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Interview: US upstart Powerful eyes new categories

As US-based, protein-centric upstart Powerful enters its fifth year in business, the company, which started in yogurt, is trying to build a...

Interview: Pioneer on UK growth push

South Africa’s Pioneer Food Group last month moved again to expand its business in the UK, snapping up Lizi's granola owner The Good Carb Fo...

Interview: Clonakilty invests under Brexit shadow

Irish savoury meat company Clonakilty has returned to its home-town roots following a EUR7m (US$8.2m) investment in a new, self-contained si...

McCormick's sustainability vision - interview

US flavourings firm McCormick puts supply chain goals front and centre in its new sustainability strategy. Michael Okoroafor, the company’s...


UK breakfast firm Moma Foods adds overseas push to growth plans - interview 23 Nov 2017

Dean Best

UK-based, oats-focused business Moma Foods is more than a decade old and, after carving out a foothold domestically, is starting to strategically look at growing its fledgling positions in its overseas markets. Dean Best spoke to Moma Foods managing director Pete Joubert to find out more.


Mochi ice-cream maker Bubbies sets out stall - interview 20 Nov 2017

Dean Best

As Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream & Desserts approaches the first anniversary of a change in its ownership, the US maker of mochi ice cream has plans to expand domestically and overseas. Dean Best spoke to Bubbies CEO Rick Schaffer about the company’s ambitions.


From UK bread woe to overseas gains and M&A moves - Associated British Foods FD John Bason on 2016/17 and year ahead - interview 9 Nov 2017

Dean Best

Associated British Foods' grocery basket had something of a mixed 2016/17 financial year. Dean Best spoke to finance director John Bason about challenges at home, progress overseas, recent M&A and the year ahead.


Lee Kum Kee targets European demand for "authentic" Chinese cuisine - interview 8 Nov 2017

Dean Best

Over more than a century, Lee Kum Kee, the Hong Kong-based supplier of Chinese sauces, had grown into a multinational supplying more than 120 markets. The privately-owned Lee Kum Kee rarely gives interviews but, at the Anuga trade expo in Germany, Dean Best sat down with Maria Chong, the general manager of the business’ operations in Europe, to hear about the company’s ambitions in the region.


Danone's Alpro aims to milk its emerging markets - interview 26 Oct 2017

Dean Best

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months. Struck in July 2016, the US$12.5bn deal was sealed this April and doubled Danone’s sales in the US – but it also gave the French giant the European dairy-alternative brand Alpro. Dean Best caught up with Alain De Bruyn, commercial director for Alpro’s business in a swathe of countries from Slovakia to South Africa, to find out more about the plans for the brand in some of its more early-stage markets.


Colombia's Colombina targets $1bn sales from health drive, international expansion - interview 19 Oct 2017

Ivan Castano

Colombina, the Colombia-based food manufacturer, has enjoyed solid growth in the last decade and, to maintain its performance, it is looking towards its growing line of healthier products and its international businesses. Ivan Castano spoke to marketing vice president Jose Fernando Ochoa and CEO Cesar Caicedo to hear more about the company's plans.


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.




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