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"We don't think baby food should be older than the baby itself" - Daniel Auner and Karina Gentgen, founders of organic baby food business Mia & Ben, the bitesize interview 10 Jun 2019

Andy Coyne speaks to the founders of London-based organic baby food start-up Mia & Ben about the gap they say they've spotted in the market.

UK biscuits category deep-dive, part two - riding demand for health ... and indulgence 31 May 2019

In the second part of a two-part feature examining the UK sweet biscuits category, Andy Coyne looks at how manufacturers are positioning themselves for future growth.

UK biscuits category deep-dive, part one - crunch time 30 May 2019

In the first part of a two-part feature, Andy Coyne examines the state of play in the UK sweet biscuits category after a challenging 2018. 

How should SMEs approach an export strategy? 22 May 2019

For many small- and medium-sized enterprises, breaking into overseas markets is a Herculean task. Simon Harvey takes a look at the priorities. 

M&A as shortcut for Big Food's innovation 3 May 2019

Large players are buying niche brands, short-cutting R&D and buying immediate share. We discuss why and how M&A is part of Big Food's innovation.

Latest News

ABF replaces UK bakery arm MD Jon Jenkins amid "challenging market conditions" 14 Jun 2019

The UK's Allied Bakeries, owned by conglomerate Associated British Foods, has made changes to its top management team.

Cell-cultured, plant-based meats, not classic veggie fare, pose most risk to conventional category - study 13 Jun 2019

Consumption of meat alternative products made from plants and cell-cultured meats is likely to outpace the traditional vegan or vegetarian categories, a report suggests. 

UK's Samworth Brothers takes stake in local pie maker Higgidy 13 Jun 2019

UK food group Samworth Brothers has taken a minority stake in a local pie and quiche maker with an option to increase its holding in the future.

Mondelez International invests in UK technical centre 13 Jun 2019

Confectionery giant Mondelez International is to invest in one of its 11 technical centres, it has revealed.

New products - Lotus Bakeries to take ice cream to more markets; Perdue's Chicken Plus range with veg; Unilever trials wrapper-less Solero packs; Mars' Galaxy, Bounty biscuits 13 Jun 2019

This week's batch of new products includes Mondelez launching a lower-in-sugar Cadbury product in India and Premier Foods rolling out baking mixes in the UK.

UK energy bar firm Wholebake buys Bounce snack brand 12 Jun 2019

Wholebake, a UK manufacturer of branded and white label energy bars, has acquired a local snacks brand for an undisclosed sum.

Nomad Foods ready to hit M&A trail again 12 Jun 2019

Nomad Foods, the UK-headquartered frozen foods business behind brands such as Birds Eye and Findus, has outlined its plans in relation to making further acquisitions.

Reckitt Benckiser swoops to bring in PepsiCo man Laxman Narasimhan as CEO 12 Jun 2019

UK-based consumer goods heavyweight Reckitt Benckiser has snapped up a senior PepsiCo executive to be its new CEO.

Muller unveils sugar reduction target for UK yogurt brands 11 Jun 2019

German dairy giant Müller has revealed sugar reduction targets for its branded yogurt portfolio in the UK.

Fazer offloads foodservice arm to Compass as attention turns to FMCG-focused M&A 11 Jun 2019

Finnish food company Fazer Group is selling its foodservice arm to a fellow out-of-home firm in the UK.

Latest blogs

Ocado branches into vertical farming 11 Jun 2019

The UK-based online grocer - increasingly seen not just as a retailer but as a broader tech business - is to plough investment into indoor farming.

Amazon tries again in UK food delivery 17 May 2019

Perhaps today's most eye-catching corporate food story here in the UK is Amazon's decision to invest in food-delivery business Deliveroo.

The heat is on at Hobnobs HQ 13 May 2019

Andy Coyne visits snacks giant Pladis and hears about issues relating to football and sunny weather and learns of an admirable new initiative aimed at promoting positive mental health.