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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.

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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.


Belgium's Milcobel hires ex-Unilever exec Nils van Dam as permanent CEO 18 May 2020

Milcobel, the Belgium-based dairy cooperative, has announced the appointment of a permanent chief executive.


Belgian cricket-bar firm Kriket backed by retailer Colruyt 14 May 2020

Kriket, a Belgian company making bars from crickets, has been backed by a major local supermarket group, it has announced.


Nestle and Danone call for Nutri-Score labelling to be mandatory across EU  28 Apr 2020

Nestlé and Danone are among food manufacturers calling on the European Commission to take action in regard to a product labelling scheme.


Covid-19 - Greenyard raises sales guidance after surge in demand 17 Apr 2020

Belgium-based fruit and veg supplier Greenyard has adjusted its sales guidance after seeing changes in demand for its produce linked to the Covid-19 outbreak.


European dairy body calls for EU help to protect sector against Covid-19 impact 2 Apr 2020

The European Dairy Association (EDA) has asked for help to protect the sector against the impact of coronavirus.


FoodDrinkEurope calls on Brussels to relieve Covid-19 supply chain pressure 23 Mar 2020

Trade body FoodDrinkEurope (FDE) is asking the European Commission (EC) to intervene to relieve supply chain pressure during the coronavirus epidemic.


Coronavirus - European fruit, veg association working to ensure supplies 17 Mar 2020

Freshfel Europe, the Brussels-based body representing fresh fruit and vegetables producers, said it is working with its members to ensure supplies amid the coronavirus contagion.


Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global postponed due to coronavirus 11 Mar 2020

Seafood Expo Global and Seafood Processing Global has become the latest victim of the coronavirus outbreak as organisers cancelled the event.


Ter Beke announces CFO's departure and investment plans for Poland 28 Feb 2020

Ter Beke has announced its long-serving finance chief will be leaving the Belgian food group next month.

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.