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Interview: Danone CEO Faber on B Corp push

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rat...

Interview: Arla UK's head of e-commerce

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 lik...

Interview: Dr Oetker on prospects in India

German giant Dr Oetker is looking to grow the sales its business in India generates five-fold in just three years. Oliver Mirza, the managin...

The bitesize interview - Piccolo

Two years into its existence, UK-based organic baby food business Piccolo has listings at large, domestic retailers like Tesco and Asda, the...


"We are doing so many things differently" - CEO John Power on the upturn in fortunes at Symington's and its prospects 28 Feb 2018

Dean Best

Symington's, the UK-based branded and own-label manufacturer, is emerging from a difficult period with a new management team and a strategy for growth. Dean Best met with CEO John Power to hear how the company got back on a path to growth and where he sees the business heading.


The Black Farmer, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, explains his ethos and reveals expansion plans - the bitesize interview 13 Feb 2018

Andy Coyne

UK food firm The Black Farmer does not manufacture or process its owns products - which include sausages, bacon, cheese and eggs - but has built a business based on a successful brand and staying ahead of the curve on food trends, such as gluten-free. Andy Coyne spoke to the Black Farmer himself, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, about the company's strategy thus far and his plans to build the brand further.


UK cheese maker Wyke Farms eyes more mature export business - interview 8 Feb 2018

Dean Best

Wyke Farms, the UK-based cheese supplier, is trying to navigate a tough domestic market while building a more focused export operation amid a volatile dairy sector and with Brexit on the horizon. For all that, managing director Richard Clothier, while cognisant of the challenges, sees opportunity. Dean Best caught up with Clothier to find out more about his plans for growth.


US protein upstart Powerful wants to flex muscles further - interview 16 Jan 2018

Dean Best

As US-based, protein-centric upstart Powerful enters its fifth year in business, the company, which started in yogurt, is trying to build a "platform" of products across different categories. Founder and CEO Carlos Ramirez has secured investment from a local private-equity firm to help in his ambitions and Dean Best caught up with him to hear more about his plans.


South Africa's Pioneer Food Group adds brands in UK growth push - interview 3 Jan 2018

Simon Harvey

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 Food Company. The deal was the first since Pioneer renamed its UK arm in September and announced "ambitious expansion plans" for the market. just-food’s Simon Harvey spoke with Jonathon Thorn, the chief executive of Pioneer’s UK unit, about the company’s plans in the country.


Irish meats firm Clonakilty invests under shadow of Brexit - interview 12 Dec 2017

Simon Harvey

Irish savoury meat company Clonakilty has returned to its home-town roots following a EUR7m (US$8.2m) investment in a new, self-contained site. However, the move comes with Brexit hanging over Ireland’s exporters. Simon Harvey catches up with CEO Colette Twomey.


Building supply chain resilience at heart of McCormick’s 2025 vision - interview 4 Dec 2017

Ben Cooper

US flavourings firm McCormick puts supply chain goals front and centre in its new sustainability strategy. Michael Okoroafor, the company’s vice president of global sustainability and packaging innovation, told Ben Cooper why.


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.




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