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What next for ailing US dairy giant Dean Foods?

15 November 2019 | Dean Best

Dean Foods, the under-pressure dairy major, hopes filing for Chapter 11 and a possible takeover offers the best route forward for the business – but questions still remain. ... read more

Is Premier Foods leaning toward maintaining the status quo?

13 November 2019 | Simon Harvey

Premier Foods is nearing completion of a long-awaited strategic review. Simon Harvey takes a look at the latest developments, including a new management team and its earnings. ... read more

Keeping it real – plotting the likely UK food industry trends of 2020

12 November 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks key UK food industry influencers and analysts for their predictions of what we are likely to see in the sector in 2020. ... read more

You've bought a brand. How can you take it into new markets?

11 November 2019 | Simon Creasey

Big Food is snapping up smaller brands to inject some growth into their businesses. But how can large companies best roll out their new assets internationally? ... read more

Nestle may soon show how rules of game have changed in China

31 October 2019 | Dean Best

Nestlé's business in China may be set for significant changes. If they materialise, what would it signify for the world's largest food maker's operations in the market? ... read more

The food-tech landscape – the investors' view

29 October 2019 | Dean Best

The Future Food-Tech event in London heard from corporate and VC investors as they surveyed the challenges and opportunities in the sector. Here are the top takeaways. ... read more

The rise of plant-based and the clean-label challenge

25 October 2019 | Ben Cooper

We examine whether clean-label concerns among consumers will support the plant-based category's continued growth or present challenges. ... read more

How can cell-based food reach scale?

23 October 2019 | Dean Best

Interest in cellular agriculture is intensifying, with more companies forming and investors eyeing up the nascent sector. But can cell-based meat, dairy and seafood reach scale? ... read more

Why cheese giant Bel sees opportunities in plants

23 October 2019 | Sophie Kevany

Best known for processed cheese, the new, plant-forward business strategy of France's Bel Group has garnered mixed reactions. Sophie Kevany reports. ... read more

How younger consumers are shaping packaging strategy

23 October 2019 | Callum Tyndall

As younger consumers continue to shape FMCG branding strategies, Callum Tyndall finds out how packaging is being adapted to cater to them. ... read more

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

22 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

Kraft Heinz is the latest food major to have used its in-house venture-capital unit to invest in an up-and-coming firm in a niche area. Here's our guide of notable VC arms. ... read more

AI technology advances in retail - what it might mean for suppliers

16 October 2019 | Dan Robinson

Dan Robinson finds out how major UK retailers are using the latest AI technology and the impact that could have on the supply chain. ... read more

Plant-based foods and M&A in play for Hormel - investor day takeaways

16 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

Hormel Foods outlined its growth plans at an investor day held at the New York Stock Exchange last week. Simon Harvey looks at the talking points. ... read more

Eyeing alternatives - meat companies with stakes in meat-free

15 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

With plant-based products growing in popularity and investment in lab-created products on the rise, we present a guide on how meat manufacturers are investing in the area. ... read more

Adding spice to a portfolio - US hot sauce category deep dive, part two 

10 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

In the second part of our feature on the US hot sauce category, Andy Coyne looks for signs of an uptick in M&A activity and at growth opportunities. ... read more

Aryzta results show mileage still to cover - key takeaways

9 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

A third of the way through a transformation exercise, Swiss-Irish baker Aryzta has made progress, but still needs to make up more ground. Simon Harvey looks at the key takeaways. ... read more

The 'flavour explorers' driving the US hot sauce category forward - deep dive, part one 

9 October 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne studies the hot sauce category in the US to discover the reasons behind the sector's recent growth. ... read more

How food companies are now at centre of climate change and development debates

2 October 2019 | Ben Cooper

The recent UN climate summits underlined how Big Food is now at the centre of debates on issues like climate change and development, Ben Cooper reports. ... read more

What faces Tesco's new CEO - and suppliers?

2 October 2019 | Simon Harvey

Dave Lewis, the man at the top of the UK's largest supermarket chain Tesco, picked an opportune moment to step down as CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the new chief's challenges.  ... read more

Is 3D printing the future for meat alternatives?

30 September 2019 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at 3D printing technology and considers its ramifications for the meat - and meat-alternative - industries. ... read more

How Chinese interest in meat-alternatives is growing

24 September 2019 | Peter Peverelli

China may be the largest consumer of pork but there is growing interest in vegetarianism - and in meat-alternative products. Peter Peverelli takes a look. ... read more

How overseas food SMEs can crack the US

23 September 2019 | Simon Creasey

The opportunities for food SMEs presented by the US market are many - but so are the challenges. Speaking to companies and consultants, we set out how to make inroads Stateside. ... read more

Why food industry must safeguard positive health message of plant-based protein

18 September 2019 | Ben Cooper

As the plant-based meat and dairy markets explode, Ben Cooper sets out why food companies must ensure products deliver on nutritional value. ... read more

Mengniu’s Bellamy’s takeover could benefit both in competitive Chinese market

18 September 2019 | Dean Best

Mengniu, one of China's largest dairy companies, has moved for Australia's Bellamy's to bolster its ambitions in its infant formula. Both companies could do with the help. ... read more

Who might be in the race for UK sports-nutrition business Grenade?

11 September 2019 | Dean Best

We weigh up the possible runners and riders for Grenade, the UK sports-nutrition business that could be set for fresh ownership. ... read more

Dean Foods left with little wiggle room after ruling out sale

11 September 2019 | Simon Harvey

Seven months after launching a strategic review, US dairy giant Dean Foods is to go it alone under a new chief executive rather than engage a buyer. Simon Harvey takes a look. ... read more

Pilgrim's Pride latest UK purchase presents challenges

4 September 2019 | Dean Best

Pilgrim's Pride, the US meat processor, has acquired another UK-based company. We look at the opportunities the acquisition presents – but also the challenges facing the business. ... read more

Why Ebro and Hain struck deal over Tilda

3 September 2019 | Dean Best

Five years after losing out on buying Tilda to Hain Celestial, Spain-based Ebro Foods has acquired the UK rice business. Dean Best explores the reasons behind the deal. ... read more

New guard at Premier Foods but same old battles to win

3 September 2019 | Simon Harvey

Premier Foods removed some uncertainty last week after installing a new chairman and permanent CEO. Simon Harvey looks at the road ahead. ... read more

Why Simply Good Foods' move for Quest looks appetising

28 August 2019 | Dean Best

Two years after the formation of The Simply Good Foods Co., the US company that's home to the Atkins brand has made its second acquisition. Dean Best weighs up the move. ... read more

When should food companies outsource R&D?

27 August 2019 | Simon Creasey

Simon Creasey analyses the growing trend for food companies to outsource their research and development - and weighs up why they might be looking outside their four walls. ... read more

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

21 August 2019 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the main incubators and accelerators operated by major food manufacturers as they look to tap into some of the consumer trends shaping demand. ... read more

China's fight against obesity augurs change for food businesses

20 August 2019 | Jens Kastner

Jens Kastner looks at how international food businesses selling their products in China are responding to the country's plans to target obesity. ... read more

How should food companies work with Alibaba?

16 August 2019 | Ben Sillitoe

Alibaba's online marketplace Tmall is soon mooted to overtake Walmart to become the world's largest B2C retailer. Naturally, food companies want to work with the Chinese behemoth. ... read more

How M&A in packaged food looked in H1 2019

13 August 2019 | Dean Best

Using data from just-food.com and parent organisation GlobalData, we present a flavour of M&A activity in the international packaged food sector in the first half of the year. ... read more