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"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

E171 titanium dioxide unsafe as food additive, EU watchdog warns 7 May 2021

The European Food Safety Authority has updated its guidance on the use of the additive titanium dioxide (E171) in food.


Italy's Bauli to re-purpose plant for gluten-free arm Alpipan 28 Apr 2021

Italy-based sweet baked goods manufacturer Bauli is to re-purpose a facility for its gluten-free products subsidiary.


Katjes International buys majority stake in Italian chocolate group Dulcioliva 27 Apr 2021

The Germany-based confectioner –  part of the Katjes Group – has acquired a majority stake in a maker of truffles and pralines in Italy.


Italian dried-fruit company Manuzzi sells majority stake to local PE firm Hyle 21 Apr 2021

Manuzzi, an Italy-based dried fruit and nuts business, has sold a majority stake in the company to a local private-equity firm.


Granarolo takes full control of Italian cheese venture Mulino Formaggi 15 Apr 2021

Italian dairy firm Granarolo has announced that it has upped its stake in a local cheese venture to take full ownership of the business.


Italy's Granarolo eyes M&A targets at home and abroad 13 Apr 2021

Granarolo, the Italy-based dairy group, has businesses on its radar to potentially acquire at home and overseas after a year when Covid-19 hit sales but profits rose.


Italian baker Dolciaria Acquaviva buys local firms Unigel, Dolce Milano  7 Apr 2021

Dolciaria Acquaviva, an Italy-based manufacturer of frozen baked goods, has acquired a local peer, it has announced.


Lotus Bakeries takes full control of Italian joint venture 30 Mar 2021

Belgium-headquartered Lotus Bakeries has taken full control of a joint venture in Europe set up a few years ago.


Italy's Newlat eyeing "sizeable" M&A in 2021 22 Mar 2021

The Italy-based food manufacturer wants to get to EUR1bn in revenues by the end of 2022 and sees M&A helping the company on its way.


Italy's Bertoncello acquires gnocchi peer Carlo Crivellin 15 Mar 2021

Italy's Bertoncello, a gnocchi producer, has taken over a peer in its home market for an undisclosed sum.

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.