Latest Insights

Candy crushed - are Europe's confectioners failing to hit sales sweet spot? 13 Dec 2018

Confectionery sales are under pressure in Europe. How, IRI's Olly Abotorabi asks, can manufacturers revitalise the category?


German vegan-food market deep-dive, part two - how a mainstream category could shape up   25 Oct 2018

In the first part of a two-part feature yesterday, Andy Coyne looked at the growth of the German packaged vegan food market. Today, we weigh up the outlook for the category.


Germany vegan-food market deep-dive, part one - a perfect storm 24 Oct 2018

In the first part of a two-part feature, Andy Coyne looks at the German packaged vegan food market and at how the country's culture and its retail make-up have aided the category's growth.


Katjesgreenfood CEO Manon Littek on the "food revolution" and why the German confectioner has formed division to back upstarts - interview 18 Oct 2018

Katjes Group is a member of Big Food with a division to invest in fledgling businesses. Dean Best talks to the Germany-based confectioner about the strategy for its Katjesgreenfood fund.


How frozen food is seeing renaissance in Europe 7 May 2018

For years seen as the less glamorous alternative to fresh, frozen food has been making a quiet comeback across Europe. Olly Abotorabi, senior insights manager at IRI International, considers why demand for frozen is hotting up.

Latest News

Germany's Katjes invests in local 'superfood' start-up The Rainforest Company 5 Dec 2018

German confectionery manufacturer Katjes has invested in a Berlin-based start-up via its investment arm Katjesfreenfood.


Fairtrade International to raise minimum price paid to cocoa farmers 4 Dec 2018

Non-profit organisation Fairtrade International is to make changes to the minimum price it pays farmers for cocoa next year.


Hero Group signs "strategic" deal with German baby-food firm 23 Nov 2018

Switzerland's Hero Group, the owner of US baby-food business Beech-Nut, has announced a "strategic partnership" with a firm in the same sector in Germany.


Meggle CEO Reinhold Schlensok leaves after just a year in charge 14 Nov 2018

Germany-based dairy company Meggle has announced a key executive is leaving the company after just over a year in office.


Aviko closes German potato business Amberger Werke 14 Nov 2018

Aviko, a potato products supplier in the Netherlands, is closing down its Amberger Werke Gmbh & Co. KG business in Germany.


Agrial extends acquisition spree with German cheese maker Rotkappchen 12 Nov 2018

France-based agri-food cooperative Agrial plans to buy a German cheese producer, adding to a slew of acquisitions over the past two years. 


Spain's Alimentario Citrus buys salad maker Thurlander 26 Oct 2018

Spanish food company Grupo Alimentario Citrus (GAC) has extended its presence in Germany with the purchase of a ready-to-eat salad maker.


Group of Butchers breaks into Germany with Hartmann acquisition 15 Oct 2018

Group of Butchers, a Dutch supplier of meat and mince-based products, is breaking into the German market for the first time with the acquisition of Hartmann.


Germany's PHW Gruppe makes investment in insect burger start-up Bugfoundation 27 Sep 2018

PHW Gruppe, Germany's largest poultry processor, continues its foray into alternative-food categories with an undisclosed strategic investment in insect burger start-up Bugfoundation.


Confectioner Halloren to install Ralf Wilfer as CEO following sale of Weibler subsidiary 19 Sep 2018

German chocolate maker Halloren Schokoladenfabrik is installing Ralf Wilfer as its new chief executive from the start of next month, a matter of weeks after the company sold its confectionery subsidiary Weibler Confiserie.

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.