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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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Cloetta coy on layoffs as Covid-19 halts eight quarters of growth 24 Apr 2020

Cloetta said talks with employees over potential Covid-19-related layoffs have concluded but the confectionery maker was reluctant to provide specifics on numbers at this stage.


Coronavirus - Cloetta issues profit warning as first-quarter sales fall 24 Apr 2020

Cloetta has issued a profit warning for the second quarter amid the upheaval caused by the coronavirus outbreak.


Bank ups Midsona sales guidance as Covid-19 pantry-loading kicks in 16 Apr 2020

A Swedish bank is adjusting its sales guidance for local better-for-you food group Midsona which has seen its sales impacted by the Covid-19 outbreak. 


Cloetta in talks about temporary job cuts as Covid-19 bites 8 Apr 2020

European confectionery manufacturer Cloetta said it has started a dialogue with employees over the prospect of temporary layoffs.


Midsona CFO Lennart Svensson to leave the Swedish food firm 7 Apr 2020

Midsona has announced its head of finance is to leave the Sweden-based cereals-t- bakery manufacturer. 


Candy giant Cloetta withdraws dividend amid Covid-19 pressure 23 Mar 2020

Cloetta, the European confectionery supplier, has issued another update on how it sees the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak affecting the business.


Coronavirus - Sweden's Midsona seeing surge in sales 17 Mar 2020

Midsona has increased production as the Sweden-based organic food business has seen increased demand due to coronavirus.


New products - Oumph debuts sausage, bacon-alternatives; Beyond Meat launches breakfast sausage in US retail; Ella's Kitchen dairy-free line; Young’s goes for Lighter option 13 Mar 2020

Our coverage of new products this week includes a plant-based breakfast sausage from Beyond Meat and a host of dairy and meat alternatives.


Swedish bank cuts Midsona profit outlook amid transport strike in France 10 Feb 2020

Swedish lender Erik Penser Bank has cut the profit outlook for the country's organic food producer Midsona due to a transport strike in France.


Midsona reorganises into three divisions with eyes on more M&A 6 Feb 2020

Midsona has reorganised the Swedish organic food firm's business set up following a spate of acquisitions in Europe.