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UK meat business Finnebrogue moves into plant-based protein 14 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Finnebrogue Artisan, the UK food business best known for its nitrite-free Naked Bacon product, has moved into a new category area with its latest product launch.

Covid-19 - Foodservice giant Bidcorp in China direct-to-consumer push 14 May 2020

Lucy Britner

Bidcorp's Asia foodservice business, Angliss Asia, has described a new online business-to-consumer platform in China as a key growth area for the company.

Don't write off emerging brands amid Big Food's Covid-19 bounce 14 May 2020

Victor Martino

Many of Big Food's legacy brands are having their day in the sun in the US, boosted by pantry-loading. But Victor Martino believes challenger brands can still – and will – compete.

Bakery business Aryzta hires Rothschild to review strategic options 14 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Aryzta said it has hired an investment bank to conduct a review of all the Swiss-Irish bakery group's "strategic and financial options".

Investment in US alternative-protein companies hits "record" high - report 14 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Research from the US has revealed that investment cash is flooding into alternative-protein companies.

UK pulses business Merchant Gourmet launches into D2C 14 May 2020

Dean Best

Merchant Gourmet, the UK pulses and grains business owned by local distributor Leathams, has opened up a new sales channel to adapt to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Ireland secures access for pigmeat exports to Mexico 13 May 2020

Dean Best

Ireland has secured access for its exports of pigmeat to a major market in Latin America, the country's government has announced.

The Coca-Cola Co. gets green light for China chilled-milk JV 13 May 2020

Andy Morton

The Coca-Cola Co. is to launch a chilled milk brand in China after agreeing a joint venture with one of the country's largest dairy companies.

Covid-19 - Meat supplier Moy Park confirms employee death 13 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Moy Park, the Northern Ireland-based poultry processor, has confirmed the death of an employee from Covid-19 at one of its plants.

German food business Geti Wilba bought out of insolvency by PE firm CMP 13 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Geti Wilba Group, a German company specialising in meat products and frozen ready meals, has been acquired out of insolvency by a local investment firm.

Aryzta pressed again by investors to improve performance 13 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Swiss-Irish bakery business Aryzta has come under pressure again from investors to improve its performance.

Irish meat plants Covid-19 cases exceed 500 13 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Ireland's Department of Health has revealed the number of positive Covid-19 cases emanating from the country's meat processing plants.

Premium Brands Holdings suspends M&A activity, with at least 20 targets on table 13 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Canada's Premium Brands Holdings, the manufacturer built on M&A, has its eyes on securing a flurry of new deals – although Covid-19 has put the closing of transactions on hold.

Will Covid-19 spark change in UK supplier payment terms? 13 May 2020

David Burrows

We look at the records of how the UK's largest grocers – and manufacturers – have been paying their suppliers and wonder if the recent changes to help suppliers will stick around.

Covid-19 - Court orders meat giant BRF to shut plant 13 May 2020

Dean Best

BRF, the Brazil-based meat and prepared foods giant, has been ordered to close one of its factories in its domestic market.

Tyson confirms scores of Covid-19 cases at Portland plant 13 May 2020

Andy Coyne

US meat giant Tyson Foods has revealed how many employees at its poultry plant in Portland, Maine, have tested positive for coronavirus.

Covid-19 - Thai Union re-opens Ghana cannery 12 May 2020

Dean Best

Seafood giant Thai Union Group has partially re-opened a cannery closed after an employee tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

Ireland's M&M Walshe becomes Eight Fifty Food Group's first acquisition 12 May 2020

Dean Best

Eight Fifty Food Group, the UK-based meat and seafood group created last year through M&A, has made its first purchase.

Newlat gets green light to sell infant formula in China 12 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Italy-based food group Newlat has announced that it has been approved to sell infant formula in a major Asian market.

Utz Quality Foods on 'acquisition radar of Collier Creek Holdings' 12 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Utz Quality Foods, which claims to be the largest privately-led snack brand in the US, is reportedly about to be acquired by a New York-based investment firm.

Pilgrim's Pride 'facing worker ire amid Covid-19 cases at Minnesota plant' 12 May 2020

Andy Coyne

US meat heavyweight Pilgrim's Pride is said to be facing worker complaints at a poultry-processing plant hit by an outbreak of Covid-19.

New products - US confectioner Mount Franklin targets nut butter trend; Simply Good Foods unveils Quest Nutrition snack bars; Jude's launches ice-cream topping sauces 14 May 2020

This week's batch of new products includes a new infant-formula brand for the Chinese market from Australia's Jatenergy and Italian pasta brand Le Stagioni d'Italia's UK debut. 

Keytone Dairy takes on snacks production with AusConfec purchase 11 May 2020

Simon Harvey

New Zealand's Keytone Dairy is to raise share capital to fund its acquisition strategy, with a new deal already in hand – and a change in the company's name also in the offing.

PepsiCo launches D2C services in Covid-19 move 11 May 2020

Andy Coyne

US food and beverage giant PepsiCo has launched an e-commerce initiative to meet consumer demand during the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch chicken business Remkes takes majority stake in local peer Heijs 11 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Netherlands-based poultry business Remkes has taken a majority stake in a local peer for an undisclosed sum.

Sports-nutrition firm BellRing Brands predicts "pent-up" demand after Covid-19 11 May 2020

Dean Best

BellRing Brands, the US protein-shakes and nutrition bars supplier, has given indications of how it sees Covid-19 shaping demand for its products.

General Mills lifts outlook on back of at-home demand  11 May 2020

Andy Coyne

US food group General Mills has adjusted its sales guidance for this year as a result of changes in demand linked to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Hain Celestial sells Rudi's organic bakery brand as simplification strategy continues 11 May 2020

Simon Harvey

Hain Celestial revealed it has sold another brand and has wound up three others as part of an ongoing strategy to simplify its portfolio.

Cargill 'to shut another plant in Canada' 11 May 2020

Dean Best

A second Cargill meat factory in Canada is reportedly to be closed due to staff working for the US agri-food group contracting Covid-19.

US snacks firm Clif Bar hires former Tyson senior exec Sally Grimes as CEO 11 May 2020

Andy Coyne

Clif Bar, the US better-for-you snacks firm, has brought in a former senior executive at meat giant Tyson Foods, as its new CEO.








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