Latest Insights

Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 28 May 2020

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand.


Can plant-based cheese melt consumer doubts? 26 Feb 2020

Cheese remains an area where plant-based alternatives have not made the same inroads as alternatives to burgers or milk. We look at the prospects for the fledgling market.


Chinese dairy giant Mengniu turns again to Australia 27 Nov 2019

Why has Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, moved to make another acquisition of an Australian business? We look at its deal for Lion Dairy & Drinks.


Why food industry must safeguard positive health message of plant-based protein 18 Sep 2019

As the plant-based meat and dairy markets explode, Ben Cooper sets out why food companies must ensure products deliver on nutritional value.


"There are a lot of areas we haven't tapped into" - Clarence Mak on why Mars has set up Seeds of Change accelerator 11 Apr 2019

Mars has joined the ranks of Big Food companies using accelerators to help their innovation and tap into emerging trends. Dean Best discussed the move with Mars exec Clarence Mak.

Latest News

Barry Callebaut buys Australia chocolate manufacturer GKC Foods 27 May 2020

The business-to-business chocolate behemoth has snapped up a contract and private-label manufacturer of chocolate based in Australia.


Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia co-op goes into administration 22 May 2020

The Organic Dairy Farmers of Australia cooperative has gone into voluntary administration, with market conditions in China cited as a key reason for the decision.


Bega Cheese, Kraft Heinz legal battle continues 20 May 2020

A legal spat between Australian food producer Bega Cheese and US-based consumer goods giant Kraft Heinz over the use of peanut butter packaging looks set to continue.


Covid-19 cases on the rise at Cedar Meats Australia plant  18 May 2020

A Melbourne abbatoir has seen an outbreak of 98 positive Covid-19 cases, according to the latest report.


Keytone Dairy takes on snacks production with AusConfec purchase 11 May 2020

New Zealand's Keytone Dairy is to raise share capital to fund its acquisition strategy, with a new deal already in hand – and a change in the company's name also in the offing.


Australia's Bubs inks new supply deal with local retail heavyweight Coles 6 May 2020

Infant formula group Bubs Australia has signed a new supply agreement with a local grocery store heavyweight.


Costa Group announces Wayne Johnston as new CFO 27 Apr 2020

Australia-based fruit and vegetable supplier Costa Group has announced that an experienced finance executive is to become its new chief financial officer.


Australian Dairy Nutritionals wins exclusive contract for yogurt brand The Collective 22 Apr 2020

Australian Dairy Nutritionals (AHF) has secured an enhanced manufacturing and distribution deal to produce a well-known yogurt brand and other dairy products.


A2 Milk boosted by Covid-19 pantry-loading 22 Apr 2020

New Zealand-based dairy and infant-formula producer A2 Milk Co. has seen an impact on sales from the way consumers have reacted to the Covid-19 outbreak.


Coronavirus - Australia's Costa Group withdraws guidance despite "robust trading" 16 Apr 2020

Costa Group Holdings, an Australia-based fruit and vegetable supplier, has withdrawn its financial guidance because of the uncertainties from coronavirus.

Latest blogs

Now Aussie grocery giant Woolies invests in meal-kits 10 Jun 2019

The growing consumer interest in - and demand for - buying food online has put meal-kit players in a number of western markets in the spotlight, even if it is still too early to judge how big the market could become or which products will be a long-term success.


UK online grocer Ocado forms another overseas partnership 26 Mar 2019

Ocado, the UK-based pure-play online grocer, is to team up with another major overseas food retailer.


Cyber attack - another wake-up call for business 28 Jun 2017

A month after an international cyber attack hit entities including the UK's National Health Service and Spanish telecoms giant Telefonica, another has caused havoc around the world, affecting businesses including shipping group Maersk and, in our industry, Mondelez International.