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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.


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.

Latest News

Italy's Vicenzi eyes expansion after finance deal 27 Feb 2018

Italian confectioner Vicenzi is planning to increase the size of its international footprint after tying up a new EUR55m (US$67.7m) finance deal.


Italian dairy group Granarolo attracts state investment 19 Jan 2018

Granarolo, the Italy-based dairy group, has attracted investment from the country's state lender, Cassa Depositi e Prestiti (CDP), to help the business grow in international markets.


Ebro Foods to buy majority of Italy pasta firm Bertagni 18 Jan 2018

Spain's Ebro Foods is to add to its pasta assets with the acquisition of a majority stake in Italy-based Bertagni 1882.


Italian breadstick firm Monviso sold to Cerea Partenaire 18 Jan 2018

Monviso, an Italian bakery business specialising in products such as breadsticks, crostini and croutons, has been sold by private-equity firm PM & Partners to Céréa Partenaire, a subsidiary of France-based agri-food investor Unigrains.


Italian pandoro maker Melegatti boosted by new investment 9 Jan 2018

Italian pandoro and pannetone maker Dal Colle has taken a 30% stake in local peer Melegatti for an undisclosed sum.


Nestle agrees sale of Buitoni pasta plant in Italy 2 Jan 2018

Nestle has signed a preliminary agreement for the sale of its Moretta plant in Italy to local company Pastificio Rana.


FoodDrinkEurope complains to Brussels about Italian food labelling 13 Dec 2017

The European food industry organisation FoodDrinkEurope has filed an official complaint against Italy to the European Commission over the recent action the country has taken on food labelling.


Unilever fined for 'abusing' position in Italy's ice cream market 7 Dec 2017

Italy's competition authority has fined Unilever more than EUR60m (US$70.8m) for what it said was an abuse of the company's dominant position in the country's ice-cream market.


Italy heads EU nations urging rice import cap 6 Dec 2017

Italy and seven other European nations are pressing for a 'safeguard clause' to be triggered under an agreement that grants duty-free status to rice imports from less developed countries in Asia.


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.

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.