“Mega challenges” uproot vertical-farming push from niche food to industry mainstream – Infarm CEO Erez Galonska
Access to capital “is a very big problem for a young industry, which is not mature”, Erez Galonska, the CEO of vertical farmer Infarm told us in May. By November, the company was announcing job cuts.

General Mills’ G-Works unit wants to solve the “biggest consumer problems” in food
Director Amol Dixit said G-Works was focused on the “most disruptive forces impacting the food industry today”.

“We don’t need first-mover advantage; it’s about getting it right” – Maarten Geraets on Thai Union’s alternative-seafood plans
Alternative seafood is still very much a niche offering, despite the investment cash flooding in but Gaerets sought to outline Thai Union’s strategy in the sector.

“Mission-led” food brands to “humanisation” in pet and Millennials driving ESG – Verlinvest’s Ben Black talks investment thesis
In April, the private-equity firm sat down with Simon Harvey to discuss its deal-making strategy in the food industry.

Livekindly Collective chief Kees Kruythoff rides “natural consolidator” meat-free wave in “potential $1.5tln category”
The plant-based meat group talked up the market’s potential – and insisted there was “no issue” with the category’s development in the US.

“Food is globally enjoyed but locally unique” – Knorr’s Frank Haresnape on the Unilever brand’s playbook
In November, the executive leading Unilever’s largest “nutrition” brand talked innovation, inflation and competition.

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“There is tremendous potential at the company but it had become dusty” – Guylian CEO Tom Snick on chocolate maker’s revamp
The chief executive of the upmarket chocolatier on how he set about improving the Belgian business’ performance.

“A diversity of thinking and perspectives makes everyone better” – Mondelez’s Brigette Wolf on working with start-ups and more inclusive investing
In March, the head of Mondelez’s innovation and venture unit, discussed the snacks giant’s work with start-ups and the importance of diversity.

“If Paulig is the mothership, we’re the Luke Skywalker” – Marika King on venture unit PINC’s investment strategy
Marika King, the head of PINC (short for Paulig Incubator), on the unit’s strategy and its plans for further investments.

Meati Foods president Scott Tassani “super bullish” on US alt-meat trajectory as start-up targets $1bn sales
In January, we spoke to Meati Foods’ new president about the launch of the US start-up’s first products – and his confidence about the outlook for the market.