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

Italy's Cesenate Conserve Alimentari ups stake in Alce Nero 6 Sep 2019

Cesenate Conserve Alimentari, an Italian food company, has increased its stake in Alce Nero, giving it a controlling interest in the organic food producer.  


PHW Gruppe acquires distribution rights for dairy-free mozzarella product 4 Sep 2019

German meat giant PHW Gruppe has made another foray into the alternative protein field by acquiring the distribution rights for a dairy-free cheese product.


EU, US urged to ratify mozzarella deal 27 Aug 2019

The EU and the governments of the US and Italy have been asked to approve a deal struck by dairy industry organisations over the use of the term mozzarella.


Italian confectionery maker Pernigotti wins reprieve with support from new investors 9 Aug 2019

Italian chocolate maker Pernigotti has won the support of the government and two investors to keep the loss-making business operational.


Italian baker Dolciaria Acquaviva sells majority stake to PE firm Ergon 1 Aug 2019

The owners of Dolciaria Acquaviva, an Italian company which specialises in frozen baked goods, have sold a majority stake in the business to a private-equity firm.


Italian organic spreads business Damiano bought by PE firm Progressio 30 Jul 2019

Damiano, an Italian business which produces organic products based on dried fruit and nuts, has been acquired by a local private-equity firm.


Eurochef Italia gets new majority owner 26 Jul 2019

Eurochef Italia, the Italy-based ready-meals supplier, has struck a deal that sees the company get a new majority shareholder.


Emmi snaps up Italian desserts business Pasticceria Quadrifoglio  25 Jul 2019

Swiss dairy company Emmi has acquired an Italian desserts business for an undisclosed sum, it has announced.


Barilla reaches goal to use cage-free eggs ahead of schedule 19 Jul 2019

Italian food business Barilla announced it now only uses cage-free eggs across the group's global operations.


Italian salad group La Linea Verde in new Sardinia venture 15 Jul 2019

Italian bagged salad supplier La Linea Verde has established a new operation the company suggests could see it producing thousands of additional packs a day.

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.