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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

European Parliament decision sanctions use of veggie burger branding 23 Oct 2020

The European Parliament has ruled on whether branding such as vegetable 'burger' or 'cheese alternative' can be used to describe plant-based meat and dairy alternatives.

Greenyard raises annual profit guidance as sales surge 17 Sep 2020

Belgium-based fruit and veg supplier Greenyard has adjusted its FY earnings guidance based on a changing sales picture.

Danone plans capex to support Alpro initiatives 17 Sep 2020

French dairy giant Danone is to invest in facilities in Belgium and the UK where one of its major brand's products are manufactured.

Belgium's Milcobel planning to close down domestic milk plant 11 Sep 2020

Belgian dairy cooperative Milcobel has made an announcement about the future of a domestic milk plant.

European Brands Association to trial packaging recycling initiative 8 Sep 2020

AIM, the European Brands Association, has announced it is to road-test a new packaging recycling scheme.

French agri giant Groupe Roullier buys Belgian baker Alysse Food 4 Sep 2020

Alysse Food, the Belgium-based bakery group supplying retailers and foodservice operators, has a new owner.

Finland's Paulig investing in new Belgium plant for Tex Mex products 4 Sep 2020

Finish food firm Paulig is investing in a new factory for the production of American-style Mexican products.

European Commission mulls classifying CBD foods as narcotics in stance at odds with UK 17 Jul 2020

The European Commission is considering whether to label CBD-derived products as narcotics, a proposal that is at odds with the UK stance.

Belgium's Vandemoortele eyes foreign expansion under new CEO Yvon Guerin  9 Jun 2020

Belgium-based business-to-business bakery company Vandemoortele is looking to expand internationally under its new CEO.

EU targets sustainable food system through new Farm to Fork Strategy 20 May 2020

The European Union has mapped out a new strategy aimed at creating a sustainable food system within the bloc.

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.