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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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Swedish food companies fear falling export sales after Brexit 5 Mar 2019

Swedish food companies exporting their products to the UK have revealed their concerns about what will happen after Brexit.

Scandi Standard CFO Anders Hägg to depart; Julia Lagerqvist selected as replacement 11 Jan 2019

Nordic meat group Scandi Standard has announced its chief financial officer is set to leave the company with a replacement picked from within the company.

Dole sells Scandinavian salad businesses to BAMA Group 14 Dec 2018

US fruit and vegetables giant Dole Food Company is selling its Scandinavian salad businesses Saba Fresh Cuts AB and Saba Fresh Cuts OY for an undisclosed sum.

Swedish food prices must rise to mitigate drought impact on business - study 6 Dec 2018

Food manufacturers in Sweden are calling for measures to be taken to ease the burden from the summer's drought.

Orkla offloads Mrs Cheng's soy sauce brand to Continental Foods 5 Dec 2018

Norwegian food business Orkla has sold a soy sauce brand in Sweden as part of its portfolio realignment. 

Divine Chocolate acquires Swedish fair trade company 24 Sep 2018

UK-based ethical chocolate maker Divine Chocolate has acquired the assets of one of the pioneering fair trade companies in Sweden.

Scandi Standard shuts poultry slaughtering plant in Sweden 22 Aug 2018

European meat group Scandi Standard said in its latest earnings release that it shut a poultry slaughtering facility in Åsljunga, Sweden, as part of its strategy to restructure production of "speciality birds". 

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.