in North America - interview 4 Jul 2018

Dean Best

Pladis, the UK-based, international snacks arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is looking to scale up quickly in North America, a market that accounts for just 6% of sales and where it is doing battle with some major competitors. Dean Best spoke to regional CEO Brian Blanchard to find out more about the plans the McVitie's and Godiva owner has for the market.


"It's taken five years to properly get started" - Nom Noms World Food founder Lisa Sohanpal on UK ethnic-cuisine firm's ambitions - the bitesize interview 27 Jun 2018

Dean Best

UK-based ethnic-cuisine business Nom Nom World Foods has had its ups and downs since forming five years ago. Dean Best caught up with founder and CEO Lisa Sohanpal, now based in Toronto, to discuss her plans for growth, including some notable new contracts in North America - but also hear about the challenges that can beset an SME.


Charlie Bigham's CEO Patrick Cairns on how UK ready-meals maker plans to serve up more growth - interview 20 Jun 2018

Dean Best

After a decade at Unilever, a stint in charge of UK baby-food firm Plum Baby and seven years leading Wessanen’s UK division, Patrick Cairns has, since March last year, been chief executive of Charlie Bigham’s, the London-based manufacturer of upmarket ready meals. Dean Best met Cairns to discuss his plans for the business.


"We will take plant-based to the next level" - Naturli' Foods CEO Henrik Lund on Danish firm's push into meat-free 15 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Denmark-based Naturli' Foods has become the latest meat-free supplier from Europe to cross the English Channel to try to tap into the UK's growing interest in plant-based food. Dean Best spoke to Naturli' CEO Henrik Lund in London as the company marked its debut in the market.


Pip & Nut founder Pippa Murray prepares for next push after fresh investment - the bitesize interview 13 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Fledgling UK nut-butter and nut milks supplier Pip & Nut has secured another wave of investment. Dean Best spoke to founder Pippa Murray about her plans for the business, which has major listings in its domestic market and has carved out footholds in a group of selected, overseas territories.


Wian van Blommestein, co-founder of US-based biltong business Ayoba-Yo, on why South African staple can take on jerky in its own backyard - the bitesize interview 5 Jun 2018

Andy Coyne

A family of South Africans who moved to the US missed their beloved biltong meat snack so much that they started producing it for family and friends. It is now a full-time business called Ayoba-Yo - a term used to express excitement or amazement - which is attempting to compete with American favourite jerky and working with Kraft Heinz on its development. Andy Coyne talks to company co-owner Wian van Blommestein about its prospects.


"Agility puts you in the game" - PepsiCo on its European incubator Nutrition Greenhouse 4 Jun 2018

Dean Best

Amid the changes being seen in the types of food consumers are buying and in how they shop, the world's major food manufacturers are seeing their sales come under pressure and are looking at various ways to try to breathe fresh life into their top lines. Some have set up accelerator and incubator programmes to invest in fledgling companies. PepsiCo's European incubator, Nutrition Greenhouse, has returned for a second year and Dean Best spoke to the US giant's Juan Ignacio Amat to find out more.


UK crisp maker Fairfields Farm plots export growth after Ten Acre buy - interview 29 May 2018

Dean Best

In January, Fairfields Farm Produce snapped up UK crisp brand Ten Acre from local peer Yumsh Snacks, adding another fledgling asset to its portfolio. Three months later, Fairfields appointed seasoned snacks executive Richard Glennan as its new managing director. Dean Best caught up with Glennan to discuss how he plans to grow the legacy Fairfields business and its new brand.


Lower-sugar spreads firm JimJams eyes growing sweet spot - interview 17 May 2018

Dean Best

With more consumers taking notice of the sugar in food, there are opportunities for products with lower levels of the nutrient to grab the attention of retail buyers – even in categories with huge, entrenched brands. One example is the UK spreads aisle, where fledgling chocolate spread brand JimJams has gained listings with two of the country’s largest grocers. Dean Best caught up with company founder Kevin Bath to talk about the development of JimJams and his ambitions for the business.




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