Latest Insights

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 others.


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.

Latest News

Italy 'will not ratify EU free-trade agreement with Canada' 14 Jun 2018

Reports suggest that Italy will not ratify the EU free-trade agreement with Canada because it does not ensure sufficient protection for the country’s speciality food products.


Barilla earmarks plants for expansion 7 Jun 2018

Barilla, the Italy-based food group, has set out plans to spend EUR1bn over the next five years on investment in production, innovation and geographic expansion.


Perfetti Van Melle ties up licensing deal with Angry Birds owner 31 May 2018

Italian confectionery giant Perfetti Van Melle has signed a licensing deal with Finnish games company and Angry Birds brand owner Rovio Entertainment.


France's Avril acquires Italian oilve oil business Costa d'Oro 15 May 2018

French agri-food firm Avril Group has acquired a majority stake in Italian olive oil company Costa d'Oro for an undisclosed sum.


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.

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.