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How Europe's butter category melted this summer - analysis 2 Nov 2017

Butter has grabbed the headlines in Europe in 2017. Falling milk production, a poor yield in 2016 and demand from emerging markets has led to a decline in the butter supply in Europe and a spike in prices. Anne Lefranc, the European marketing director at IRI International, reviews the latest sales and pricing data for butter across six key European markets.

Pressure on manufacturers in an age of assortment consolidation 29 Aug 2017

In an upcoming age of assortment consolidation can food manufacturers still command shelf space and attract new generations of shoppers?

AmazonFresh enters Germany's nascent e-commerce market - column 10 May 2017

As Amazon launches its AmazonFresh in Germany, Andrew Pearl, director of strategy and insights for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region at e-commerce analytics firm Profitero discusses the implications for retailers and brands.

Edeka, Rewe strike deal on Kaiser's, South Africa's Shoprite in talks with Steinhoff, Ahold Delhaize sets out stall - retail round-up, December 2016 11 Jan 2017

December saw an end to the wrangle over German supermarket chain Kaiser's, South African grocer Shoprite in talks over a possible combination with local retail giant Steinhoff and the recently-merged Ahold Delhaize outline its "Better Together" strategy.

German sports nutrition firm Body Attack using NPD, international markets to drive continued growth - interview 11 Nov 2016

As in many western markets, sports nutrition is one of the growing parts of the food market in Germany. John Shepherd talks to German company Body Attack, set up two decades ago as consumer interest started to take off and now a leading player in the field.

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Alfred Ritter drawing up plans for hazelnut cultivation 24 Nov 2017

Alfred Ritter is looking at plans to cultivate its own hazelnuts, the second-largest commodity for the Germany-based chocolate maker.

Neerlands Glorie Vegetable and Fruit buys majority of Foodeko 24 Nov 2017

Neerlands Glorie Vegetable and Fruit - the Dutch holding company behind vegetables, beans and applesauce business HAK, has acquired a 51% stake in German distributor Foodeko for an undisclosed sum.

Hundreds of jobs at risk from FrieslandCampina German site closure  23 Nov 2017

Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina is to close a site in Germany as part of a "comprehensive reorientation" of its operations in the country. 

Ferrero admits to Nutella recipe change 8 Nov 2017

Italian confectionery giant Ferrero has admitted it has made a "minor adjustment" to the recipe for its popular hazelnut-chocolate spread Nutella.

German meal kit maker HelloFresh plans US$353m share offering 10 Oct 2017

Germany's global meal kit firm HelloFresh is planning an initial public offering of shares for as much as EUR300m (US$353m) to fund its long-term growth strategy.

German dairy co-op DMK confirms plant closures 27 Sep 2017

The supervisory board of Germany's largest dairy cooperative DMK has approved the closure of some of its sites, moves announced in June as a result of the departure of farms from the co-op and the consequent drop in supplies.

Mondelez's German Kraft Heinz licence deal nears end 18 Sep 2017

Mondelez International's licence to manufacture a range of condiments for Kraft Heinz in Germany is coming to an end.

Strauss, PepsiCo venture Obela starts hummus sales in Germany 14 Sep 2017

Strauss Group and PepsiCo's international venture Obela is to start selling hummus products in Germany.

Germany's Toennies buys three Lutz Fleischwaren plants 13 Sep 2017

Germany-based meat giant Tönnies Group has received regulatory clearance to acquire three facilities that were part of the insolvent local peer Lutz Fleischwaren.

Dr Oetker sets outs changes to executive board 5 Sep 2017

Dr Oetker, the Germany-based food group, has outlined changes to its executive board that will take effect from 1 November.

Latest blogs

Amazon Dash launches in Europe 31 Aug 2016

Amazon Dash, the service that allows consumers to re-order products at home through the retail giant at the touch of a button, has been launched in three European markets.

Brussels clears Cargill's ADM chocolate buy - with a condition 20 Jul 2015

Cargill's move to buy Archer Daniels Midland's chocolate business has cleared its last regulatory hurdle after clearance from the European Commission. But Brussels has asked Cargill to offload part of the assets.

Edeka's bid to buy local retail rival Kaiser's blocked 2 Apr 2015

Germany's competition watchdog has thwarted a move from local retail giant Edeka to acquire supermarket chain Kaiser's from Tengelmann.