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December 23, 2021updated 18 Dec 2021 8:42pm

The top 21 most-read Just Food news stories in 2021

Which stories from Just Food news pages got you and your industry peers clicking throughout 2021? Here’s a list of the top 21.

Ferrero makes branded ice-cream push In February, Italy-based confectioner and sweet-snacks giant Ferrero announced it was taking on another part of the food industry.

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US baby-food firm Beech-Nut facing legal action over toxic metal claims April saw US baby-food firm Beech-Nut Nutrition sued by the Washington DC attorney general over allegations its products contained toxic metals.

Nestle, Mars among chocolate giants facing slavery lawsuit in US Some of the world’s largest chocolate manufacturers were accused in February of child slavery in a US court, a case that also involves agri-food and ingredients heavyweights.

Food giants sign up to new Foundation Earth eco-labelling scheme In June, a group of food manufacturers and retailers signed up for a new project, Foundation Earth, formed to put front-of-pack labels on products to give an indication of environmental impact.

Unilever snaps up US supplements firm Onnit Unilever signed an agreement in April to acquire US supplements business Onnit for an undisclosed sum.

Former Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber hits out at former employer In June, Emmanuel Faber, ousted from Danone three months earlier following pressure from investors and suggestions of internal division, claimed the company is no longer able to act independently.

Weston Foods partially sold to Canadian baker FGF Brands October saw the bulk of Canadian baker Weston Foods lined up for sale to “affiliated entities” of local peer FGF Brands.

Aryzta sells Brazil bakery operations to Grupo Bimbo Aryzta continued its business simplification in August with an agreement to sell its operations in Brazil to fellow bakery company Grupo Bimbo.

Tony’s Chocolonely dropped from Slave Free Chocolate list over Barry Callebaut links Tony’s Chocolonely, the Netherlands-based firm making confectionery from ethically-sourced cocoa, responded to the company’s removal from the Slave Free Chocolate list because of its links to ingredients supplier Barry Callebaut.

Mondelez strikes deal for Australian crackers firm Gourmet Food In March, Mondelez International entered what it called the “premium” biscuit and cracker segment in Australia and New Zealand with an agreement to acquire Gourmet Food Holdings.

Private-equity investor Exponent creates new snack group with Proper, Eat Real It was announced in January Proper, the UK-headquartered health snacks firm previously trading as Propercorn, would be combined with another snack business after selling a stake to a private-equity investor.

Emmanuel Faber to stand down as Danone CEO amid investor pressure In March, Danone said Emmanuel Faber is to relinquish his role as the French dairy major’s chief executive after seven years heading up the company.

UK announces new law to ban ‘junk-food’ advertising Online adverts for so-called ‘junk foods’ are to be banned in the UK, it was announced in May, under a new law announced by the country’s government.

Vibrant Foods extends M&A spree with ethnic-food maker Fudco Vibrant Foods, an investor-backed Asian-style food business, struck another UK deal in April with the acquisition of the food operations of London-based Fudco.

Danone sells Vega brand to US private-equity firm In June, Danone sold its North American plant-based powder brand Vega to funds managed by local private-equity firm WM Partners.

EU rejects dairy lobby proposals to restrict plant-based alternatives The European Parliament rejected proposals in May from lobbyists to restrict dairy-free packaging information.

Acquisitive Ferrero adds to snacks portfolio with Burton’s buy In June, Ferrero has moved to expand its portfolio again with a deal to buy the UK’s Burton’s Biscuit Company.

PepsiCo joins with Beyond Meat in plant-based snacks, drinks venture January saw PepsiCo form a plant-based joint venture in the US with US alt-meat group Beyond Meat.

Campbell Soup CEO says US labour shortage “tougher than I ever remember” In September, the chief executive of Campbell Soup Co. said the US labour shortage affecting food manufacturers and other industries was “one of the toughest moments” in memory.

Saputo snaps up UK faux-cheese business Bute Island Foods Canadian dairy major Saputo expanded its small presence in the dairy alternatives market in May with the acquisition of UK faux-cheese business Bute Island Foods, which makes the Sheese brand.

Nestle’s new plant-based facility in Malaysia comes on-stream In April, Nestlé opened a new manufacturing facility in Malaysia to produce plant-based protein products for Asian markets under its Harvest Gourmet brand.

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What’s the forecast for the food and grocery industry?

The food and grocery sector thrived during the pandemic, largely due to the shutdown of the food service industry and the sector’s subsequent necessity, panic-induced bulk purchasing, and spending more time at home. The market has grown as a result of inflation. Consumer unwillingness to go out and socialize, and the reopening of several hospitality facilities, helped maintain the demand for groceries, particularly online, in 2021. As consumer behavior changes, we consume more food and drink at home, and inflation increases basket sizes. GlobalData predicts that the sector will continue to hold a higher share than had been predicted prior to the pandemic. This is true despite the fact that the food and grocery sector's share of overall retail will decline from its peak in 2020. This report will discuss market forecasts and key themes in the global food & grocery industry in 2022 and beyond. It covers:
  • Market drivers and inhibitors
  • Five-year forecasts and the impact of COVID-19
  • The performance of the online channel versus offline
  • Major trends in the market including rapid delivery, ambient retailing, supply chain disruption, and inflation
Assess developments within this sector to help your business thrive in 2022 and beyond.
by GlobalData
Enter your details here to receive your free Report.

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