Latest Insights

Smaller can be beautiful amid changing face of NPD 21 Aug 2018

Sjanny van Beekveld, the business insights director for the Netherlands arm of IRI, crunches the market researcher's local data and looks at the changing nature of innovation, offering observations that can apply across western Europe.


M&A, rather than Brexit, is behind Unilever's HQ decision 16 Mar 2018

Unilever this week announced a change in its legal structure, which will see the FMCG behemoth have its main base in the Netherlands. The UK media swiftly pointed to Brexit - but the key factor would likely have been to have given the group more options when it comes to M&A.


Why millennials are key for Europe's health-food marketeers 26 Jan 2018

In Europe, healthy food - or products marketed as healthier than their existing counterparts - are most popular, and showing the strongest growth potential, among millennials, IRI writes in its monthly column for just-food.


What lies ahead for FrieslandCampina's new CEO? 30 Sep 2017

FrieslandCampina, the world's fifth-largest dairy business, has announced the departure of CEO Roelof Joosten, with CFO Hein Schumacher to take the helm of the Dutch cooperative in the new year. Simon Harvey looks at what could be at the top of Schumacher's to-do list.


UTZ and Rainforest Alliance look to build through merger - interview 19 Jun 2017

Earlier this month, ethical organisations the Rainforest Alliance and UTZ announced plans to merge, with the two bodies to operate a single certification standard. Han de Groot, UTZ executive director and designated CEO of the merged organisation, spoke with Ben Cooper about the combination and its implications for food companies.

Latest News

Wessanen lowers sales forecast again amid pressure in two markets 19 Oct 2018

Wessanen is looking to for improvements in key markets after lower third-quarter revenue led the Netherlands-based food manufacturer to revise its forecast for annual sales.


UK meat group Hilton invests in Dutch veggie firm Dalco Food 18 Oct 2018

Hilton Food Group, the UK-based meat processor, has become the latest company in the sector to invest in a vegetarian business.


Spain's Virto Group buys Dutch firm Oerlemans Foods 9 Oct 2018

Virto Group, a producer and supplier of frozen vegetables based in Spain, has acquired Oerlemans Foods Group of the Netherlands for an undisclosed sum.


Van Geloven in Dutch deal with The Vegetarian Butcher 28 Sep 2018

Dutch food group Van Geloven, majority-owned by McCain Foods, has announced a tie-up with local peer The Vegetarian Butcher to launch more meat-free products in the Netherlands.


Vion appoints John Morssink to CFO role as Joost Sliepenbeek departs 17 Sep 2018

Vion Food Group has appointed John Morssink as chief financial officer of the Dutch meat business effective from the start of November as Joost Sliepenbeek leaves the company for a CFO position at retailer Action.


Wessanen buys dairy-alternative firm Abbot Kinney's in all-Dutch deal 10 Sep 2018

Dutch healthy food group Wessanen has acquired local plant-based dairy alternative company Abbot Kinney's for an undisclosed sum.


Vion to reopen beef abattoir in September after fixing "teething problems" 22 Aug 2018

Dutch meat business Vion Group said it will restart production at its beef abattoir in the north of the Netherlands after "fixing teething problems" that led to its temporary closure in May.


FrieslandCampina takes over Dutch cheese firm brands 20 Aug 2018

Dutch dairy cooperative FrieslandCampina has taken over the activities of Best Cheese Holland, including its brands Parrano and Tjiezi. 


Dutch snack maker Izico buys up Exellent Food & Snacks 23 Jul 2018

Netherlands-based frozen snack company Izico Food Group has acquired local peer Exellent Food & Snacks, a manufacturer of croquettes and the local meat-based product bitterballen. 


Intense competition in France sees Wessanen lower 2018 forecasts 20 Jul 2018

Dutch food group Wessanen has lowered two key forecasts for 2018, blaming increased competition in its largest market - France.

Latest blogs

FrieslandCampina looking to sell final non-dairy asset 2 Mar 2017

FrieslandCampina, which today served up higher profits but lower sales for 2016, is ready to offload the last non-dairy business owned by the Dutch cooperative giant.


Mars undertakes huge recall after latest plastic-in-snacks incident 23 Feb 2016

Mars Inc has grabbed mainstream headlines around the world today (23 February) after announcing a recall of chocolate products from over 50 markets after plastic was found in one product. It is comes just months after the US food giant pulled batches in the UK over fears of plastic could be found in products.


Russia ban prompts Dutch growers to look for home comfort 15 Aug 2014

"We eat our problem" is the latest approach being taken by Dutch farming groups to flog surplus fruit destined for Russia.