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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 UK vegan ice-cream brand Coconuts Naturally, won investment on the business pitch TV programme Dragons' Den only to turn it down after the show aired. She explains her thinking to Andy Coyne and tells him about dealing with growing pains.... 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


Leading2Lean CEO Keith Barr on why humans are central to Industry 4.0 - and what food industry can do

13 September 2018 | Dean Best

Industry 4.0 is of growing interest among food manufacturers eyeing efficiency gains in production and the supply chain. However, with the movement centred on automation, there are concerns about employment in manufacturing. Dean Best spoke to Keith Barr, the CEO of Leading2Lean, a US company selling software for use in production and a business that claims to have a differentiated approach to Industry 4.0 that puts humans front and centre.... read more


"It's a really exciting time for challenger brands" - The Foraging Fox co-founder Desiree Parker on the UK condiments upstart's international ambitions

6 September 2018 | Dean Best

UK condiments maker The Foraging Fox, set up three years ago, has secured notable listings at home and abroad for its beetroot ketchup. Dean Best met co-founder Desiree Parker at The Speciality & Fine Food Fair in London to hear about the investment the fledgling firm has recently secured and its plans for further growth.... read more


"I've never seen this pace of change in the industry" - Nestle US strategy chief on trying to grow again in its largest market

2 August 2018 | Dean Best

Nestlé this week (31 July) officially opened the new headquarters for its operations in the US, proclaiming the move a "catalyst" for its "transformation" in its largest market by sales. In 2017, the Lean Cuisine and Gerber maker saw its growth stall in the US. How is the food giant looking to kick-start its business in a market going through profound change? Dean Best caught up with Rui Barbas, chief strategy officer for Nestlé's US arm, to find out more.... read more


"We see ourselves as the new Birds Eye for a modern generation" - Strong Roots founder Samuel Dennigan on his plans for the frozen vegetable brand - the bitesize interview

23 July 2018 | Andy Coyne

Samuel Dennigan, 32, set up his Ireland-based frozen vegetable products business Strong Roots in 2015 and it has quickly gained listings on both sides of the Irish Sea. But Dennigan's only just getting started, he tells Andy Coyne.... read more


Snacks giant Pladis sets out stall for rapid growth in North America - interview

4 July 2018 | Dean Best

Pladis, the UK-based, international snacks arm of Turkey's Yildiz Holding, is looking to scale up quickly in North America, a market that accounts for just 6% of sales and where it is doing battle with some major competitors. Dean Best spoke to regional CEO Brian Blanchard to find out more about the plans the McVitie's and Godiva owner has for the market.... read more


"It's taken five years to properly get started" - Nom Noms World Food founder Lisa Sohanpal on UK ethnic-cuisine firm's ambitions - the bitesize interview

27 June 2018 | Dean Best

UK-based ethnic-cuisine business Nom Nom World Foods has had its ups and downs since forming five years ago. Dean Best caught up with founder and CEO Lisa Sohanpal, now based in Toronto, to discuss her plans for growth, including some notable new contracts in North America - but also hear about the challenges that can beset an SME.... read more


Charlie Bigham's CEO Patrick Cairns on how UK ready-meals maker plans to serve up more growth - interview

20 June 2018 | Dean Best

After a decade at Unilever, a stint in charge of UK baby-food firm Plum Baby and seven years leading Wessanen’s UK division, Patrick Cairns has, since March last year, been chief executive of Charlie Bigham’s, the London-based manufacturer of upmarket ready meals. Dean Best met Cairns to discuss his plans for the business.... read more


"We will take plant-based to the next level" - Naturli' Foods CEO Henrik Lund on Danish firm's push into meat-free

15 June 2018 | Dean Best

Denmark-based Naturli' Foods has become the latest meat-free supplier from Europe to cross the English Channel to try to tap into the UK's growing interest in plant-based food. Dean Best spoke to Naturli' CEO Henrik Lund in London as the company marked its debut in the market.... read more


Pip & Nut founder Pippa Murray prepares for next push after fresh investment - the bitesize interview

13 June 2018 | Dean Best

Fledgling UK nut-butter and nut milks supplier Pip & Nut has secured another wave of investment. Dean Best spoke to founder Pippa Murray about her plans for the business, which has major listings in its domestic market and has carved out footholds in a group of selected, overseas territories.... read more


Wian van Blommestein, co-founder of US-based biltong business Ayoba-Yo, on why South African staple can take on jerky in its own backyard - the bitesize interview

5 June 2018 | Andy Coyne

A family of South Africans who moved to the US missed their beloved biltong meat snack so much that they started producing it for family and friends. It is now a full-time business called Ayoba-Yo - a term used to express excitement or amazement - which is attempting to compete with American favourite jerky and working with Kraft Heinz on its development. Andy Coyne talks to company co-owner Wian van Blommestein about its prospects.... read more


"Agility puts you in the game" - PepsiCo on its European incubator Nutrition Greenhouse

4 June 2018 | Dean Best

Amid the changes being seen in the types of food consumers are buying and in how they shop, the world's major food manufacturers are seeing their sales come under pressure and are looking at various ways to try to breathe fresh life into their top lines. Some have set up accelerator and incubator programmes to invest in fledgling companies. PepsiCo's European incubator, Nutrition Greenhouse, has returned for a second year and Dean Best spoke to the US giant's Juan Ignacio Amat to find out more.... read more


UK crisp maker Fairfields Farm plots export growth after Ten Acre buy - interview

29 May 2018 | Dean Best

In January, Fairfields Farm Produce snapped up UK crisp brand Ten Acre from local peer Yumsh Snacks, adding another fledgling asset to its portfolio. Three months later, Fairfields appointed seasoned snacks executive Richard Glennan as its new managing director. Dean Best caught up with Glennan to discuss how he plans to grow the legacy Fairfields business and its new brand.... read more


Lower-sugar spreads firm JimJams eyes growing sweet spot - interview

17 May 2018 | Dean Best

With more consumers taking notice of the sugar in food, there are opportunities for products with lower levels of the nutrient to grab the attention of retail buyers – even in categories with huge, entrenched brands. One example is the UK spreads aisle, where fledgling chocolate spread brand JimJams has gained listings with two of the country’s largest grocers. Dean Best caught up with company founder Kevin Bath to talk about the development of JimJams and his ambitions for the business.... read more


Nimisha Raja, founder of UK healthy snack range Nim's Fruit Crisps, has always thought big and now it's paying off - the bitesize interview

1 May 2018 | Andy Coyne

In 2012 Nimisha Raja pioneered the concept of air-dried fruit crisps, launching the first product to the UK market with her Nim's Fruit Crisps brand. Six years down the line - after claiming deals with the Co-op and Ocado - the company has just gained its first listing with supermarket giant Tesco. Andy Coyne talks to her about the company's growth and future plans.... read more


The Kids Food Co. CEO Sally Preston eyes home, abroad to power growth of UK baby-snacks firm - interview

30 April 2018 | Dean Best

The Kids Food Co., a UK business marketing baby- and toddler-focused food under the Kiddylicious brand, continues to grow rapidly. Dean Best caught up with founder and CEO Sally Preston and heard about the company’s recent performance, its ambitious plans for growth at home (and abroad) and how she believes one rival is seeking to undermine the business.... read more


Bio-tiful Dairy to build on ''phenomenal'' growth with Kefir exports to Europe - Interview

26 April 2018 | Simon Harvey

Bio-tiful Dairy has witnessed some impressive sales growth since the UK manufacturer of Kefir cultured milk products started out six years ago, suggesting British consumers are waking up to the health benefits of the nutritionally-rich category. just-food's Simon Harvey caught up with head of marketing Katie Norris to see what the company has in store.... read more


Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell on vegan supplier's rise, ambitions and Big Meat eyeing alternatives - interview

24 April 2018 | Dean Best

Sweden-based vegan supplier Food For Progress has made inroads in the Nordic region and, after entering the UK last autumn with a listing at Whole Foods Market, has struck a deal to supply Tesco. Dean Best caught up with Food For Progress co-founder Anna-Kajsa Lidell to discuss the company’s UK expansion, its ambitions and its unusual history.... read more


"B Corp is very relevant for the food industry today" - Danone CEO Emmanuel Faber on French giant's work on the certification

12 April 2018 | Ben Cooper

Danone has been one of the major food corporations looking seriously at B Corp certification, which takes into account all stakeholders, rather than holding as pre-eminent the return to a company's shareholders. The French giant today (12 April) announced its North America arm is now B Corp-certified and just-food's Ben Cooper spoke to group chairman and CEO Emmanuel Faber about his support for that way of codifying a food business.... read more


"E-commerce is impossible to ignore" - Arla's Steve Millard on how the dairy giant is looking to grow online

3 April 2018 | Dean Best

How can food manufacturers tap into the growth of the online channel? It is a question on the minds of many a boardroom, even in markets like the UK where the channel is relatively developed. Moreover, in such a fast-growing part of the market, how will shopper behaviour develop? How will technology evolve? Doing business online is a challenging mix of adapting to the present and being ready for the future. Dean Best met Steve Millard, the head of Arla Foods' e-commerce and digital unit in the UK, to find out more about how the dairy co-op is faring online.... read more


"India is a big country with big opportunities to grow" - just-food meets Dr Oetker's Oliver Mirza

23 March 2018 | Mini Pant Zachariah

German giant Dr Oetker is looking to grow the sales its business in India generates five-fold in just three years. Oliver Mirza, the managing director and chief executive, of Dr Oetker's business in the country spoke to just-food about the company's goal.... read more


Cat Gazzoli, founder of UK organic baby food business Piccolo, on what motivates her and the challenges she faces - the bitesize interview

12 March 2018 | Andy Coyne

Two years into its existence, UK-based organic baby food business Piccolo has listings at large, domestic retailers like Tesco and Asda, the backing of well-known names in the food sector and opportunities to expand overseas. Andy Coyne talks to founder Cat Gazzoli about the company's development.... read more


"We are doing so many things differently" - CEO John Power on the upturn in fortunes at Symington's and its prospects

28 February 2018 | Dean Best

Symington's, the UK-based branded and own-label manufacturer, is emerging from a difficult period with a new management team and a strategy for growth. Dean Best met with CEO John Power to hear how the company got back on a path to growth and where he sees the business heading.... read more


The Black Farmer, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, explains his ethos and reveals expansion plans - the bitesize interview

13 February 2018 | Andy Coyne

UK food firm The Black Farmer does not manufacture or process its owns products - which include sausages, bacon, cheese and eggs - but has built a business based on a successful brand and staying ahead of the curve on food trends, such as gluten-free. Andy Coyne spoke to the Black Farmer himself, Wilfred Emmanuel-Jones, about the company's strategy thus far and his plans to build the brand further.... read more


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