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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 June 2019 | Andy Coyne

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. ... read more


"Strategics want to buy companies in the second inning" - Whipstitch Capital's Mike Burgmaier surveys US M&A landscape and sets out how his firm can capitalise

6 June 2019 | Dean Best

It's not just big banks battling for mandates in an active market for M&A in US food. One up-and-coming firm, Whipstitch Capital, talks to just-food about how it can prosper. ... read more


"The demand from clients for ideas is much higher" - Deutsche Bank’s Joe DiMondi on what’s driving food M&A – and what advisers can bring to the table

22 May 2019 | Dean Best

Joe DiMondi, an M&A veteran at Deutsche Bank, sets out what's driving food M&A – and what advisers can bring to the table. ... read more


"Parents are really struggling" – Yumble co-founders Joanna and David Parker on the opportunity in selling meals for kids on subscription

17 May 2019 | Dean Best

Yumble, the US direct-to-consumer firm selling meals for children, talks to just-food about why it's "excited" about the future - and receiving investment from Danone. ... read more


"There will be a shakedown of brands in UK meat-free" - The Meatless Farm Co.'s new CEO Robert Woodall on looking for an edge

16 April 2019 | Dean Best

We talk to Robert Woodall, the ex-Kellogg exec now at the helm of The Meatless Farm Co., the UK meat-free firm battling to carve out a foothold in a competitive market. ... read more


Arla Foods' Tomi Siren on how blockchain is helping the dairy giant's sustainability drive - interview

12 April 2019 | Dean Best

Blockchain is one of a bunch of emerging technologies catching the attention of FMCG companies. We talk to dairy giant Arla Foods about a pilot they have launched. ... read more


"There are a lot of areas we haven't tapped into" - Clarence Mak on why Mars has set up Seeds of Change accelerator

11 April 2019 | Dean Best

Mars has joined the ranks of Big Food companies using accelerators to help their innovation and tap into emerging trends. Dean Best discussed the move with Mars exec Clarence Mak. ... read more


"It's given me investment to get Meatsnacks Group to the next level" - James Newitt on the sale of the UK jerky business

9 April 2019 | Dean Best

UK-based Meatsnacks Group has sold to the owner of a rival jerky and biltong supplier. Dean Best catches up with Meatsnacks MD James Newitt to discuss the future for the company. ... read more


"You can have a healthy product that tastes really good" - Franco Beer, founder of Boka Food, on the UK cereal-bar firm's rise and ambitions

5 April 2019 | Dean Best

Boka Food, the fledgling UK firm, has won a listing with Sainsbury's for its healthier cereal bars and is attracting overseas interest. We talk to founder Franco Beer. ... read more


"The industry is fragmented but the best ideas can still steal disproportionate share pretty quickly" – US venture-capital firm Boulder Food Group on its second fund and plans to further invest

28 March 2019 | Dean Best

US venture-capital firm Boulder Food Group talks to just-food about its second fund, plans to further invest and disruption in the food industry. ... read more


"I want to try to be optimistic. We've been let down before" - The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil chief executive Darrel Webber exhorts food companies to buy sustainably

27 March 2019 | Ben Cooper

The Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil speaks with Ben Cooper about its new standards and how food companies can promote the idea palm oil can be a sustainable commodity. ... read more


Russia's iFarm on whether vertical farming could herald a new era of urban agriculture - interview

25 March 2019 | Joe Baker

iFarm, one of several start-ups seeking to get ahead in the urban farming stakes, explains to Joe Baker why the concept could revolutionise farming. ... read more


"The idea is to embrace change" – Danone Manifesto Ventures chief Laurent Marcel on the French group’s investment strategy in an industry disrupted

22 March 2019 | Dean Best

Danone talks to just-food about its investments in up-and-coming businesses the French giant believes are shaking up the food industry. ... read more


Trichomia chief marketing officer Georgia Branch touts health and sustainability benefits of hemp-based foods - the bitesize interview

14 March 2019 | Simon Harvey

Simon Harvey speaks with hemp-food maker Trichomia's chief marketing officer, Georgia Branch, on the Sydney-based company's plans for the year ahead.  ... read more


"The old innovation model is not working" – Mondelez International chief growth officer Tim Cofer on the snacks giant’s quest for agility

12 March 2019 | Dean Best

Mondelez International chief growth officer Tim Cofer talks to just-food about how the SnackFutures hub will help the Cadbury owner "lead the future of snacking". ... read more


"We will see a large number of new brands emerging" - DSG Consumer Partners' Deepak Shahdadpuri on how India's FMCG market is opening up

7 March 2019 | Dean Best

India is seeing similar changes to consumer habits as western countries. Investor Deepak Shahdadpuri talks about his deals in India and how he sees the market developing. ... read more


What are the biggest challenges facing casual dining in the UK?

5 March 2019 | Joe Baker

With a report pointing to a decline in casual-dining restaurants in the UK, suppliers, tech providers and foodservice companies highlight the challenges the sector faces. ... read more


Arla CFO Natalie Knight on battles with Brexit, Chinese regulators and added sugar - the just-food interview

21 February 2019 | Andy Coyne

Arla CFO Natalie Knight tells Andy Coyne about the dairy giant's investment plans and discusses whether recent acquisitions and category innovation can feed growth.  ... read more


"We are revolutionising dairy products by making them from plants instead of cows" - Miyoko's Kitchen founder Miyoko Schinner, the bitesize interview

5 February 2019 | Simon Harvey

Miyoko's Kitchen aims to take the traditional dairy industry by storm, offering plant-based alternatives. Simon Harvey speaks with founder Miyoko Schinner.  ... read more


"The timing for edible insects could not be better" - Eat Grub co-founder Shami Radia, the bitesize interview

15 January 2019 | Simon Harvey

Eat Grub co-founder Shami Radia outlines why the UK firm believes the prospects for edible insects are strong and the business' plans for growth. ... read more


"We are looking for very new and distinctive ideas we haven't seen before" - PepsiCo's Karen Scott talks about Nutrition Greenhouse incubator

14 January 2019 | Simon Harvey

Karen Scott, the co-leader of PepsiCo's European Nutrition Greenhouse incubator, discusses identifying potential investment partners in on-trend or obscure brand propositions. ... read more


"Food represents the best of consumer products" - private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital on its latest deal and wider M&A strategy

3 January 2019 | Dean Best

US private-equity firm Swander Pace Capital has made another acquisition in the bakery sector. MD Heather Smith Thorne talks about the deal and the firm's broader M&A strategy. ... read more


Raisio CEO Pekka Kuusniemi sets out stall to grow Benecol maker - interview

2 January 2019 | Dean Best

Finland-based Raisio has had a challenging couple of years but, under recently-installed CEO Pekka Kuusniemi, the company has a new strategy for growth. Dean Best found out more. ... read more


Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney on navigating new wave of M&A and uncertainty of Brexit - the just-food interview, part two

14 November 2018 | Dean Best

Greencore's exit from the US leaves the Ireland-based own-label supplier to focus on the UK. Speaking to Dean Best, CEO Patrick Coveney surveys a market he sees as in flux. ... read more


Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney on leaving US market and focusing on UK - the just-food interview, part one

13 November 2018 | Dean Best

In the first of a two-part interview, Greencore CEO Patrick Coveney talks to Dean Best about the private-label manufacturer's decision to quit the US and focus on the UK market. ... read more


"The opportunity is so big" - Nestle and new asset Terrafertil eye Latin America's fledgling markets for plant-based foods

7 November 2018 | Dean Best

After a deal finalised in August, Nestle owns a majority stake in Latin American organic and plant-based business Terrafertil. Dean Best spoke to both companies to ask what lies ahead. ... read more


Slendier MD Erica Hughes on how konjac foods supplier tapping into consumer demand for healthier products - the bitesize interview

30 October 2018 | Andy Coyne

Slendier, a "healthy pasta substitute" from Australia, has become a brand available in 20 countries, touting its better-for-you credentials. Andy Coyne speaks to MD and owner Erica Hughes. ... read more


Aunt Bessie's seeing shift in frozen dynamics among younger generation - interview

25 October 2018 | Simon Harvey

Nomad Foods' UK frozen food brand Aunt Bessie's is launching a marketing push to seize upon the appetite for mid-week roast dinners among young consumers. Simon Harvey talks to marketing director Hannah Haas. ... read more


The Meatless Farm Co.'s founder Morten Toft Bech believes there is "potentially an opportunity bigger than we initially thought" - the bitesize interview

22 October 2018 | Simon Harvey

UK start-up The Meatless Farm Co. just made its supermarket debut in 640 Sainsbury's stores. Simon Harvey speaks to its founder, Danish entrepreneur Morten Toft Bech.  ... read more


Katjesgreenfood CEO Manon Littek on the "food revolution" and why the German confectioner has formed division to back upstarts - interview

18 October 2018 | Dean Best

Katjes Group is a member of Big Food with a division to invest in fledgling businesses. Dean Best talks to the Germany-based confectioner about the strategy for its Katjesgreenfood fund. ... read more


Seaweed & Co.'s Dr Craig Rose on launching Weed & Wonderful, selling ingredients to industry giants and why consumers are intrigued by seaweed - the bitesize interview

18 October 2018 | Dean Best

Seaweed & Co. has added a range of consumer products under the brand Weed & Wonderful to its ingredients business. Dean Best met with majority shareholder Dr Craig Rose to hear his plans for the UK firm. ... read more


"If Green & Black's consumers want a different brand, we hope we're that brand" - UK chocolate firm Seed and Bean sets out stall - the bitesize interview

12 October 2018 | Dean Best

Seed and Bean is a fledgling but growing UK-based organic chocolate maker, building a presence at home and abroad. Dean Best spoke to co-owner Oliver Shorts about the company's ambitions. ... read more


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

27 September 2018 | Andy Coyne

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.... read more


The ice-cream maker who turned down Dragons' Den investment - Coconuts Naturally's Cecily Mills, the bitesize interview

21 September 2018 | Andy Coyne

Cecily Mills, the founder of vegan firm Coconuts Naturally, won investment on Dragons' Den only to turn it down after the show aired. She explains her thinking to Andy Coyne. ... read more


"We've got to be part of a wider ecosystem to succeed" - PepsiCo's Daniel Grubbs on why the Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator is hitting North America

18 September 2018 | Dean Best

PepsiCo is to take its Nutrition Greenhouse accelerator programme to North America after launching the initiative in Europe, where it is in its second year. Dean Best spoke to PepsiCo executive Daniel Grubbs about why the US food and drinks giant is bringing the scheme to its domestic market, what it has learnt so far and why such programmes are important strategically to one of the largest players in the sector.... read more


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