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

20 April 2021 | 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

Eyeing alternatives – meat companies with stakes in meat-free and cell-based meat

20 April 2021 | 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

Brazil's interest in healthier frozen food warms during Covid-19

14 April 2021 | Mauro Fernandes and Luisa Belchior

Brazilian consumers have shown greater interest in frozen food over the last year and demand for healthier options has grown. ... read more

How Covid-19 has closed digital age gap

13 April 2021 | Laura Foster

A new study suggests Covid-19 has led to changes in the way older citizens are using technology. Brand owners must think again about how they market to more senior age groups. ... read more

Does the plant-based pet-food niche have legs?

7 April 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at the emergence of plant-based pet-food options and assesses whether the niche can build into a meaningful market. ... read more

How might lessons learnt from Covid influence food company strategy?

6 April 2021 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey assesses what food manufacturers can take forward from their experiences during the coronavirus pandemic. ... read more

Leerdammer deal shows M&A strategies can be as different as chalk and cheese

31 March 2021 | Dean Best

One of western Europe's most prominent brands of cheese, Leerdammer, is set to change hands. Dean Best looks at the possible rationales buyer and seller may have for the deal. ... read more

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

29 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Our guide to some of the in-house venture-capital funds operated by the world's major packaged-food companies. ... read more

How might UK food-to-go operators adjust post-pandemic?

24 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

We review the outlook for the UK food-to-go market, with pain still to endure until the Government's gradual easing of restrictions becomes a full-blown reality in June.  ... read more

Has Mondelez boosted health of snacks portfolio with Grenade?

23 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne asks what Mondelez International's purchase of UK sports-nutrition business Grenade tells us about its strategic thinking and consumer trends. ... read more

How data shows companies believe cutting CO2 emissions is good for business

19 March 2021 | Nick Ferris

Companies are increasingly convinced reducing carbon emissions can have a positive impact on market demand, reputation and even supply chains. ... read more

Where now for Danone after Faber's departure?

16 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

In the wake of Emmanuel Faber's departure from Danone, Andy Coyne weighs up what might be the priorities for those set to take the helm of the French food and beverage giant. ... read more

How Covid-19 is driving automation in India's food production

16 March 2021 | Raghavendra Verma

The pandemic has heightened the interest of India's food manufacturers in automating more of their production and, just-food reports, investment in the area is set to continue. ... read more

What will attract consumers to 'hybrid' meat products?

8 March 2021 | David Burrows

As more consumers become interested in the sustainability of what they eat, what role can 'hybrid' products made from meat and veg play? Early launches haven't always succeeded. ... read more

Can cell-based meat not cost the earth?

5 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at recent developments surrounding cell-based meat, where attempts to cut production costs will be critical in any efforts to launch commercially-viable products. ... read more

Plant-based meat's health challenges

4 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Meat-alternative companies are facing scrutiny over the health credentials of their products. Simon Harvey looks at the questions being asked and how manufacturers are reacting. ... read more

Uncertainty persists as Danone's changes see Faber remain

3 March 2021 | Simon Harvey

Danone has bowed to investor pressure on its CEO Emmanuel Faber but markets have reacted unfavourably to his appointment as non-executive chair. Simon Harvey reports. ... read more

The fermentation flurry in plant-based meat

2 March 2021 | Simon Creasey

With plants and cells grabbing headlines as the market for alt-meat takes hold, could a new generation of products made using cutting-edge fermentation processes start to simmer? ... read more

Why sugar is no longer the sweet spot – UK snack bars deep dive, part two

2 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

In the second part of his deep dive into the UK snack-bar market, Andy Coyne solicits expert opinion about where the category is headed and what is driving it forward. ... read more

Coming to the crunch – UK snack bars deep dive, part one

1 March 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne takes a close look at the UK snack bar category and at how it has adapted to the unique trading conditions created by Covid lockdown restrictions.  ... read more

The alternative-seafood minnows eyeing the big catch of Asia

26 February 2021 | Dean Best

A huge market for seafood, Asia could be a lucrative opportunity for companies offering plant-based alternatives – but challenges face the companies looking to reel in consumers. ... read more

Can plant-based cheese come of age?

25 February 2021 | Dean Best

Concerns over quality and taste have held back the market for plant-based cheese. How are suppliers trying to improve their products while competing in a wider price-driven market? ... read more

What will Covid-19 mean for the ready meal?

24 February 2021 | Lucy Britner

With more people cooking at home and spending time making recipes, Lucy Britner asks what this means for ready-meal and convenience food makers. ... read more

Will Danone's growth predictions placate grumbling investors?

22 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

French dairy giant Danone has released its 2020 results and made performance predictions for 2021. Andy Coyne looks at whether either will placate critical investors. ... read more

China becomes Nestle's problem child as Schneider eyes growth target

22 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

Nestle had some cheer for shareholders with a long-term growth target in sight but declining sales in China now need fixing. Simon Harvey looks at the tasks head. ... read more

Activist hedge fund raises questions over TreeHouse Foods strategy

12 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

TreeHouse Foods' annual results were overshadowed by news of the emergence of an activist on its shareholder roster. Simon Harvey looks at the pertinent issues. ... read more

Plant-based priorities – dairy companies also in dairy-free

12 February 2021 | Andy Coyne

just-food rounds up what the world's leading dairy businesses, or food majors with a significant dairy offering, are providing in the dairy-free product area. ... read more

Markets wince over efficacy of Unilever's new strategy without portfolio revamp

5 February 2021 | Simon Harvey

A new strategy unveiled by Unilever CEO Alan Jope has failed to convince investors. Simon Harvey takes a look at the main contentions. ... read more

Scepticism greets PepsiCo's tie-up with Beyond Meat

29 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

A joint partnership between PepsiCo and Beyond Meat has raised eyebrows. Simon Harvey looks at the implications for both parties. ... read more

India's biscuit makers prepare for post-Covid growth

28 January 2021 | Raghavendra Verma

just-food correspondent Raghavendra Verma surveys India's biscuit market, which has enjoyed bumper sales during the Covid-19 pandemic. ... read more

Covid-19 adds fuel to Russia's growing ready-meals market

27 January 2021 | Lena Smirnova

Lena Smirnova reports on how the Covid-19 pandemic has given a further boost to Russia's emerging market for ready meals ... read more

What does future hold for Danone CEO with activist investor on scene?

25 January 2021 | Simon Harvey

An activist investor is calling for the removal of Danone's CEO Emmanuel Faber. Simon Harvey assesses whether the proposals carry any validity. ... read more

Why chocolate makers' sugar-reduction quest is so challenging

14 January 2021 | Ben Cooper

As the fight against obesity continues in many developed countries, Ben Cooper examines the challenge of reducing the sugar content in chocolate. ... read more

What have been the early effects of UK-EU trade deal?

8 January 2021 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne examines the impact of new post-Brexit trading rules agreed by the UK and the EU, which came into force on 1 January. ... read more

2020 – The year in food industry M&A

22 December 2020 | Andy Coyne

Andy Coyne looks at significant transactions and emerging themes in merger, acquisition and investment activity in the global food sector during a year like no other. ... read more