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When should food companies outsource R&D? 27 Aug 2019

Simon Creasey analyses the growing trend for food companies to outsource their research and development - and weighs up why they might be looking outside their four walls.


How M&A in packaged food looked in H1 2019 13 Aug 2019

Using data from just-food.com and parent organisation GlobalData, we present a flavour of M&A activity in the international packaged food sector in the first half of the year.


How sales growth, sustainability are at centre of Unilever CEO's pitch to investors 12 Jun 2019

Unilever CEO Alan Jope is nearly six months into the job and this week set out to investors his priorities for the consumer goods giant.


What does the future hold for Wessanen under private ownership? 12 Apr 2019

European food business Wessanen has opted to go private after accepting a takeover offer from a consortium of investors. Simon Harvey speaks with analysts to gauge the reaction. 


What could feature on to-do list of new Unilever CEO Alan Jope? 30 Nov 2018

Paul Polman's departure from Unilever will mark the exit of one of the food sector's most high-profile CEOs. But how could his successor Alan Jope shape the FMCG giant?

Latest News

Oatly expands in Europe with new Dutch base 20 Sep 2019

Oatly, the Swedish dairy-free business, is planning to expand after opening a new factory in Continental Europe, it has announced.


Zwanenberg buys Dutch rights to Chicken Tonight from Unilever 18 Sep 2019

Anglo-Dutch consumer foods giant Unilever has sold its Chicken Tonight cooking sauce brand to a Dutch food firm for an undisclosed sum.


Dutch fruit and veg co-ops Best of Four and Van Nature to merge 16 Sep 2019

Two Dutch fruit and vegetable growers are to merge and will become one entity from January, they have announced.


Parlevliet & Van der Plas nets stake in Dutch seafood peer Platvis Holland 11 Sep 2019

Netherlands-based seafood processor Parlevliet & Van der Plas has scooped up a shareholding in a fellow Dutch business.


Orkla notches up another acquisition with Dutch ingredients firm Vamo 3 Sep 2019

Nordic food group Orkla has made another acquisition in the ingredients sector, this time in the Netherlands.


Beemster cheese owner Cono Kaasmakers buys retailer 30 Jul 2019

Cono Kaasmakers, the Netherlands-based cheese supplier behind the Beemster brand, is to own a chain of retail stores.


FrieslandCampina reviews capacity plans amid pressure on milk supply 25 Jul 2019

FrieslandCampina has put on hold plans to expand production capacity, with the Dutch dairy cooperative having to adapt to a fall in its supply of milk.


Dutch meat group Vion to close domestic factory 17 Jul 2019

Netherlands-based meat business Vion Food group has announced that it is to close a domestic facility and move production to other locations.


Fleury Michon acquires airline foodservice supplier Marfo Food Group 28 Jun 2019

French food manufacturer Fleury Michon has acquired a majority stake in Netherlands-based Marfo Food Group.


Zwanenberg Food Group offloads stake in Anur Halal Foods to investment fund 26 Jun 2019

Zwanenberg Food Group has sold a majority stake in Anur Halal Foods to a Netherlands-based investment fund.

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.