Food companies in D2C proved popular

Food companies in D2C proved popular

The just-food analysis of 2018 that grabbed your attention took in company strategy, financial results, the foodservice market, NPD and sustainability.

Why direct-to-consumer will become imperative for food companies
In January, just-food's US columnist Victor Martino set out why food companies should be looking to build a direct-to-consumer business.

Nestle's new strategy pays dividends as organic growth bucks trend
Nestlé boss Mark Schneider got a stamp of approval from investors in February as he announced another business disposal. The world's biggest food company also halted six years of slowing organic growth in 2018, Simon Harvey reported.

Will biodiversity become the new organic?
There are signs more actors in the food system are focusing more on biodiversity to try to make their businesses more sustainable. just-food's US columnist Victor Martino explored the subject in February.

What change could be on the way at Premier Foods?
The UK's Premier Foods announced in February it was to look again at its strategic options. Andy Coyne asked analysts who follow the company what they think this means.

Global brands to see stiffer competition in China's chocolate market
The consumption of chocolate in China continues to rise, offering opportunities for international manufacturers - but also for ambitious domestic players, Peter Peverelli wrote in January.

What's the state of play in India's potato chips market? - just-food deep-dive, part one
India's appetite for potato chips is growing rapidly - with some major players building a nationwide presence to cater to rising demand, Raghavendra Verma reported in March.

Should Nestle sell US frozen-food division?
Nestlé's position in the US frozen-food market has been the subject of debate for a number of years amid a chequered performance in the category. And question marks persist, wrote Dean Best in June.

No-deal Brexit - what would trading under WTO rules mean for the UK, EU food industries?
In January, Andy Coyne looked at the possibility of a no-deal Brexit and at what food exporters and importers could expect from operating under World Trade Organization rules.

The future of personalised nutrition - just-food FUTURES vol. 4
The demand for personalisation is becoming increasingly sophisticated. Consumers are starting to consider their own genetic make-up when it comes to determining what they should eat and drink. In the fourth issue of FUTURES, Lucy Britner investigated what the future of personalised nutrition could look like.

How can food companies ensure plant-based protein growth is sustainable?
The growth in plant-based protein is one of the most important trends in the food sector and good news for food companies, consumers and the planet. However, Ben Cooper wrote in June, while booming sales of plant-based protein foods offer the dual benefit of improving diets and reducing agricultural carbon emissions, changing market requirements and rising demand may create sustainability issues in supply chains.