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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.


Freedom Foods Group charting growth strategy from Australia to China and US – interview 26 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Australia-based Freedom Foods Group is balancing its ambitions to grow at home and abroad. A supplier of allergen-free products in Australia, Freedom Foods is expanding its domestic presence through a focus on innovation. At the same time, the company is trying to grow its dairy, snack and cereal sales in China and the US. Katy Askew spoke to Freedom's general manager of marketing and innovation, Tom Dusseldorp, to find out more. 


"We fit Unilever's vision for next generation of good food" - Sir Kensington's co-founder Scott Norton on sale of US mayo maker 24 Apr 2017

Dean Best

After shedding a series of food assets – and announcing earlier this month plans to quit spreads – Unilever’s longer-term strategy for the sector is always the subject of debate within the industry. This week, however, the consumer goods giant has made what is for the business a rare move: adding to its foods division through M&A. The Hellmann’s mayonnaise owner has bought fledgling US condiments maker Sir Kensington’s. Dean Best caught up with Sir Kensington’s co-founder Scott Norton to find out more.


"We're bringing something very disruptive to the category" - Hippeas' Craig Hughes on snack brand's UK push 24 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Chickpea puffs brand Hippeas, launched a year ago as the first product developed by US-based start-up Green Park Brands, has already made notable inroads both in its domestic market and in the UK. Dean Best met Craig Hughes, Green Park's European sales director, at the IFE industry expo in London to discuss Hippeas' performance in the UK and the company's plans for the brand in the market and in Europe. 


KP Snacks on how brands and customers at heart of growth strategy - interview 24 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

KP Snacks, the UK arm of Germany's Intersnack, is focused on growing its share of the country's snack sector through a strategy focusing on the strength of its core brands, its retail customers and on growth areas of the market. Katy Askew spoke to Andy Riddle, sales director at KP Snacks, to find out more about how the group hopes to expand. 


WhiteWave Foods on sustainability "mission" - interview 19 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

US natural and organic food group WhiteWave Foods – now part of Danone – believes its sustainability programmes and its mission to "change the way the world eats for the better" is a key point of difference to its rivals. Last month, at the Natural Products Expo West trade show in the US, with the sale to Danone on the horizon, Katy Askew spoke to WhiteWave sustainability chief Deanna Bratter to find out about the US company's sustainability strategies.


Bright People Foods wants to disrupt US instant noodle category – interview  11 Apr 2017

Katy Askew

Family-owned Bright People Foods, the manufacturer of the Dr. McDougall's brand, is entering the instant noodle category with the launch of a new brand, Mike's Might Good Craft Ramen. The business wants to use its expertise in quality organic production to bring a premium offering to the instant noodle category in the US. Katy Askew spoke to Carolyn Vinnicombe, head of sales and member of the founding family at Bright People, to discover more about the group's ambitions. 


UK meat packer Hilton Food Group on "optimum" business model - interview 9 Apr 2017

Dean Best

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based meat packer, has built what one firm of City brokers describes as "a high-quality business" through international expansion and, in most of its markets, supplying only one customer. Dean Best spoke to Hilton CEO Robert Watson and CFO Nigel Majewski after the company reported a year of rising annual sales and earnings to discuss their strategy for the business and its plans for further growth.


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