Latest Insights

"In Italy, nobody knows what plant-based meat analogues are" - Italian plant-based start-up Joy Food on domestic challenge, overseas goals 22 Jan 2020

Joy Food is an ambitious plant-based start-up, even though demand for meat alternatives in its home market of Italy lags other countries in Europe. 


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.

Latest News

Italy's Newlat in talks to buy another business 15 May 2020

Italian food group Newlat has told analysts in a post-results call that it is currently in acquisition talks.


Newlat gets green light to sell infant formula in China 12 May 2020

Italy-based food group Newlat has announced that it has been approved to sell infant formula in a major Asian market.


Italy's Panapesca takes majority stake in Il Faro Quality Fish 11 May 2020

Panapesca, an Italy-based seafood processor backed by private equity, has acquired a majority stake in a local fish business.


Italy's Granarolo 'eyes sale of stake in pasta maker' 28 Apr 2020

Italian food group Granarolo is reportedly looking to offload its 50% stake in a domestic business it has owned for almost five years.


Margherita Srl sells majority stake in pizza business to investor group 22 Apr 2020

Italy-based pizza manufacturer Margherita Srl has sold a majority stake to investment vehicle Idak Holding, which is owned by a group of investors.


Italy food sector fears fall in demand after Covid-19 spike 20 Apr 2020

Italy's higher demand for homegrown food products is "atypical and fleeting", the president of food industry association Federalimentare has warned.


Italy's Newlat takes controlling stake in local dairy group Centrale Latte d'Italia 31 Mar 2020

Italy-based food group Newlat has signed an agreement to buy a stake in a local dairy group and buy up the remaining shares.


Nomad Foods sees Covid-19 boost sales in Italy 27 Mar 2020

Nomad Foods, the UK-based frozen-food specialist, has seen its market share change in Italy as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. 


Italy's Newlat in talks to buy local dairy group Centrale del Latte d'Italia 20 Mar 2020

Italian food group Newlat has entered talks to buy a majority stake in a local dairy business, it has announced.


Coronavirus - Italian food producers working flat out to ensure retail supplies but longer-term risks remain 13 Mar 2020

Supermarkets in Italy will stay open through the coronavirus crisis as manufacturers work to ensure supplies, a government official has said.

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.