Latest Insights

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.


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.

Latest News

Raisio teams up with Italian free-from firm Dr Schar 7 Mar 2019

Finish food group Raisio has entered into a strategic alliance with an Italy-based health and well-being company.


Italian bakery firm Bassini acquires Glaxi Pane backed by investment partners 6 Mar 2019

Italy-based artisan bakery firm Bassini 1963 has acquired a local frozen bakery products manufacturer supported by its investment partners.


Euricom builds rice manufacturing capacity through Marbour Group deal 26 Feb 2019

Italian rice business Euricom has enhanced its rice manufacturing capacity through acquiring assets from a European peer.


Italian farmers' union Coldiretti issues stark Brexit warning 28 Jan 2019

Coldiretti, the union representing Italian farmers, has spoken out about the impact a no-deal Brexit would have on Italy's agri-food exports.


Orsero expands production in Italy with new facility 24 Jan 2019

Italian fruit and vegetable importer Gruppo Orsero has opened a new packing facility in its home market.


Conagra weighs options for Italian frozen food unit Gelit 22 Jan 2019

Conagra Brands appears primed to trim its portfolio following a number of recent acquisitions as the US food business weighs up options for an overseas asset. 


Ferrero 'in second round running for Campbell's international assets' 18 Jan 2019

Ferrero has reportedly been shortlisted to participate in the second auction round for the up-for-sale international business of Campbell Soup Co.


Italian fresh produce group Minguzzi joins Origine export consortium 21 Dec 2018

Minguzzi, an Italian fruit supplier, has joined a local strategic alliance based on boosting exports of kiwi fruit and pears.


Lactalis ups stake in Italian peer Parmalat and plans to take it private 4 Dec 2018

Lactalis, the French dairy heavyweight, has increased its stake in a European subsidiary to more than 95%.


Barilla 'reportedly plans chocolate spread launch to rival Nutella' 21 Nov 2018

Italian food giant Barilla is reportedly planning to enter a new category, a move which would see it competing against a local rival's market-leading 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.