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"It's a really exciting time for challenger brands" - The Foraging Fox co-founder Desiree Parker on the UK condiments upstart's international ambitions 6 Sep 2018

UK condiments maker The Foraging Fox, set up three years ago, has secured notable listings at home and abroad for its beetroot ketchup. Dean Best met co-founder Desiree Parker at The Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London to hear about the investment the fledgling firm has recently secured and its plans for further growth.


How can UK SMEs prepare for life after Brexit?   8 Aug 2018

When it comes to Brexit, almost everything is uncertain and unclear. As entrepreneurs and leaders of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), it can be tricky to anticipate and take proactive action to future-proof your business when the post-Brexit business environment remains so unpredictable, John Stapleton writes.


Food M&A volumes sizzle in July, pushing 2018 to high - data 7 Aug 2018

As company strategists look to M&A to gain an edge on their competition, just-food's index of mergers and acquisitions in the international packaged food sector highlights the volume of deals being announced.


Retaining talent - a growing dilemma for food companies 24 Jul 2018

Among senior leaders, a shift is underway from looking at their business structure through the lens of efficiency to seeing their team as a vital component in staying ahead of the competition. But how can talent be retained? In a guest column, Bryony Wright, of international executive coaching firm The Preston Associates, argues team-builders need to look beyond simple remuneration.


What are the latest talking points among grocery e-commerce executives? 24 Jul 2018

From shoppable recipes, to online marketplace stores and voice technology, Ben Sillitoe looks at the opportunities, challenges and emerging trends for food manufacturers developing online strategies.

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Fairtrade warns developing nation food producers at risk from no-deal Brexit 19 Sep 2018

Certification body The Fairtrade Foundation has warned that if the UK leaves the European Union without a deal - a so-called no-deal Brexit - it could lead to an increase in the cost of trade with developing nations.


UK food industry criticises government report prioritising high-skilled migrant workers 19 Sep 2018

A UK government-commissioned report on migrants coming to work in the UK after Brexit has faced criticism from food industry body the Food and Drink Federation (FDF).


Sainsbury’s merger with Asda referred for in-depth investigation 19 Sep 2018

The planned merger between UK supermarkets Sainsbury's and Asda is being referred for an in-depth "phase two" investigation by the country's competition watchdog.


Burton's Biscuit Co. sells chocolate-making assets to Barry Callebaut 19 Sep 2018

Burton's Biscuit Co., the UK firm behind brands including Maryland and Wagon Wheels, has sold its chocolate-manufacturing assets at a plant in north-west England as part of a wider deal with B2B giant Barry Callebaut.


UK desserts firm Pots & Co. ponders growing interest in healthier treats 17 Sep 2018

Pots & Co., the UK-based desserts supplier, is weighing up whether and how to meet growing consumer demand for healthier puddings.


Dairy Crest plans product launches as innovation pays dividends 17 Sep 2018

The UK's largest dairy company, Dairy Crest, is planning a raft of new product launches after revealing 14% of the revenues it generated in its last financial year came from "recent innovation".


Bakkavor creates 200 UK jobs at bakery sites in north-west England 13 Sep 2018

UK-based private-label business Bakkavor is creating 200 jobs at its bakery division across two sites in the north-west of England amid rising consumer demand.


UK cereal maker Doves Farm Foods invests GBP4.5m in new facility 13 Sep 2018

Doves Farm foods, the UK cereal maker, is eyeing expansion after investing GBP4.5m (US$5.9m) in a new production plant.


UK's Brighter Foods invests to "de-risk Brexit" for customers 12 Sep 2018

Brighter Foods, the UK snack bar manufacturer majority-owned by Real Good Food, has announced a "multi-million pound" investment to purchase and refurbish the former Halo Foods factory in Tywyn in mid-Wales.


Baked goods giant Rich Products to consolidate UK operations 12 Sep 2018

US sweet baked goods manufacturer Rich Products has revealed its UK operations are to be consolidated in a new production site at Andover, Hampshire, in southern England.

Latest blogs

General Mills trials new way of buying Haagen-Dazs 11 Sep 2018

On Friday (7 September), ice-cream lovers in part of central London were able to order Häagen-Dazs on their phones - and have it delivered directly to them, wherever they were.


just-food closed on Monday 27 August 26 Aug 2018

As I type, grey skies cover south-east London, with drizzle hitting the windows - but the forecast is set fairer for tomorrow when the country has its final public holiday before Christmas Day.


Upfield Foods, home to ex-Unilever spreads assets, makes notable appointment 20 Jul 2018

UK food-industry veteran David Salkeld is to take a senior position at Upfield Foods, the newly-instituted business that is home to Unilever's former spreads assets.