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Interview: Charlie Bigham's CEO Patrick Cairns

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...

Interview: Danish meat-free firm Naturli' Foods

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 g...

Interview: UK nut butter and milk firm Pip & Nut

Fledgling UK nut-butter and nut milks supplier Pip & Nut has secured another wave of investment. Dean Best spoke to founder Pippa Murray abo...

The bitesize interview - Biltong firm Ayoba-Yo

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...


"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.


Nimisha Raja, founder of UK healthy snack range Nim's Fruit Crisps, has always thought big and now it's paying off - the bitesize interview 1 May 2018

Andy Coyne

In 2012 Nimisha Raja pioneered the concept of air-dried fruit crisps, launching the first product to the UK market with her Nim's Fruit Crisps brand. Six years down the line - after claiming deals with the Co-op and Ocado - the company has just gained its first listing with supermarket giant Tesco. Andy Coyne talks to her about the company's growth and future plans.


The Kids Food Co. CEO Sally Preston eyes home, abroad to power growth of UK baby-snacks firm - interview 30 Apr 2018

Dean Best

The Kids Food Co., a UK business marketing baby- and toddler-focused food under the Kiddylicious brand, continues to grow rapidly. Dean Best caught up with founder and CEO Sally Preston and heard about the company’s recent performance, its ambitious plans for growth at home (and abroad) and how she believes one rival is seeking to undermine the business.


Bio-tiful Dairy to build on ''phenomenal'' growth with Kefir exports to Europe - Interview 26 Apr 2018

Simon Harvey

Bio-tiful Dairy has witnessed some impressive sales growth since the UK manufacturer of Kefir cultured milk products started out six years ago, suggesting British consumers are waking up to the health benefits of the nutritionally-rich category. just-food's Simon Harvey caught up with head of marketing Katie Norris to see what the company has in store.


Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell on vegan supplier's rise, ambitions and Big Meat eyeing alternatives - interview 24 Apr 2018

Dean Best

Sweden-based vegan supplier Food For Progress has made inroads in the Nordic region and, after entering the UK last autumn with a listing at Whole Foods Market, has struck a deal to supply Tesco. Dean Best caught up with Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell to discuss the company’s UK expansion, its ambitions and its unusual history.


"B Corp is very relevant for the food industry today" - Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on French giant's work on the certification 12 Apr 2018

Ben Cooper

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to a company's shareholders. The French giant today (12 April) announced its North America arm is now B Corp-certified and just-food's Ben Cooper spoke to group chairman and CEO Emmanuel Faber about his support for that way of codifying a food business.


"E-commerce is impossible to ignore" - Arla's Steve Millard on how the dairy giant is looking to grow online 3 Apr 2018

Dean Best

How can food manufacturers tap into the growth of the online channel? It is a question on the minds of many a boardroom, even in markets like the UK where the channel is relatively developed. Moreover, in such a fast-growing part of the market, how will shopper behaviour develop? How will technology evolve? Doing business online is a challenging mix of adapting to the present and being ready for the future. Dean Best met Steve Millard, the head of Arla Foods' e-commerce and digital unit in the UK, to find out more about how the dairy co-op is faring online.


"India is a big country with big opportunities to grow" - just-food meets Dr Oetker's Oliver Mirza 23 Mar 2018

Mini Pant Zachariah

German giant Dr Oetker is looking to grow the sales its business in India generates five-fold in just three years. Oliver Mirza, the managing director and chief executive, of Dr Oetker's business in the country spoke to just-food about the company's goal.




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