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"It's important we're brave and focus on tailwinds" – Unilever’s food chief Hanneke Faber, the just-food interview 17 Dec 2019

Unilever's food operations, though global and with some strong brands, is a low-growth business – but that doesn't stop the FMCG giant believing it can improve its performance.

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 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. 

Latest News

Covid-19 - Output halted at meat group Vion plant 26 May 2020

Dutch meat supplier Vion has seen output at one of its domestic sites halted – and all staff sent home for a fortnight's quarantine – after dozens of workers tested positive.

Dutch chicken business Remkes takes majority stake in local peer Heijs 11 May 2020

Netherlands-based poultry business Remkes has taken a majority stake in a local peer for an undisclosed sum.

Food For Progress takes meat-free brand Oumph to Dutch market 28 Apr 2020

Food For Progress, the Sweden-based meat-free products firm, has added another market to the roster of countries selling flagship brand Oumph.

Ter Beke brings Offerman meat business in-house, provides update on Covid-19 17 Apr 2020

Belgian food group Ter Beke plans to integrate its meat-processing operations in the Netherlands by bringing the Offerman business in-house.

UK cheesemaker Wyke Farms targets European growth with Westland agreement 15 Apr 2020

Wyke Farms, the UK independent cheese producer, has inked a deal aimed at increasing its distribution in Europe.

Covid-19 - Aviko warns of possible job losses 14 Apr 2020

Aviko, the Netherlands-based French fries producer, has warned of potential job losses as a result of Covid-19's impact on the foodservice channel.

Rabobank report highlights plight of European foodservice operators 2 Apr 2020

Research from Dutch banking group Rabobank has highlighted issues facing European foodservice suppliers as national governments attempt to tackle the Covid-19 outbreak.

Mars to reopen Netherlands plant after Covid-19-related shutdown 31 Mar 2020

Mars will reopen a chocolate production plant in the Netherlands today (31 March) shut down around a week ago due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Zwanenberg, Struik Foods shareholders approve merger 27 Mar 2020

Two Dutch firms manufacturing ready meals, soups and sauces have agreed to merge after shareholders approved the previously announced deal.

Unilever makes Covid-19 pledge to SME suppliers 24 Mar 2020

Anglo-Dutch consumer goods giant Unilever has made a pledge to customers and suppliers that are struggling because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

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.