Mars raised eyebrows in the US with support for calls for nutrition labels in the country to contain information on added sugar. Nestle has seen its infant formula production in South Africa hit by the country's power problems. And European confectioner Cloetta, the company behind brands like Chewits and Sportlife, announced CEO Bengt Baron had decided to step down.
Consuming issues: Why Mars' sugar call should be welcomed
Campaigners would contend companies do not often make progressive moves on issues of public concern until pressure has been exerted on them to do so. In the food sector, there is a fair deal of historical evidence to support this, so moves like the one Mars Inc has made on the labelling of added sugar in the US are somewhat rare.
South Africa power woes hit Nestle
Nestle is taking steps to shore up production at its South African infant formula business as power outages in the country hit production.
Cloetta promotes David Nuutinen to CEO
Confectionery company Cloetta has appointed David Nuutinen as president and CEO of the company.
Iglo owner Nomad names ex-Delhaize exec CEO
Nomad Holdings, the investment vehicle that recently acquired Iglo Group, has appointed former Delhaize executive Stéfan Descheemaeker as its CEO.
California mulling BPA labelling requirements
California's state regulators are considering introducing more stringent labelling requirements for food products containing the chemical bisphenol-A.
Sustainability Watch: UTZ explains why scale key to progress
Last year was record-breaking for the UTZ sustainable farming programme and certification scheme. Being able to provide companies with a scalable way to source certified sustainable commodities has been critical to its progress, as UTZ markets director Daan de Vries explained to Ben Cooper.
The just-food interview part two: How M&A is central to Wessanen's ambitions
In the first quarter of 2015, with the sale of a US drinks asset, Netherlands-based company Wessanen officially completed its change into a business concentrating on Europe and on what it deems to be healthy and sustainable food. CFO Ronald Merckx tells Dean Best, is ready to make acquisitions to help fuel its expansion.