To help you catch up on what you might have missed before Christmas, just-food rounds up the best of our coverage before the festive period.
Unilever takes slice of plant-based food category with The Vegetarian Butcher
Unilever acquired The Vegetarian Butcher in the Netherlands as the Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant seeks a slice of the on-trend plant-based food category.
FrieslandCampina cements position in US with Best Cheese acquisition
Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina solidified its position in the US market after formalising the acquisition of Best Cheese Corporation.
US unveils rules for GMO labels
On 20 December, the US government issued rules governing the labelling of genetically-modified foods.
Campbell Soup’s turnaround plan gathers steam as Mark Clouse confirmed as CEO
Campbell Soup Co. confirmed the appointment of the former Pinnacle Foods chief Mark Clouse to head up the US giant as it embarks on a new business strategy.
Conagra Brands pinpoints Pinnacle failings as drag on performance
Meanwhile, Conagra Brands said a lack of product innovation at Pinnacle Foods, the fellow US manufacturer it acquired earlier this year, contributed to its disappointing second-quarter results.
Kaufland’s Unilever spat escalates
German supermarket chain Kaufland said it plans to cease stocking several Unilever products from next year as a long-running pricing spat with the consumer goods giant escalated.
Germany embarks on project to cut sugars, salts and fats in food
Germany said it is embarking on a project to cut the content of sugar, salts and fats in food products to tackle obesity and other health-related diseases associated with a poor diet.
Lamb Weston acquires Australian potato processor Marvel Packers
US potato product supplier Lamb Weston announced it had bought Marvel Packers, a frozen potato processor in Australia.
Interview: Raisio CEO Pekka Kuusniemi sets out stall to grow Benecol maker
Finland-based Raisio has had a challenging couple of years but, under recently-installed CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, the company has a new strategy for growth. Dean Best found out more.
Interview: “Food represents the best of consumer products” – private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital on its latest deal and wider M&A strategy
US private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital has made another acquisition in the bakery sector. MD Heather Smith Thorne talked about the deal and the firm’s broader M&A strategy.