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Nestle's Europe chief Marco Settembri on adapting and growing in low-growth environment - interview 24 Jul 2019

Much of Europe presents a challenging place to do business, even for a company the size of Nestle. We talk to the food giant about its strategy in the region.

What could no-deal Brexit mean for UK, EU food sectors? 31 Jul 2018

As food-industry concerns mount, Rose Pengally surveys what could be the impact of a no-deal Brexit on the sector on both sides of the Channel.

Plastic pledges - reason to be positive or time to panic? 29 May 2018

The way plastic is used to package food and drinks has shot up the consumer agenda in recent months and, in response, there has been a flurry of food companies announcing pledges on their use of packaging. The pressure is on to act. However, David Burrows argues businesses should be mindful before leaping on the latest developments in packaging while NGOs are arguing some of the companies' commitments are far from ambitious.

Danone's Alpro aims to milk its emerging markets - interview 26 Oct 2017

Danone's blockbuster move for US-based WhiteWave Foods has been one of the most significant food-industry acquisitions of the last 18 months. Struck in July 2016, the US$12.5bn deal was sealed this April and doubled Danone’s sales in the US – but it also gave the French giant the European dairy-alternative brand Alpro. Dean Best caught up with Alain De Bruyn, commercial director for Alpro’s business in a swathe of countries from Slovakia to South Africa, to find out more about the plans for the brand in some of its more early-stage markets.

Why finding harmony on nutritional labelling no easy task - analysis 6 Apr 2017

Front-of-pack nutritional labelling has long been a subject of fierce debate within the food industry - and between food companies and public health professionals. The launch of a coalition of multinational food and beverage companies aimed at fostering a harmonised approach across Europe, Ben Cooper writes, promises more of the same.

Latest News

Aviko to add to french fry capabilities in Belgium with new plant 13 Sep 2019

Aviko, the Netherlands-based french fries and potato products maker, plans to build another plant in Belgium.

Frozen food firm Ardo selects Gabrielle Kalkwijk as CEO 29 Aug 2019

European frozen produce firm Ardo Group has selected a new chief executive to replace Rik Jacob, who retired over the summer. 

Lotus Bakeries launches incubator fund and makes first investment 21 Aug 2019

Belgium's Lotus Bakeries has announced an incubator fund initiative and invested in a UK crispbread-making business.

Marshmallows supplier Mr. Mallo gets new owners 7 Aug 2019

Belgium-based Mr. Mallo, said to be Europe's largest producer of marshmallows, has announced a change of ownership.

French poultry giant LDC makes acquisition in Belgium 5 Jul 2019

LDC, the France-based poultry supplier, has snapped up an import and distribution business in Belgium.

EU 'dual quality' study finds nearly third of products at fault 24 Jun 2019

A report from The European Commission, looking into whether food manufacturers are selling goods which differ in quality depending on where they are sold, has been published.

GBfoods strikes deal on takeover target Continental Foods 28 May 2019

Spain-based manufacturer GBfoods has struck a deal to acquire a European peer it has been in talks to buy.

Greenyard's turnaround plan sees Ahold Delhaize supply deal 28 May 2019

Greenyard has signed an agreement with a Belgium-based retail chain to supply fresh fruit and vegetables.

EU proposes "price transparency" measures to end unfair trading practices 23 May 2019

The European Commission is proposing new measures to increase "price transparency" in the food-supply chain. 

Spain's GBfoods looks to expand soups-to-sauces portfolio with deal for Continental Foods 3 May 2019

Spain-based GBfoods is seeking to expand its portfolio of soups and sauces with an agreement to buy a European peer group.

Latest blogs

Brexit could be worse for dairy than Russia ban, EU and UK producers warn 26 Jun 2018

Russia's embargo on a swathe of foodstuffs from the EU in 2014 - a ban that lasts to this day - hammered the bloc's dairy industry. But producers on both sides of the English Channel have warned the impact of Brexit could be worse.

Talk of merger between Ahold and Delhaize returns 11 May 2015

Over the weekend, there were fresh claims Europe-based food retailers Ahold and Delhaize are in discussions to join forces.

MEPs back country of origin meat regs 12 Feb 2015

The European Parliament has backed calls to create new country of origin meat labelling regulations in processed foods.