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Arla to change UK product labels after research reveals consumer ignorance 5 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

Arla Foods is planning to make changes to its product labels in the UK after carrying out consumer research, it has revealed.

Brazil's BRF sells stake in Singapore-based SATS Food Services 5 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Brazilian meat heavyweight BRF said today (5 September) it is selling its stake in a frozen meat venture in Singapore.

New products - Kroger launches Simple Truth plant-based assortment; Kellogg rolls out plant-based brand Incogmeato; Arla adds to Arla & More snacks range 6 Sep 2019

This week's batch of new product launches includes a new plant-based range from both Kellogg and Kroger, and more innovation in snacks from European dairy giant Arla Foods.

Canadian cannabis business Pasha Brands acquires Baked Edibles 5 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

Pasha Brands, a Vancouver, Canada-based cannabis business, has acquired a local cannabis bakery brand, it has announced.

Tyson Foods venture fund backs plant-based shrimp maker New Wave Foods 5 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

US meat giant Tyson Foods is extending its presence in the alternative-protein market by investing in a business offering plant-based seafood.

PE firm Qualium in "talks" on Biscuit International 5 Sep 2019

Dean Best

The owner of Biscuit International, the European biscuits supplier, is holding talks over the business, which has been linked to a possible merger with a peer in the UK.

B&J City Kitchen's Jewel Fine Foods buy opposed by Australia's competition watchdog 5 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

A proposed acquisition by Australia's B&J City Kitchen for a fellow ready-meals maker has been opposed by the country's competition body.

Hormel Foods moves into plant-based with Happy Little Plants 5 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

US-based Hormel Foods, behind brands such as Spam and Applegate, has announced a plant-based products initiative.

Nestle invests in organic baby snacks production in Portugal 4 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Swiss food giant Nestlé has opened a dedicated production line in Portugal to manufacture organic baby snacks. 

Kraft Heinz seeks to extend brand reach through new licensing deal 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

US food giant Kraft Heinz has signed a deal with a branding consultancy which is intended to take its products into new categories.

Conagra Brands to build new snacking innovation centre 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

US food group Conagra Brands is to launch a new R&D initiative for its snacking business, it has announced.

Pilgrim's Pride latest UK purchase presents challenges 4 Sep 2019

Dean Best

Pilgrim's Pride, the US meat processor, has acquired another UK-based company. We look at the opportunities the acquisition presents – but also the challenges facing the business.

Meat, dairy producers face investor criticism over emissions 4 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Investor network FAIRR has issued a report critical of some of the world's largest meat, fish and dairy producers.

How Chinese interest in meat-alternatives is growing 24 Sep 2019

Peter Peverelli

China may be the largest consumer of pork but there is growing interest in vegetarianism - and in meat-alternative products. Peter Peverelli takes a look.

PHW Gruppe acquires distribution rights for dairy-free mozzarella product 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

German meat giant PHW Gruppe has made another foray into the alternative protein field by acquiring the distribution rights for a dairy-free cheese product.

Fonterra introduces top earners pay freeze as part of turnaround plan 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

Embattled New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra has actioned a new cash-saving initiative linked to salaries and bonuses.

UN warns no-deal Brexit could cost GBP16bn in lost EU exports 4 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

A Brexit report from the United Nations warns of a huge loss to UK exports destined for the EU in the event of a no-deal departure from the bloc.

Tyson Foods downgrades earnings forecast on back of short-term woes 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

US meat giant Tyson Foods has adjusted its fiscal 2019 forecast as a result of what it describes as "short-term challenges".

Switzerland's Orior increases stake in Casualfood 4 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

Orior, the Swiss food group, has increased its stake in a Germany-based foodservice company to 70%, it has announced.

Supermarket refill services get nod of approval - survey 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

More than two-thirds of UK consumers are willing to use refill services now been offered by some supermarket chains, a survey shows.

Orkla notches up another acquisition with Dutch ingredients firm Vamo 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Nordic food group Orkla has made another acquisition in the ingredients sector, this time in the Netherlands.

France's Agrial eyes two more charcuterie acquisitions 3 Sep 2019

Dean Best

Two years after snapping a couple of charcuterie suppliers in France, Agrial, the local agri-food major, is in talks to buy two more.

SunOpta brings in Scott Huckins as finance chief to replace Robert McKeracher 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

SunOpta has announced the appointment of a new fiance chief, a matter of months after installing Joe Ennen as chief executive.

Cerealto Siro Foods fosters durum wheat sustainability with farmer co-op Acor 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Spain's Cerealto Siro Foods has signed an agreement with a local farmer cooperative to purchase durum wheat directly from producers.

McCain Foods to add capacity at New Brunswick plant 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

McCain Foods, the Canada-based frozen-food firm, is ploughing more money into a local French fry plant to add capacity.

Real Good Food CEO Hugh Cawley to step down 3 Sep 2019

Dean Best

UK cake decoration and food ingredients business Real Good Food has announced the departure of chief executive Hugh Cawley.

Towerbrook Capital 'plotting acquisitions of two biscuit firms' 3 Sep 2019

Dean Best

A UK-based private-equity firm is reportedly eyeing the merger of two biscuit manufacturers - one based in its home market and another in France.

Greencore consolidates UK presence with Freshtime acquisition 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Greencore has acquired a UK-based convenience food business as the private-label manufacturer consolidates its position in the country having exited the US market last year.

New guard at Premier Foods but same old battles to win 3 Sep 2019

Simon Harvey

Premier Foods removed some uncertainty last week after installing a new chairman and permanent CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the road ahead.

UK's Burton's Biscuit Co. snaps up local peer Paterson Arran  2 Sep 2019

Andy Coyne

Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Maryland Cookies and Jammie Dodgers, has acquired a local peer for an undisclosed sum. 








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