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Princes forced to close UK facility after Covid-19 outbreak 25 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Princes, the UK food group owned by Japanese conglomerate Mitsubishi Corp., closed a facility for 24 hours this week after a Covid-19 outbreak among its workforce.

Hochdorf names Danone executive Geza Somogyi new COO 25 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Switzerland-based infant-formula supplier Hochdorf has appointed an executive from Danone as its new COO.

Premier Foods' progress – five things to learn from FY results and management outlook 24 Jun 2020

Dean Best

In another eventful year, UK manufacturer Premier Foods managed to grow its revenue and underlying earnings. What lies ahead for what seems now to be a more robust business?

Tyson to close South Carolina pork facility 24 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

US meat giant Tyson Foods has confirmed it is to permanently close a pork processing plant, putting 150 jobs at risk.

Ben & Jerry's joins Facebook ad boycott 24 Jun 2020

Dean Best

The US ice-cream business, owned by Unilever, has signed up to a campaign calling on companies to not advertise on Facebook's services in July.

Nestle to re-brand racially-insensitive Beso de Negra in Colombia 24 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

 Nestlé is to rename and redesign another product deemed racially insensitive, this one sold in South America.

French baker Cerelia in domestic capex project 24 Jun 2020

Stuart Todd

French bakery business Cérélia is investing again in capex, with a project to set up a new production and R&D centre.

Spanish meat major Campofrio makes belated move into plant-based 24 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Campofrío Food Group, a producer of meat products and prepared meals based in Spain, has announced its first move into a new category.

Freedom Foods halts trading as CEO Rory Macleod goes "on leave" a day after CFO quits 24 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Australia's Freedom Foods Group has announced another senior executive development a day after it was revealed the company's chief financial officer had resigned.

"The genie is out of the bottle" – what would Unilever’s unification mean for food? 24 Jun 2020

Dean Best

The long-time debate over Unilever's future in food has resurfaced amid the FMCG giant's plan to unify its legal structure. What could happen to the Knorr maker's food assets?

France's Brousse Vergez buys olives supplier Delieuze 23 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Brousse Vergez, a France-based food manufacturer and trader, has snapped up a company in its domestic market to boost its position in the olives market.

Freedom Foods CFO Campbell Nicholas quits month after profit warning 23 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Australia's Freedom Foods Group has announced that one of its senior executives has resigned with immediate effect.

Nestle to rebrand "out of step" Australian candies 23 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Nestle has set out plans to change the names of two confectionery brands in Australia, the latest example of a food maker reviewing their product ranges for possible stereotypes.

Froneri to drop "derogatory" Eskimo Pie product name in racial equality move 23 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Global ice cream business Froneri is to ditch a product name and associated branding that may be seen to reinforce racial stereotypes.

Lactalis names ex-Metro exec Philippe Palazzi new CEO 23 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Global dairy group Lactalis has hired a retail veteran as the French company's new group chief executive.

Tulip confirms Covid-19 cases at UK plant marked down for closure 23 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Meat processing business Tulip, owned by US meat giant Pilgrim's Pride, has confirmed an outbreak of Covid-19 among the workforce at one if its UK facilities.

Covid-19 – Outbreak at Toennies meat plant fuels Germany’s infection rate 23 Jun 2020

Dean Best

A severe outbreak of Covid-19 at a meat-processing factory in Germany has helped drive up the disease's R, or reproduction, rate in the country.

Nestle severs KitKat brand's ties with Fairtrade organisation 23 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

The Fairtrade Foundation has reacted with dismay to news a major confectioner has decided to switch certification for a flagship brand.

Australia's Global Foods targets local firm Buderim's ginger division 22 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Global Foods Group of Australia has made a takeover bid for a locally-based business's ginger and tourism assets.

Yowie investor wants board shake-up at confectioner 22 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Yowie Group, the Australia-based confectionery business, has come under pressure from one of its major investors, which has criticised its performance.

Italy's Parmalat launches D2C offering after Covid-19 boom 22 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

Italian dairy company Parmalat, owned by French peer Lactalis, has made an announcement on whether to launch a direct-to-consumer operation.

UK unveils plans to "turbo charge" food industry post-Covid-19 22 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

The UK government has revealed plans that it hopes will ensure the country's food and drink industry and agriculture sector bounce back successfully from the impact of Covid-19.

New products – Itsu products launch in France; Jelly Belly moves into gummies; Nestle-Lactalis JV expands Lindahls range in UK; Caulipower targets convenience 26 Jun 2020

Dean Best

We report on a batch of new products including Krispy Kreme's retail snacks, a "mash-up" breakfast cereal from Kellogg and Finland's Fazer Group launching vegan chocolate.

China suspends poultry imports from Covid-hit Tyson plant 22 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

China has suspended poultry imports from a plant owned by Tyson Foods which has been hit by a Covid-19 outbreak.

PepsiCo closes China food plant in Covid-19 move 22 Jun 2020

Andy Coyne

US food and beverages giant PepsiCo has taken action following an outbreak of Covid-19 at one of its food processing plants in China.

Now's the time to review your brand values – and much more, too 19 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Food companies must reappraise their brands and make sure they stand up to today's values – and go further still in their supply chains in their journeys to racial justice.

More UK plants "suspected" to have Covid-19 outbreaks, union claims 19 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Three UK factories have emerged as sites where multiple staff have tested positive for Covid-19 – but trade union Unite claims there are more sites "suspected" to have outbreaks.

Covid-19 – 'Asda, Oscar Mayer food plants see outbreaks' 19 Jun 2020

Dean Best

Two more food-processing factories in the UK have reportedly been affected by outbreaks of Covid-19 among staff.

Vibrant Foods created as UK Asian-style foods suppliers TRS, East End merge 19 Jun 2020

Simon Harvey

Two Asian-style food manufacturers in the UK have merged under a new banner following their acquisition by a private-equity firm.

Beyond Covid-19 – will frozen food see long-term boost in UK? 22 Jun 2020

Simon Harvey

Frozen-food sales in the UK have enjoyed a bounce, immediately before and after the lockdown. Simon Harvey takes a look at what the near-term future holds.






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