Latest Insights

Why nutrition labels should be an opportunity for Europe's food brands 19 Sep 2018

As Europeans' interest in health and well-being rises, the way nutritional values are communicated on-pack are growing in importance - and can help brand-owners gain an edge on their competitors. But with no consistent way of showing nutritional information, it has become very hard to compare products. IRI's Olly Abotorabi questions why more food manufacturers aren't grasping this opportunity.


The mixed picture in Europe's growing own-label market 15 Jun 2018

Private label across Europe continues to grow, and is making its presence felt right across the FMCG spectrum. No longer just dominant in the more traditional categories of ready meals and frozen food, there are some interesting developments across other categories in the major European markets. Olly Abotorabi, senior regional insights manager at IRI, looks at the recent performance of the private-label sector across Europe and sheds light on which categories are faring better than oth


Five geopolitical issues to watch in Q1 - guest column 18 Jan 2018

In a guest column, Matthew Elliott, a senior political advisor at UK-based investment advisory firm Shore Capital Markets, sets out the geopolitical events executives need to monitor in the opening weeks of 2018.


How Barilla is at forefront of 3D printing tests - interview 3 Oct 2016

This spring, Italian food group Barilla showcased a prototype for a 3D printer for its core product - pasta. The company is among those in the packaged food sector working out how it could use advancements in 3D printing technology. Brenda Dionisi talks to Barilla about its efforts so far and how it views the prospects for the technology.


The battle between brands and own-label in western Europe - analysis 2 Aug 2016

Tim Eales, director of strategic insight at IRI, dips into the analyst firm's latest data on FMCG private label in western Europe and looks at how own-label is faring against national brands in the region.

Latest News

Lactalis ups stake in Italian peer Parmalat and plans to take it private 4 Dec 2018

Lactalis, the French dairy heavyweight, has increased its stake in a European subsidiary to more than 95%.


Barilla 'reportedly plans chocolate spread launch to rival Nutella' 21 Nov 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is reportedly planning to enter a new category, a move which would see it competing against a local rival's market-leading product.


Barilla offers to buy plant from indebted Italian rival Pasta Zara 15 Nov 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is offering to buy a plant from indebted rival Pasta Zara as it seeks to boost production capacity.


Italy's Pernigotti seeks production partner after factory closure 12 Nov 2018

Italian chocolate maker Pernigotti has announced plans to restructure its business to counter declining sales volumes.


Italian panettone maker Melegatti gets new owner in time for Christmas rush 3 Oct 2018

Confectioner Melegatti, one of the best-known panettone and pandoro makers in Italy, has been rescued from bankruptcy.


Italy's Gruppo Orsero eyes banana trade expansion after Spanish acquisition 21 Sep 2018

Italian fruit and vegetable importer Gruppo Orsero has acquired Spanish wholesaler Sevimpor for EUR1.65m.


Italian chestnut business Agrimola eyes expansion following Unigrains investment 17 Sep 2018

Agrimola, the Italy-based chestnut supplier, has sold a stake to local investment fund Fondo Agroalimentare Italiano I, which is controlled by French agri-foods investment firm Unigrains.


Just's plant-based scrambled 'egg' heading to Europe 23 Jul 2018

Just, the US-based alternative protein product business formerly known as Hampton Creek, is targeting European markets after tying up a deal with Italy's Eurovo Group.


Italy's Forno d'Asolo sold to PE firm BC Partners 20 Jun 2018

Forno d'Asolo has been sold to private-equity firm BC Partners and members of the Italy-based bakery-products supplier's management.


De Cecco brings in former Nomad man Francesco Fattori as CEO 19 Jun 2018

Italian pasta maker De Cecco has appointed a former Nomad Foods top manager as its new chief executive ahead of a planned stock exchange listing.

Latest blogs

Barilla puts sustainability centre stage 23 May 2017

Barilla's 2016 results statement, published last week, makes interesting reading, not because of the Italian food group's commercial performance, but for the emphasis placed on sustainability achievements.


Ferrero moves to dismiss sale rumours 18 Feb 2015

Since Ferrero announced the death of company founder Michele Ferrero at the weekend, there has been fresh speculation over the future of the Kinder and Nutella maker. Today (18 February), the Italy-based giant looked to quash the rumours.


Barilla eyeing 3D printing 23 Dec 2014

Pasta maker Barilla has joined the likes of Hershey in investigating the uses of 3D printing in the food sector.