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Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell on vegan supplier's rise, ambitions and Big Meat eyeing alternatives - interview 24 Apr 2018

Sweden-based vegan supplier Food For Progress has made inroads in the Nordic region and, after entering the UK last autumn with a listing at Whole Foods Market, has struck a deal to supply Tesco. Dean Best caught up with Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell to discuss the company’s UK expansion, its ambitions and its unusual history.


Cloetta defends share in stagnant markets – 6 things to learn  1 Feb 2017

Cloetta, the Swedish snack maker, reported a loss for 2016 this morning (1 February) primarily due to an impairment charge related to its Italian business. Speaking to analysts during a conference call, however, management was upbeat on the progress it has made in strengthening profitability. Cloetta said it hopes to continue to expand its margins over the coming 12 months and revealed that it wants to grow sales – both organically and through M&A – during 2017. Here are the key takeaways from Cloetta's 2016 results.


M&A Watch - Could Cloetta be takeover target? 26 May 2015

With a new CEO at Cloetta, the European confectioner has already faced questions about its possible acquisition targets. However, Stefan Kirk, just-food M&A columnist and advisor at Glenboden, believes the company could itself be on the radar.


On the move: What could lie ahead for new Cloetta CEO? 15 May 2015

Cloetta CEO Bengt Baron is handing the reins to the boss of its Finnish unit, David Nuutinen, after six years at the top of the European confectioner. The company has just come through what Baron called an "intense restructuring period" following the merger between Cloetta and Leaf International in 2012 and the business is seeing a steady rise in sales. But what lies ahead for Nuutinen? Hannah Abdulla reports.


The bitesize interview: Fria CEO Jeanine Holmgren 28 Aug 2014

Scandinavian free-from firm Fria entered Ireland last month, its 11th European market since it launched in 1996, another example of the growth in demand for gluten-, lactose- and dairy-free products. just-food's Hannah Abdulla caught up with Fria CEO Jeanine Holmgren about the latest trends in the sector and how innovation is a key factor to staying ahead in this sector

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Total Produce's Dole investment cleared - with condition 31 Jul 2018

A move by Ireland's Total Produce to buy a 45% stake in US peer Dole Food Co. has secured conditional approval from The European Commission.


Cloetta hires Arla's Frans Ryden to replace CFO Danko Maras 18 May 2018

Cloetta has appointed Frans Ryden as chief financial officer of the Sweden-based confectioner to replace Danko Maras.


Raisio sells cattle feed business to Lantmannen as strategic focus on healthy foods gathers pace 4 May 2018

Raisio is selling its cattle feed business to Sweden's Lantmannen for EUR34m (US$40.7m) as the Finland-based food group accelerates its strategic realignment on the healthy foods category.


Orkla acquires Swedish food products distributor Werners 2 May 2018

Scandinavian food group Orkla has acquired a majority stake in the Swedish sales and distribution company Werners Gourmetservice.


Cloetta CFO Danko Maras to depart 26 Mar 2018

Cloetta CFO Danko Maras is to leave the Sweden-based confectioner to join credit management business Intrum in the same role.


Nordic countries unite to tackle kids' junk food marketing 28 Feb 2018

The Nordic countries are to co-operate in monitoring companies targeting children with so-called junk-food products.


Orkla partners with McDonald's on McVegan burger 12 Dec 2017

Scandinavian food group Orkla has developed a new vegan burger for fast-food giant McDonald's to be formally launched in Finland and Sweden later this month.


Orkla to consolidate Anamma production in Sweden at one site 28 Nov 2017

Norway's Orkla plans to consolidate production of its vegan Anamma brand into one site at Eslov in Sweden.


Orkla buys Nordic sports nutrition e-commerce firm Health and Sports Nutrition Group 21 Nov 2017

Nordic consumer goods group Orkla is to acquire Sweden's Health and Sports Nutrition Group (HSNG).


Arla merges with Swedish dairy Gefleortens 20 Oct 2017

European dairy giant Arla Foods, which counts Sweden as among its largest markets, has struck a deal that will see local co-op Gefleortens merge into the business.