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Barilla on its 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.


Brands and own-label do battle in western Europe 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.


What should you learn from 2015 olive oil prices? 1 Feb 2016

There was a spike in olive oil prices in stores in a number of western European markets last year on the back of a fall in supply, caused by factors that are still having an impact on production. Jacques Dupré, insight director for IRI in France and Anne Lefranc, the market research group's European marketing director, analyse the data.


Sustainability Watch: Roberto Ciati, Barilla 29 Oct 2014

Large publicly-owned multinationals, such as Unilever and PepsiCo, are widely praised for showing leadership in corporate sustainability. In this month's Sustainability Watch, Roberto Ciati, sustainability director at Italian pasta, sauces and baked goods group Barilla, discusses how private, family ownership can inform a progressive approach to sustainability.


Emmi scales back in Italy's sour dairy market 6 Oct 2014

Emmi's move to sell Italian yoghurt business Trentinalatte, announced this morning (6 October), was the latest example of the challenges facing companies doing business in the country's dairy sector.

Latest News

Italy approves decree on processed food labelling 19 Sep 2017

Italy's council of ministers approved a decree on 15 September requiring labels on processed food to show the location of production or packaging - and companies will have a 180-day transitional period to comply.


Parmalat sees "problems" pushing through costs 12 Sep 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy group majority-owned by France's Lactalis, today (12 September) indicated it is having difficulty passing on rising milk costs to customers.


Parmalat names Jean-Marc Bernier as new CEO 12 Sep 2017

Parmalat, the Italian dairy giant majority-owned by France's Lactalis, today (12 September) named Jean-Marc Bernier as its CEO and general manager.


ABF buys Italian balsamic vinegar firm Acetum 11 Sep 2017

Associated British Foods, the owner of brands including Jordans cereal and Tip Top bread, has acquired Italian balsamic vinegar supplier Acetum.


Pasta maker De Cecco said to revisit IPO plan 7 Sep 2017

Italian pasta maker De Cecco is said to be revisiting a plan for an initial public offering of shares to finance expansion in the US.


Italy takes action on tomato product labelling 6 Sep 2017

Italy's campaign to introduce labelling on food to identify the source of origin is to be extended to tomato-based products.


Tainted eggs scare reaches Italy 22 Aug 2017

Italy is the latest European country to find traces of the insecticide fipronil in egg-based products.


Ferrarelle takes 99% chunk in Amedei chocolate 10 Aug 2017

Italy's fourth-largest mineral water company Ferrarelle has bought a controlling stake in local speciality chocolate maker Amedei and will seek to give "concrete impetus'' to the brand's global development.


Parmalat revenues overshadowed by CEO resignation 28 Jul 2017

Just as Italian diary giant Parmalat reported an almost 10% increase in preliminary first-half revenue, albeit due to an unexpected rise in milk prices in its main markets, CEO Yvon Guerin announced he will resign in September.


Italy opens up transparency on pasta, rice labels 21 Jul 2017

Italy has undertaken an unprecedented move to introduce labelling on pasta and rice to identify the source of origin, a step ahead of pending European Union regulations.

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.