Latest Insights

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?

Tackling the plastic peril through dialogue and data 19 Nov 2018

IRI's Olly Abotorabi argues manufacturers and grocers need to work together - through analysing data - to solve one of the big sustainability issues facing the sector.

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.

Latest News

Aviko appoints interim chief executive Ton Christiaanse 13 Dec 2018

Dutch potato processor and French fries maker Aviko has appointed an interim chief executive after its existing CEO announced plans to resign.

Aviko chief executive Piet Hein Merckens to resign 7 Dec 2018

Netherlands-based potato processor and French fries maker Aviko will need to replace a key executive in the new year.

The taste of food cannot be copyrighted, rules European court 14 Nov 2018

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has made a ruling on whether the taste of a food product can be the subject of copyright protection.

Maruha Nichiro-owned Anova sells frozen operations to Seafood Connection 14 Nov 2018

Netherlands-based Anova Seafood is selling its frozen operations to concentrate on the processing and sale of fresh and chilled products.

New Products - Mission launches 'better for you' wraps in the UK; Cargill joins forces with TGI Fridays on frozen burger line; UK retailer Tesco launches own-label baby food range; Zwanenberg Food Group launches vegan range 8 Nov 2018

This week's product news includes a new vegan range from Holland's Zwanenberg Food Group, "better-for-you" wraps from Gruma's Mission brand and an own-label baby-food line from Tesco.

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.

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.