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Big Meat eyeing alternatives - the giants with stakes in plant-based and lab-grown 18 Oct 2018

The rise of plant-based products as an alternative to meat and the arrival of lab-created - or 'clean' - products as a potentially sustainable way of feeding the world are trends very much on the radar of the world's largest meat companies. Here we look at what those businesses are doing to make sure they are not missing out on alternative protein solutions.


September adds to M&A deals growth in first nine months of 2018 - data 10 Oct 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 worldwide.


Big Food's stake in the future - in-house venture-capital funds  5 Oct 2018

Our guide to some of the main in-house venture capital funds operated by major food businesses. 


Hatching new ideas - Big Food's incubator and accelerator programmes 4 Oct 2018

Our guide to some of the main food sector incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers.


"We want to create disruption" - Good Catch's Chad Sarno on the rise of plant-based seafood, the bitesize interview 27 Sep 2018

Until now the plant-based food phenomenon has centred on replacing meat and dairy products but New York's Good Catch is among the upstarts to have created vegan 'seafood'. One of its founders, Chad Sarno, tells Andy Coyne of the challenges it has faced and its hopes for the future.

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Dongwon's StarKist issues guilty plea on US price-fixing 19 Oct 2018

StarKist Co., the US seafood arm of South Korea's Dongwon Group, has filed a plea of guilty on price-fixing charges, the Justice Department has announced.


Beyond Meat 'planning to make stock market bow' 18 Oct 2018

US vegan food business Beyond Meat is planning an initial public offering (IPO), according to media reports in the country.


Just planning to launch lab-grown chicken product this year 18 Oct 2018

Just, the US vegan food business, is aiming to bring a slaughter-free chicken product to market this year.


Campbell descendants confirm backing for current board 17 Oct 2018

Descendants of former Campbell Soup Co. president and owner Dr John Dorrance have confirmed their support for the current board which is facing a battle with an activist investor who wants to replace it.


Sweden's Oatly to open production facility in US 15 Oct 2018

Oatly, the Swedish dairy-free business, has confirmed it is to open a production facility in the US next spring.


Mars invests in US plant to support launch of M&M's Hazelnut Spread 15 Oct 2018

Mars is investing US$142m in a plant in Tennessee to accommodate the planned launch of a product under its M&M's brand - Hazelnut Spread.


Greencore's American dream over with sale of US arm 15 Oct 2018

Irish convenience food group Greencore is to sell its US operation to an affiliate of Hearthside Food Solutions for US$1.07bn.


US frozen food firm The Perfect Bite Co. secures PE investment 12 Oct 2018

An affiliate of Florida private-equity firm New Water Capital has invested in The Perfect Bite Co., a research and development firm for the frozen-food industry.


Flagship Food Group reveals New Mexico expansion plans 12 Oct 2018

US-based Flagship Food Group expects to add up to 90 jobs as it expands its frozen food operation in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Baby food start-up Once Upon a Farm gets new cash injection from investors 11 Oct 2018

Once Upon a Farm, a US-based start-up producing cold pressed baby foods, has received US$20m in financing from a group of investors led by private-equity fund CAVU Venture Partners.

Latest blogs

If Kraft Heinz passed on Pinnacle, it should do so with Campbell 2 Aug 2018

It's almost 18 months since Unilever rebuffed Kraft Heinz and, ever since, the rumour mill has spun over where the US manufacturer could look next. It's been reported today (2 August) the ketchup maker decided against moving for US peer Pinnacle Foods.


Maybe Trump is finding trade wars aren’t so easy to win 25 Jul 2018

In March, a day after issuing stiff tariffs on imports of steel and aluminium, Donald Trump took to Twitter to give his verdict on trade disputes. Four months later, it looks as though Trump's confidence may have been more hubris.


Nature's Path quits US organic trade body in "protest" 4 Jul 2018

The Organic Trade Association, which represents the organic industry in the US, has seen a high-profile member quit the organisation, taking a swipe at the body's stance on policy issues.