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Interview: Sustainability and Ajinomoto's growth

Ben Cooper looks at how Japan food and ingredients group Ajinomoto’s approach to sustainability ties in with its broader ambitions to become...

Interview: Bonduelle "ready for more M&A"

France-based international vegetable supplier Bonduelle this week reported its annual financial results, a year of rising sales and earnings...

Interview: Brioche Pasquier on outlook for UK unit

Brioche Pasquier, the France-based bakery group, sees international expansion as a central plank of its growth strategy. Among the family-ow...

Interview: A2 Milk mulls next stage of growth

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...


"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.


Intersnack bags Butterkist to broaden UK offer - interview 25 Jul 2017

Andy Coyne

Germany's Intersnack, already the second-largest savoury snacks supplier in the UK, has sought once again to expand its position in its largest market outside its own backyard through M&A. Last week, Intersnack, which owns UK crisp and nut business KP Snacks, announced a deal to buy the Butterkist popcorn brand from the private-equity-backed Tangerine Confectionery. just-food's Andy Coyne caught up with KP Snacks sales director Andy Riddle to find out more about the rationale for the company's move for Butterkist.


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.


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