Latest Insights

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.


How 2015 olive oil prices in Europe could direct strategy in 2016 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.


Editor's viewpoint: 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's Granarolo uses patented system to create new reduced-sugar milk 23 Oct 2017

Italian dairy group Granarolo has made a EUR5m (US$5.9m) investment in its plant in Gioia del Colle, in southern Italy, where it will produce its new reduced-sugar G+ milk product.


Ferrero teams up with Unilever in Kinder ice cream venture 18 Oct 2017

Italian chocolate maker Ferrero is teaming up with consumer goods giant Unilever in a new range of ice cream through the Kinder brand to be launched in select European countries in 2018.


Centrale del Latte d'Italia delivers Mukki UHT milk to China with Alibaba 6 Oct 2017

Centrale del Latte d'Italia (CLI) has entered into a strategic partnership with Alibaba Group to sell its Tuscan branded long-life and full-cream Mukki milk in China. 


Granarolo buys Venchiaredo stake from Emmi 25 Sep 2017

Italian dairy group Granarolo has emerged as the buyer of Emmi's 24% stake in local cheese specialist Venchiaredo.


Italy approves labelling decree on processed food sourcing 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 hints at "problems" in 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.


Italian pasta maker De Cecco said to revisit share offering 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 uniltateral action on tomato product labelling to counter Chinese imports 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.

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.