Godiva and McVitie’s owner Yildiz Holdings has decided to bring its snacks brands under one unit in a bid to drive growth internationally. Unilever‘s CEO, Paul Polman, sounded a note of caution about trading conditions in 2016. And sugar was once again in the headlines, driving policy agendas in Europe.

Yildiz Holding unifies brands to create global snack giant
Turkish conglomerate Yildiz Holding is bringing its global chocolate and biscuit businesses – including Godiva, DeMet’s, Ulker and United Biscuits – together in a single umbrella subsidiary, called Pladis.

How is Unilever preparing for a difficult 2016? – analysis
Conditions for global packaged food manufacturers in 2015 were challenging. According to the assessment of Unilever, 2016 looks set to get worse. So how is the ice cream-to-condiments manufacturer preparing?

Scotland warns industry over sugar tax
Food Standards Scotland has backed “wide-ranging” proposals to curb obesity, opening up the possibility of a sugar tax in the country.

European Parliament rejects sugar-in-baby-food proposal
Members of the European Parliament today (20 January) voted against a proposal from the European Commission to allow baby foods to continue to contain up to three times more sugar than recommended by the World Health Organization.

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Nestle outlines Alibaba tie-up in China
Nestle today (19 January) announced a partnership with Chinese online retailer Alibaba in a bid to grow its e-commerce sales.

Avril Group confirms plans for Algeria mayo plant
Avril Group, the French agrifood business, has confirmed reports it plans to build a mayonnaise factory in Algeria.

Bakkavor holds talks over ready meals jobs in UK
Bakkavor has put forward plans to cut the workforce and make changes to shift patterns at sites in London.

Produce World CEO exits in management revamp
UK fresh produce supplier Produce World has announced the departure of a number of its senior executives, including CEO Neil Fraser, after a review of its management structure.

Australia’s Weis Bars sets sights on Chinese ice cream market – the bitesize interview
Australia’s Weis Bars has built up a presence across much of Asia with its real-fruit based ice cream range and now the Queensland-based company is eyeing the Chinese market. We catch up with co-owner Julie Weis who tells us why Weis Bars is ready for a launch into China and how the company is looking to increase its presence back home.

Wilmar International, Singapore Food Industries eye Chinese market with joint venture
Wilmar International and Singapore Food Industries have inked two joint venture agreements to supply “quality food” to the Chinese market.